Early Literacy

Teens & Young Adults

Lexington County Public Library holds a long-standing commitment to serving teens and young adults by offering exceptional collections, programs and services. Our primary goal is to foster a deep appreciation for reading and exploration. Additionally, we recognize the importance of supporting families, caregivers and educators. When you visit any of our 10 branches, you’ll discover dedicated spaces specifically designed for teens to engage in reading and discovery.

Our specially crafted areas cater to literacy and learning, ensuring that our programs deliver enriching experiences that encourage a love for books and community. For teens, we offer a range of:


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TOPIC    Season's Reading

Far From the Tree
Family Tree
So, This Is Christmas
Twice as Perfect
Stealing Snow
Bridge of Clay
Carols and Chaos
The Holiday Switch
Private Label
Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Eight Nights of Flirting
The Afterlife of Holly Chase
Wicked Saints
New Year’s Kiss
How to Excavate a Heart
Where Dreams Descend

Book Spotlight    Chills & Thrills

Disney Cautionary Tales
The Screaming Staircase
Lying in the Deep
The Fear
Come Out, Come Out, Whatever You Are
Play the Game
My Flawless Life
We’ll Never Tell
Live Your Best Lie
The Headmaster’s List
Promise Boys
Tell Me What Really Happened
The Lake House
Missing Clarissa
At the Speed of Lies
Four Found Dead
Some Shall Break
The Changing Man

Junior    South Carolina Book Awards (2023)

365 Days to Alaska
Across the Desert
Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year
An Occasionally Happy Family
Cuba in my Pocket
Eddie Whatever
Fallout : Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown
Fast Pitch
Flight of the Puffin
Lines of Courage
The Lion of Mars
Maizy Chen’s Last Chance
Now You Say Yes
Playing the Cards You
What Lives in the Woods
Wild River
Worst-Case Collin

Young Adult    South Carolina Book Awards (2023)

African Town
All of Us Villains
Beasts of Prey
The City Beautiful
The Cost of Knowing
Enduring Freedom
Every Single Lie
The Girls I’ve Been
Huda F Are You?
In the Wild Light
A Lesson in Vengeance
Lies Like Wildfire
Luck of the Titanic
Project Hail Mary
The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost Kiss
She Drives Me Crazy
This Poison Heart
Vinyl Moon
You’d Be Home Now
Feed Your Curiosity

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Are you eager to lend a hand? Volunteers are needed to help organize materials and to support large programs and events. You can participate by joining the Friends or completing the volunteer application.

Teens can help at the library by shelving books, preparing crafts for children’s programs and storytimes, assisting with the summer reading program and more. Ask at your local branch for an application and additional details.

Black History is American History

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Black History Month

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 …

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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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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 Winter Reading. We realize you’re busy, so we made it simple.

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Kindness Project

We invite you to join in spreading kindness throughout the month of November. The library offers a series of activities encouraging local residents to be kind to others, be kind to ourselves, be kind to animals and be kind to the earth.

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It’s NaNoWriMo Time

Fall is finally here. That means football, pumpkin spice, temperatures below 90 degrees and — for the month of November — NaNoWriMo. NaNoWri—WHAT? National Novel Writing

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