Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of February 4th

Author Steve Cotler will be at Fork Shoals on Friday!

On Friday, February 8th, author Steve Cotler will be visiting with 3rd-5th grade students at Fork Shoals. Mr. Cotler's book, Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything, is nominated for this year's South Carolina Children's Book Award. Students will have opportunities to pre-order copies of Mr. Cotler's books, and the author will autograph and personalize them. To order your copies of Mr. Cotler's fantastic books, please click here. Checks should be made payable to Steve Cotler and are due to teachers by the date of the visit. Please send exact amounts in checks or cash. No change will be given.

You can still order from the Book Fair online!

If you didn't make it out to last week's Book Fair, it's not too late to support your Fork Shoals Library. The online Book Fair is available until Saturday, February 9th! The online fair includes an expanded selection, and all orders ship free to the school!

*6% sales tax is added to all Book Fair purchases.*

Book of the Week: Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything by Steve Cotler

Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything basically takes place during the span of just a few days—all of them revolving around Cheesie’s fifth grade graduation. (Cheesie’s real name is Ronald, by the way.) This book is Cheesie’s account of everything that happened in this short—but action-packed—span of time. He recounts events that involve mice, BLART sandwiches, old pennies, haunted houses, his best friend Georgie, and his horrible sister Goon (June to everyone else). Peppered throughout the book are interesting facts, words, and side notes that may or may not have anything to do with the story. Cheesie is a character that a lot of kids will relate to, and they may just learn a little along the way.

This book is a great one for any reader who, well, just likes knowing stuff. Cheesie researches things he doesn’t know a lot about, and he shares what he finds with the reader. Cheesie is very interested in words and their meanings, and he even makes up his own words. (This might be a great book for educators to use when teaching lessons on voice, word choice, and using vibrant language.) There’s even a website that goes with this book,, that students will enjoy visiting while reading.

Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything is perfect for readers who enjoy books like Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Dan Gutman’s My Weird School Daze series, Jim Benton’s Dear Dumb Diary series, or Rachel Vail’s Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters.

Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything, written by Steve Cotler, is nominated for this year's South Carolina Children's Book Award.

Author/celebrity Holly Durst is coming to Fork Shoals!

On Thursday, February 28th, author and celebrity Holly Durst will be visiting with Kindergarten-2nd grade students. She will be promoting her picture book, Chocolate Socks, as part of our Read Across America celebration. If you would like to pre-order a book, please send a check for $16.19 made payable to Holly Durst to your child's teacher prior to February 28th.

Are you reading the Book Award nominees?

The library has been promoting the South Carolina Book Award program this year, and it's almost time to vote for our favorite books! Remember that you need to read at least five books for your level (either Picture Book or Children's Book) to be eligible to vote. Students who read five books for each level can vote in both categories.

Voting will be held next week!

For a list of books in each of the Book Award categories, visit the library blog (Fork Shoals Reads!) or take a look at the videos at the end of this newsletter.

*Note: Ms. Knight will announce the nominees for the 2013-14 Book Awards in March!*

Fork Shoals School Library

Ms. Kelly L. Knight, Librarian

Mrs. Allison Meredith, Library Clerk

Follow Fork Shoals on Twitter!

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Dates to remember:

  • February 4-8 - National School Counseling Week
  • February 5 - Skate Night @ Golden Skate
  • February 8 - Author visit - Steve Cotler
  • February 9 - Online Book Fair closes
  • February 11 - SIC meeting @ 7:30am
  • February 12 - Chick-Fil-A Night Out, 5-8pm
  • February 15 - Spirit Day

PTA Short Term Clubs

Our PTA is looking for volunteers for our upcoming spring short term clubs that will take place each Wednesday for the month of March from 2:30-3:30. Club leaders are needed for chess, croquet, knitting, and basketball. Someone is also needed to lead a simple woodworking club. Home Depot will provide the materials, but a leader is needed. If you or someone you know could help with any of these clubs, please email . Thank you for your help in providing these experiences for our students.

Black History Month

As an IB World School, we want to promote diversity, open-mindedness, and keep our kids thinking, researching, and inquiring. Our Social Studies Committee has come up with a plan to celebrate Black History Month. Teachers will send a link with questions, and they will also be available on the school website. Feel free to research the answers with your student. Students that provide a correct answer to any of the questions will be in the drawing for some fun-tastic prizes. Multiple names will be pulled each Friday during the month of February on the morning news! Good luck!

Pennies for Patients

Pennies for Patients starts February 4th and runs until February 28th. Students may bring in money to go towards the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Valentine Grams

The Beta Club will be selling Valentine Grams for 50 cents each February 11-13 during lunch. Valentine Grams will be a heart with a Valentine pencil. Students can write a message as well. Proceeds will go with to Pennies for Patients. Students can buy for other students or teachers. They will be delivered to classrooms on Valentine’s Day.

Fork Shoals Community

Fork Shoals has a community mission house right down the road from the school. It is open to the public every Wednesday from 10:00am until 2:00pm. They have clothes and some food free of charge. Please feel free to stop by 1309 McKelvey Road for any items you may need for you or your children.

2012-2013 South Carolina Picture and Children's Book Award Nominees

2012-2013 South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominees
2012-13 South Carolina Children's Book Award Nominees