Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of May 11, 2015

The last day for book checkout is Wednesday, May 20th. All library books must be turned in by Friday, May 22nd.

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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!

Book of the Week: Keeping Safe the Stars

Keeping Safe the Stars by Sheila O’Connor was a nominee for the 2014-15 South Carolina Children’s Book Award.

Pride, Nightingale, and Baby Star are three kids who live in virtual seclusion with their grandfather, Old Finn. When Old Finn gets sick, however, these three kids will have to rely on their own wits to stay together…and keep everyone from knowing that they’re on their own. None of them wants to return to a shelter or group home like the one that they were in when their mother died. Keeping safe the Stars is the most important thing in the world.

Thirteen-year-old Pride (also known as Kathleen) is determined to take over until Old Finn returns. She goes to town for groceries, she cares for their elderly neighbor and her siblings, and, when she discovers that Old Finn has been moved to a hospital in the city, she devises a plan to earn money and get to her beloved grandfather.

It doesn’t take long for everything to start weighing on young Pride’s shoulders. She’s told her share of lies to make sure no one discovers she and her siblings are alone, but those lies are catching up with her. Pride knows that if she can just get to Old Finn, he’ll tell her what she needs to do. He’ll show her how to keep her family safe.

When Pride, Nightingale, and Baby finally make it to Old Finn, though, they discover that their situation is more complicated than ever. This family–a group that is independent and self-reliant to a fault–is going to need help to make it through the days ahead. But who can they rely on to give them the help they need while keeping them together?

Pretty soon, Pride and her siblings will discover that the help they need is all around. All they have to do is accept it.

Set against the backdrop of the last days of Nixon’s presidency, Keeping Safe the Stars is a book about keeping a family together at all costs, being honest with oneself and others, and asking for help when it’s truly needed.

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Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • May 11 - SIC meeting, 7:30am; PTA meeting & Spring Concert, 6:30pm
  • May 12 - Chick-Fil-A Night
  • May 14-21 - 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


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.