Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of October 14th

Attention 4th and 5th graders! Battle of the Books is about to begin!

How to participate in Battle of the Books (BoB) at Fork Shoals:
  • Read a minimum of 3 (preferably 5) of the 10 books listed below by the beginning of December.
  • Attend practice sessions on Tuesday afternoons (2:30-3:00) in the library starting in December continuing through April.
  • Read at least 6 of the 10 books by the beginning of January.
  • Read all 10 books by the beginning of February.

*If the number of students participating exceeds the required number for a school team, it may be necessary to assess which students are most knowledgeable about the books through a written evaluation or a school competition round to be determined by the librarian.*

District competition is typically mid-April at Mauldin High School in the early evening. Students must have their own transportation to this event.

This year's Battle of the Books titles are:

  • Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff
  • Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton
  • Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson
  • Pie by Sarah Weeks
  • Plunked by Michael Northrop
  • The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader
  • The Humming Room by Ellen Potter
  • The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio

See Ms. Knight if you'd like more information on Battle of the Books.

Greenville Reading Warriors Program

It's time for the Greenville Road Warriors 2013 Reading Warriors Program! To participate in this "Six for Sticks Challenge," students need to read six grade appropriate books. (They can count books they're already reading for the school reading challenge.) In exchange, they'll receive one complimentary ticket voucher for the Reading Warriors Game Night Event!

Each participating student will use a reading log to keep track of their success. Upon completion, the reading log should be returned to Ms. Knight in the library by October 31st.

Students are also encouraged to take part in a book drive on the night of the celebration game. If they bring five or more children's books to donate, they'll receive a buy one get one free ticket voucher. Donated books will be given to the "Friends of the Library" and sold and their annual book sale. All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the Greenville County Library System.

Teacher incentive: If 50% of a class completes this reading program, the teacher will be rewarded with a free ticket to the Reading Warriors Game Night Event!

Reading Challenge update

This nine weeks, students will have the option to read 30 books OR 500 pages. (It may be difficult for older students to read 30 books and still challenge themselves to read "meatier" fare.) Next quarter, K5-2nd grade students will still try to read 30 books (or more), and 3rd-5th grade students will have a quarterly goal of 500 pages.

To print a copy of this quarter's reading challenge sheet, go to

Book of the Week: Cloudette

Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld is nominated for the 2013-2014 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Cloudette is a charmingly simple picture book about what a big impact something (or someone) little can have. At first, Cloudette is content being a small cloud. She plays with her little friends (a kite, birds, a squirrel), has a good view of fireworks, can easily hide or squeeze into narrow spaces, and has a nifty spot to rest at night. Eventually, though, Cloudette wants to make a big difference like all the other larger clouds. She wants to make gardens grow and brooks babble, among other things.

Cloudette tries to find ways to be helpful, but it's hard for this little cloud to find her place in the big world. When a big storm blows Cloudette far away, she's nervous at first about being so far from what is familiar. Soon, though, she discovers a way that she can really make a difference in this new place. And this experience may just lead her to search out even more ways to show what a little cloud can do!

Cloudette is sure to be a hit with young (and older) readers. It shows that one is never too small (or too young) to make a difference to someone. The whimsical illustrations and text in this book give Cloudette a "personality" that I think most readers will, at least in some small way, be able to relate to.

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to Remember:

  • October 14 - SIC meeting, 7:30am
  • October 14-18 - Lunch Staff Appreciation Week
  • October 16 - Boosterthon Pep Rally
  • October 17-18 - Teacher Workdays
  • October 21-24 - Boosterthon Activities
  • October 21-25 - School Bus Safety Week
  • October 25 - Boosterthon Fun Run; Last day of 1st quarter

Holiday Assistance

The Salvation Army of Greenville County will accept applications for holiday assistance at the TD Convention Center. Families can apply Saturday Oct. 12, and Monday Oct. 14-Thursday 17. Additional information can be found on our website.


PTA is sponsoring the Reflections Arts contest again this year. Reflections is an arts competition that gives every student a chance to express themselves through visual art, dance, music, photography, film, and literature. This year’s theme is “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” We will accept entries through October 21. Our student winners will be presented with trophies at the December PTA meeting. Check our school website for all of the guidelines and entry form. We look forward to seeing all of the wonderful student creations.

Square One Art

The students have been busy in their art class creating work for Square 1 Art, and are very excited! Through Square 1 you can order your child's art on a variety of items- water bottles, mugs, tshirts, ornaments, even iPod and phone cases! Keep your eyes open for more information sent home with your child soon.