Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of February 24, 2014

Olympic Reading Challenge logs are due!

All Olympic Reading Challenge logs should be turned in to Ms. Knight no later than Wednesday, February 26th. (No late logs will be accepted.)

Ms. Knight will announce the grade level (and faculty) medalists on Friday's morning news show. All participants will receive a pencil, a bookmark, and will have their names posted outside the library.

Book Award voting is this week!

This week, students at Fork Shoals will be voting for their favorite book in the South Carolina Book Award program. Ballots will be given to each student, and students can check off which books they've read and indicate their favorite among those books.

If you need a refresher on which books we'll be voting on, here's a handy check-off sheet featuring the Picture and Children's Book Award nominees. How many have you read this year?

The state winner of each Book Award category will be announced at the SCASL conference in March, and Ms. Knight will share that information as soon as possible.

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: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a nominee for the 2013-2014 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

This wonderful nonfiction book, written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, tells young William’s story of life in drought-ravaged Malawi. Instead of accepting things as they were, William visited the village library, learned more about renewable energy, and proceeded to build a windmill that would bring electricity to his village. Although many people called him crazy, William persevered, and not only did he bring electricity to his small village in Malawi, but he also found a way to use wind power to pump water so that people, including his own starving family, could grow crops year-round.

This inspiring story is an excellent addition to lessons and conversations on the importance of renewable energy and how something we often take for granted can truly mean the world to others.

The book’s afterword will provide older readers with more information about William Kamkwamba, how he saved his village, and what he’s continuing to do to bring renewable energy to Africa.

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • February 23 - Olympic Reading Challenge ends
  • February 26 - Last day to turn in Olympic Reading Challenge logs
  • February 27 - Progress reports (new date)
  • February 28 - Spirit Day; Bingo Night
  • March 3 - PTA All Arts Night (and Ms. Knight's birthday!)
  • March 7 & 10 - Snow makeup days

Labels for Education and Box Tops

Its’ time again to start sending in your Labels for Education and Box Tops. Please have your student deposit these in the envelope provided in their classrooms. These will be collected and counted Monday, February 24th. Prizes will be awarded to the classes with the most Labels for Education and Box Tops. If you have any questions, please contact the PTA. Thank you for supporting Fork Shoals School.

Black History Month

This is the last week for Black History Month trivia. Be sure to find answers to the questions, and turn them in for a chance in the prize drawings.

All Arts Night

Join us on Monday, March 3rd, for our All Arts Night! We will have displays showing our students’ art work, square dancing, and music making stations. Pre-order meal forms were sent home last week and can be accessed on our website. Orders for meals must be turned in and paid for by this Friday.

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