Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of September 23rd

The Fall Book Fair starts on Friday!

Our Fall Book Fair theme – Reading Oasis: A Cool Place to Discover Hot Books! – takes students on a journey back to Ancient Egypt to an oasis overflowing with fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose books that will motivate them to read more. And like most acquired skills, the more kids practice reading, the better they’ll get.

Reading is vital to every child’s success, and raising kids as readers means getting involved while they’re young. Now is the time. Since there will never be a substitute for a parent’s direct involvement in his/her child’s education, please make plans to visit our Book Fair.

Book Fair Dates: Friday, September 27-Friday, October 4, 2013

Shopping Hours:

· September 27 – 8am-3pm

· September 30 – 8am-6:30pm

· October 1-3 – 8am-3pm

· October 4 – 8-11am

If you’re all booked up during Book Fair week, be sure to visit the Book Fair online at Our Online Fair is available for an extended time from September 21st to October 11th.

*We accept cash, checks (made payable to Fork Shoals School), and all major credit/debit cards. 6% sales tax is added to all purchases. All sales are final.*

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: City of Orphans by Avi

It’s 1893, and New York City is teeming with people–immigrants, crooks, cops, and, most of all, kids. Kids just trying to survive, trying to make a few cents to help their families. One of these kids is Maks Geless. Maks is a newsie. (He sells newspapers on street corners.)

One night, Maks runs into some trouble on his way home from work. Trouble by the name of Bruno and the Plug Ugly Gang. Maks is sure he’s dead meat…until a dirty, homeless girl with a big stick saves him. This girl, Willa, has lived in the streets for months, and Maks figures the least he can do is give her a place to stay for coming to his rescue. So Maks takes Willa home to stay with his family.

Maks’ family, immigrants from Denmark, lives in a tenement, nearly ten people crammed into one small apartment, but it’s home, and they’re all together…until Maks’ older sister Emma is arrested! Maks is sure that Emma must be innocent. There’s simply no way she could have stolen a watch from someone at the new, fancy Waldorf hotel where she works. Maks’ parents are unfamiliar with the way things really work in America, so it’s up to Maks–and his new friend Willa–to figure out just what happened with Emma and the case of the stolen watch.

All the while, Maks and Willa have to watch out for the scary Bruno and this gang, just waiting to terrorize them and take their meager earnings. Can these two kids save their own necks while trying to get Maks’ sister out of jail? And is anyone willing to help two poor kids–who have no money–without expecting something in return? What will these two junior detectives discover in their quest for the truth? The answers will shock even them and will have the power to turn their worlds upside down. Learn how two kids navigate the perilous waters of turn-of-the-century New York when you read City of Orphans by Avi!

This book is nominated for the 2013-14 South Carolina Children’s and Junior Book Awards.

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

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Dates to Remember:

  • September 23 - Progress reports
  • September 27 - Spirit Day
  • September 27-October 4 - Book Fair
  • September 30 - PTA Family Fun Night
  • October 1 - Skate Night @ Golden Skate, 6-8pm

PTA Family Fun Night

Join us on Monday, September 30th, for our first PTA meeting of the year. Dinner will be available at 6:00. (Be sure to fill out the pre-order form if you are interested). We will also have Bingo and a live auction for first in line car passes, special seating for all of our awards days and holiday concerts, and principal and assistant principal of the day! The Book Fair will also be open, and you can get books to read for the monthly reading challenge. Come be a part of this fun-filled night!

Safety Reminders

Please remember that students may not be dropped off at school prior to 7:15 and should be picked up by 3:00. These are the times when we have teachers on duty, and we want to keep all of our students safe. Thank you for your help.

2013-2014 South Carolina Picture and Children's Book Award Nominees

13-14 SCPBA nominees
13-14 SCCBA Nominees