Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up Party


August 5 is our Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up Party! Come on by the Main Library between 5-7pm in your best Hawaiian clothes for a luau. We’ll have games, food, crafts, balloon creations, and face painting! Don’t forget to bring your BINGO cards for entries into the grand prize drawings… We’ll pick the winners after the party. Keep on reading through August; you can still bring your reading log in for prizes until school starts!

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Sub-Zero Effect

Liquid Nitrogen Program 2

Our next children’s Summer Reading Program event is Sub-Zero Effect. Join us on July 29 at 10am at the Main Library as KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum shows us how science can be cool… Really cool, about 322 degrees below zero Fahrenheit cool! Using liquid nitrogen, we’ll shatter a ball, make an explosion, and examine the three states of matter.

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August Teen Events

We have a lot going on in August for teens! Check it out…

Friday, August 1
7-11pm: Teens Take Over

Come take over the library after hours! This event is part of 2014 National Teen Lock-In, so we’ll be competing against other libraries to win the photo scavenger hunt and Minute To Win It competition. We’ll also have pizza, make your own ice cream sundaes, and crafts! Plus a late night virtual chat with Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles series. Teens who wish to attend this event must register in advance and have a signed permission slip from a parent/guardian.

Tuesday, August 12
2-5pm: Divergent Party & Movie Matinee

Come dressed in your favorite faction’s colors for a costume contest, crafts, food, and of course the movie (based on the best-selling young adult novel by Veronica Roth)!


Thursday, August 21
4-5pm: Book Club

The club meets on the third Thursday of every month. For our August book, we’re reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Come to the meeting to discuss and you’ll also get a free copy of September’s book.

Thursday, August 21
5-6pm: Craft Night

Stick around after book club (or come even if you aren’t in it) for earring making. Local jewelry artist Julie Arrington will demonstrate how to make earrings and assist teens in creating their designs. All materials will be provided! Teens who wish to attend this event must register in advance.

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Friends of the Polk County Public Library Book Club

The Friends of the Polk County Public Library Book Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month in the Main Library’s Community Room from 2-4pm. Here are their upcoming books:

July 23: The Big Rich by Bryan Burrough
Aug. 27: Sycamore Row by John Grisham
Sept. 24: Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
Oct. 22: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Nov. 19: My Name is Nancy by Deborah Keller
December: NO MEETING
Jan. 28: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Feb. 25: The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews

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Carrie Morrison Concert


Polk County Public Library is excited to welcome singer-songwriter Carrie Morrison in concert on July 29 at 6:30pm. The event will be held at the Main Library. It is free of charge and all are invited to attend. Morrison will perform all original music, featuring songs from her new album “Carolina Blonde.” For a preview of Morrison’s music, visit

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Fizz! Boom! Reading Explosion!


Our next open Summer Reading Program event (the July 8 and July 15 events have limited capacity and are now full) is Fizz! Boom! Reading Explosion! Join us on July 22 at 6pm at the Main Library for this awesome magic show! Professor Whizzpop will introduce readers to some of literature’s more eccentric figures: mad scientists and crackpot inventors. During the program, we’ll recycle gumballs a la Willy Wonka, make a monster with Dr. Frankenstein, and reinvent the light bulb with Edison.

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  • Main Library
    1289 West Mills Street
    Columbus, NC 28722
    Tel. (828) 894-8721
    Fax (828) 894-2761
    Mon. 9am – 6pm
    Tue.-Thurs. 9am – 8pm
    Fri. 9am – 6pm
    Sat. 9am – 4pm

    Saluda Community Library
    44 W. Main Street
    Saluda, NC 28773
    Tel. (828) 749-2117
    Mon.-Fri. 9am – 6pm
    Sat. 9am – 1pm

    (828) 894-8721 ext. 225