Food For Fines

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  • One unexpired, nonperishable food item will erase $1 of overdue fines.
  • Fees other than overdue fines are not eligible.
  • Donations accepted at Columbus, Saluda, and the Bookmobile.
  • Part of Hunger Action Month, a national movement to alleviate hunger.
  • All proceeds will be donated to Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry.

Polk County Public Library is committed to providing community-focused service, fostering civic engagement, and supporting positive community change. Hunger Action Month is a movement to raise awareness of food insecurity and mobilize people to help end hunger. North Carolina has the fifth highest rate of food insecurity in the United States. In Polk County, 64% of students are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. Everyone in the community, whether or not they owe fines, is encouraged to donate food to help neighbors in need.

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Scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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We are continuing our celebration of the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare with scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to be performed by local fifth grade students at the Peterson Amphitheater at Tryon Fine Arts Center on Sunday, September 14.

Marianne Carruth, Director of Marketing and Arts in Education at TFAC, and Michael MacCauley, Director of the Professional Youth Actor Training Program at NC Stage, will audition interested fifth grade students from Saluda, Tryon, Sunny View, and Polk Central elementary schools during the first week of September.

Rehearsals will take place at the Polk County Public Library in Columbus September 8-11 from 4-6pm, with a dress rehearsal on Saturday, September 13 from 9-11am. The final performance will be at 3pm on Sunday, September 14 at the Tryon Fine Arts Center’s Peterson Amphitheater. Following scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, juggler/unicyclist Kevin Bradley will perform and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte will present The Emperor’s New Clothes. There will be complimentary refreshments for all to enjoy.

This program is sponsored by Polk County Public Library with a Community Matters grant from the Polk County Community Foundation and is also part of “Super Sunday,” a free event for the whole family presented by Children’s Theater Festival. It 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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September Teen Book Club & Movie Night

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Teen Book Club

The club meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 4pm. For our September book, we’re reading Sold by Patricia McCormick. We will also vote on October’s read and one lucky member will win a free copy of that book.

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Teen Movie Night

Stick around after book club on September 17 (or come even if you aren’t in the club) for movie night at 5pm. We’ll watch The Fault In Our Stars, based on the best-selling young adult novel by John Green. Free popcorn and drinks!

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Friends of the Polk County Public Library Book Club

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

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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Afternoon Adventures & Sam’s Reading Buddies

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Afternoon Adventures starts back in September! This program is designed for children in grades K-5 and made possible through a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation. Afternoon Adventures is at the Main Library in Columbus on Tuesdays at 4pm and at the Saluda Community Library every other Monday at 4pm.

Columbus Afternoon Adventures: September 2014
Sept. 2: Sea Life Program with Team ECCO
Team ECCO Ocean Center of Hendersonville is bringing the aquarium to us. They will teach an interactive invertebrate class with sea stars, urchins, crabs, and shrimp! The program will involve models, dried specimens, and live creatures.
Sept. 9: Board Games & Snacks
Come play your favorite board games such as Monopoly, Uno, and Sorry and enjoy snacks.
Sept. 16: Hike & Watershed Program with PAC
Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) will lead a nature hike on the trails behind the library. Following the hike, they will discuss watersheds and the importance of keeping our watershed clean and free of trash and pollutants. PAC will bring an interactive model to demonstrate effects that human by-products can have on our water systems and sources.
Sept. 23: Martial Arts with Mr. Tim
Mr. Tim is back to teach another martial arts class. Learn some new karate moves and be sure to stick around for his board-breaking demonstration!
Sept. 30: Movie Matinee & Popcorn
Kids who attend the first three events this month will vote on what movie they want to see. The title of the film will be announced on Sept. 17. Come watch it on the big screen and enjoy popcorn and drinks!

Saluda Afternoon Adventures: September 2014
Sept. 8: Sea Life Program with Team ECCO
Team ECCO Ocean Center of Hendersonville is bringing the aquarium to us. They will teach an interactive invertebrate class with sea stars, urchins, crabs, and shrimp! The program will involve models, dried specimens, and live creatures.
Sept. 22: Martial Arts with Mr. Tim
Mr. Tim is back to teach another martial arts class. Learn some new karate moves and be sure to stick around for his board-breaking demonstration!

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Sam the therapy dog will be at the Saluda Community Library with his owner, Nancy Weinhagen, every other Monday at 4pm (Sept. 15 and Sept. 29). Sam loves to listen to stories. Kids can have fun and improve their reading skills at the same time!

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    Columbus, NC 28722
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