Create your own Summer Learning Challenge this year!

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

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Texting via Haikus

Let's explore Kwame Alexander's usage of Haikus to depict text messages in the novel in verse The Crossover.

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A Soft Lesson to Learn: Teaching Soft Skills

As employers continue to lament the soft-skills deficiencies they see in new hires, more attention is being paid to making these skills part of the educational curriculum.

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Richland Library Northeast

Garden to Table: Summer Solstice Recipes

Summer has arrived! Join us as we use common produce that can be found in WLTX’s Gandy’s Garden, and in any supermarket or your own garden. We created some easy, flavorful dishes in our Northeast Teaching Kitchen using ingredients that signal summer is here! We hope you have fun making these dishes at home!  

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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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YA and Middle Grade Reads to Celebrate National Foster Care Month

National Foster Care Month has been observed during the Month of May in the United States since 1988 when President Ronald Reagan recognized  May as a month to show appreciation and gratitude to foster parents across the nation. The purpose of National Foster Care Month continues to evolve based on the needs of the time. For example, in 2019, the theme for National Foster Care Month was "Foster Care as a Support to Families, not a Substitute for Parents."
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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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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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For Fans of Shadow and Bone

Binge watched your way through Netflix's new number one show Shadow and Bone yet? You can of course pick up Grishaverse creator Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone trilogy or Six of Crows duology to finish the tale.
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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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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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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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Good Folk Tales and Fairy Tales for Storytelling

In their well-respected book, Storytelling: Art and Technique, Ellin Greene and Augusta Baker tell us: "A good story for telling is one that has something to say and that says it in the best possible way." Check out some of these books to learn more about the traditional art of storytelling and to find folk tales and fairy tales that have something to say and are written in the best possible way!
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Teen Books to Make You Laugh

Looking for laughs in your reading selection? Try some of these humorous teen titles from an alien-hunting cheerleader (Flying by Carrie Jones) to a convention center mismatched with a percussion competition, fandom con, & taxidermy championship (The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry) that'll have you chuckling and smiling throughout.  
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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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The Asian & Asian American Experience through Novels for Middle Grade and Teens

For many children the first glimpse into the lives of others is through books. Taking time to read about, learn and appreciate others' differences is a stepping stone to equality, inclusion and acceptance of all. The booklist below focuses on novels for middle grade readers and teens about the Asian and Asian American experience in hopes of being able to create a window into the lives of others.
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Women's History Month: Realistic Teen Fiction

Women are strong, creative, hardworking, innovative, inspiring, and so much more. The women that go down in history and those that impact lives and communities around us were young teen girls at one point. Explore what it's like living as a young lady, the highs and lows as well as the joys and difficulties, in these contemporary teen fiction books.
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Page-Turning Nonfiction for Teens

Who doesn’t love a great true story?  These nonfiction titles will transport you to different time and place, leaving you racing toward the end of the book to see how it all turns out while devouring every detail.  Scale a mountain (No Summit Out of Sight), survive the wild (Marooned in the Arctic), win the game (Attucks!; Games of Deception), or dig into history’s gruesome side (The Borden Murders; Flesh & Blood So Cheap; The Family Romanov) in these fast-paced reads. 
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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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Teen Witchy Reads for WandaVision Fans

The latest hit from the Marvel Universe may have wrapped last week with the finale of WandaVision, but there are plenty of riveting reads of powerful witches and complex female characters to fill that void.
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Dinner Table Talks: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Dinner Table Talks create the opportunity for families to have important conversations centered around books. These discussions will build our capacity for talking about race and define our roles in fighting against both every day and systemic racism.

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Let's Talk Race: Historical Fiction List Inspired by Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You

“But what some folks want you to be and what you is...well, sometimes they gonna be two different things. But you will always know who is in here. Got me? This is who you are.”--Karyn Parsons, How High the Moon Inspired by Stamped:  Racism, Antiracism and You, these books shed light and humanize history by allowing readers to go beyond dates and facts to get to know the true story.  
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Let's Talk Race: A Fiction List Inspired by Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You

“That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?” ― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give Inspired by Stamped:  Racism, Antiracism and You, these stories give voice to the lives of today's teens and tweens--the challenges they face as well as their triumphs.  
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#OwnVoices: Class Act

New Kid, the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal, is now joined by Jerry Craft’s powerful Class Act.

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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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Read Woke Across America Week

Let’s show out children a world where everyone does not look the same, worship the same, or even think the same—and that this is the beauty of the world. Let’s teach them that in spite of our differences, we’re more alike than different, and learning brings us closer together. Let’s join together and Read WOKE Across America!

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Read Woke Across America Week: Woke Books for Tweens & Teens

Are you looking for a way to #ReadWoke Across America? This booklist will help guide you to finding great books for tweens and teens that challenge the status quo and gives representation to the underrepresented and/or oppressed. Read Woke Across America Week starts the first week of March in honor of Zero Discrimination Day. 
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iRead: Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is an author and poet who grew up in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Inspired by Queen Latifah and the other rappers he listened to in his youth, he began writing poetry at the age of 9. 

In January 2020, Jason Reynolds was named as the Library of Congress’s national ambassador for young people’s literature, a position designed to encourage young people to develop an interest in reading.

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Stamped: Who Were They Really?

The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. Racist ideas are woven into the fabric of this country, and the first step to building an antiracist America is acknowledging America's racist past and present.

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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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There's Always Room for Dragons in Teen Fiction

Fantasy stories are full of interesting magical creatures, but nothing holds a flame to the fire-breathing behemoths that are dragons. From treasure hoarders to city destroyers to faithful companions and more, check out the young adult books below for stories of fierce and fiery drakes.
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Stamped: This is Not a History Book

"This is not a history book...." There's so much packed in that one profound statement that Jason Reynolds reiterates at the beginning of Stamped: Antriracism, Racism, and You by Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

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Budgeting and Money Saving Skills For Teens

Financial skills are key to taking control of your destiny. Money you save today could make a lasting difference in the future. Budgeting for personal goals are great habits to build. Adults may not like to admit it, but many of them wish they could turn back time and read up about this! The books listed below offer good advice for saving and budgeting. There are many digital books on money management available for instant checkout over on Hoopla.
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New Teen Romances

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. If you're feeling the love in the air or want something sweet to make your heart melt, swoon over these teen picks below.
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YA Book Recommendations for Black History Month

28 books that celebrate and explore black culture, communities, social dynamics, and identities. Find great Middle Grade #OwnVoices Black History Month Recommendations here. 
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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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Women Making History for Tweens & Teens

From Vice President Kamala Harris to Michaela Goade, the first BIPOC woman to win a Caldecott medal, these are just a few of the women making history in 2021.  Let's be clear.  Women have always made history.  Sadly, they have been overshadowed, overlooked or just plain erased from many history books.  But no more.  Discover unsung heroes and (good) troublemakers in these books and appreciate the impact that women have made.  
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iRead: Women Making History

From Vice President Kamala Harris to Michaela Goade, the first BIPOC woman to win a Caldecott medal, these are just a few of the women making history in 2021. 

Discover unsung heroes and (good) troublemakers in these books and appreciate the impact that women have made.  

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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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Teen Body Positivity

Body positivity encourages self-love and the acceptance of all bodies. These teen books featuring plus size main characters celebrate and remind us that you don't have to be a certain size or shape to be the hero or fall in love.
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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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Teen Books in Translation

We live in a globalized world, so why not read like it? These teen titles are from a variety of countries and languages and have been translated into English. Great literature spans the entire Earth, so don't miss out on interesting cultures in these stories of adventure, mystery, history, and more.
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Anthologies for Teens

Anthologies are a unique format that can bring together a wide array of voices, both new and familiar, on a variety of genres and topics. In recent years, young adult anthologies have been on the rise in number and popularity. Try out the titles below to explore short story and essay collections ranging from #OwnVoices experiences of immigration (Come on In) to reimagined East and South Asian folklore and mythology (A Thousand Beginnings and Endings), discussions on mental health ([Don't] Call Me Crazy & Life Inside My Mind) and more.
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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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#BrainBreaks: Creative Journaling

Take a break and write.  Journaling can help you process your emotions and unleash your creativity.  

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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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YA Books in Verse

Dive into this young adult books in verse. They're super easy reads with lovely writing styles. 
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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!