Summer Reading @ PCPL

summer-reading-fizz-boom-readCalling all mad scientists!  Join us as we explore science topics from turtle conservation to liquid nitrogen and more.  Spend your summer reading and earn prizes and opportunities for grand prizes.

Youth (ages birth-18) can now register for our Summer Reading Program. Click here to sign up. *If you would like to sign up for one of the programs that requires registration, contact Jen Pace, Youth Services Librarian, at 828-894-8721 x227 or jpace@polklibrary.org.*

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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! We’ll have lots of fun stuff, including pizza, a photo scavenger hunt, a Minute To Win It competition, and make your own ice cream sundaes! 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!

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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 Dasher. 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

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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 www.reverbnation.com/carriemorrison.

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Fizz! Boom! Reading Explosion!

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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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Pacolet Area Conservancy Nature Hike

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Pam from Pacolet Area Conservancy is returning to the Main Library on Tuesday, July 1 at 10am to lead a nature hike on the trails behind the library. She will also present a special nature program after the hike. This event is part of our children’s Summer Reading Program.

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July Teen Book Club & Movie Night

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The club meets on the third Thursday of every month at 4pm. For our July book, we’re reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Come to the meeting on July 17 to discuss and you’ll also get a free copy of August’s book. Stick around after book club (or come even if you aren’t in the book club) for the film version of The Book Thief at 5pm! Popcorn and drinks will be served.

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

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    44 W. Main Street
    Saluda, NC 28773
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