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Lois Lowry and Augusta Baker's Dozen 2018

Acclaimed children's author, Lois Lowry, will visit Richland Library as the featured guest for the 32nd annual Augusta Baker's Dozen: A Celebration of Stories on April 19-21, 2018.

Lois Lowry is the beloved author of children’s novels who has twice won the prestigious Newbery Medal. Her many bestselling and award winning books include Number the Stars and The Giver, which was made into a feature film in 2014. On what inspires her writing, Lowry states: “I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring more, and doing more, for one another.”

Augusta Baker's Dozen: A Celebration of Stories 2018

Meet the Author: Lois Lowry for all ages
Award-winning children’s author, Lois Lowry, will deliver a keynote presentation as the featured guest for Augusta Baker’s Dozen. A book sale and signing will follow.
6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19 at Richland Library Sandhills (763 Fashion Drive, Columbia, SC 29223)

A Celebration of Stories for families
Bring the whole family to celebrate stories during the 32nd annual Augusta Baker’s Dozen! Enjoy a morning of storytelling, music, fun activities and a special presentation by two time Newbery Medal winning author Lois Lowry. Books will be available for sale and can be signed by the author.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21 in the Children's Room, Richland Library Main (1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201)

Augusta Baker's Dozen: A Celebration of Stories honors the life and work of nationally-known librarian and storyteller Augusta Baker.

This event is sponsored by Richland Library, Richland Library Friends & Foundation, and USC School of Library and Information Science. Special thanks to C. G. Fuller Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee., Historic Columbia, and Richland County School District One for making this celebration possible.

For more information about Augusta Baker's Dozen: A Celebration of Stories, please call (803) 988-0891.


Messenger by Lois Lowry
Amazon Says: Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one more...
Amazon Says: Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the few people able to travel through the dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village’s closing and try to convince Seer’s daughter to return with him before it’s too late. But Forest has become hostile to Matty as well, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or understand. less...
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Son by Lois Lowry
Amazon Says: Told in three separate story lines, Lois Lowry’s Son combines elements from the first three novels in her Giver Quartet—The Giver (1994 Newbery Medal winner), Gathering more...
Amazon Says: Told in three separate story lines, Lois Lowry’s Son combines elements from the first three novels in her Giver Quartet—The Giver (1994 Newbery Medal winner), Gathering Blue, and Messenger—into a breathtaking, thought-provoking narrative that wrestles with ideas of human freedom. Thrust again into the dark, claustrophobic world of The Giver, readers will meet an intriguing new heroine, fourteen-year-old Claire. Jonas from The Giver is here too, and Kira, the heroine of Gathering Blue. In a final clash between good and evil, a new hero emerges. The whole Quartet has been redesigned in honor of this long-awaited grand finale! Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 10/2/2012Pages: 400Reading Level: Age 12 and Up less...
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The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Amazon Says: Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good more...
Amazon Says: Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good oldfashioned children. Following the models set in lauded tales from A Christmas Carol to Mary Poppins, the four Willoughbys hope to attain their proscribed happy ending too, or at least a satisfyingly maudlin one. However, it is an unquestionably ruthless act that sets in motion the transformations that lead to their salvation and to happy endings for not only the four children, but their nanny, an abandoned baby, a candy magnate, and his long-lost son too. Replete with a tongue-in-cheek glossary and bibliography, this hilarious and decidedly old-fashioned parody pays playful homage to classic works of children’s literature. less...
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Amazon Says: Gooney Bird Greene returns for more adventures in this chapter-book series from Newbery Medal–winner Lois Lowry, with Middy Thomas’s black-and-white illustrations bringing more...
Amazon Says: Gooney Bird Greene returns for more adventures in this chapter-book series from Newbery Medal–winner Lois Lowry, with Middy Thomas’s black-and-white illustrations bringing the classroom to life throughout.Mrs. Pidgeon’s second grade class has a lot to celebrate in February: presidents’ birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and school vacation. Of course, the students are talking about their awesome vacation plans every chance they get. It can be hard to focus on subtraction problems when you’re heading to Hawaii or Florida in seventeen minus seven days!But most of the class (twelve minus three of them, in fact) will be staying home during vacation. Can Gooney Bird Greene keep spirits up while everyone is feeling down? Gooney Bird has a great idea that sends her classmates and her on a snowy spin through U.S. history and geography! less...
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Amazon Says: As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals he more...
Amazon Says: As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal. less...
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The Giver by Lois Lowry
Amazon Says: Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. Jonas lives in more...
Amazon Says: Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world.When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does Jonas begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. less...
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Amazon Says: “It’s March!” Mrs. Pidgeon said as she wrote the day’s date on the chalkboard. “In like a lion, out like a lamb!”The morning bell has rung at Watertower Elementary more...
Amazon Says: “It’s March!” Mrs. Pidgeon said as she wrote the day’s date on the chalkboard. “In like a lion, out like a lamb!”The morning bell has rung at Watertower Elementary School, and it’s time for Mrs. Pidgeon’s class to turn to page 52 in their science books to learn about one of the most spectacular scientific subjects of all—the human body! As usual, Gooney Bird has a special plan to make learning more fun. But what on earth is in that scary-looking box that her uncle, Dr. Oglethorpe, has brought to the second grade? And what does it have to do with the charms on Gooney’s jingling silver bracelet? It looks as if another special story is in the works! less...
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The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry
Amazon Says: Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 4/12/2010Pages: Reading Level: Age 8 and Up more...
Amazon Says: Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 4/12/2010Pages: Reading Level: Age 8 and Up less...
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Amazon Says: The fourth hilarious title in Lowis Lowry's popular Gooney Bird series! It’s a cold January at the Watertower Elementary School—the perfect weather for Gooney more...
Amazon Says: The fourth hilarious title in Lowis Lowry's popular Gooney Bird series! It’s a cold January at the Watertower Elementary School—the perfect weather for Gooney Bird Greene to break out her special brain-warming hat! It's a good thing she has one. Gooney Bird's brain will need to be as warm as possible this month, because Mrs. Pidgeon is teaching her class about poetry. Who knew there could be so many different ways to write a poem? Haikus, couplets, limericks—Mrs. Pidgeon’s students soon find that writing good poetry takes a lot of hard work and creative thinking. Gooney Bird and her classmates are up to the challenge. But just when things are going well, the kids get some terrible news. Gooney Bird will need all the inspiration her brain can muster to organize the most important poem the class has ever written. less...
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Anastasia Absolutely by Lois Lowry
Amazon Says: The trouble begins when Anastasia goes to the mailbox with two packages and her new dog, Sleuth. It's there that she accidentally puts the bag of dog droppings into the mailbo more...
Amazon Says: The trouble begins when Anastasia goes to the mailbox with two packages and her new dog, Sleuth. It's there that she accidentally puts the bag of dog droppings into the mailbox instead of her mother's package. When she realizes her mistake, Anastasia uses her school Values Class experience to help her decide what to do. But when the police take the corner mailbox, Anastasia's sure she's committed a crime that will land her in jail. less...
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Amazon Says: Gooney Bird Greene knows exactly where she likes to be: “right smack in the middle of everything.” Sure enough, her colorful fashion sense, exuberant personality, and “a more...
Amazon Says: Gooney Bird Greene knows exactly where she likes to be: “right smack in the middle of everything.” Sure enough, her colorful fashion sense, exuberant personality, and “absolutely true” stories land her at the center of attention most of the time, but as Mrs. Pidgeon’s second grade class prepares for their Thanksgiving pageant, the lead role of Squanto is still up for grabs. And so is the role of Room Mother, but with each of the children’s parents already overloaded, there are no volunteers to bring cupcakes to their play. So Gooney Bird promises to find one—in exchange for the lead. There’s just one catch: the person she convinces to be Room Mother insists on remaining incognito. As the class struggles to decorate the mural, make costumes, and learn their songs for the play, the suspense builds: will the pageant be a success? And who is their mysterious Room Mother? Two-time Newbery Award–winning author Lois Lowry has once again captured the eager energy of an elementary school classroom and the hilarious antics and anecdotes of its students, especially those of the irrepressible Gooney Bird Greene herself. In her second literary appearance, Gooney Bird is back with more “absolutely true” stories to tell, more tips for her fellow aspiring storytellers, and a few challenging vocabulary words to share, too. less...
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Gossamer by Lois Lowry
Amazon Says: Where do dreams come from? What stealthy nighttime messengers are the guardians of our most deeply hidden hopes and our half-forgotten fears? Drawing on her rich imagination, more...
Amazon Says: Where do dreams come from? What stealthy nighttime messengers are the guardians of our most deeply hidden hopes and our half-forgotten fears? Drawing on her rich imagination, two-time Newbery winner Lois Lowry confronts these questions and explores the conflicts between the gentle bits and pieces of the past that come to life in dream, and the darker horrors that find their form in nightmare. In a haunting story that tiptoes between reality and imagination, two people—a lonely, sensitive woman and a damaged, angry boy—face their own histories and discover what they can be to one another, renewed by the strength that comes from a tiny, caring creature they will never see. Gossamer is perfect for readers not quite ready for Lois Lowry's Newbery-Award winner The Giver and also for readers interested in dreams, nightmares, spirits and the dream world. less...
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