Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for May 28th-June 6th

Summer Reading has started!

"Dig into Reading" with the Fork Shoals summer reading program! Read (and record) 500 pages between Memorial Day (May 27th) and Labor Day (September 2nd), and you'll be invited to attend a fabulous summer reading party! Top readers in each grade level will also receive a fantastic prize! Click here for more information and your summer reading log!

Summer Library hours

Once again, the Fork Shoals Library will be open this summer on Wednesdays from 9am to noon. You can come in and check out books, visit with friends, or use the computers. All children should be accompanied by parents or guardians.


*We will be closed the week of July 4th.*

Book of the Week: Capture the Flag by Kate Messner


Capture the Flag by Kate Messner is a contemporary mystery that is an excellent read for upper elementary and middle grade readers. Any young (or older) readers intrigued by the Indiana Jones or National Treasure movies will find something to enjoy in this first installment in what is sure to be a gripping new series.


A flag has been stolen from the Smithsonian, but this is not just any flag. It’s the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Who would dare to take such a priceless piece of American history? What could the possible motive be? It’s not like this would be something that could be easily sold, so why would someone take something that means so much to so many? That’s what a few curious kids are going to find out…


Anna, Henry, and José are snowed in at the airport in Washington, DC, and, when they hear about the theft of the newly restored flag, they become convinced that whoever took the flag must be snowed in as well. What starts as a way to pass the time soon becomes a quest to uncover a mystery with the potential to shake the nation. Along the way, they’ll encounter a man running for president (who has an odd fondness for Tootsie Rolls), tuba players from Pakistan, a guy with a snake tattoo, and a really large poodle.


They’ll also discover that they share a common bond. Anna, Henry, and José are all descended from artists or artisans who’ve sworn to protect the world’s artistic treasures. So what choice do they really have?! They must find the stolen flag before someone points the finger at the wrong person. But what can three kids do in a crowded airport with tight security? A whole lot, apparently. (As it turns out, airport security–at least in this story–isn’t designed to thwart three pre-teen detectives.)


As these three kids attempt to reveal the truth, they’ll step into a mess with huge ramifications. Can they get out of this safely and still uncover who’s behind the flag theft? And will they be prepared for what they eventually find? Who really captured the flag? Find out when you read this exciting tale of mystery and adventure by Kate Messner!

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to Remember:

  • May 28 - Last day to take AR quizzes
  • May 30 - 5th grade Exhibition
  • May 31 - Kindergarten Graduation; Spirit Day
  • June 3 - 3rd grade awards @ 8:15; 4th grade awards @ 9:30
  • June 4 - 1st grade awards @ 8:15; 2nd grade awards @ 9:30; noon dismissal; Skate Night
  • June 5 - 5th grade celebration and awards @ 9:00; noon dismissal
  • June 6 - 5th grade day; noon dismissal; last day of school

Report Cards

Remember to send in a self-addressed stamped envelope in order to receive the final report card. The envelope will also include a summer activity incentive program, a reading list, and math websites.

Summer Activities

Be sure to refer to the school website for links to reading lists and websites to work on math activities over the summer. First in Math will also still be accessible until July 31st. Stay refreshed with educational activities over the summer!

2013-2014 South Carolina Picture and Children's Book Award Nominees

13-14 SCPBA nominees
13-14 SCCBA Nominees
Fifth graders who want a head start on reading next year's Junior Book Award nominees should check out the booklist on the library blog!