The Polk County Public Library is for kids! Check back often… This is the place to come for information about children’s programs, new materials, and more. You can also check us out on Facebook! Our Pre-School Storytime and Afternoon Adventures programs will resume in September.

Online registration for our 2014 Summer Reading Program is now open. Click here to sign up. After you’ve registered, pick up your reading log and BINGO card from Jen, Youth Services Librarian (in the Children’s Area) at the Main Library or the front desk of the Saluda Community Library. Every time you read for 20 minutes, fill in your reading log. For each 10 reading log entries, bring your log to the library for a prize!

You can also enter to win one of the grand prizes every time you mark off five in a row on your BINGO card (up to 12 times total). The grand prizes are a Frozen set (DVD and book), $25 Game Stop gift card, arts and crafts set, Minecraft LEGO set, sports set (soccer ball, basketball, and football), and summer fun set (water toys and bubbles). The grand prize drawings will be held at the Wrap-Up Party on August 5th. You do not have to be present to win!

We have lots of fun events for kids this summer! This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Polk County Public Library. Check out our schedule below. *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*

Tuesday, June 17: Wildlife of WNC
3pm: Saluda Community Library; 6pm: Main Library
Western North Carolina is home to some amazing wildlife species! Chimney Rock Park will bring creatures for us to meet and we’ll learn about the different characteristics and adaptations of these animals.

Tuesday, June 24: Movie Matinee
2pm: Main Library
Come watch The Lego Movie (rated PG) and enjoy popcorn and drinks!

Tuesday, July 1 : Nature Hike & Program
10am: Main Library
Pacolet Area Conservancy will lead a nature hike on the trails behind the library! Following the hike, we’ll examine bird specimens and nature artifacts.

Tuesday, July 8: Sea Link: Reptiles
11am: Main Library; 1pm: Saluda Community Library
Team ECCO will bring several species of turtles and lizards for an interactive information session! They will also teach us about turtle anatomy and conservation.

Tuesday, July 15: Fizz, Boom, Science
10am: Main Library; 2pm: Saluda Community Library
Dr. Beaker and Dr. Bunson from Hands On will engage participants in hands-on science demonstrations and experiments that fizz, boom, pop, and more!

Tuesday, July 22: Fizz Boom Reading Explosion
6pm: Main Library
Professor Whizzpop will introduce readers to some of literature’s more eccentric figures: mad scientists and crackpot inventors. During the magic show, we’ll recycle gumballs a la Willy Wonka, make a monster with Dr. Frankenstein, and reinvent the light bulb with Edison!

Tuesday, July 29: Sub-Zero Effect
10am: Main Library
KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum will show 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.

Tuesday, August 5: Wrap-Up Party
5-7pm: Main Library
Join us as we celebrate the end of summer! Come in your best Hawaiian clothes for a luau on the library deck. Kevin of The Jolly Balloonsmiths will be making balloon creations! We’ll also have food, games, crafts, and the grand prize drawings.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

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, 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.

Foothills Humane Society Book Buddies

Foothills Humane Society has a program called Book Buddies, where kids in grades 1-8 read to shelter cats! This program will help children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals by providing socialization and human interaction. Participants also earn prizes such as a coupon for a free ice cream scoop or cone at O’Duggan’s Ice Cream and a Book Buddies tote bag! For more information, contact Foothills Humane Society at 828-863-4444.

Contact Info

If you have questions (or wish to be added to our monthly Children’s & Young Adults Newsletter list) 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