Children

Read, Explore, Learn, Grow & Play at Lexington County Public Library

Lexington County Public Library has a strong tradition of serving children and families with great collections, programs and services designed to build a love of reading and discovery. We also uphold the value of supporting families, caregivers and educators. Visit any of our 10 branches to find dedicated areas for children to read and explore. Designed to support literacy and learning — our programs provide rich experiences that provide opportunities to build a love of books and community. For children, Lexington County Public Library provides:

BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

The Three Little Kittens
Summer Song
Rosie: Stronger Than Steel
The Yawns Are Coming!
Taking Time
A Little Bit Brave
A New Kind of Wild
Here We Go Digging for Dinosaur Bones
A is for Another Rabbit
Happy Birthday, Mouse! ( If You Give... )
The Camping Trip

Children & Tweens

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

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01dec10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventFamily Storytime: Roar ... It's a Dinosaur

03dec4:30 PM5:30 PMVirtual EventFull Steam Ahead: Noble Neon

08dec10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventFamily Storytime: Diggity Dogs

08dec6:00 PM7:00 PMVirtual EventTeen Library Lab: The Great Library Bake-Off (sort of)

09dec10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventLittle Learners Storytime: Let it Snow

10dec4:30 PM5:15 PMVirtual EventLego Storybuilders Club

15dec10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventFamily Storytime: Zoo Day

17dec4:00 PM5:00 PMVirtual EventTween Extreme: Pipe Cleaner Characters

22dec10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventFamily Storytime: Crazy About Cookies

23dec4:30 PM5:15 PMVirtual EventBooks & Beyond: Hello Winter

29dec10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventFamily Storytime: Winter Fun

30dec10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventLittle Learners Storytime: Not Quite New Years

31dec11:00 AM12:00 PMVirtual EventNoon Year's Eve Party

Digital Downloads

Explore ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, comics, graphic novels, movies, music and more all available for download to your favorite device.

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Libby / OverDrive

Discover the titles, authors or genres you're looking for in the format you want (ebooks, audiobooks)

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Hoopla

Stream popular titles, authors and series to your favorite device (movies, music, audiobooks & more)

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RB Digital

Browse the world's largest digital newsstand for full color, interactive digital magazines (magazines)

SOUTH CAROLINA BOOK AWARDS (2020–2021)

Picture Book Award Nominees

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face by Larissa Theule
Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins by Michelle Meadows
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Friends Stick Together by Hannah E. Harrison
Giraffe Problems by Jory John
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Love, Z by Jessie Sima
The Magician’s Hat by Malcolm Mitchell
Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman
Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung
Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs by Melissa Stewart
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre
Remarkably You by Pat Zietlow Miller
The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes
Shaking Things Up by Susan Hood
Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy by Drew Daywalt
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Children's Book Award Nominees

Amal unbound
Arlo Finch in the valley of fire
Betty before X
Blended
Caterpillar Summer
Daring Dozen
Echo
Finding Langston
Hardscrabble
Holes in the sky
Just like Jackie
Let
Lizzy and the good luck girl
Max & the Midknights
Saving Winslow
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
The Doughnut Fix
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA
They call me Güero: a border kid
Willa of the Wood

BOOKS & MORE

Singing & Dancing

Glad glad bear
Dot unplugged
Sing with me
Lloyd finds his whalesong
Pokko and the Drum Hardcover
Angelina ballerina tries again
Night night bunny
Sing with me canta conmigo
By the Light of the Moon
Pete the Cat Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Learning & Reading

The Read - Aloud Family
How to raise a reader
The Enchanted Hour
The Brave Learner
Let Them Be Kids
Home learning year by year : how to design a creative and comprehensive homeschool curriculum
Homeschool bravely : how to squash doubt, trust God, and teach your child with confidence
The 5 love languages of children : the secret to loving children effectively
The five love languages of teenagers
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Raising an organized child : 5 steps to boost independence, ease frustration, and promote confidence

Learning Center

What’s all the Hoopla About?

Books, ebooks, audiobooks, movies and television shows are all items accessible through the library — but what about music? That’s where Hoopla comes in. Hoopla allows you to check out music from a wide variety of artists and in a multitude of languages, as well as ebooks, audiobooks, movies and tv shows.

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Megan Ricard September 16, 2020
Children Digital Downloads Early Literacy

Fairy Tales: Little Red & Cinderella

Fairy tales are an important genre in children’s literature and have been passed down from generation to generation. Usually ending “happily ever after,” fairy tales make for a perfect family read aloud. These favorites for the gentler listeners’ ears will be a good place to start.

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Jill Klaseus August 19, 2020

Lefties Get Their Day

Oh, hear the cheerful cries of the left-handed population. August 13 is officially recognized as International Left-Handers Day, and I find it most important to honor these everyday troopers for making it in a right-handed world. Why, you ask?

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Kyland Gadson August 13, 2020
Learning Science Teens

Back to School During the Pandemic


back to school during coronavirus pandemic

Everything about 2020 has been different, so the back-to-school season is no exception. This year, first-day-of-school jitters are mixed in with uncertainty, all while the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on our lives. Hand sanitizer and laptops have replaced backpacks and lunch boxes as must-have items for returning students — where the one uniform requirement nationwide is a mask.

If you’re reading this, I’m sure these thoughts are running through your mind …


  • What will this school year look like?

  • How do I prepare my child for virtual school, in-person and virtual school or just in-person school?

  • If we do virtual school, am I supposed to teach my child, too?

Trust me, you’re not the only one who’s having to adapt. Our library staff are here for you and we’ll continue to support you during these unprecedented times.  

Let’s jump right into it. The most important part about getting ready for school — even during a pandemic — is preparation. How can I do this, you ask?


  • Communication

  • ‎Have a talk with your child about how this is new for both of you, just like every new school year.

  • Ask questions about how your child is feeling and what you can do to support them and vice-versa.

  • Communicate that you’ll navigate this school year as a team just like you always do.

  • Establish Expectations

  • ‎Discuss with your child what you expect from them, whether it’s submitting assignments on time, being on time for virtual class, making good grades —anything and everything you can think of.

  • ‎Let your child verbalize what they expect from you. Remember this is a two-way street.

  • Plan

  • Sit down with your child and make a schedule for what will go on during the school day, just like they have at school. For example, 8:30 AM virtual math, 9:15 AM break time, 11 AM lunch, etc.

  • It’ll take time for your child to get adjusted to this schedule, just like it does during regular school, but after a couple of weeks hold your child accountable to sticking to the routine.

  • Classroom Rules

  • Teachers and their students typically establish classroom rules together, and they’re held accountable by their teacher and you, as a parent.

  • Make sure you hold your child accountable during virtual school because the teacher can’t see everything that’s going on.

  • ‎If needed, make rules alongside your child and enforce them all day, every day. If your child doesn’t submit an assignment, don’t ignore this. Sit down and have a conversation with them, so this doesn’t happen again. If something like this is ignored, they may just stop doing their work.

  • Support Your Child’s Teacher

  • Please be patient with teachers, they’re going through the same thing as you.

  • Remember that virtual school isn’t homeschool, let teachers be teachers and educate your child.

  • ‎It’s okay for you to help your child, but let your child get answers wrong. If you correct your child’s work, they may never learn.

  • ‎Stick to your role as a caregiver. Continue to communicate with your child’s teacher, ask questions, anything that you would normally do, do it.

  • Familiarize yourself with your child’s classes and grading system.

  • Have Daily or Weekly Family Meetings

  • Talk about how school is going, what is or isn’t working.

  • Listen to everyone and uplift each other.

  • Anything is open for discussion.

The library has valuable tools and resources in different formats to support you and your child. Check out our Online Resources where you can browse by topic or try out our virtual Ask a Librarian chat service. As always, you can contact your local branch for help. We’ll always be here for you — happy to help.

Want to Learn More?

News & Blogs

LEARNING CENTER

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Kacee Merritt July 15, 2020
Back to School Children Coronavirus School Teens

Find Your Escape

One of the best things about being a reader is that even after we close the pages of a book, we don’t have to leave

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Mindi Popovich May 20, 2020

Learn at Home

For supporting children’s continuous learning at home and for back-to-school plans, we’ve got you covered with virtual learning materials. Explore any interest, develop new skills, connect with others in the community.

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Melissa Pityk May 15, 2020
Children Entertainment Learning School Science STEM/STEAM Study Skills Teens
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