Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of April 27, 2015

This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day!

All around the country, comic book stores will be giving away free comic books on Saturday, May 2nd! Many stores may also be hosting special guests, contests, or other events.

Visit these local comic book shops to get your free comic books!

For more information about Free Comic Book Day, visit

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2015-2016 South Carolina Book Award Nominees

It's time to start reading the nominees for the 2015-2016 South Carolina Book Awards! For a quick peek at the nominated titles, check out the Book Award videos on the Fork Shoals Library's YouTube channel.

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 of 2016.

Click here for a handy checkoff sheet to keep track of your Book Award reading!

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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: The Vengekeep Prophecies

In The Vengekeep Prophecies, author Brian Farrey introduces readers to the Grimjinx family. This family of thieves is rather notorious in the town of Vengekeep, but no one can ever really prove that they’ve done anything wrong. Young Jaxter Grimjinx is supposed to be a master thief like everyone else in his family, but he has a bit of a problem. He’s clumsy. So clumsy that he can’t pick a simple lock. So clumsy that he sets a house on fire during his first solo job. A life of thievery doesn’t look promising for Jaxter.

But Jaxter is skilled at one thing that his family values. He can create natural mixtures that break low-level magical locks. Pretty handy when his family runs into trouble beyond their skills. And trouble is definitely on its way…more trouble than the Grimjinx clan has ever seen.

Each year, a tapestry is unveiled in Vengekeep that reveals a prophecy. This prophecy provides a sort of guide for the town on how they should proceed during the year–what troubles to avoid and the like. Well, this year, the tapestry is especially disturbing. It foretells the utter destruction of Vengekeep and essentially states that the Grimjinx family may be the town’s only salvation.

Jaxter knows his family isn’t really hero material, but they may not have an option this time. Even though they did so without intending to, the Grimjinx clan set events in motion that could actually level Vengekeep, and it’s up to them–or, more specifically, to Jaxter and his friend Callie–to set things right.

Jaxter and Callie set off on a mission to ultimately destroy the magic surrounding the tapestry. Their journey will be perilous, and they will encounter both friends and foes–and it won’t always be easy to tell the difference between the two.

Will Jaxter and Callie be able to get what they need before Vengekeep is destroyed, or will their efforts be for nothing? Will Jaxter Grimjinx be the savior Vengekeep needs, or will he be its ultimate end?

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to Remember:

  • April 26-May 1 - Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week
  • April 28-30 - ACT Aspire testing (grades 3-5)
  • May 1 - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon; Spirit Day
  • May 2 - Free Comic Book Day
  • May 4 - Progress reports; National Nurse's Day
  • May 7 - Moe's Night
  • May 7-8 - SCPASS science and social studies testing (grades 4-5)
  • May 10 - Mothers' Day
  • May 11 - SIC meeting, 7:30am; PTA meeting & Spring Concert, 6:30pm

State Testing (Grades 3-5)

This year, students in third, fourth, and fifth grades in South Carolina will take a new test, the ACT Aspire (April 28-30). Students in those grades will take ELA (English, reading, and writing) and mathematics tests. Additionally, students in fourth and fifth grades will take SCPASS science and social studies tests (May 7-8). ACT Aspire, which is a timed test, will require students to answer multiple choice questions and to write their answers. SCPASS, which is an untimed test, will require students to answer multiple choice questions. The ACT Aspire and SCPASS tests are aligned to state standards and what is taught in your child’s classroom. Your assistance in ensuring that students are at school and on time and avoiding doctor’s appointments during the testing windows is greatly appreciated.