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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05jan10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventFamily Storytime

05jan6:00 PM7:00 PMVirtual EventTeen Writers Workshop

07jan4:30 PM5:15 PMVirtual EventArt Afternoon: DIY Salt Dough

12jan4:30 PM5:30 PMPostponedVirtual EventMission Creativity: Paper Catapults

13jan10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventLittle Learners Storytime: Whose Track is That?

14jan4:00 PM5:00 PMVirtual EventMission Creativity: DIY Journal

19jan10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventFamily Storytime

19jan6:00 PM7:00 PMVirtual EventTeen Writers Workshop

22jan10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventYoga Storytime: Woodland Animals

25jan4:30 PM5:30 PMVirtual EventArt Afternoon: Paper Plate Owls

26jan10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventFamily Storytime

27jan10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventLittle Learners Storytime: Penguins are Cool

27jan4:30 PM5:15 PMVirtual EventWheel of Fun

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

Beating the Winter, Back to Reality Blues


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Winter is a beautiful and peaceful time of year, where life seems to slow down a bit for the holidays leading into the new year.  When the new year arrives however, life tends to kick into overdrive. It’s a new semester at school, new projects at work and you’ve vowed this is the year to be healthy — all while dealing with everyday things, like catching up with your inbox and managing family schedules — and winter means shorter daylight hours and longer nights. It can be a lot of pressure to feel like there’s enough time in the day to get everything done without feeling overwhelmed. When thinking of all of this, especially after long breaks away from your typical school or work environment, it can lead to the “Back-to-School/Work Blues.”

What are the, “Back to School/Work Blues?” They’re feelings of anxiety, dread, sadness, loss of excitement, and for some, depression when returning to a routine activity like work or school after a weekend off, a vacation or holiday. The transition from having time to yourself, moving at a slower, relaxed pace and engaging in different activities that you love — to having to organize and plan, move at a faster pace, and increase your work load can be difficult.

So, what can you do to reduce anxiety so you won’t be singing the blues when you go back to school or work?

Ease Into a Routine

A smooth transition from no routine to a full school or work is possible if you give yourself enough time to adjust beforehand.

 

Sleep

About a week before you return to school or work, set an alarm to wake up at the same time each morning. This will help you to fall asleep around the same time almost every night, getting your circadian rhythms adjusted to a sleep routine. When returning to your typical schedule, it won’t be such a shock to your body if you have to wake up early and you’ll be less tired in class or at your workstation. (Helpful resource: The Sleep Cycle app allows you to awaken within a window of time when you are in light sleep. This app monitors your sleep cycle so that it doesn’t jolt you awake in the middle of deep sleep, and you can have a more peaceful morning.)

 

Activity

Before you return to school or work, it’ll be beneficial to set a schedule of two or three meaningful tasks to complete a day. This will also get you back into a routine of having to work a little more during the day. Breaks and vacations are meant for resting and recharging, but usually we stick to rest and never integrate the recharging portion of our vacation time. This is where scheduling activities comes in. It allows for a mental shift that isn’t so abrupt before you dive into homework, projects, business meetings, emails, conferences and more. Activities can include reading a chapter (if reading wasn’t apart of your resting routine), completing a household chore, volunteering or starting a small passion project. Whatever allows for a little more effort to be exerted than in your resting period will get you off to a great start.

Prepare

Fear of the unknown can cause a great amount of stress and anxiety. How will this year turn out? Will I have friends? How will others respond to me? Will I meet my quota? Will I meet all of my requirements? Some factors, such as external responses, can’t be controlled — but you can still do your best to prepare for each circumstance that tends to accompany your school or work day.

 

Clothes

Lay out your clothes the night before. If you are ambitious, you may want to lay out a week's worth of clothes. Check the weather to make sure you’re dressing appropriately and pick out something that makes you feel like your best self.  Make new combinations out of old attire, or maybe treat yourself to a new outfit to make you feel fresh for the upcoming work week. Not having to rush and throw something together in the morning will help cultivate a more peaceful start to your day.

 

Lunch & Snacks

Meal prep if possible. Do you end up eating whatever the office provides even if it's not the healthiest choice? Do you grab fast food on the way to work for lunch? Try preparing your lunch and snacks the day before you return. Prepare your sandwich or salad and pack a snack that will fuel your body with energy for the hours ahead. Making time to prepare more mindful meals can help you make healthier choices. This will increase your energy throughout the work or school day and improve your physical and mental health over time.

 

Goals

Create a plan of action. If you want to meet your quota, create a short list of realistic goals for your first day or week back on the job to get the results you desire. If you are hoping to make friends, set a goal of talking to at least one new person that week. Are you wanting to make good grades this semester?  Then, create a reasonable study schedule that accounts for productive time and allows for breaks to rest your mind. Make proactive choices to get ahead of the week's demands. (App timer)

Train your Thoughts

Positive thinking is the most important way to beat the “Back-to-Reality Blues.” However, it can be the hardest and the most underrated method to make the transition better. At times, all you may be able to focus on are the aspects you can’t control or prepare for, or how you wish you'd had a longer vacation, or how you'd rather be anywhere else. What do you do when the dread just won't go away?

 

Gratitude

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. You’re alive and able to walk into a brand new day and a fresh start. Are you grateful for this new opportunity? You’re able to receive an education, which wasn’t an automatic right for many people in centuries past — and even in some places today. The world of knowledge is your oyster. No one can take it away from you once you have it, does that make you feel empowered? What about this new school or work week can you be grateful for?

 

Positives

‎Find two or three positive features about school or work that you enjoy or look forward to (friendly coworkers, seeing your favorite teacher, the drive to work, the ride on the bus with your friends, learning about your favorite subject, etc.) Keep your mind on those positives as you prepare to return to your regular schedule of activities.

 

Anxiety as Fuel

Use your anxiety as fuel. Many people try to resist their back-to-school/work blues, by ignoring them and pushing through the week. Getting through the week is feasible and sometimes that’s all you can muster. Nonetheless, the hope is that you’ll thrive through the week, month, year and beyond. What’s the dread of going back to school or work telling you? Embrace it and listen to what it’s trying to say. Are you nervous about the grades you'll make? Are you afraid that you won't have anyone to sit with at lunch? Is it overwhelming to think about the many deadlines you have? Is this not the right career for you? Are you majoring in something you don’t love? Are you self conscious or afraid that you can’t rise to the challenge to fulfill your passion? Can you answer the question that anxiety is raising? What will you do to conqueror this question? There is a solution to almost every problem. Utilize available resources (like your public library) to help you succeed. Ask someone you trust for help and use anxiety as fuel to rise above your fears.

You can take on this new season with hope and vigor. It may be uncomfortable to move back into a school or work routine — but it’s possible to make it more pleasant with a little preparation.

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Back to School During the Pandemic


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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.

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