Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of April 30th

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Saturday is Free Comic Book Day!

All around the country, comic book stores will be giving away free comic books this Saturday, May 4th! Many stores may also be hosting special guests, contests, or other events.


Visit these local comic book shops to get your free comic books this Saturday! (Ms. Knight plans to visit at least two stores!)


  • Borderlands - 1434 Laurens Road, Greenville
  • Richard's Comics & Collectables - 1214 Laurens Road, Greenville
  • Planet Comics - 2704 N. Main Street, Anderson


For more information about Free Comic Book Day, visit http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/992.

May the Fourth Be With You!

This Saturday, May 4th, is Star Wars Day! (I bet you didn't even know that was a thing, right?) Celebrate the day by watching some Star Wars movies, making origami Star Wars figures, reading Star Wars books, picking up some comic books and graphic novels at your local comic book shop, and even cooking Star Wars inspired treats (like Wookiee cookies, Yoda soda, and Darth Malts)!


If you're looking for some special Star Wars reading material to mark this special day, check out these fabulous books in the Fork Shoals Library!


  • Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
  • Star Wars Heroes
  • Star Wars Villains
  • The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader
  • Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Warriors of the Deep
  • The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • George Lucas: An Unauthorized Biography
  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
  • Darth Paper Strikes Back
  • The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee
  • plus many awesome comic books and graphic novels!

Book of the Week: The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger

When we last saw the students at McQuarrie Middle School, Dwight (the “owner and operator” of the famous Origami Yoda) had been suspended. He is now attending Tippett Academy, and his friends (Tommy, Kellen, and the gang) aren’t quite sure what to do without him…or Origami Yoda. Who will give them the advice they need? Who will keep them from embarrassment and trouble?


Chewbacca to the rescue!!! Sara has arrived with the Fortune Wookiee! This paper fortune teller, along with his companion Han Foldo, has come to McQuarrie Middle to guide students in the ways of the Force (even though Chewie and Han never used the Force). But why does the Fortune Wookiee’s advice seem to get the guys to do exactly what the girls want them to do? This is one mystery that needs to be solved!


Another mystery that is plaguing the students at MMS concerns Dwight. According to reports, ever since he transferred to Tippett, Dwight has become normal (boring). He does his homework, he behaves in class, he’s given up origami (even Origami Yoda), and he’s just not as lively as he used to be. What’s going on here? Can Dwight’s friends—and even his arch-nemesis Harvey—discover the truth before both Dwight and Origami Yoda are gone forever?


Just like the other Origami Yoda books, The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee combines humor, Star Wars, art, and mystery to create a fun, fast read that everyone will enjoy. And this isn’t the last we’ve heard from the students of McQuarrie Middle! Something horrible is about to happen at their beloved school, and they’ll need to harness the power of the Force to fight it! (I’m not sure yet when the next book will come out—or even what the title will be—but you can bet that I’ll get my hands on it as soon as possible.)


If you’d like to learn more about this fantastic series (including how to fold your own origami Star Wars characters), visit http://origamiyoda.wordpress.com/. Have fun!

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Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to Remember:

  • April 30-May 3 - Faculty & Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 6 - Progress reports
  • May 7-10 - PASS Testing for 3rd-5th grades
  • May 13-17 - Book Fair
  • May 13 - SIC meeting @ 7:30am; PTA meeting & Spring Concert @ 6pm
  • May 17 - Last day for library book checkout
  • May 20 - All library books are due!

Dress Code Reminder

With warmer weather comes cooler dress. Please be sure to review the dress code policy included in our student calendar/handbook and on the website.

PASS testing (3rd-5th grades only)

The Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) tests will be administered to students in grades 3 through 5 on May 7th through May 10th.


Testing Schedule


  • Tuesday, May 7th—ELA (English Language Arts test)
  • Wednesday, May 8th-Math
  • Thursday, May 9th—Science test for grade 4 and Science OR Social Studies test for grade 3 and 5
  • Friday, May 10th—Social Studies for grade 4



PASS has been designed to assess higher levels of learning as well as basic skills. PASS tests are untimed for each day of testing. Help us help your child perform to the best of his or her ability.


TESTING TIPS

Parents can be a great help to their child by following these suggestions:

  • Please see that your child gets rest on the nights before these tests.
  • Please see that your child eats a nourishing breakfast on the morning of these tests.
  • Make every effort to have your child in school and on time, except in cases of illness.
  • Please do not schedule any doctor's appointments during testing.
  • Do encourage your child to read each test question and each response carefully before marking an answer choice.
  • Do encourage your child to stay calm if there are questions that seem difficult.
  • Encourage your child to mark his/her best answer.
  • Provide positive feedback by praising your child for what he/she does well.
  • Students may not bring any electronic device that can be used for communicating, timing, or imaging into the testing location.

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!