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

Digital Downloads

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

Libby / OverDrive

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

Hoopla

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

Libby / OverDrive

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

BOOKS & MORE

Picture | South Carolina Book Awards

There are no bears in this bakery
Because
Madeline Finn and the shelter dog
Carl and the meaning of life
The happy book
Nobody hugs a cactus
The very impatient caterpillar
When a kid like me fights cancer
SumoKitty
A voice named Aretha
The proudest blue: a story of hijab and family
If I built a school
The Paper Kingdom
Equality
Just like me
Snail crossing
The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng
A Crazy-Much Love
Packs: Strength in Numbers
This Book Is Gray

Children's | South Carolina Book Awards

Song for a whale
Pay attention Carter Jones
The bridge home
Lety out loud
A wolf called Wander
Finding Orion
On thin ice
Stay
Guest : a changeling tale
More to the story
Some places more than others
Strange birds : a field guide to ruffling feathers
The ghost in apartment 2R
When stars are scattered
Once upon an Eid: stories of hope and joy by 15 Muslim voices
Mananaland
Hello from Renn Lake
Woke : a young poet
All the Impossible Things
Scouts

Learn at Home | 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
Where
Raising an organized child : 5 steps to boost independence, ease frustration, and promote confidence

Board Games Aren’t Just for Fun

Board games aren’t just for fun — they’re learning tools. Cooperation, strategy, math, science, literacy, critical-thinking … there’s a game for that. From classic to brand new, here are some board games to play with your family.

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Alisha Polkowsky February 2, 2021
Board Games Children Learning Skills Sports & Recreation Teens

Fall Into Winter Reading

The days are getting colder and the nights are getting longer — but reading always brightens up our day so we’re challenging you to Fall Into

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Suri Smith November 20, 2020
Children Early Literacy Readers' Advisory Teens

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

Back to School

Summer is coming to an end which means it’s time to get ready for school. Avoid the anxiety and let this be an exciting time

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Melissa Pityk August 25, 2020
Back to School Children Readers' Advisory Teens

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
Children Early Literacy Fairytales Fractured Fairytales

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.

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News & Blogs

LEARNING CENTER


Top 5 Checked Out Picture Books

Top 5 Checked Out Picture Books

April 21, 2021

Have you ever wondered what the most popular books are at your library? Well, look no further, we’ve got your answer. You can even make it a game, grab a pen and piece of paper and jot down your guesses to see how many you get right.

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