Fork Shoals Library Ledger
News for the week of September 14, 2015
Read Your Way to the Big Game!
To enter this contest, make sure your child reads six reading-level appropriate books, complete the book list that was sent home, and return the book list and contest entry card to your child's teacher no later than Monday, November 9th,
All students who meet the six-book challenge qualify for the grand prize--a trip to the Palmetto Bowl (otherwise known as the Carolina/Clemson game)!
So, pick a team and start reading now!
Battle of the Books titles announced!
Your booklist is here! See below for the ten books we'll be reading for this year's BoB competition:
- Almost Super by Marion Jensen
- Anna Was Here by Jane Kurtz
- Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley
- Duke by Kirby Larson
- Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff
- The Girl from Felony Bay by John Thompson
- Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
- Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
- Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
- A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
At least three of these books should be read before our first practice on December 1st.
For more information on BoB, visit the Battle of the Books page on the library blog or see Ms. Knight.
The 1st quarter reading challenge is underway!
Your child's goal: Read as many pages as possible between now and October 22nd. Reading logs MUST be turned in to Ms. Knight no later than Wednesday, October 28th. We’ll have prizes for those who read the most in each grade level, and every participant will receive recognition!
How do you record reading?
Students will receive reading logs during their class' library orientation, but you can print out a reading log here if you want to begin documenting books read. 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 1st quarter.
Book of the Week: Anna Was Here
Anna Nickel is a safety expert. She knows just what to do if disaster strikes near her home in Colorado. There’s one big problem, though. Her family is moving to Oakwood, Kansas for a while. (Her dad is a preacher, and he’s been asked to help out an ailing church in his hometown.) Anna doesn’t know a lot about Kansas–and she doesn’t really want to. She’s not happy about the move, and she hopes that she’ll be back in Colorado before her birthday. Well, Anna may not get her wish.
Life in Kansas is much more complicated that Anna thought it would be. She’s encountering family members she’s never met. Her dad is totally wrapped up in the church, her mom is too busy to write, and, worst of all, Anna’s room is pink! Anna also seems to be instantly loathed by one of the kids nearby…who happens to be one of her distant cousins.
Eventually, Anna finds a few things to like about her temporary home. She’s connecting with her dad’s family (something she’d never done before), and she’s learning about farming, emus, and how one should stay safe in all sorts of situations…including tornadoes. There are still many things she doesn’t like about Kansas–the time her dad spends at church, missing her family and friends in Colorado, going to a new school, or her pink room–but maybe it’s not all bad.
When disaster hits Oakwood, Anna must put everything she knows about safety to work. She must come together with everyone in this new town to find something very valuable to her. In the process, Anna learns just what it means to be part of a community. She realizes that others will do whatever they can to help her…simply because it’s the right thing to do.
Join Anna as she discovers more about her family, her faith, and herself when you read Anna Was Here by Jane Kurtz, a 15-16 South Carolina Children's Book Award nominee.
Are you reading the SC Book Award nominees?
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!
Dates to Remember:
- September 1-25 - Fall MAP testing (Teacher will send specific date.)
- September 14 - SIC meeting, 7:30am
- September 16 - Ident-a-kid pictures
- September 17 - Progress reports
- September 18 - Fall picture day
- September 25 - Spirit Day
- September 28 - Fall fundraiser begins