Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of August 27th

Welcome to a new year in the Fork Shoals Library!

Welcome back to Fork Shoals for the 2012-13 school year! I know this year will be a great one, and we’ve got a lot of great things to look forward to in the library this year (News Team auditions, an author visit, three book fairs, the Book Award program, and so much more)!


Students (and teachers) who want to take AR tests on the books you read this summer can start doing that immediately. After your class has gone through library orientation, you’ll be able to begin checking out books again.


If you have any questions about the Fork Shoals Library, please let me know. Let’s have a great year together!

Did you read this summer?

If you participated in our summer reading program, don’t forget to turn in your reading logs to your teacher or Ms. Knight by Tuesday, September 4th.


Everyone who read at least 500 pages this summer will receive a treat, and the top readers for each grade level will receive a special reward!

Book of the Week: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

In Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea, we follow seven students through their fifth grade year. They’re all in Mr. Terupt’s class. Mr Terupt is a new teacher. Some students think he’ll be a pushover. Some students see this class as their chance to start fresh. But one thing is the same for all of them. This year–and this teacher–will change their lives forever.


Mr. Terupt is a brand-new teacher at Snow Hill School in Connecticut. His fifth grade class if full of students who are as interesting as they are different. Jessica has just moved from California after her mom’s split with her dad. Anna is a shy girl who is an outcast through no fault of her own. Danielle is a girl who lets what others say and think matter too much. Alexia is a mean girl who will create drama at the first opportunity. Peter is a class clown who never seems to get into trouble. Luke is the class brain and always has to have the right answer first. Jeffrey hates everything about school…and home.


Somehow, Mr. Terupt manages to reach all of these students in his own special way. For some of them, school is fun for the first time. Other students are breaking out of their shells. Some are realizing just how much their actions impact others. Mr. Terupt is making a difference in these kids’ lives…but no one realizes how much this special teacher really means to his students until something happens that threatens to take him away forever.


What will the class do without their teacher? Who is to blame for what happened to Mr. Terupt? Will the students from Mr. Terupt’s class come together to support each other and their teacher, or will this tragedy erase all of the good that happened this year? Read Because of Mr. Terupt, a nominee for the 2012-13 South Carolina Children’s Book Award, to discover how much one teacher–and one life-changing incident–can make seven students reexamine themselves and what really matters to them.

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:

  • August 28-31 - 2nd-5th grade library orientation
  • September 3 - Labor Day - Schools will be closed
  • September 4 - Summer reading logs due to Ms. Knight
  • September 4-7 - K5 and 1st grade library orientation
  • September 7 - News Team and Shelf Elf applications due (4th and 5th grade only)
  • September 12-13 - News Team auditions
  • September 14 - WFSS News Team announced