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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01apr4:30 PM5:00 PMVirtual EventGoogly Eye Lego Monsters

06apr10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventFamily Storytime

06apr6:00 PM7:00 PMVirtual EventTeen Writers Workshop

08apr4:30 PM5:00 PMVirtual EventBrain Games

09apr10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventYoga Storytime: Jungle Animals

12apr6:30 PM7:00 PMVirtual EventPajama Storytime

13apr10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventFamily Storytime

14apr10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventLittle Learners Storytime: Butterflies

14apr4:30 PM5:00 PMVirtual EventNature Nook: For the Birds

15apr4:00 PM5:00 PMVirtual EventNature Nook: DIY Terrariums

18apr3:00 PM4:00 PMVirtual EventTeen Trivia Challenge

20apr10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventFamily Storytime

20apr6:00 PM7:00 PMVirtual EventTeen Writers Workshop

22apr4:30 PM5:00 PMVirtual EventTweens Go Green for Earth Day

27apr10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventFamily Storytime

28apr10:30 AM11:00 AMVirtual EventLittle Learners Storytime: Birds & Seeds

28apr4:30 PM5:00 PMVirtual EventArt Afternoon: Watercolor Crayon Resist

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SOUTH CAROLINA BOOK AWARDS (2020–2021)

Picture Book Award Nominees

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 Book Award Nominees

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

BOOKS & MORE

Singing & Dancing

Phoebe and her Unicorn
Bo’s Magical New Friend
Maggie and the Unicorn
The Unicorn Quest
Sunbeam’s Shine
Sophia and Rainbow
Grumpy Unicorn
The Unicorn in the Barn
The Princess and the Unicorn
The order of the Unicorn
Into the Land of Unicorns
Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Unicorn Training
The Truth about unicorns
Unicorns and Germs
History of Unicorns
Got to warn the unicorns
Blizzard of the Blue Moon
Unicorn Uproar
Here There be Unicorns
Louie Lets Loose

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

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.” According to WebMD, it’s harder to adjust to losing an hour of sleep in the spring than the hour gained in the fall — but it usually takes only one day for a person to adapt to the change.

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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. There was the occasional mention of Frederick Douglass or George Washington Carver but I never really learned about any other Black Americans in school. It was the same thing every year. I remember there being no real emphasis on how Black Americans contributed to the history of the United States. Black History Month felt like a speed bump — over just as quickly as it started and pretty uneventful.

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

Black History Month


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Every February, we celebrate the achievements and history of African Americans as part of Black History Month. Literature in particular has been a space for black authors to tell their stories and bookworms seeking good reads can choose from an array of fiction, poetry, historical texts, essays and memoirs.

While we love to read about historical figures, like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou and Madame C. J. Walker — it’s also great to discover stories about lesser-known Black leaders, like Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first Black female doctor in the United States, or Daniel H. “Chappie” James Jr., the first Black four-star general in the United States Air Force. And we celebrate the accomplishments of today’s Black leaders, like Kamala Harris, Amanda Gorman, Jason Reynolds and the many names that are yet to come.

From literary icons to fresh, buzzworthy talent, we’re highlighting 10 books by African-American authors you should add to your reading list today.


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Ida B. the Queen

by Michelle Duster

The extraordinary life and legacy of Ida B. Wells is celebrated in this book written by her great-granddaughter, Michelle Duster and covers this civil rights icon who brought to light the horrors of lynching in America and cofounded the NAACP.

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The Hill We Climb

by Amanda Gorman

This much anticipated work from Gorman comes on the heels of her recital at President Biden’s inauguration. Gorman suggests that change is hard work but worth the effort. She is the youngest presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history.

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I know why the caged bird sings

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Her coming-of-age story is gregarious but she was an insecure black girl in the American South during the 1930s before moving to California during the 1940s. Enduring bigotry and racism and abuse, Angelou refuses subjugation and chooses to soar to become a preeminent author.

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Between The World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This memoir is a letter to Coates’s adolescent son on how to find his place in the world while describing his awakening to the truth about his place through a series of revelatory experiences — from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris. Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

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between the world and me


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A Promised Land

by Barack ObamaThis much anticipated biography from our 44th President of the United States proves to be both a documentary of his time in office whilst also offering reflections on his early life as a community grassroots advocate to his political ascent. He offers a candid view of the tension of being on the world stage whilst balancing the needs of his young family.
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The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical, but after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age 16, one of them passes for white. Bennett explores the American history of passing whilst expertly weaving a compelling family saga and intertwines multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s as the reader learns how the past continues to influence their lives.

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the vanishing half


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Lady Sings the Blues

by Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday writes about her life in this searingly honest memoir about her rough Baltimore childhood and subsequent rise to become the legendary jazz, swing and singing sensation. She chronicles her interactions with the greatest stars of the time like Bob Hope, Lana Turner and Clark Gable, and is unflinching in chronicling the racism and discrimination she endured until her tragic decline into heroin addiction.

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Invisible Man

by Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison's 1952 classic Invisible Man follows one African-American man's quest for identity during the 1920s and 1930s. Because of the racism he faces, the unnamed protagonist, known as “Invisible Man,” does not feel seen by society and narrates the reader through a series of unfortunate and fortunate events he undertakes to fit in while living in the South and later in Harlem, New York City. In 1953, Invisible Man was awarded the National Book Award, making Ellison the first African-American author to receive the prestigious honor for fiction.

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The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas is part of a new crop of African-American authors bringing fresh new storytelling to bookshelves near you. Her debut young adult novel, The Hate U Give, was inspired by the protests of the Black Lives Matter movement. It follows Starr Carter, a 16-year-old who has witnessed the police-involved shooting of her best friend Khalil. The book, which topped the New York Times bestseller chart, is a timely fictional tale that humanizes the voices behind one of the largest movements of present times.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

During Zora Neale Hurston's career, she was more concerned with writing about the lives of African Americans in an authentic way that uplifted their existence, rather than focusing on their traumas. Her most celebrated work, 1937's Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an example of this philosophy. It follows Janie Mae Crawford, a middle-aged woman in Florida, who details lessons she learned about love and finding herself after three marriages. Hurston used black Southern dialect in the characters' dialogue to proudly represent their voices and manner.

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Black History Titles for Adults

Black History Titles for Children

Books Written by Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is the best-selling author of many books for young readers, including the multi-award winner Long Way Down, which was recently adapted into a stunning graphic novel with illustrator Danica Novgorodoff.

Reynolds is also the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and his platform “Grab the Mic: Tell Your Story” is focused on listening and empowering students across the country to share their personal stories.

Reynolds’ recommendations are always terrific, so we asked him to share three books for Black History Month and what he loves about them. — Seira Wilson | Amazon Celebrity Book Picks

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Kindness Project

Kindness Project

November 5, 2020

Lexington County Public Library Lexington County Public Library invites the community to join in spreading

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Kate Barry February 23, 2021
African American History History & Culture Teens

Coretta Scott King Book Awards


Coretta Scott King award winners

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.

For more than fifty years, books by African American writers and artists have been honored by receiving the Coretta Scott King Book Award. The award is designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace. After Dr. King’s murder, Mrs. King carried on his legacy for racial justice and equality. The multidimensional characteristics of the authors’ and illustrators’ works reflect the African American experience from both the historical and contemporary perspectives.

There are separate awards for authors and illustrators, as well as the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award and the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. They’re awarded annually by the American Library Association as part of the Youth Media Awards.

2021 Author & Illustrator Award Winners

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Before the Ever After

by Jacqueline Woodson

(Author Award Winner)

RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

by Carole Boston Weatherford

(Illustrator Award Winner)

Coretta Scott King Award Nominees

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Werewolves

Werewolves

October 18, 2020

Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf? Not us.Werewolves are one of the world’s most

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Jennifer Smith February 8, 2021
African American History Book Awards

The State Newspaper’s Free With Your Library Card

Read today’s headlines from The State — FREE using your library card. You can view and read a digital image of today’s newspaper from anywhere. Search for past news articles back to 1987 and browse web articles that were published on the newspaper’s website.

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Melissa Hudson January 31, 2021
Databases Politics & Government South Carolina

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. Apps like Focus To-Do will not only help keep you on track with your goals but remind you to take needed breaks.

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.

Want to Learn More?

  • How to Beat the Back to School Blues  //  Anxiety & Depression Association of America
  • Back to Work Blues: Easing Into Work After Vacation  //  Work Health Life
  • 10 Books to Help Ease the Back to School Blues  //  Book Riot
  • 22 Back to School Books That’ll Make it Easier to Navigate the Year With  //  Epic Reads
  • 7 YA Books to Beat Your Back to School Blues  //  Barnes & Noble
  • How to Cope With the Back-to-School Blues  //  Parent Map
  • The Secret to Managing Back-to-Work Blues  //  Ladders
  • Feeling the Post-Holiday Blues? Here's How You Can Make Returning to Work Less Painful  //  Upskilled
  • Post-Holiday Blues: How to Manage Back-to-Work Anxiety  //  CBC British Columbia

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Mermaids

Mermaids

October 17, 2020

Mermaids swim and splash through our imaginations in a flurry of shells, seaweed and scales.

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Kyland Gadson January 26, 2021
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