The Polk County Public Library is for teens! Check back often… This is the place to come for information about young adult programs, new materials, and more.

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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.

Drum Circle

The drum circle is the second and fourth Thursday of every month at 5:30pm. Some instruments are provided but you can bring your own as well. All ages are welcome!

Whole Lotta Shakespeare Goin On’

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Green World of Drama and Love
Main Library: April 10th at 10:30am
Saluda Library: April 10th at 4:00pm

Dr. Gary Ettari, associate professor of literature and language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, will present an oral lecture about William Shakespeare.

Check out our Shakespeare page for more information about events celebrating the poet and playwright’s 450th birthday this spring!

New Young Adult Materials

Dare You To by Katie McGarry
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
Ali’s Pretty Little Lies (Pretty Little Liars) by Sara Shepard
Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

Emancipation Proclamation by Tonya Bolden
Get Free Cash for College by Gen Tanabe

Graphic Novels:
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder
Kick-Ass 2 by Mark Millar
The Search, Part One by Gene Luen Yang

Gossip Girl: Season 6
The Spectacular Now
From Up on Poppy Hill


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Teen’s Job Guide

Check out the Teen’s Job Guide for information on how to find and apply for jobs as well as interviewing tips!

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  • 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