Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of October 5, 2015

Makerspace Mondays begin this week!

Makerspace Mondays in the library begin on Monday, October 5th.

If you haven’t heard much about the Makerspace movement, it’s a program—offered in an increasing number of school and public libraries—that allows students to simply create “stuff” with no pressure. Students work both together and independently in these spaces, and they are given free reign with their imaginations.

For this first foray into Makerspaces, we’ll have three different activities going on: Legos, origami, and coloring. The library will accommodate up to thirty students in the Makerspace at a time. (The library will also be open for regular book checkout and computer use.)

We will try to do two Makerspace Mondays each month. If, after the first of the year, we decide to add more days, we’ll let you know. As of right now, our Makerspace Mondays for the fall will be on the following dates:

  • October 5th
  • October 19th
  • November 2nd
  • November 23rd
  • December 7th
  • December 14th

As we continue with this, we’ll likely have Lego stations each month. We’re looking to branch out a bit and have some crafting, upcycling, world-building in Minecraft, 3D printing, and loads of other things (as supplies allow). If you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them.

Thanks for your support as we begin this exciting new program in the Fork Shoals Library!

This Saturday is Star Wars Reads Day!

Celebrate Star Wars and reading during the annual Star Wars Reads Day! This celebration is coming to Roper Mountain Science Center on Saturday, October 10th, 9am-1pm. The event will include a book fair provided by Barnes & Noble and hands-on learning activities. Children ages 12 and under are invited to attend in costume!

To learn more about Star Wars Reads Day, visit the Roper Mountain Science Center website or You can also check out the official Star Wars Reads Facebook page.

Greenville Swamp Rabbits Scholars Book Club

Swamp Rabbits reading logs and informational sheets have been sent home. Students can earn their game BOGO ticket voucher by taking our “Six for Sticks Challenge” and reading six (6) grade level books for which they will receive one (1) Buy One, Get One ticket voucher for the Scholars Book Club Game Night on November 14!

Each participating student will use the provided reading log to keep track of their success. Upon completion, just return the reading log to your teacher by Wednesday, October 14!

Students are also encouraged to take part in a book drive on the night of the game. If they bring three (3) or more children’s books, new or gently used to donate, they will receive a Buy One Get One free ticket voucher to a future Swamp Rabbits game. The donated books will be given to the “Friends of the Library” and sold at their annual book sale. All proceeds from the book drive will benefit the Greenville County library system.

Teacher’s Incentive– Teachers will receive two (2) free tickets to the November 14 game at 7 p.m. for their class’s participation.

Book of the Week: Tap the Magic Tree

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson is a nominee for the 2015-16 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

In Tap the Magic Tree, young readers are invited to interact with a tree through the seasons. They give pages a tap, a brush, or a wiggle, and the next page shows them what results. They may see a tree blooming with flowers or fruit, serving as home to bees or birds, losing its leaves, or covered in snow.

The "magic" of Tap the Magic Tree, in my opinion, lies with the reader. It's up to each individual reader to make this book the interactive experience it is intended to be. Tap the Magic Tree would be good as a class read-aloud, but it would be more effective in small groups or in a one-on-one setting.

Knight Reader Junior

Explore books for the elementary school crowd!

The 1st quarter reading challenge is underway!

Your child's goal: Read as many pages as possible between now and October 22nd. Reading logs MUST be turned in to Ms. Knight no later than Wednesday, October 28th. We’ll have prizes for those who read the most in each grade level, and every participant will receive recognition!

How do you record reading?

Students have received reading logs, but you can print out extras here. List books (with page numbers) as you complete them. An adult must sign by each book read. Add the total number of pages read during the 1st quarter.

Read Your Way to the Big Game!

Information has been sent home about the state's "Read Your Way to the Big Game" contest. The goal of this contest is to get your child excited about reading.

To enter this contest, make sure your child reads six reading-level appropriate books, complete the book list that was sent home, and return the book list and contest entry card to your child's teacher no later than Monday, November 9th,

All students who meet the six-book challenge qualify for the grand prize--a trip to the Palmetto Bowl (otherwise known as the Carolina/Clemson game)!

So, pick a team and start reading now!

If you need copies of the reading log, student entry card, or bookmark, please click here.

FSS Library Blog

Fork Shoals School Library Blog

Are you reading the SC Book Award nominees?

Every year, the South Carolina Association of School Librarians nominates twenty books for four different Book Award levels: Picture, Children's, Junior, and Young Adult. Fork Shoals participates in both the Picture and Children's Book Award programs. Students who read at least five books from each level are eligible to vote for their favorite in February!

Click here for a handy checkoff sheet to keep track of your Book Award reading, and check out the videos below for a quick glimpse at this year's nominees!

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Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • October 5 - Fall fundraiser begins; PTA Family Fun, Health, and Safety Night
  • October 8 - Lunch & Learn with Julie Valentine Center
  • October 9 - School Spirit Day
  • October 10 - Star Wars Reads Day
  • October 12 - SIC meeting, 7:30am
  • October 15-16 - Teacher workdays (Students do not report.)
  • October 19 - Fall fundraiser ends

Fall Fundraiser

Our Fall Fundraiser for the Entertainment Coupon books begins on Monday, October 5 and will end on the 19th. Information will come home on Monday. Thank you for helping our school!

PTA Family Fun, Health, and Safety Night - Monday, October 5th

Pre-ordered meals will be available at 5:30 PM. Several health and safety booths will be available, and there will be a SILENT AUCTION for a few baskets for our 5th graders, principal and assistant principal of the day, first in line car passes, and reserved seating for our December programs. Bingo will be available for free (donations accepted for our 5th graders trip) following our PTA meeting.

PTA Reflections

Entries are due to the front office by Friday, October 9th. Details for each category can be found on the school website. Contact Ellington Willis at 864-490-6022 or with questions. This year’s theme is Let Your Imagination Fly!

Christmas Help

The Salvation Army will begin accepting applications for Christmas Assistance on October 10th-15th. Please look on our website or call the Salvation Army for what you need to take to them to receive Christmas Assistance. The school will donate stockings to help out but will be sending all requests for Christmas help through the Salvation Army.

Lunch & Learn

We will have a lunch and learn with the Julie Valentine Center this Thursday, October 8th, for information about child safety. A flyer came home last week and can be found on our website. Please RSVP by Tuesday if you plan to attend.