Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of November 10, 2014

1st Quarter Reading Challenge Winners

Thanks to all who participated in our 1st Quarter Reading Challenge. As a group we read nearly 300,000 pages!

Students who read the most pages in their grade level earned a cool prize which included a certificate for a free book from the Book Fair. Our grade level winners were:

  • Kindergarten - McKenzie Cannady
  • 1st grade - Grayson Campbell
  • 2nd grade - Bryson Neal
  • 3rd grade - Najibah Alam
  • 4th grade - Bray Tully
  • 5th grade - Rachel Marquis

The Book Fair begins this Friday!

Our Scholastic a Book Fair theme - Sir Readalot’s Castle: Enter the Kingdom of Books! – surrounds students in the celebration of reading with hundreds of fun, engaging, affordable books for them to discover. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose their own books will motivate them to read more. And like most acquired sills, the more kids practice reading, the better they’ll get.

Book Fair Dates: Friday, November 14th-Friday, November 21st

Shopping Hours:

  • Friday, Nov. 14th - 7am-3pm
  • Monday, Nov. 17th - 8am-7pm (Our Monday evening event will include medieval costumes and a photo booth!)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18th-Thursday, Nov. 20th - 8am-3pm
  • Friday, Nov. 21st - 8-11am

Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to download the FREE Book Fairs App to help you find the right fit books for your child. If you’re all booked up during Book Fair week, be sure to visit the Book Fair online. Our Online Fair is available for an extended time from November 9th-29th.

*Each student will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair with his/her class. The schedule of class visits to the Book Fair will be posted to the library blog this Thursday.*

The 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge has begun!

Let's all warm up with some good books! Our 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge has begun! This challenge runs now through January 15th (the last day of the 2nd quarter).

Reading logs were sent home with students last week, but you can also click here for extras. 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 2nd quarter.

These reading logs should be returned to Ms. Knight by Wednesday, January 21st.

Book of the Week: Almost Home

It takes a lot to bring Sugar Mae Cole down. This twelve-year-old tries to always look on the bright side of life, even when things are looking rather dim. And things are about to get pretty dark for Sugar and her mom, Reba. Sugar’s absent dad has gambled away all of their money, and Sugar and her mom are being forced out of their home. Sugar doesn’t know what’s going to happen, but she’s determined to keep her spirits up and be strong for both herself and her mother.

Sugar has a little help along the way. Even when Sugar has to move to Chicago, she keeps in touch with Mr. Bennett, a teacher who encourages Sugar to express herself through writing and to be her best self. Sugar also has Shush, a rescue dog with trust issues of his own. It’s not easy living on the streets or moving from shelter to shelter with a dog in tow, but Sugar is determined to be there for little Shush…the way she wishes someone would be there for her.

When Sugar’s mom shuts down from the stress of everything that has happened, Sugar knows she has to be stronger than ever. Luckily, she’s got Shush…and a chance at a real home when she’s placed with a loving foster family. She’s doing well in her new environment, but the worry about her mother–and her mother’s dependence on Sugar’s no-good father–continues to eat at Sugar’s happiness. Sugar wishes she could do something to open her mother’s eyes, but she knows that Reba must confront the reality of her situation herself.

Through everything that Sugar encounters, she holds onto the dream of home. A home where she, her mother, and Shush can be safe, happy, and together. A home where she doesn’t have to worry that she’ll be kicked out one day. A home where she can shine, thrive, and help others who are going through hard times. A home where she can simply be a kid without so many adult worries. She’s almost there. Sugar Mae Cole is almost home.

Almost Home by Joan Bauer is a nominee for the 2014-15 South Carolina Children’s Book Award.

Are you reading the SC Book Award nominees?

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!

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

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to Remember:

  • November 10 - SIC meeting @ 7:30am; Veteran's Day celebrations
  • November 14 - Spirit Day; Dynamite Dads; Book Fair begins
  • November 14-21 - Fall Book Fair
  • November 17 - Book Fair open until 7pm.
  • November 20 - Thanksgiving Lunch
  • November 25 - Career Day
  • November 26-28 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Career Day

Career Day is right around the corner, and we are in need of volunteers to speak at Career Day. Please send an e-mail to Ms. Cline at or give her a phone call at 355-5004 if you are able to volunteer. We would love to have a speaker in each classroom. We would need you here from 8:30 to around 10:00 on Tuesday, November 25th. This is the Tuesday right before Thanksgiving break. You would be volunteering to speak to each class on the grade level for close to fifteen minutes before the next class would rotate to you. Thank you for your time and consideration!

Square 1 Art

Students will be receiving Square 1 Art packets in Art class this week. Each child will receive a free set of stickers of their art and can order items with their artwork on them! These make great gifts and support our art program. Orders can be placed online at or with the paper order form sent home. Please make checks payable to Square 1 Art. Thank you for supporting our artists! They are very excited! Orders are due by November 14th.

Dynamite Dads Breakfast

Calling all Dynamite Dads! All Fork Shoals dads (and grandpas, uncles, etc.) are invited to join your children for breakfast on Friday, November 14th. The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8am in the FSS cafeteria. Chick-Fil-A biscuits are available for pre-order. Pre-orders were sent home last week and can also be found on our website. Order forms must be returned with payment by Wednesday, November 12th. There will be a separate table for pre-orders and another for a limited supply of extras. Get here early for a special opening of the Book Fair! It will open at 7am on the morning of the Dynamite Dads Breakfast!

Holiday Lunch

Families are invited to eat lunch with their child for our special lunch on Thursday, November 20th. Reservation forms were sent home last week and can also be found on our website. Forms are due by Tuesday, November 11th. Pay on the day of the lunch.