Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of December 7, 2015

The library's last Makerspace Monday for 2015 is December 7th.

Local authors at Fiction Addiction this Saturday!

Greenville picture book author Melinda Long will be signing copies of her Christmas book, The Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina, along with South Carolina author and illustrator Kate Salley Palmer, who will be signing copies of her new coloring book, 2016 Race for the White House, at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, December 12th, from 11am-12pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Fiction Addiction is an independent bookstore located behind the Haywood Mall. Support this fantastic small business during the holiday season!

It's not too late to join the Battle of the Books team!

Battle of the Books is a competition for students to have fun reading books and answering questions about them. Fourth and fifth grade students compete in teams of five people. There are ten books in the program. Fork Shoals’ Battle of the Books team will train to compete against other teams from Greenville County.

If you want to participate in Battle of the Books, please complete this form and return it to Ms. Knight. Please have a parent sign this form to be sure that you both understand what is involved. If you have any questions please send an email to You can also visit the library blog for more information on this program.

We will have practices on Tuesdays after school from 2:30 until 3:00, and Wednesday mornings before school from 7:30 -7:55. We will only have afternoon practices in December, and we’ll add morning practices in January. Our next two practices are December 8th and December 15th. Parents should pick up team members promptly at 3:00.

The BoB Regional competition will be held at Bell's Crossing Elementary on Tuesday, March 15th, at 6pm. BoB Finals will be on Tuesday, March 22nd, 6pm, at Pelham Road Elementary.

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2nd Quarter Reading Challenge

All Fork Shoals students have received their reading logs for the 2nd quarter. Students should read as many pages as possible between now and January 14th. Reading logs MUST be turned in no later than Wednesday, January 20th. We’ll have prizes for those who read the most in each grade level, and every participant will receive recognition!

List books (with page numbers) as you complete them. Add your total number of pages read during the 2nd quarter. *Please print clearly and total your pages at the end!*

If you need extra reading logs, click here.

FSS Library Blog

Fork Shoals School Library Blog

Book of the Week: The Scraps Book

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert is a nominee for the 2015-16 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

The Scraps Book introduces readers to the life and work of Lois Ehlert. This book, peppered with photographs, Ehlert's artwork, and the items that inspire her, demonstrates that art can be found everywhere.

This book is a great read for budding artists (as well as art teachers) as it goes into Ehlert's creative process and some of the techniques she uses to create the collages seen in her picture books.

The Scraps Book is also ideal for an author study on Lois Ehlert, discussions of creativity, and the work that goes into creating a book. It could be used to inspire students to create art by upcycling and using found objects.

Knight Reader Junior

Explore books for the elementary school crowd!

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!

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Dates to Remember:

  • December 7-11 - Project Warm-Up
  • December 8 - Class/club pictures; Chick-fil-A Night
  • December 14-18 - PTA Holiday Shop
  • December 14 - PTA meeting & 2nd Grade Play, 6:30pm
  • December 15 - Chorus Holiday Concert, 6:30pm
  • December 18 - School Spirit Day
  • December 19-January 3 - Winter Break

Square 1 Art

Square 1 Art orders will be delivered to students on their art day this week.

Box Tops and Labels for Education

Box Tops and Labels for Education will be collected on December 7th. Please send yours in to help our school.

PTA Holiday Shop

The PTA Holiday Shop will be open December 14-18, during school hours and the evenings of December 14, during the 2nd grade play and Tuesday evening, December 15, during the 4th/5th Grade Chorus Concert. A form along with a collection envelope will be sent home in Monday folders this week. Please be sure that your child sends in their shopping list and money before or the day of their assigned shopping day. The shopping day will be noted on your child’s envelope.

Project Warm-Up

Our Student Ambassadors are sponsoring Project Warm-Up November 30th-December 11th. Bring in new hats, gloves, scarves, and socks. Donations will benefit those who do not have warm clothes for the winter. Donations can be left in our bell tower.