Polk County Public Libraries ‘Universe of Stories’ Summer Reading Program kicks off with June 12 party at Stearns Park

Polk County Public Libraries encourages continued literacy for all throughout the summer with the annual Summer Reading Program which begins Monday, June 10.

The theme for 2019 is “A Universe of Stories,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

On Wednesday, June 12, the program will have a celebratory kick-off with a party at Stearns Park. There will be a bouncy house, crafts, astronaut ice cream and storytime with special guests including Polk County Commissioner Tommy Melton, Saluda Town Manager Jon Cannon, Michael Crater with Polk County EMS and Ronette Dill from Polk County Schools.

Those who can’t make it to the kick-off party can come by the Columbus or Saluda Library to sign up for the program starting Monday, June 10. All ages, including adults, can participate by completing activities on a challenge card. Kids and teens get a prize and pool party tickets (limited availability) for completing five challenges.

All participants will be entered to win amazing grand prizes, including gift certificates donated by such generous local businesses as The Gorge Zipline, Green River Adventures, Wilderness Cove Tubing, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Hands On! Children’s Museum, Green River BBQ, Yoga at the Tree House, The Purple Onion and The Ice Cream Barn.

Exciting programs are offered for children (up to rising 5th-graders) at Columbus Library on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and for teens (rising 6th- to 12th-graders) at the Columbus Library on Tuesdays at 2 p.m., starting the week of June 17. The Saluda Library also will host activities on Mondays at 2 p.m. Highlights include B-Rad the Kids Magician at the Columbus Library on June 26, Greenville Zoo’s Zoomobile at the Saluda School auditorium on July 1 and the Soap Bubble Circus at Columbus Library on July 3.

Programs are sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of the Polk County Public Libraries group and the Local Government Federal Credit Union. To learn more about joining the Friends and helping support the library, visit the library’s website or the Friends Facebook page.

Polk County Public Libraries has two libraries – the Columbus Library and the 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, visit polklibrary.org.