Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of January 28th

Visit the Book Fair this week!

The Book Fair is going on now, and it runs through Friday, February 1st. The Fair will be open each day, January 28-31, from 8am to 3pm. On Friday, February 1st, it will be open from 8-11am. The Book Fair will also be open from 5-7pm during Family Writing Night on Monday, January 28th.

For full information on the upcoming book fair, including the schedule, the online fair, and the All for Books program, visit

If you'd like to see when your child's class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair, click here.

*6% sales tax is added to all Book Fair purchases. We accept cash, checks, and all major credit/debit cards. All checks should be made payable to Fork Shoals School.*

Book of the Week: Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

Turtle in Paradise, a nominee for the 2012-2013 South Carolina Children’s Book Award, takes place in Key West in 1935. The Key West we see in this book, however, is not yet the popular tourist destination that it would eventually become. Like every other place in the nation at this time, Key West has been hit hard by the Great Depression, and our main character, a girl named Turtle, has also been hit hard by some major changes in her own life…

When Turtle’s mother gets a job as a housekeeper for a woman who hates kids, Turtle is sent all the way to Key West, Florida, to live with a bunch of relatives she’s never met. Turtle, a no-nonsense eleven-year-old, is not exactly thrilled with the arrangement. It soon becomes obvious that her aunt and cousins–all boys–aren’t what one would call happy about the situation either. But they do the best they can, and Turtle soon adapts to life in the Keys.

Turtle learns a lot about the family her mother left behind. (It seems she’s related to nearly everyone around her. The road she lives on is even named after the family.) She meets cousins and a grandmother she never knew she had. She goes on outings with the rambunctious boys in the neighborhood and discovers all kinds of things–how to care for whiny babies, nicknames for nearly everyone in the community, and how to make people think there’s a ghost playing tricks on them.

Turtle teaches the boys a thing or two as well. She even leads them to a treasure that will change their lives forever. But just as Turtle is finding a home and family in her own personal paradise, something–or someone–comes along that could turn her world upside down once again. Read Turtle in Paradise to discover how one girl finds a way to hold on to the things–and people–that really matter.

Upcoming Author Visits

On Friday, February 8th, author Steve Cotler will be visiting with 3rd-5th grade students at Fork Shoals. Mr. Cotler's book, Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything, is nominated for this year's South Carolina Children's Book Award. Students will have opportunities to pre-order copies of Mr. Cotler's books, and the author will autograph and personalize them. To order your copies of Mr. Cotler's fantastic books, please click here. Checks should be made payable to Steve Cotler and are due to teachers by the date of the visit. Please send exact amounts in checks or cash. No change will be given.

On Thursday, February 28th, author and celebrity Holly Durst will be visiting with Kindergarten-2nd grade students. She will be promoting her picture book, Chocolate Socks, as part of our Read Across America celebration. If you would like to pre-order a book, please send a check for $16.19 made payable to Holly Durst to your child's teacher prior to February 28th.

Are you reading the Book Award nominees?

The library has been promoting the South Carolina Book Award program this year, and it's almost time to vote for our favorite books! Remember that you need to read at least five books for your level (either Picture Book or Children's Book) to be eligible to vote. Students who read five books for each level can vote in both categories.

Voting will be held during the week of February 11-15, so Book Award books should be read before that week.

For a list of books in each of the Book Award categories, visit the library blog (Fork Shoals Reads!) or take a look at the videos at the end of this newsletter.

*Note: Ms. Knight will announce the nominees for the 2013-14 Book Awards in March!*

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to remember:

  • January 28-February 1 - Book Fair
  • January 28 - Mrs. Meredith's birthday; PTA Writing Night
  • February 1 - Spirit Day; Black History Month Kick-Off; 100th Day of School
  • February 4-8 - National School Counseling Week
  • February 5 - Skate Night @ Golden Skate
  • February 8 - Author visit - Steve Cotler
  • February 9 - Online Book Fair closes
  • February 11 - SIC meeting @ 7:30am
  • February 12 - Chick-Fil-A Night Out, 5-8pm
  • February 15 - Spirit Day

Writing Night

January 28th is Writing Night! Many writing activities will be throughout the school for students and parents to participate. Students will be making decorative pencils in art to pick up from their teacher on writing night. Food will be served, and the Book Fair will be open. Please send in the RSVP form so that we can plan accordingly. This is a great opportunity to have some family writing fun! Please join us!

The Book Fair will be open from 5 to 7pm. Food will be served at 5:30, and Writing Night activities will begin at 6:00.

PTA Short Term Clubs

Our PTA is looking for volunteers for our upcoming spring short term clubs that will take place each Wednesday for the month of March from 2:30-3:30. Club leaders are needed for chess, croquet, knitting, and basketball. Someone is also needed to lead a simple woodworking club. Home Depot will provide the materials, but a leader is needed. If you or someone you know could help with any of these clubs, please email . Thank you for your help in providing these experiences for our students.

Black History Month

As an IB World School, we want to promote diversity, open-mindedness, and keep our kids thinking, researching, and inquiring. Our Social Studies Committee has come up with a plan to celebrate Black History Month. Teachers will send a link with questions, and they will also be available on the school website. Feel free to research the answers with your student. Students that provide a correct answer to any of the questions will be in the drawing for some fun-tastic prizes. Multiple names will be pulled each Friday during the month of February on the morning news! Good luck!

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