Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of May 18, 2015

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Welcome to the Fork Shoals Library!

The new home of the Fork Shoals Library blog. Here you will find loads of information, including our weekly newsletters, Books of the Week, and much more!

4th Quarter Reading Challenge

Our final reading challenge for the year is about to wrap up. If you still need reading logs, they are 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.

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 (see link above).

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!

Knight Reader Junior

Ms. Knight's elementary-level book reviews

Book of the Week: On a Beam of Light

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein, written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky, was a nominee for the 2014-2015 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

This entertaining, educational book provides young readers with a very accessible look at Albert Einstein, one of the greatest innovators of all time. With simple yet charming illustrations and text, even the youngest budding scientists will be delighted by this book.

On a Beam of Light takes readers on a journey through Einstein’s earliest years–when he said very little–through his childhood and education, and on to his career, both in a government office and in the scientific community. Through everything, Einstein maintained a fierce love of knowledge and a limitless curiosity. He also held onto his love of life and the larger world around him! This is an example that all readers, regardless of age, should strive to emulate.

Younger readers may use this book as an introduction to the life and work of Einstein, but older readers, particularly science enthusiasts, could utilize this book to give a more personal look at this often larger-than-life figure. An author’s note and afterword provide readers with more information about Einstein and could lead some to do their own research into this fascinating man and scientist.

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • May 18-21 - Field Days (See teacher newsletters for specific dates.)
  • May 25 - Memorial Day (GCSD schools and offices will be closed.)
  • May 27 - Yearbook Day
  • May 29 - Spirit Day; Fresh Fruit Friday
  • May 29-June 3 - Awards Days (See teacher newsletters for specific dates.)
  • June 2 - Skate Night
  • June 5 - Last day of school

Calendar change reminders

Due to the make-up Snow Day on June 5th, the following calendar changes will occur:

  • June 2 is now a full day
  • June 3-5 are half days (noon dismissal)
  • June 5—Last day of school for students

Parents, please check the lost and found bins in the cafeteria while you are here for field days and awards days. All unclaimed items will be donated after June 5th.


Mark your calendars! Yearbook day is Wednesday, May 27th. Mrs. McLaney will reveal the winner of our cover contest that morning on the FSS morning news. At 9:00, we will distribute yearbooks starting with 5th grade and working our way down to K5. The next day, Thursday, May 28th, we will sell the few extras we have starting at 7:30 in the bell tower. It will be on a first come, first served basis. They will sell for $19.00, and checks should be made payable to Fork Shoals School.