Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of December 9, 2013

Show us your stockings!

The Fork Shoals Library is holding a stocking contest this holiday season! You can create your own stocking from scratch or purchase a plain stocking and add your own decorations!

All entries must be book- or library-related and should be turned in to Ms. Knight by this Friday, December 13th.

Next week, the contest entries will be showcased in the library, and judges will come by to select their favorite stockings! The winner will receive a gift basket full of books!

Work with your family to create a stocking that shows your creative talents and your love of reading!

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books practice is held each Tuesday in the library from 2:30 to 3:00. This team is open to any 4th or 5th grade student. For more information, click here or see Ms. Knight in the library.

Send in your Shelfies!

Have you ever taken a selfie? Well, go one step further, and take a "shelfie!"

What's a "shelfie?" It's a picture of you in front of your bookshelf!

Ms. Knight will be creating a display of "shelfies" after the holiday break, and she wants your pictures! The display will feature teachers, students, and even parents!

Digital photos are preferred and should be sent to Ms. Knight at Be sure to include the name of the person(s) in the picture!

Book of the Week: Freaky Fast Frankie Joe

Frankie Joe Huckaby is a twelve-year-old who’s about to face some major changes. His mom is in jail for the next ten months, so Frankie Joe is being forced to leave his home at the Lone Star Trailer Park in Laredo, Texas, to move all the way to Illinois to live with a dad he hardly knows, a step-mom he’s never met, and four half-brothers he didn’t know he had.

Frankie Joe is less than thrilled with the move, and it soon becomes apparent that his new brothers may not be all that excited about it either. One of them, in particular, seems to make it his mission to make Frankie Joe more miserable than he already is. (It seems that school wasn’t exactly a priority for Frankie Joe’s mom, and he’s got A LOT of catching up to do.) Well, mission accomplished. If he didn’t want to return to Texas before, he certainly does now. All he has to do is make a plan to get there…

Frankie Joe knows that he’ll need money to make the 1,400 mile journey back to Texas, so he comes up with a way to earn a little cash. He starts a delivery business for many of the people in Clearview, Illinois. He delivers pizzas, skin care products, groceries…whatever he needs to earn a few bucks, enough to get what he needs to make it back home to his mom.

But what if Frankie Joe is better off in Illinois? His grades are improving, he’s taking on responsibility, he’s making friends, and he’s providing an important service in this little town. Even though he’s determined to make it back to his mom, is that really the best thing for him? Sure, Frankie Joe misses his mom and his friends in Laredo, but is going back to them what he should do? And what will happen when the decision is taken out of Frankie Joe’s hands? What will become of Freaky Fast Frankie Joe? Read this 2013-14 South Carolina Children’s Book Award nominee by Lutricia Clifton to find out!

2nd Quarter Reading Challenge

The 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge began on Monday, October 28th. Once again, K5-2nd grade students are challenged to read 30 books (or more) this quarter. 3rd-5th grade students are challenged to read at least 500 pages!

Reading logs were placed in teachers' boxes and handed out to students. Additional reading logs can be found here. The Reading Challenge logs for the 2nd quarter will be due to Ms. Knight on Tuesday, January 21st.

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Follow Fork Shoals on Twitter!

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Dates to Remember:

  • December 9 - PTA meeing & 2nd grade play
  • December 10 - Club & class pictures; Chorus performance; Chick-Fil-A Night, 5-8pm
  • December 20 - Spirit Day; Last day before Winter Break
  • January 6 - 1st day back from break
  • January 10 - Spirit Day

Labels for Education and Box Tops

It’s time to turn in your labels to help our school. The collection date will be Monday, December 9th.

Holiday Celebrations

The December PTA meeting will be on Monday, December 9th. Reflection winners will be recognized, and our 2nd graders will be performing their play.

The following night, our 4th and 5th grade Honors Chorus will be sharing their holiday concert.

Both events begin at 6:30pm.

Woodmont Drama Auditions

Fork Shoals students in Grades 3-5 are invited to audition for the upcoming Woodmont High School Players performance of The Wizard of Oz. Auditions will be Monday, December 9 from 4:00-6:00. All roles are available and will be played by students. No experience is necessary. Please bring a list of conflicts through April 6 and be prepared to sing a selection of a song from the show or other similar musical with sheet music or karaoke track. For further questions, please contact Mr. Ragland at 355-8883 or