Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of January 7th

The Book Fair is coming!

Reading is the most important skill you can teach a child. Of all the skills children learn, it is the one you can influence the most.

We invite you to visit our Scholastic Book Fair and experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives.

Our Scholastic Book Fair theme – Story Laboratory: Reading Gives You Super Power! – is part of an incredible energy source for reading that brings to school a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose their own books will motivate them to read more. And like most acquired skills, the more kids practice reading, the better they’ll get.

Reading is vital to every child’s success, and raising kids as readers means getting involved while they’re young. Now is the time. Since there will never be a substitute for a parent’s direct involvement in his/her child’s education, please make plans to visit our Book Fair. Hope to see you there!

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

Book of the Week: Pierre the Penguin by Jean Marzollo and Laura Regan

Pierre the Penguin is a true story and is nominated for this year's South Carolina Picture Book Award. The pictures are detailed, and the rhymes used to tell the story are fun and informative.

Pierre is a penguin who didn't molt for a few seasons, so his feathers became brittle and fell off. As a result, he didn't swim because the water was too cold on his featherless skin. To help Pierre out, Pam Schaller, an aquatic bioligist at San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences, fashioned a neoprene wetsuit for Pierre. This wetsuit allowed Pierre to swim with the other penguins, and his feathers eventually grew back.

Young readers will be especially interested in Pierre's story, and I'm so glad that there is a question and answer with the aquatic biologist who cared for Pierre at the end of the book. This is extremely helpful!

If you'd like to learn more about the penguins at the California Academy of Sciences, check out their live penguin cam at

Help 5th grade!

It's time for 5th grade to begin searching for Exhibition topics. If you read an interesting article about how we share the planet with others--including animals, natural resources, etc.--or the effects of how we share the planet (deforestation, pollution, etc.), please clip/copy the article, and share it with a 5th grade teacher. Happy hunting!

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to remember:

  • January 8 - Chick-Fil-A Night Out, 5-8pm
  • January 11 - Spirit Day
  • January 12 - Ms. Knight to SCASL Board meeting in Columbia
  • January 14 - SIC meeting; SE regional PTA meeting
  • January 17 - End of 2nd quarter
  • January 18 - Teacher workday
  • January 21 - MLK Day (No school)

IB Information

Our school is in an evaluation year for our IB program. Our teachers have worked hard the first part of the year preparing a self-study where we evaluate ourselves and provide evidence for how we are meeting the expectations of the International Baccalaureate Program. Soon we will offer a parent workshop to help give a better understanding of some of the elements of the program. Your child will also receive one of our IB report cards with the 2nd quarter report cards. Please take the time to read these with your child and help to create a goal for improvement.

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