Reading with Ringling Bros.!

Kids, are you interested in reading some cool library books? Are you interested in earning a FREE circus ticket at the same time? Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and Polk County Public Library will be hosting some serious fun with Reading with Ringling Bros.!

The reading program is easy and fun for kids to participate. The best part is that kids can earn a Ringling Bros. circus ticket by simply reading! Children from ages two to 12 need to enroll with the children’s librarian (Jen Pace), who will give kids everything to start their library reading. This unique library reading program will encourage children not only to read, but also to discover, dream, and learn!

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Friends of the Library April Silent Auction & Book Club

Bid on the following April auction books in the library lobby:
Trosby Galleries Auctions (7 catalogs for one bid)
Encyclopedia Of Mythology, introduction by Robert Graves
Wild Flowers Of The World, paintings by Barbara Everard and text by Brian D. Morley
History Of Art by H.W. Janson
Illustrated Shakespeare, 3 volumes, edited by G.C. Verplanck, published 1847 (all 3 volumes for one bid starting at $75.00)

The Friends of the Polk County Public Library Book Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month. On April 23rd, The Cutting Season by Attica Loche will be discussed.

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April Teen Events

Teen Book Club

The club meets on the third Thursday of every month at 4pm. For our April book, we’re reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. Come to the meeting on April 17th to discuss and you’ll also get a free copy of May’s book (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie). We always have snacks and prizes. Call or come by the library to sign up and bring your friends!

Teen Craft Night

Stick around after book club on Thursday, April 17th (or come even if you aren’t in the book club) for tie-dye fun and ice cream sundaes at 5pm! The first 10 teens to register for this program will receive a drawstring backpack to tie-dye. All are welcome to bring items from home to dye as well! RSVP to Jen at 828-817-8721 ext. 227 or jpace@polklibrary.org.

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April Afternoon Adventures

Afternoon Adventures is designed for children in grades K-5. This program is held on Mondays at 4pm at the Main Library in Columbus and on two Tuesdays per month at 4pm at Saluda Community Library. Afternoon Adventures is made possible through a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.

Columbus Afternoon Adventures:
April 7th: Kids Acting Workshop!
John Calure from Tryon Little Theater will teach an acting/theater workshop. Snacks will be served afterwards.
April 14th: Movie Matinee!
Watch “Frozen” (rated PG) and enjoy popcorn and drinks.
April 21st: Earth Day Celebration!
We’ll make crafts out of recycled materials, plant seeds to take home, and have snacks (outside on the deck, weather permitting!).
April 28th: Martial Arts!
Local mixed martial arts instructor Tim Hall will teach a 45 minute class, followed by a board breaking demonstration. Healthy snacks will be served afterwards.

Saluda Afternoon Adventures:
NOTE: THIS MONTH (APRIL 2014) AFTERNOON ADVENTURES WILL BE ON THE 2ND AND 5TH TUESDAY!
April 8th: Movie Matinee!
Watch “Frozen” (rated PG) and enjoy popcorn and drinks.
April 29th: Martial Arts!
Local mixed martial arts instructor Tim Hall will teach a 45 minute class, followed by a board breaking demonstration. Healthy snacks will be served afterwards.

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April Pre-School Storytimes

Pre-School Storytime is held on Tuesdays at 10:30am at the Main Library in Columbus and on Thursdays at 12:30pm at Saluda Community Library. This 30 minute program featuring books and stories followed by a craft, snack, or activity is recommended for children ages 3-5.

Columbus Storytimes:
April 1st: Reading With Ringling Brothers!
***Special Activity: A clown from Ringling Brothers will come to storytime to entertain the kids and read books about the circus!
April 8th: Rain & Clouds!
Snack/Craft: Fruit Loop Rainbows
April 15th: Bunnies!
Craft: Bunny Noses
April 22nd: Earth Day!
Activity: Plant Seeds
April 29th: Flowers!
Craft: Cupcake Liner Flowers

Saluda Storytimes:
April 3rd: Circus Fun!
Craft: Paper Plate & Pom Pom Clowns
Activity: Learn how you can get free circus tickets by Reading With Ringling Brothers!
April 10th: Rain & Clouds!
Snack/Craft: Fruit Loop Rainbows
April 17th: Bunnies!
Craft: Bunny Noses
April 24th: Earth Day!
Activity: Plant Seeds

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Staff Picks: March

This month’s question: Who is your favorite book character and why?

Kitty, Circulation: “I would have to say Owl in Winnie the Pooh is my favorite book character as he lives in my all time favorite place, The Hundred Acre Wood. He is my favorite because his home is in a TREE in The Hundred Acre Wood, he drinks tea, and he is so WISE but mostly because he can FLY, really FLY, and I can only fly in my imagination with my invisible wings.”

Amanda, Circulation: “My favorite book character is Jo March from Little Women. She was such a strong character. I love the fact that she wanted to be an author and continued to write, despite the struggles of the times and how
many times she was rejected. She just kept going.”

Wanangwa, Techincal Services: “Peregrine Took from The Lord of the Rings… He’s just like me!”

Jen, Children’s Department: “Auggie from Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Auggie is a 10-year-old boy with a facial deformity who teaches kindness to all those he encounters.”

Gigi, Bookmobile: “FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock from Catherine Coulter’s FBI thrillers. They are a husband and wife team and I always enjoy how they interact. The storyline brings some romance and suspense.”

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  • Polk County Public Library
  • 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

    Bookmobile
    (828) 894-8721 ext. 225
    Schedule