Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of April 13th, 2015

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M.H. Herlong comes to Fork Shoals!

Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders! M.H. Herlong, the author of Buddy, is coming to our school this Monday afternoon! Buddy won this year's South Carolina Children's Book Award, so it's a great honor to have the author visit Fork Shoals.

Students are encouraged to bring their own copies of the book to be autographed on the day of the visit.

3rd Quarter Reading Challenge Results

Thanks to all who participated in our 3rd Quarter Reading Challenge. There were over 200 participants, and we read nearly 275,000 pages!

Congratulations to the following students who read the most pages in their grade levels. Each of these students will receive a special reward this week.

  • Kindergarten - Jack Seaton - 3,632 pages
  • 1st grade - Peyton Curesky - 7,550 pages
  • 2nd grade - Brady Paitrick - 5,698 pages
  • 3rd grade - Janna Bahdini - 10,371 pages (Janna read more than Ms. Knight!)
  • 4th grade - Joseph Smith - 4,269 pages
  • 5th grade - Rachel Marquis - 3,425 pages

All participating students have been recognized on a poster outside of the library.

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4th Quarter Reading Challenge has begun!

Our final reading challenge for the year is underway. Your goal is to read as much as possible between now and May 22nd. Reading logs will be sent home and will be available in the library, on the school website, and here.

All reading logs will be due no later than Wednesday, May 27th. Prizes will be awarded to the top readers in each grade level, and every participant will receive recognition.

Remember to list books completed with page numbers. An adult must sign by each book completed, and all pages must be totaled at the end.

Book of the Week: Red Thread Sisters

“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.” ~Ancient Chinese Legend

Wen has spent the past several years in a Chinese orphanage, but her life is about to undergo a drastic change. She has been adopted by an American family, and she’s leaving her best friend in the world, Shu Ling, behind. Wen promises that she’ll do whatever it takes to find a home for Shu Ling, but that may not be so easy when Wen is trying to adjust to a new family and an unfamiliar country and language.

Wen’s new life in Boston is much more difficult than she could have imagined. She misses her best friend desperately, and she remains distant from her new mom and her little sister, Emily. It’s also hard to make friends at school when she’s so different–and when she can’t understand many of the words spoken around her.

Eventually, though, Wen does make a very good friend…but how can Wen be totally happy with her new life when she knows that Shu Ling is counting on her to find a forever family?

Young Wen becomes determined to help her best friend, but time is running out. In a matter of weeks, Shu Ling will no longer be eligible for adoption. What can one eleven-year-old girl do to make sure her friend, a disabled thirteen-year-old in a Chinese orphanage, is adopted by an American family?

Well, Wen will discover that she’s capable of quite a bit, but will her efforts be enough? Will she find a home for Shu Ling in time? Will these “red thread sisters” ever see each other again? If not, can Wen ever be truly happy with her new life in America?

Read Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antoinette Peacock to see just what one young girl will do to ensure the happiness of her best friend…and herself.

2015-2016 South Carolina Book Award Nominees

It's time to start reading the nominees for the 2015-2016 South Carolina Book Awards! Take a look at the videos below for a glimpse at next year's Picture and Children's Book Award nominees.
15-16 SCPBA nominees
15-16 SCCBA Nominees

Fork Shoals School Library

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Dates to Remember:

  • April is School Library Month!
  • April 13-17 - National Library Week
  • April 13 - Author visit, 3rd-5th grades
  • April 14 - National Library Workers' Day; Chick-Fil-A Night
  • April 16 - Magnificent Moms breakfast, 7:30am
  • April 17 - Spirit Day; Spring Spectacular, 4-8pm
  • April 22 - Volunteer Appreciation breakfast, 8:30am
  • April 24 - Fresh Fruit Friday
  • April 25 - Talent Show, 10am

Spring Spectacular

The Spring Spectacular is THIS Friday, April 17th, from 4:00-8:00. Come join the fun! It is not too late to help make this event a success. Continue to sell “funraiser” tickets to win great prizes. Donate candy, mini-marshmallows, or 2L sodas. Also, please sign up for a 30 minute time slot to work a game/booth. The link for sign up genius is

Magnificent Moms

Remember to get in your Magnificent Moms biscuit order by Monday. Forms are on the website and were sent home last week. The event will be Thursday, April 16th, 7:30-8am. We look forward to seeing you here!