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Librarian’s Quote of the Week:
 ”Knowing I lov’d my books, he furnish’d me,
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom.”
~ Shakespeare

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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

The Foothills Music Club, Inc. will present a “Happy Birthday, Shakespeare” concert on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Isothermal Community College’s Polk Center in Columbus.

April 23 is generally given as the day of Shakespeare’s birth and the music club will commemorate this day by playing a variety of music from the time of Shakespeare.

The concert is free and open to the public and is made possible by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation to Polk County Public Library. Free copies of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be available while supplies last. This program is presented as part of “Whole Lotta Shakespeare Goin’ On” in partnership with other regional public libraries and local community organizations.

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The libraries will be closed on Friday, April 18th and Saturday, April 19th for the Easter holiday. We will reopen on Monday, April 21st.

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Staff Picks: April

This month’s question: What is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?

Wanangwa, Technical Services: “It would have to be Mansfield Park to the BBC movie version with Nicholas Farrell. I actually went through the movie one time with Kindle in hand – they left out only one chapter completely…other than that they covered everything at least to some extent. I love that kind of thoroughness in movie-making! (Of course, it is five and a half hours long!)”

Bob, Saluda Branch Manager: “Franz Kafka’s book The Trial was made into a movie by Orson Welles in 1962. It starred Anthony Perkins from Psycho. I saw it recently on Netflix. All the paranoia and the fear in the book was captured on film about the best it can be done. Highly recommended.”

Kitty, Circulation: “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy…the panoramic views are astounding! I especially like the fires on the peaks and of course the guardians on the river…and how I wish I could live in a hobbit house!”

Amanda, Circulation: “My favorite book-to-movie adaptation is Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. The book is amazing and I just loved the movie. You can’t go wrong with Jude Law rocking a Southern accent and a uniform.”

Rita, Bookmobile: “I have two, one modern and one classic. I am a Twilight fan. I love the romance and the evolution of the characters throughout the series. My classic is Gone With the Wind. There again, the romance is a key factor for me. I also enjoy the historical aspect.”

Jen, Children’s Department: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The movie was very true to the book as author Stephen Chbosky also wrote the screenplay and directed the film. I also think they cast Logan Lerman perfectly as Charlie.”

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We had a great turnout for the New 5 Cents Bluegrass Band on April 3rd! A special thank you to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this event. For our next HeartSongs program, we’re looking for musicians for a May Day circle jam. Contact Kitty at kedwards@polklibrary.org or 894-8721 ext. 222 for more information.

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Drum Circle

Here are some photos from our recent drum circles! The drum circle is on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at 5:30pm. Some instruments are provided but you can bring your own as well. All ages are welcome!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Green World of Drama and Love

Thursday, April 10th
Main Library: 10:30am
Saluda Community Library: 4pm

Dr. Gary Ettari, associate professor of literature and language
at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Green World of Drama and Love,” an oral lecture about William Shakespeare.

Free copies of the book A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be available while supplies last.

This FREE program is presented as part of the “Whole Lotta Shakespeare Goin’ On” project by the Polk County Public Library in partnership with other regional public libraries and local community organizations, and is made possible through a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.

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  • Polk County Public Library
  • 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