Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for November 16-29, 2015

It's Book Fair Week!!!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: Friday, November 13th-Friday, November 20th

Shopping hours:

  • Friday, November 13th – 8am-3pm
  • Monday, November 16th – 8am-7pm
  • Tuesday, November 17th-Thursday, November 19th – 8am-3pm
  • Friday, November 20th – 7:15am-noon

We accept cash, checks (made payable to Fork Shoals School), and all major credit cards. 6% sales tax is added to all purchases.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair. Our online Fair is available from November 8th to November 21st, and all purchases ship free to the school.

Are you interested in joining the Battle of the Books team?

Battle of the Books is a competition for students to have fun reading books and answering questions about them. Fourth and fifth grade students compete in teams of five people. There are ten books in the program. Fork Shoals’ Battle of the Books team will train to compete against other teams from Greenville County.

If you want to participate in Battle of the Books, please complete this form and return it to Ms. Knight in the Library no later than Monday, November 30th. Please have a parent sign this form to be sure that you both understand what is involved. If you have any questions please send an email to You can also visit the library blog for more information on this program.

We will have practices on Tuesdays after school from 2:30 until 3:00, and Wednesday mornings before school from 7:30 -7:55. The first after school practice will be on Tuesday, December 1st. We will only have afternoon practices in December, and we’ll add morning practices in January.

Regional and final competition dates will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

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The 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge has begun!

All Fork Shoals students have received their reading logs for the 2nd quarter. Students should read as many pages as possible between now and January 14th. Reading logs MUST be turned in no later than Wednesday, January 20th. We’ll have prizes for those who read the most in each grade level, and every participant will receive recognition!

List books (with page numbers) as you complete them. Add your total number of pages read during the 2nd quarter. *Please print clearly and total your pages at the end!*

If you need extra reading logs, click here.

November is Picture Book Month!

Celebrate Picture Book Month by reading some wonderful picture books!

Not sure what to read? Start with this year's South Carolina Picture Book Award nominees. You can also visit one of Ms. Knight's blogs, Knight Reader Junior. Click on the "Recommended Picture Books" page, and select a few books to help you observe this month-long celebrations of reading!

FSS Library Blog

Fork Shoals School Library Blog

Book of the Week: The Matchbox Diary

The Matchbox Diary, written by Paul Fleischman and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, is a nominee for the 2015-16 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

The Matchbox Diary takes readers on a journey through one man's life. This man tells his great-granddaughter to choose one item in the room, and he'll tell her a story about it. The girl chooses an old cigar box full of matchboxes. But there are no matches in these boxes. Each box carries a memory of her great-grandfather's life, from his earliest days in Italy, through his family's journey across the sea to Ellis Island, to their lives as Italian immigrants in an often unfriendly new world. Though he couldn't read or write (at first), these matchboxes allowed this man to keep his memories alive to share with future generations.

The Matchbox Diary an excellent addition in older grades' studies of immigration, how families were often split up for a while, the long journey to America, and what immigrants encountered once they arrived.

Knight Reader Junior

Explore books for the elementary school crowd!

Are you reading the SC Book Award nominees?

Every year, the South Carolina Association of School Librarians nominates twenty books for four different Book Award levels: Picture, Children's, Junior, and Young Adult. Fork Shoals participates in both the Picture and Children's Book Award programs. 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, and check out the videos below for a quick glimpse at this year's nominees!

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • November 13-20—Book Fair
  • November 16-20—American Education Week
  • November 19—Thanksgiving Lunch
  • November 20—School Spirit Day/Dynamite Dads Day
  • November 23—Progress Reports
  • November 24—Career Day
  • November 25-27—Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 3—Moe’s Night
  • December 4—School Spirit Day


Please remember that when students are absent, a note from the parent or doctor should come to school when they return. When no note is sent, it is an unexcused absence. Any absences after ten MUST be a doctor’s note.

Donations Needed

We are collecting several items to help our Robotics Team AND also to begin collecting items for our Engineering Week coming up on February. Please continue to send in any of these items as you are able. Thanks!

Robotics: used ink cartridges, Capri Sun/Kool Aid pouches, old crayons

Engineering Week: craft sticks, school glue bottles, packs of rubber bands, small pom poms, marshmallows, decks of cards, paper towel and toilet paper tubes, masking tape, recycled fruit cups or other recyclable supplies.