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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Pre-School Storytime

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Storytime starts back in September! This program is designed for children ages 3-5 but is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Preschool Storytime is at the Main Library in Columbus on Tuesdays at 10:30am and at the Saluda Community Library Wednesdays at 10:30am.

Sept. 2 & 3:
Dinosaurs
Craft: Paper Plate Dinosaurs

Sept. 9 & 10: Special Guest
Local children’s author Phoebe Blackwell will read selections from her books “The Fairy Door at Lane’s End,” “Hen’s Teeth, Turtle Feathers, & Frog Tails,” and “The Moon Was Hungry.”

Sept. 16 & 17:
Pirates
Craft: Pirate Hooks

Sept. 23 & 24: Rodents
Craft: M is for Mouse

Sept. 30 & Oct. 1:
Cookies
Snack: Cookie Fruit Pizzas

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Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up Party

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August 5 is our Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up Party! Come on by the Main Library between 5-7pm in your best Hawaiian clothes for a luau. We’ll have games, food, crafts, balloon creations, and face painting! Don’t forget to bring your BINGO cards for entries into the grand prize drawings… We’ll pick the winners after the party. Keep on reading through August; you can still bring your reading log in for prizes until school starts!

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Sub-Zero Effect

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Our next children’s Summer Reading Program event is Sub-Zero Effect. Join us on July 29 at 10am at the Main Library as KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum shows 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.

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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! This event is part of 2014 National Teen Lock-In, so we’ll be competing against other libraries to win the photo scavenger hunt and Minute To Win It competition. We’ll also have pizza, make your own ice cream sundaes, and crafts! 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 (based on the best-selling young adult novel by Veronica Roth)!

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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 Dashner. 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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  • Main Library
    1289 West Mills Street
    Columbus, NC 28722
    Tel. (828) 894-8721
    Fax (828) 894-2761
    Hours:
    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
    Hours:
    Mon.-Fri. 9am – 6pm
    Sat. 9am – 1pm

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