Fork Shoals Library Ledger

News for the week of November 9, 2015

The Book Fair starts this Friday!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: Friday, November 13th-Friday, November 20th

Shopping hours:

  • Friday, November 13th – 8am-3pm
  • Monday, November 16th – 8am-7pm
  • Tuesday, November 17th-Thursday, November 19th – 8am-3pm
  • Friday, November 20th – 7:15am-noon

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

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair. Our online Fair is available from November 8th to November 21st, and all purchases ship free to the school.

"Big Game" entry cards due today!

All contest entry cards for the "Read Your Way to the Big Game" contest are due 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)!

If you need copies of the reading log, student entry card, or bookmark, please click here.

Are you interested in joining 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 in the Library no later than Monday, November 30th. 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. The first after school practice will be on Tuesday, December 1st. We will only have afternoon practices in December, and we’ll add morning practices in January.

Regional and final competition dates will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

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The 2nd Quarter Reading Challenge has begun!

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.

November is Picture Book Month!

Celebrate Picture Book Month by reading some wonderful picture books!

Not sure what to read? Start with this year's South Carolina Picture Book Award nominees. You can also visit one of Ms. Knight's blogs, Knight Reader Junior. Click on the "Recommended Picture Books" page, and select a few books to help you observe this month-long celebrations of reading!

FSS Library Blog

Fork Shoals School Library Blog

Book of the Week: Gingersnap

The year is 1944, and war continues to hold the world in its grips. Jayna knows it’s just a matter of days before her big brother Rob, the only family she has, will be deployed on a ship headed for the fighting in the Pacific. Jayna tries to put on a brave face, but she’s not happy about being separated from her brother once again, and she doesn’t want to live with Celine, their grumpy landlady, while Rob is away.

After Rob leaves for duty, Jayna is comforted by her turtle Theresa, cooking soup, and by an odd presence that seems vaguely familiar. Is this a ghost? If so, who is it, and what does it want with Jayna?

When Jayna receives the devastating news that her brother is missing in action, this “ghost” leads the girl back to their house and to an old box in a closet. There Jayna finds an old blue cookbook and the address of a Brooklyn bakery called Gingersnap (which happens to be Jayna’s nickname).

Jayna, though scared and unsure, sees the bakery’s name as a sign, and she packs up her turtle, the blue cookbook, and most of her belongings and sets off for an uncertain future and a grandmother she’s never known. Jayna is accompanied by the voice of her ghostly companion, and she eventually arrives in Brooklyn. What she finds there, however, may not be exactly what she expected.

Jayna is very confused about her current circumstances and what will happen to her should her brother never return. She likes being in Brooklyn and the friends she’s made, but what if Rob never comes back to her? What if he’s gone forever? Jayna seeks out her ghostly friend to give her some measure of help, but she doesn’t know if that will be enough to keep her brother safe or to preserve the little family she’s made for herself in Brooklyn.

What will become of young Jayna in this time of turmoil? Read Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff to find out!

Gingersnap is a nominee for the 15-16 South Carolina Children's Book Award as well as a Battle of the Books title.

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:

  • November 9 - SIC meeting, 7:30am; Veteran's Day lunch
  • November 10 - Chick-fil-A Night
  • November 11 - Coffee with the Principal/Internet Safety presentation, 8am
  • November 13 - Square 1 Art orders due; Book Fair opens
  • November 13-20 - Book Fair
  • November 20 - Spirit Day; Dynamite Dads breakfast, 7:30

Square 1 Art

Students received Square 1 Art packets in Art class last week. Each child received a free set of stickers of their art and can order items with their artwork on them! This makes great gifts and supports our art program. Orders can be placed online at or with the paper order form sent home. Please make checks payable to Square 1 Art. Thank you for supporting our artists! Orders are due by November 13th.

Career Day

We are still in need of career day speakers for Tuesday, November 24th, from 8:30-10:30. Feel free to contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Cline if you or someone you know would consider volunteering. Mrs. Cline can be reached at or 355-5004. Thank you again for your consideration to volunteer for this wonderful event!

Donations Needed

Please help our robotics team by sending in a few items. Capri Sun and Kool Aid drink pouches can be left in the cafeteria. Used printer cartridges and old or broken crayons can be sent to Mrs. Moroney’s room. Profits earned will go towards a new robot.