Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of March 17, 2014

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March of Dimes Reading Champions

The March of Dimes Reading Champions is an educational program in which every child is a winner! Students read books to improve reading skills while raising money for the March of Dimes mission! This program takes placing March-early April. After completing the program, children receive awards for their efforts.

Students receive medals during awards days based on the number of books read. After raising $1, students are eligible for the following medals:

  • 30 books or more - Gold medal
  • 20-29 books - Silver medal
  • 15-19 books - Bronze medal

Bonus: Every participating school will have a Caldecott Award winning book donated to the library. This book will be placed in the library in honor of the student who raises the most money! Every child who raises $50 or more will receive a free tshirt.

Make sure to mail off your registration card (or register online at as soon as possible, and read, read, read! Gather pledges and any other donations and place them in your collection envelope. No amount is too small!

Collection envelopes must be received by the March of Dimes no later than April 10th. These should be sent directly to the March of Dimes. No money is sent to the school.

Tell us how much you love the library!

Express your love of the library with our newest display! Come to the library, fill out one of our hearts, and we'll add your message to the wall!

Send in your Shelfies!

Have you ever taken a selfie? Well, go one step further, and take a "shelfie!" What's a "shelfie?" It's a picture of you in front of your bookshelf! Ms. Knight is creating a display of "shelfies," and she wants your pictures! The display features teachers, students, and even family members!

Digital photos are preferred and should be sent to Ms. Knight at Be sure to include the name of the person(s) in the picture!

Book of the Week: Citizen Scientists

Citizen Scientists was nominated for the 2013-2014 South Carolina Children's Book Award.

This book takes a look at how kids can "be a part of scientific discovery from your own backyard." It presents the concept of citizen science in a way that most young readers and budding scientists will appreciate. It may even provide a starting point for some fairly intense science projects.

Loree Griffin Burns' narrative, paired with Ellen Harasimowicz's beautifully detailed photographs, engages young readers and invites them to participate in nature studies without leaving their own backyards. Four types of studies are highlighted: fall butterflying, winter birding, spring frogging, and summer ladybugging. The author states that the experiences in each of these studies may vary from region to region. Additional resources and anecdotes are provided for each study for readers who wish to explore the topic further.

At the back of the book, in addition to a bibliography, glossary, and index, the author also provides information on finding resources for other citizen science projects. Most of them involve animal and plant studies.

Young readers who show a keen interest in science, particularly in conducting their own experiments, will love this book.

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • March 17 - SIC meeting, 7:30am
  • March 18-19 - PASS writing, 3rd-5th grade
  • March 28 - Spirit Day
  • April 1 - Skate Night
  • April 3 - Magnificent Moms Breakfast
  • April 4 - Spring Spectacular

PASS Writing

Students in 3rd-5th grades will participate in our state writing assessment on March 18th and 19th. Please be sure that students are at school, on time, get plenty of rest, and have a healthy breakfast. Encourage them to take their time and do their best!

PTA Nominations

The PTA Nominating Committee will be taking nominations for several PTA leadership positions. Officers for 2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer need to be filled. If you or someone you know would be great candidates for these positions, please fill out a form! Forms can be found on our website. Thank you for getting involved and supporting Fork Shoals School!

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