Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of November 3, 2014

Get ready for the Book Fair!

Our Scholastic a Book Fair theme - Sir Readalot’s Castle: Enter the Kingdom of Books! – surrounds students in the celebration of reading with hundreds of fun, engaging, affordable books for them to discover. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose their own books will motivate them to read more. And like most acquired sills, the more kids practice reading, the better they’ll get.

Book Fair Dates: Friday, November 14th-Friday, November 21st

Shopping Hours:

  • Friday, Nov. 14th - 7am-3pm
  • Monday, Nov. 17th - 8am-7pm (Our Monday evening event will include medieval costumes and a photo booth!)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18th-Thursday, Nov. 20th - 8am-3pm
  • Friday, Nov. 21st - 8-11am

Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to download the FREE Book Fairs App to help you find the right fit books for your child. If you’re all booked up during Book Fair week, be sure to visit the Book Fair online. Our Online Fair is available for an extended time from November 9th-29th.

The 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge has begun!

Let's all warm up with some good books! Our 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge has begun! This challenge runs now through January 15th (the last day of the 2nd quarter).

Reading logs were sent home with students last week, but you can also click here for extras. List books (with page numbers) as you complete them. An adult must sign by each book read. Add the total number of pages read during the 2nd quarter.

These reading logs should be returned to Ms. Knight by Wednesday, January 21st.

Book of the Week: The House That George Built

The House That George Built, written by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Rebecca Bond, is a nominee for the 14-15 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

If you take the familiar story of "The House That Jack Built" and combine it with the history of America's most famous home, you've got The House That George Built. This book tells readers about the building of the White House, and how George Washington, the only president who never actually lived in the house, oversaw its construction.

The House That George Built takes us through the early days of our nation, the selection of site for the president's home, choosing a design, and into the actual building of what would become the White House. The explanations of those events are coupled with charming rhymes reminiscent of the familiar poem mentioned above.

Readers see that, even though he held the highest office in the country, George Washington didn't hesitate to lend a hand wherever it was needed. He assisted with the actual design, he pounded in stakes, and he made important decisions so that the house would be finished on time and budget.

An afterword and author's note provide more information about the building of the White House, including some of the changes that have been made over the years.

Are you reading the SC Book Award nominees?

Fork Shoals participates in both the state Picture and Children's Book Award programs, sponsored by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians. Students who read at least five books from each level are eligible to vote for their favorite in February!

Click here for a handy checkoff sheet to keep track of your Book Award reading!

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Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

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Dates to Remember:

  • November 4 - Election Day (Schools and offices will be closed.)
  • November 10 - SIC meeting @ 7:30am; Veteran's Day celebrations
  • November 14 - Spirit Day; Dynamite Dads; Book Fair begins
  • November 14-21 - Fall Book Fair
  • November 17 - Book Fair open until 7pm.
  • November 25 - Career Day

Career Day

Career Day is right around the corner, and we are in need of volunteers to speak at Career Day. Please send an e-mail to Ms. Cline at or give her a phone call at 355-5004 if you are able to volunteer. We would love to have a speaker in each classroom. We would need you here from 8:30 to around 10:00 on Tuesday, November 25th. This is the Tuesday right before Thanksgiving break. You would be volunteering to speak to each class on the grade level for close to fifteen minutes before the next class would rotate to you. Thank you for your time and consideration!