Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of November 26th

Book signing at Fiction Addiction

On Saturday, December 8th, 1-3pm, acclaimed children's author Melinda Long will be signing books at Fiction Addiction in Greenville (behind the Haywood Mall). Ms. Long, who lives in Upstate South Carolina, wrote the notable picture books How I Became a Pirate and Pirates Don't Change Diapers. At this event, she will be promoting her newest book, The Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina. This book will be on sale for $12.95. Christmas-themed refreshments will be served.

Any of Ms. Long's books would be great gifts for the book lovers (young or older) on your holiday shopping list. If you can't make it to the book signing, you can reserve a personalized copy of any of Ms. Long's books by contacting Fiction Addiction in advance at 864-675-0540 or at

Book of the Week: Doodlebug by Karen Romano Young

Sometimes drawing helps students to focus…and that is the case with the main character in Doodlebug by Karen Romano Young. This book–written almost entirely in doodles–tells about a girl who moves from Los Angeles to San Francisco and how she tries to find her voice–even when it seems like no one understands her.

After a bit of trouble at her school in Los Angeles–and her dad getting a new job–Dodo (real name Doreen) and her family are moving all the way up to San Francisco. Dodo is not really happy about the move, and she decides to cope in her own special way…by doodling. She doodles about her parents, her sister Momo, the new apartment they’re staying in, and her new school. She even uses her doodles to reinvent herself. Dodo is now known as the Doodlebug.

Doodlebug kind of likes her new school. In a very short time, she makes a couple of pretty cool friends. Unfortunately, she also gets in a bit of trouble (also in a very short amount of time). She doesn’t want to screw things up at this school, but she just can’t seem to help it. Things don’t get much better when a couple of her teachers try to make her quit doodling. (The horror!)

While Doodlebug’s worrying about staying out of trouble (or at least covering up the trouble she’s already in), her sister Momo is dealing with her own brand of defiance, and her mom and dad are trying to keep the jobs that brought them to San Francisco in the first place. Doodlebug does her best to be a good student (while still being able to doodle), and she may find some help–with a number of her problems–in some unexpected places.

Upcoming events in the Greenville County Library System

Wednesday, November 28th

  • Kindercraft: Holiday Decorations
  • 3:30-4pm
  • Fountain Inn Branch Library
  • Enjoy holiday stories and songs. Create a decoration with a plastic ball, stickers and other sparkly items. Ages 3-5 with an adult caregiver. Registration begins Nov 7. Reading Readiness Skill: Print Motivation

Friday, November 30th

  • Bilingual Story Time/Cuentos Bilingües
  • 6-6:45pm
  • Main Library - Story Room
  • A 45-minute Spanish/English story time for all ages. Cuentos bilingües que durarán 45 minutos en español e inglés para todas las edades.

Saturday, December 1st

  • Christmas Crafts for Kids
  • 11am-12:30pm
  • Augusta Road Branch Library
  • Create a cool Christmas tree ornament. Materials and instruction provided. Ages 5 & up

Tuesday, December 4th

  • Explore Your World: Holidays Around the World
  • 3:30-4:15pm
  • Main Library - Story Room
  • Explore winter holiday traditions through stories, songs and crafts. Ages 5-11. Registration required.

Thursday, December 6th

  • Columbia Marionette Theatre presents Santa's Christmas Party
  • 4:15-5:15pm
  • Simpsonville Branch Library
  • Santa's head elf, Spangler, decides to throw Santa a rockin' holiday surprise party in celebration of the season! Oh, no! Spangler is in for his own surprise when he discovers that Santa is on vacation and is nowhere to be found! Spangler has a number of exciting performances lined up for Santa's party... but will Santa make it back in time to enjoy his own festivities? With dancing snowmen, figure skating, and Jack Frost's own puppet show within-a-puppet-show, this fun-filled performance will put audiences of all ages in the holiday spirit! Best enjoyed by ages 4 and up.

For information on these events and many more, visit

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to remember:

  • November 27-30 - 5th grade to Washington, DC
  • November 30 - Spirit Day
  • December 3 - Progress reports
  • December 4 - Skate Night @ Golden Skate
  • December 10 - PTA meeting & 2nd grade play
  • December 11 - 4th & 5th grade chorus holiday concert
  • December 14 - Spirit Day
  • December 20-January 1 - Winter break

Yearbook Pre-Orders

Please remember that we will only be pre-ordering yearbooks this year. If you would like a yearbook, remember to order by December 16th. We will not have extras in the spring, so order yours while pre-orders are being taken!

2012-2013 South Carolina Picture and Children's Book Award Nominees

2012-2013 South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominees
2012-13 South Carolina Children's Book Award Nominees