Polk County ‘Libraries Rock’ features summer reading program and more for children and adults

Linda Powell teaches a drumming workshop at the Columbus Library as part of the "Libraries Rock" summer programming.

Rock and roll into summer at the Polk County Public Libraries with “Libraries Rock,” the 2018 summer reading program featuring prizes, games, activities and other free fun.

The summer reading program is a great way for children to keep their reading skills sharp during the summer break so that when fall arrives, they can return to school ready to learn.

Summer programs for children up to rising 5th-graders are at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Columbus Library and include an instrument “petting zoo,” animals with Chimney Rock State Park, cartooning with local artist Steve Barr and a hula hoop jam on the lawn of Stearns Park.

Weekly teen programs are at 2 p.m. on Thursdays at the Columbus Library. Rising 6th- to 12th-graders can hang out with friends and participate in fun activities such as crafts, movie matinees, a Hamilton Party and an escape room.

PCPL’s annual Teen Lock-In is scheduled for Friday, July 27 at the Columbus Library. For the fifth year in a row, teens will take over the library after hours. The event will include food, a photo scavenger hunt, Minute to Win It challenges, games and crafts. Teens must register in advance and have a signed permission slip from a parent. To register, call Jen Pace Dickenson at (828) 894-8721, Ext. 227.

The Saluda Library also has programs for kids and teens at 2 p.m. on Mondays. Upcoming events include science with the KidSenses Children’s Interactive Museum, folk musician Sonia Brooks, a self-defense workshop for teens and geology with Hands On! Children’s Museum.

To earn prizes this summer, register and pick up a challenge card at the Columbus Library or the Saluda Library. The 2018 summer reading program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Polk County Public Libraries, Green River Adventures, Local Government Federal Credit Union, Wilderness Cove Tubing, Larkin’s Carolina Grill, Green River BBQ and The Purple Onion.

Adults can participate in summer reading, too. The libraries have a separate challenge card for adults to enter to win gift cards by reading and completing other fun challenges.

There are also programs for adults all summer long, including craft classes, the Cookbook Club, team trivia night and weekly movie musical matinees.

Polk County Public Libraries has two libraries – Columbus Library and Saluda Library – as well as outreach services. PCPL offers books, movies, music, audiobooks and downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, as well as public computers and wireless internet access. PCPL offers regularly scheduled programs for people of all ages. To learn more about the library and upcoming events, visit www.polklibrary.org.