Fork Shoals Library Ledger
News for the week of March 16, 2015
Our Battle of the Books team is going to Finals!
All competing schools are: Fork Shoals, Mauldin, Sterling, Greenbrier, Stone, Paris, Buena Vista, and Lake Forest.
Come out and support the team at Finals on Thursday, March 26th, 6:30pm, at Pelham Road Elementary!
Here are the 2014-15 South Carolina Book Award Winners!
3rd Quarter Reading Challenge
Our 3rd Quarter Reading Challenge is underway! Your goal is to read as much as possible between now and the end of Spring Break. Reading logs have been sent home, and extras are available in the library or here.
All reading logs will be due no later than Tuesday, April 7th. (This is a new due date. This reading challenge has been extended due to missed days for winter weather.) 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: Barbed Wire Baseball
Barbed Wire Baseball, written by Marissa Moss and illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, is nominated for the 2014-15 South Carolina Children's Book Award. This book is a welcome addition to all libraries, and it highlights a shameful, often overlooked period in American history--the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
"Zeni" Zenimura loved baseball. He played professionally in the U.S., and he went a long way to making the sport popular in his native Japan. He even played with baseball legends like Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, however, Zeni's baseball dreams would take a turn.
Zeni, his family, and over 100,000 Japanese Americans were sent to live in internment camps. These loyal Americans had done nothing wrong. They were rounded up solely because of their ancestry. The internment camps were little more than prisons, often surrounded by barbed wire.
Zeni was sent to the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona, and, though he was far from home and in a horrible situation, he did not let that keep him from the sport he loved so much. Along with his sons and friends at the camp, Zeni built a baseball field. This field not only allowed them to play baseball, but it also provided some measure of hope that their dreams could still come true. Even in the toughest of circumstances, happiness could be found.
Dates to Remember:
- March 16 - SIC meeting, 7:30am
- March 18 - Walk at School Day, 7:15-7:45am
- March 20 - Hats Off to Music Day
- March 23 - Spring pictures
- March 24 - Bellacino's Night
- March 26 - End of 3rd quarter
- March 27 - Spirit Day/Fresh Fruit Friday
- March 30-April 3 - Spring Break