Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of September 10th

Summer reading results are in!

Thanks to all students, faculty, and staff who participated in this year's summer reading program! Even though we fell short of our goal of reading 500,000 pages, participants still managed to read over 220,000 pages this summer. Awesome!

The top readers for each grade level (and the faculty) are:

  • Kindergarten - Ellie Kate Grant - 758 pages
  • 1st grade - Lauren Marquis - 2,266 pages
  • 2nd grade - Lauren Hattan - 4,976 pages
  • 3rd grade - Rachel Marquis - 5,158 pages
  • 4th grade - Christopher Hattan - 2,738 pages
  • 5th grade - Grace Wood - 19,851 pages
  • Faculty/Staff - Ms. Knight - 25,939 pages

Each grade level top reader will receive a medal at our summer reading celebration and a free book at our October Book Fair.

Stay tuned for more information on the summer reading celebration. No date has been set for this event at present.

*20 faculty/staff members turned in summer reading logs, and each of these fabulous people will receive a free jeans pass. These participants will also be entered into a drawing for a free book at our upcoming book fair.*

Save the Date: The Fall Book Fair Is Coming Soon!

The Fork Shoals Library will have three book fairs again this year, and our first fair will be October 8-12 (with a special parent/teacher preview day on Friday, October 5th).

For more information on our upcoming bookfair, visit

Book of the Week: The Secret of the Sealed Room by Bailey MacDonald

In The Secret of the Sealed Room, readers are introduced to Patience Martin, a fourteen-year-old girl who is an indentured servant in the household of a rather horrible woman, Mrs. Worth. When Mrs. Worth is found dead–and it is determined that she was poisoned–people begin to wonder just who had the opportunity to kill the wealthy woman. There’s also a valuable box missing from Mrs. Worth’s room–which was locked from the inside until the woman’s body was found–and all fingers point to Patience as the thief. Patience knows she didn’t steal anything, but she sees no way to prove her innocence…until she runs away and forms an unlikely friendship with a printer’s apprentice, a young man named Benjamin Franklin.

Benjamin helps Patience to disguise herself, and he provides her with food, clothing, shelter, and even a paying job. Patience and Benjamin also begin to investigate the mysterious circumstances around the death of Mrs. Worth. Benjamin is rather brilliant (and Patience is no slouch in the intelligence department), and the two young people combine their considerable brain power to uncover what really happened to Mrs. Worth. But time is running out. Patience is sure to be caught soon, so she and Benjamin must work quickly to clear her name before she and another innocent bystander pay for a crime that someone else committed.

Can Patience and Benjamin discover the truth…before one or both of them end up in even more trouble than they thought possible? Find out for yourself when you read The Secret of the Sealed Room: A Mystery of Young Benjamin Franklin by Bailey MacDonald, a nominee for the 2012-13 South Carolina Children's Book Award!

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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

Dates to remember:

  • September 10 - SIC meeting @7:30am
  • September 10-14 - Grandparents Week @ Fork Shoals
  • September 11 - Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
  • September 12-13 - News Team auditions
  • September 14 - WFSS News Team announced

Interested in being a club sponsor?

Do you know someone who could help students to learn a new hobby (crafts, music, scrapbooking, games, etc.) New this year, fall Short Term Clubs! The PTA is actively looking for club leaders. Fall session will be held Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 2:30-3:30. If you know someone who could help, please contact the PTA at