Youth dig into reading this summer at Polk County libraries

Published 1:49 pm Sunday, June 30, 2013

Pint Size Polkas performed an amazing “Polkas You Can Dig” show at the Polk County Public Library, according to library staff.

The children who attended sang and danced to polka tunes such as the “Chicken Dance” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”

The library’s next children’s event for the Summer Reading Program will be Fli-Rite Learning. Educator T.J. Shimeld will present his program “Dig into the Past: Exploring Ancient Egypt and Simple Machines” at both the Columbus library (Tuesday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m.) and the Saluda Library (Wednesday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m.).

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Join Shimeld as he brings books to life with glorious costumes, magic, puppetry and hands-on demonstrations to get kids excited about how books can transport us across time and space.

Summer Reading Program children’s events will continue through Aug. 6. Upcoming performers include Professor Whizzpop and Big Bang Boom. The library will also have a movie night and a cookout at Harmon Field. Please note that registration is required for the cookout.

Children of all ages can also register for the Summer Reading Program and receive a reading log and other goodies. Kids can then bring their reading logs in every week for a sticker and turn them in at the end of the summer to receive a prize. One lucky reader will also win the grand prize: a $50 gift certificate to The Book Shelf in Tryon.

For more information, check out our website at The library is also on Facebook (Polk County Public Library Children’s Department) and Twitter (@PolkCoLibKids).

If you have any questions, want to sign up for the monthly Children’s & Young Adults newsletter or wish to register for the cookout, contact Children’s Services Coordinator Jen Pace at 828-894-8721 ext. 227 or

-article submitted by Jen Pace