Baby Bookworms is designed for youth ages 0-2. This program is year-round at the Main Library in Columbus on Thursdays at 10:30am and is made possible through a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.

Pre-School Storytime is designed for youth ages 2-5. This program is only during the school year  and will resume in September.


Summer Reading starts June 10!

  • Sign up at the library for a reading log and goodies.
  • Earn prizes for reading throughout the summer!
  • We will also have grand prize drawings for a kayaking trip and themed prize packs.
  • Thank you to the generous organizations who helped make 2015 Summer Reading possible: Friends of the Polk County Public Library, Polk County Community Foundation, Womens Club of Saluda, New View Realty, Green River Adventures, The Gorge Zipline, Feagan Law Firm, Autumn Care, Green River BBQ, Chimney Rock State Park, PRO Physical Therapy, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Wildflour Bakery!


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June 26: Reptiles Live
What are reptiles? Where can we find them? You will go on a journey of discovery as you take an up-close and personal look at several live animals! We’ll discover how these unique creatures thrive and realize the important role they play in our environment. At the end of our reptilian journey, we’ll touch the animals!
July 24: Science Shenanigans
What is science? How can we find it? You will be in for the thrill of a lifetime as we conduct multiple science demonstrations that bring chemistry and physics alive!
August 28: Super Sonic Light Speed
You will go on a super-sonic adventure as we discover how light and sound work through several dazzling demonstrations!
September 25: Rainforest Wonders
Let’s take a journey to the tropical rainforest! You will learn about the diversity of plants, animals, and people who call the rainforest home. We’ll also examine products that are made using ingredients from the rainforest.
October 23: Spooky Science
Your hair will literally be standing on end as we conduct several spooky science experiments. We’ll use solid carbon dioxide to create spook-tacular bubbles. We’ll make yellow foam ooze out of a jack-o-lantern. This action-packed Halloween science show is fun for the whole family!

FREE BOOKS! All children who live in Polk County can receive one free book per month from the time they are born until they turn five years old! Come to the library and fill out a survey and registration form and return them both to Jen Pace, Youth Services Librarian. Your child will start receiving free books in eight to ten weeks! This program is coordinated by Partnership for Children of the Foothills.


If you have questions or wish to receive our monthly newsletter, contact Jen Pace, Youth Services Librarian, at or (828) 894-8721 x227.


    • 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