Create your own Summer Learning Challenge this year!

All of the activities listed below have been created to help adults learn, create and share. Earn a point towards your Summer Learning Challenge for each activity you complete. 

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Get Outdoors: Learn More About Plants

Time to get outside and go on an adventure! Here are a list of books to help you explore your surroundings. Learn more about plants and even go on a foraging trip!
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¡Que Rico!: Stuffed Honduran Pastelitos

Bring the rich flavors of our community to life in your kitchen! Try our Stuffed Honduran Pastelitos—inspired by a recipe from one of our ¡Que Rico!: Community Cookbook contributors, Karin Cantarero.

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Asian Music That Blends World Styles

Do you want lively music that was brought over to the US with the help of AAPI families moving here from the 1840s and on? 

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Art Representing Asian American, Pacific Islanders

Graphic novels and manga, with the aid of movies and anime, have been great ways to bring cultures together.  Here is a list of some of my favorite titles with AAPI characters and artists.  Looking for more? Check out our personalized recommendations here or call us at 799-9084.
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Being Vietnamese-American

For Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, representation matters in our books.

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Where to Start Your Anime Journey

Anime can be an overwhelming medium, especially for someone new. This collection of anime movies are a great starting point to begin your exploration of the medium. Works range from family friendly works by Hayao Miyazaki to the deep and psychological works of the late Satoshi Kon. Whichever you choose, you're bound to find a new world in anime.
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Ladies Get Paid (and other new business books you might enjoy)

Check out these business and finance books recently added to our collection.  Popular titles include Ladies Get Paid, a manifesto on workplace equality by Claire Wasserman, and Black, White, and The Grey, a memoir by Mashama Bailey and John O.
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Movies for Workers' Day

The first day of May has been celebrated as International Workers' Day since 1889 when labor activists were demonstrating and organizing for the eight-hour-day.  The following list is made up of dramatic features, documentaries, and educational series on the labor movement, unionizing, leftist political activism, economic inequality, and working conditions. Mostly focused on American culture and history, it nontheless includes films set around the globe, helping to illustrate the shared struggles of workers everywhere. 
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Herbal Medicine fiction

As we cultivate our gardens and spruce up the place, why not entertain yourself with some herbal medicinal reads? Fiction, of course! Let's take a break from the dust, dirt, and heat. Time to grab a glass of ice cold lemonade, tea, or infused water and add just a hint of herbal fun to the mix.   
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Are There Limits to Human Creativity? (Philosophical fiction)

A list of 30 top philosophical reads--included with these selections are various formats (eAudio, eBook, Blu-Ray or DVD, & Standard or Large print).  Enjoy your journey with these philosophical fiction novels that will make you think and analyze the conditions and nature of humans, and maybe gain a different perspective. Some of these titles have been made into motion pictures or turned into TV shows. Feel free to decide if there are limits to human creativity...
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#OwnVoices: Creating space: A Black Women's History of the United States

A Black Women's History of the United States is a critical survey of black women's complicated legacy in America, as it takes into account their exploitation and victimization as well as their undeniable and substantial contributions to the country since its inception.

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Health at Every Size

A revolution in size acceptance is upon us.  The titles below explore the work of the Health at Every Size (HAES) movement and the concepts of fatphobia, weight discrimination, body image, disordered eating, radical self love, and weight inclusivity.  Challenging traditional notions of weight and health, these works may lead you to question what you thought you knew about wellness.
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Biographies and Novels that Explore the Arab American Experience

Let’s take the time to celebrate the history, contributions, and culture of the diverse population of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have roots in 22 countries located in the Middle East and North African regions and within all those countries, there are various languages, religions, traditions that are now part of the American story. Explore their stories though verse, memories, and more.     
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Recent Magical Realism

When you need a stretch of the imagination, a break from mainstream fiction and predictable mysteries, and like books that are a little weird but not too weird, give one of these newer magical realism releases a try. 
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Five Trailblazing Women of Richland County

Let's look at five amazing women leaders who not only have made a positive impact all across Richland County, but have broken down barriers while they were at it. 

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Poets I Have Heard (and Several Others I Wish I Had)

In truth, I have heard only three of the poets whose works appear in the following booklist.  But there is something priceless about the experience of hearing poets read their own words.

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One True Sentence

With Ken Burns's highly anticipated three-part documentary on Ernest Hemingway currently airing on PBS, now is a good time to dive into the works of this most celebrated of 20th century American literary masters, whose writing style profoundly influenced (for better or worse) many authors who followed him and whose literary sensibility is still something of a touchstone.  In addition to Hemingway's own fiction, nonfiction, and correspondence, the following list includes the definitive multivolume biography by Michael Reynolds, as well as Mary Dearborn's critically acclaimed 2017 bio.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Antihero's and Villains as the protagonist

Do you believe there's always an "other" side to each story?  Well here they are. Read some titles that talk about the perspective of the villain or an antihero. Some are tricksters and some are downright murderers. All are darkly enjoyable.   Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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Mini-Retreat: Play Birdsong Hero

Wish you could identify birds by their songs? Try this simple game and turn "someday" into "today" for your bird watching bucket-list daydreams. 

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Women Authors Who Broke the Mold

Women authors have been writing the best thought-provoking novels since the 1960s on. The genre of these authors ranges from Historical Fiction to Fantasy and Science Fiction, some with vampires, dragons, or aliens from space.  C.S. Friedman's title is coming soon. Looking for more? Check out our personalized recommendations here or call us at 799-9084.
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Underrated Science Fiction

Here is a list of Science Fiction that is worth reading. Whether your new to the genre or jumping back in, we got you covered!
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Swing into Tennis (Game, Set, Match)

A list of Tennis related material has been compiled as you gear up for the courts. Lace up your shoes and tighten your strings, it's time to ace this year's season. 
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New in Science

Catch up on the latest developments in science with these fascinating new titles.  Among them are books by best-selling science writers Carl Zimmer (Life’s Edge) and Elizabeth Kolbert (Under a White Sky), and by scientists such as Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek (
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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Fiction Recommendations for YA Readers

March has been recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month since 1987 when President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation urging Americans to provide individuals with developmental disabilities “The encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.” Developmental disabilities include disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, down syndrome, or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and affect a persons growth and/or cognition. The aim of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is to raise awareness ab
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New in Biography and Memoir

Check out the latest biographies and memoirs added to our collection.  Among the titles receiving a lot of buzz are Between Two Kingdoms, a memoir of cancer survival by Suleika Jaouad, and Just as I Am, by screen and stage legend Cicely Tyson, who died on January 28.
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A Taste of History

Collard Greens and Hot Water Cornbread

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Putting Research into Your Job Search

One of the problems facing first-time job seekers, or those contemplating a career change, is that they may have a general idea of the kind of work they’d like to do but lack detailed knowledge about what this work involves.

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Stay Motivated and Win this Year!

A list of personal development books have been created to assist you on your journey to victory! 2020 is gone and over, but 2021 has 365 brand new ways for you to prove just how resilient you are. We already have a month in the hole, let's take advantage of the next few. You're only a decision away...
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Fans of the Free Rein series will Enjoy These!

If you enjoyed Netflix's Free Rein which followed the adventures of Zoey Phillips and team as they shared their love of horses, adventure, friendship and family, then you're going to love this awesome selection of horse related content! Grow your knowledge of horse maintenance or jump back into another adventure!
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#OwnVoices: Bring On the Blessings (Book #1 of Blessings series)

When a post-Reconstruction African-American community succumbs to a desperate need for funds and purpose, its mayor puts the small town up for sale and finds a buyer in Bernardine Brown, who believes the town's sale to be a sign from God. 🏠🏠

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Let's Talk Race: A Book List Inspired by 1619

Inspired by the New York Times' 1619  audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, each title in this list corresponds to the thematic elements of an episode. For episode 3, listen to our curated playlist in Freegal.  
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Booklist: Exploration for fun

Exploration Generation   Do you want to explore history and geography, whenever you want?  Then welcome to a new way of thinking of generations. Ask your local librarian for even more suggestions!
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Inspired to Grow Your Relationships?!

We have just the books to help you develop those relationships that matter to you. We've got you covered whether it's with a significant other, yourself, friends and/or family. 
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#OwnVoices: The Women of Brewster Place - A Review

Weaving together the truths and the myths of their lives, Gloria Naylor creates a powerful, moving portrait of the strengths, struggles, and hopes of black women in today's America. - Penguin Publishing

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2021 Career Makeover Tips!

A results oriented (and dare I say, fun) approach to addressing four key career development areas.

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283,755 Books and Counting

With 283,755 English-language books published to date on World War II, you might think the subject, great and multifaceted as it is, had been thoroughly mined and exhausted by now.  Instead, the war, a perennial favorite topic for nonfiction fans, continues to receive fresh treatment at the hands of historians with new insights gleaned from access to previously unexamined primary sources and archival material.
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7 Books Based on Podcasts You Love

Love these podcasts, but desperate for more content? You and me both! Check out these titles to support your favorite podcasts. 
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Get Your News with U.S. Newsstream

If you have grown weary of paywalls impeding your access to reliable news (or of “free” subscriptions that offer only limited access, at the cost of surrendering some personal information), consider using U.S. Newsstream to essentially bypass paywalls and find the latest on US politics, COVID-19 vaccines, and world news.

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Take a Reading Challenge

Break out of your reading comfort zone with these book-focused challenges for the new year.

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Fans of THE EXPANSE Series Should Try These

Are you a huge fan of Amazon Prime's hit SYFY series, The Expanse?! The show is based off of 9 novels plus 7 short stories and novellas written by James S A Corey (a joint pen name for the authors Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham).  
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Handmade Gifts for the Holidays: Hot Cocoa Mix

Need some low budget holiday gift ideas? All the DIY gifts in the "Handmade Gifts for the Holidays" series can be made with supplies costing $10 or less!

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Handmade Gifts for the Holidays: Haystacks

Need some low budget holiday gift ideas? All the DIY gifts in the "Handmade Gifts for the Holidays" series can be made with supplies costing $10 or less!

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Books similar to "The Queen's Gambit"

So, you enjoyed the Netflix show The Queen's Gambit, and now you're ready to conquer the world of chess! Okay, maybe not. Maybe you're just looking to be captivated and entertained by something chess-themed. Here are a few selections to get you started. Happy reading!
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#OWNVOICES: Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

Vivian couldn’t decide what appealed to her more, hot coffee and fresh scones, or that man in the corner who looked like a tall mug of hot chocolate. ☕📚

Why choose?

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Handmade Gifts for the Holidays: Pretzel Hugs

Need some low budget holiday gift ideas? All the DIY gifts in the "Handmade Gifts for the Holidays" series can be made with supplies costing $10 or less!

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Remembering John le Carré

British writer John le Carré, who died on 12 December, leaves behind a legacy of some of the most highly regarded spy novels of the Cold War era and beyond.  Born David Cornwell in 1931, le Carré worked for the British domestic and foreign intelligence agencies (MI5 and MI6) in the 1950s before turning full-time to writing after the international success of his third novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, published in 1963.
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Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Books of 2020

The 12th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers, posted the winners December 8, 2020--after three rounds of voting that started late October 2020. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig won overall best book of the year. Listed below are the winners for all 20 categories ranging from Fiction, Humor, Memoir & Autobiography, Food & Cookbooks, Graphic Novels, Debut Novels, Picture Books and many more. 
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Oprah Magazine Best Books of 2020

"Books are both solace and inspiration. They light the way, even while enabling temporary escape from life's worries...we wanted to share the best books 2020 had to offer." - Oprah magazine 
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Amazon Editors' Top 20 Best Books of 2020

Every year Amazon's Editors select 100 titles they deemed as the best books to represent that year. Titles vary from literature and fiction, mystery, thriller, and suspense, romance, cooking, food, and wine, children's books, and many many more. 
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10 Ways to DIY the Holiday Season

Tis' the season to check out all the gear you need to make your holidays merry and bright this year! 

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Dishes to Make Date Night Sizzle 🔥

Local Chef David Grillo (Cantina 76) and his wife Cheryl serve up dishes to make date night sizzle at home. Kick off your evening with a traditional Sangria followed by the main course—Arroz Con Pollo.

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2020 Booker Prize

The Booker Prize is the biggest British literary award, given to the best original novel written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.  This year’s winner is Shuggie Bain, Douglas Stuart’s autobiographical debut novel, about a young boy growing up poor in Glasgow with his dysfunctional, alcoholic mother. Check out this prize-winning novel, as well as any of the other Booker Prize finalists, from Richland Library’s collection.
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An Arbor Day Celebration

Arbor Day (the first Friday in December) is the beginning of tree planting season in South Carolina.  Celebrate safely by finding moments to walk among the trees and appreciate their quiet majesty. Reading can also deepen our knowledge of even every day subjects. This curated selection of books offers titles for everyone - stories about the importance of trees, the science and even hands-on activities. 
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O'Reilly for Public Libraries

O'Reilly for Public Libraries (formerly Safari Tech Books Online) contains thousands of titles covering nearly 1000 topics in technology and business with new content and features.

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Friendship

Friendships near and far Connecting with friends and family, we are able to listen to each other's experiences.  Let these items show us that we are not alone in how it feels to be human.    Looking for more? Check out our personalized recommendations here or call us at 799-9084.
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Let's Talk Race: A Culinary Conversation

"The man and the woman who became enslaved enslaved the palate of those who enslaved them. From feijoada, to jambalaya, we flipped it on ’em. And we keep flipping it on ’em."
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Michael Twitty

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Debut Novels of 2020

Do you read faster than your favorite author can crank out her latest book? While you are waiting, try one of these debut novels by your newest favorite author! 
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Seasonal Employment Opportunities

Midlands employers have already started advertising to hire seasonal workers as the holiday season approaches. 

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Let's Talk Race DIY Book Club: Biased

Let's Talk Race DIY Book Clubs bring together the essential components of a good book discussion:  an introduction to share, questions to prompt conversation and further reading.