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!
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.
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!
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.
Are you reading the SC Book Award nominees?
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!
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