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

SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Dive into the depths of Summer Reading fun. Experience Tails & Tales while discovering awe-inspiring stories about animals and nature. Challenge yourself to try new things and make a positive change in your community and for our planet.

Summer Reading helps build literacy and language skills, prevents the dreaded summer slide for school-aged children, encourages teens and adults to experience the joy of reading and so much more. As you make plans this summer, don’t forget to attend a virtual program or stop by the library to check out books.

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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.

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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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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
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Raising an organized child : 5 steps to boost independence, ease frustration, and promote confidence

Community Conversations


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We’d like to know what you think.

Libraries are changing and we at Lexington County Public Library want to hear what resources you want and need so we can better serve our community. Over the last year, we launched many new services in an effort to continue to reach patrons — especially during the early days of the pandemic — as the world grappled with uncertain and ever-changing information. Ask a Librarian online chat, virtual programming for all ages, personalized reading recommendations web form and self-checkout kiosks are just a few of the new services available.

As we plan for the future of our library, we want your feedback to improve the resources and services offered. Join one of our community conversations and let us know how we can better serve you. Tell us more …


  • What kind of events, classes, workshops or activities would you like to see at the library?

  • Are there materials or services you wish the library would offer?

  • Is there something you would like to see offered on the library’s website?

Community Conversation Sessions

Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 PM

Pelion Branch Library

Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 PM

206 Pine Street, Pelion 29123

Directions

Tuesday, June 15 at 10 AM

Lexington Main Library

Tuesday, June 15 at 10 AM

5440 Augusta Road, Lexington 29072

Directions

Thursday, June 17 at 6:30 PM

Gaston Branch Library

Thursday, June 17 at 6:30 PM

214 South Main Street, Gaston 29053

Directions

Monday, June 21 at 6:30 PM

Batesburg-Leesville Branch Library

Monday, June 21 at 6:30 PM

203 Armory Street, Batesburg 29006

Directions

Tuesday, June 29 at 6:30 PM

Irmo Branch Library

Tuesday, June 29 at 6:30 PM

6251 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29212

Directions

Can’t make it to any of the sessions? Join in the conversation online. If you have questions or want more information, call (803) 785-2600 or email ask@lexcolibrary.com.

Take the Online Survey

News & Blogs

LEARNING CENTER


Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

February 8, 2021

February is Black History Month. It’s a time to bring more awareness and recognition of African American authors and illustrators whose work bespeak an appreciation of African American culture.

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Melissa Hudson June 3, 2021
Services

Top 5 Checked Out Picture Books

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 April 21, 2021
At Your Library Book Lists Early Literacy

Books in Verse

Roses are red, violets are blue, we recommend reading novels in verse, as something you should do. Novels in verse are not a new invention; if you haven’t experienced this thriving genre — now is the time, after all, April is National Poetry Month.

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Jennifer Smith April 20, 2021
Festivals & Holidays Poetry Uncategorized

Get Creative & Crafty

March is National Craft Month. There’s no question that healthy people’s lives include creative outlets — a way to express themselves constructively so there’s less anxiety and stress from within.

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Melissa Hudson March 19, 2021
Cooking & Baking Crafts & Hobbies Lifestyle & Life Skills

The Power of a Good Snooze

It doesn’t matter if you’re for or against daylight saving time, we can all agree that changing the clocks is much easier than convincing our bodies that it’s 6 AM even though it’s screaming back, “Nope, it’s 5 AM according to my time.”

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Jennifer Smith March 15, 2021
‎Health & Wellness

Black History is American History

I remember being in school as a kid and wondering why we were only taught about historical Black figures during February. I then remember being confused because we only talked about well-known names like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.

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Amajah Langford February 25, 2021
African American History History & Culture Teens
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