Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of December 15, 2014

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See A Christmas Carol this weekend!

Make plans to see A Christmas Carol at the Pelzer Auditorium this holiday season. The Mill Town Players' adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic work has three more shows this weekend! This play features several current and former Fork Shoals students!

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for seniors, and $7 for students. You can buy tickets online, at the door, or at the theater box office between 10am and noon on Saturdays.

For more information on this production, visit

Battle of the Books has begun!

Battle of the Books has begun at Fork Shoals! Our team of 4th and 5th grade students will compete against other schools in the county to see who knows our selected books the best. It's not too late to join the team! Just pick up a registration form and return it to Ms. Knight as soon as possible!

Our next practice will be this Tuesday, December 16th, 2:30-3:00, and the team will practice each Tuesday until our regional competition on March 10th. After the New Year, we'll also hold practices on Wednesday mornings, 7:30-7:55. Team members can choose to attend one or both of our weekly practices.

Battle of the Books is open to any 4th or 5th grade student.

Students must read each of these books by the beginning of February:

  • Almost Home by Joan Bauer
  • How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor
  • Capture the Flag by Kate Messner
  • Dangerous Waters by Gregory Mone
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Red Thread Sisters by Carol A. Peacock
  • Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli
  • Ungifted by Gordon Korman

For more information on Battle of the Books, click here.

2nd Quarter Reading Challenge

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

Reading logs were sent home with students, but you can visit the library or 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: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Kyle Keeley loves games of all kinds, and his favorites are the creations of the amazing Luigi Lemoncello, an eccentric genius who just happened to grow up in Kyle’s hometown.

Kyle’s town has been without a public library for years, but everyone is excited that a new library is about to open–and that excitement only grows when it’s revealed that Mr. Lemoncello himself designed the new building. Kyle is sure that the library is awesome–even though he doesn’t like to read all that much–and he is determined to be one of the first people to see just how cool it is.

An essay contest will determine which twelve seventh-graders are invited to a lock-in at the new library. Even though Kyle’s essay efforts are a bit rough, he is selected to spend the night in the greatest library the world has ever known! Filled with holograms, a Wonder Dome with changing scenes overhead, hover ladders that reach the highest shelves, state-of-the-art technology, and books galore, the library is more than any of the kids ever dreamed…and so is the contest that led them here.

When the lock-in is over, these twelve kids are presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. They may extend their stay and play the most exciting game of their lives, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library! Whoever finds the escape route from the library within the next twenty-four hours becomes Mr. Lemoncello’s spokesperson for all of his gaming products! Kyle doesn’t even need to think about whether or not he’ll stay. (Not everyone feels the same.) This is more than he ever dreamed of, and he’s in it to win it. (He’s not the only one.)

During this exciting day, Kyle teams up with some friends–old and new–and uses knowledge of books, the library, games, and Mr. Lemoncello himself to find a way out of this most unusual library. Will they be able to escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library before time runs out? Before someone else beats them to it? And what will they learn along the way?

Play the game along with Kyle and company and see if you can figure out how to Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library!

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein is a nominee for the 14-15 South Carolina Children's Book Award.

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!

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to Remember:

  • December 15 - PTA meeting, 2nd grade play, and holiday fair, 6:30pm
  • December 16 - Battle of the Books practice, 2:30-3pm; Chorus concert and holiday fair, 6:30pm
  • December 15-19 - PTA holiday shop
  • December 22-January 2 - Winter break
  • January 9 - Spirit Day
  • January 12 - SIC meeting, 7:30am
  • January 15 - End of 2nd quarter
  • January 16 - Teacher workday (No school for students)
  • January 17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (GCSD schools and offices will be closed.)

Holiday Shop

Students brought home flyers and envelopes about the Holiday Shop that will be open this week for students to shop for family members. Classes have a set time to visit the shop. Items cost between $1.00 and $5.00. More information can be found at or by contacting PTA at or 355-5057. The flyer and a picture of the envelope can be found on our school website. If you do not have the envelope, you can just write the information on a blank envelope.

Holiday Performances and Fair

Our 2nd graders will perform on Monday night, December 15th, after our PTA meeting. Our 4th/5th grade chorus will perform on Tuesday night, December 16th. Both events will begin at 6:30pm. The Holiday Fair will be open from 5:00-8:00pm both nights. During the Holiday Fair, there will be vendors and events for kids, and the Holiday Shop mentioned above will also be open for parents to preview or shop.

Yearbook Pre-Orders

Be sure to pre-order your yearbook by January 15th. Forms have been sent home and can be found on our website. Yearbooks will be in ALL COLOR and cost $17.00. There will only be a limited number of extras in the spring, so order yours by January 15th!