Richland Library is fully committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. Our collections, services and programming reflect the broad range of viewpoints and cultures that exist in our community, and we remain steadfast in our mission to provide customers with unfettered access to information and safe spaces for all. 

Below you will find a variety of recommendations from Richland Library staff as well as blog posts and upcoming events. Additional resources on Race, Equity and Inclusion can be found, here.

Apr 20 3:30 p.m.

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Book Brunch

Join us as we bring a special book to life. This month we are making afternoon pancakes as we enjoy the book Pancakes for Breakfast by Tommie dePaola.

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2024 New Year, New Me: Middle Grade and Teen Books

Recommended by Richland Library staff, this list is what happens when we decide to kick-off the new year with a challenge--reading outside of our comfort zones.  From nonfiction to manga, romance to historical fiction, we stretched ourselves and our reading habits to explore new genres and authors.  
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Galentines Day Reads

Happy Galentine’s Day! Show your girlfriends you really care by sharing a good book with them. From thrilling mysteries to heart-warming comings of age tales, this list is all about the power of female friendships.

Mar 09 11:30 a.m.

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Watch Freely: Sensory Friendly Movie: Kung Fu Panda 3

May 04 12:00 p.m.

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Play Freely: A Sensory Friendly Fun-Filled Event

Apr 03 11:30 a.m.

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Watch Freely: A Spring-Break Mix Up: Wish

Apr 02 11:30 a.m.

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Play Freely: A Spring-Break Mix Up: A Morning of Board Games

Apr 01 11:30 a.m.

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Play Freely: A Spring-Break Mix Up

Apr 20 11:30 a.m.

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DIA: A Celebration of Diversity

May 25 12:00 p.m.

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End Of School Year Blast!

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2023 Best Middle Grade and Teen Books featuring Diverse Characters or Experiences

Selected by Richland Library staff, these books represent some of our favorite stories (and non-fiction) featuring diverse characters published in 2023--plus a few older titles that we wanted to make sure you didn't miss.   Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. 
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Gift Guide: Books for Your K-Pop Obsessed Teen

In a same vein as the "British Invasion" cultural phenomenon of the 1960's, Korean culture has significantly influenced Gen Z's tastes and trends . From K-dramas (Korean soap operas), K-beauty (Korean beauty products), to K-pop (Korean pop music), Korean cultural influence has been all the rage with the youth. If you have a young person in your life who loves K-pop, these might be some good titles to extend that interest into reading. 
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Queer Authors and Intersectionality: A Reading List

This blog post introduces some queer authors who explore intersectionality. Whether you are looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or graphic novels, this reading list will provide works that resonate.

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Honoring Hip Hop's 50th Anniversary: Adult Titles

This year marks Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary. From music to culture, Hip Hop has solidified itself as a powerhouse genre with its legacy and influence spread across the globe. Celebrate this momentous occasion by reading about Hip Hop from those who know it best: the pioneers, the tastemakers, the innovators, the historians, and the lovers of the craft! 
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The Origins of South Carolina Pride

Friday, October 20, is the 2023 Famously Hot Pride Parade. How did Pride celebrations in South Carolina begin and who played a role in the origins of the Gay and Lesbian Pride March?

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Teen Horror & Thrillers | 2023 Releases

In the mood for something a little scary and/or thrilling? Check out these 2023 releases to find the perfect title for this Halloween season!
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Children's Horror | 2023 Releases

In the mood for something a little scary? Check out these 2023 releases to find the perfect title for this Halloween season!
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A Look at Richland County's HBCUs

Of the eight HBCUS found in South Carolina, two of these institutions can be found in Richland County: Allen University and Benedict College.

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Cuban Trainees at Fort Jackson

For Hispanic Heritage Month,take a look at a little-known chapter of history that unfolded in Columbia at Fort Jackson, where several thousand Cubans came to receive military training and United States citizenship.

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Writing in the Queer Archive

“What has been omitted from the history we learned? The stubble was plowed under, sometimes burned.” – Ed Madden

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Back to School Titles for Teen Readers

Starting a new school year is filled with so many new adventures and feelings. Check out these titles for teen readers to help prepare for the upcoming academic year!
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Back to School Titles for Younger Readers

Starting a new school year is filled with so many new adventures and feelings. Check out these titles for younger readers to help prepare for the upcoming academic year!
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Teen Books for Disability Pride Month

According to the American Bar Association, July is Disability Pride Month which "celebrates disabled persons embracing their disabilities as integral parts of who they are." Teens can enjoy these books centering and celebrating the experiences of disabled people. 
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Disability Pride for Middle Grade Readers

According to the American Bar Association, July is Disability Pride Month "a time for the disability community to come together, uplift, and amplify one another’s voices and be heard." These books for middle graders center disabled people's voices and celebrate their experiences. 
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The Selden K. Smith Holocaust Collection, Part 1

Richland Library welcomes items from the personal Holocaust collection of Dr. Selden K. Smith. Housed primarily at Richland Library Main the collection includes over 250 items.