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Check It Out: August 19, 2015

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Just a friendly reminder to send Courtney pictures of the great goings on in your libraries to share on our social media pages!  We would love pictures of displays, special events like author visits, activities and lessons with students, student work, etc.  Please be sure that any student we can clearly see has a media release form listed in Infinite Campus.  As always, be sure to include a little bit about the picture so I know what info to add to the post.  It will show up on our Facebook, Twitter, and main library webpage.  It is my goal this year to feature every school building at least once--which should be super easy with your help.  If you need a refresher on how to email pictures from you mini or want one of us to come out and take a picture, please send me an email.  Thank you for helping us get the word out about the great things you are doing every day!

Also, please check your email for an important message from Courtney regarding multiple literacies rubrics and the Super 3!

Reminder that your Database/GS survey is due this Friday. If you have any issues, please email Laura.

Schedules need to be turned in to Library Services by Friday, August 28.

Books for Elementary Libraries

If you are an elementary librarian, be on the lookout for new books arriving in your library.  Thanks to the  OPS Green School Initiative, all elementary libraries received books about recycling, water conservation, ecology, gardens, etc. Happy reading!                                                                  

Courtney's Corner

Here are some examples of sample letters for librarians to share with parents.  This would be great to send home in weekly folders, to share at open house and/or conferences, post on your website etc.  One idea would be to have this letter on one side and the one page document with the database logins and passwords Stacy sent you on the other.  Please feel free to share other ideas on communicating to parents with Courtney!

  Library Welcome Letter to Parents "Back to School" FREE and editable


Dear Parents,

The library program has some exciting opportunities in store for your child this year:

  • Our program will be promoting the very best of children's literature to your child with activities designed to help student's enjoy the stories even more.
  • We will be doing our very best to get (or keep) your children "hooked on reading" by recommending specific reading materials to each individual.
  • We will add 100 or more new titles this year of the latest and most exciting new books for young readers, including quality non-fiction to help meet the Common Core requirements.
  • At each grade level, students will be learning research and computer skills specifically suited to their developmental needs.
  • We will be working with classroom teachers to help them find materials especially suited to the individual interests and abilities of your child.
  • Library lessons will stress good Digital Citizenship, helping your child make safe and ethical decisions when using the Internet.
  • The new iPads in the library will be available for reading e-books this year!
  • Our new "maker-space" is available to all children who want to edit a movie, create a podcast, or edit photographs - and the library staff will help them.
  • We have a lot of special events being planned, including author visits, a book fair, and reading contests.
  • If you would like to volunteer to help in the library, please let me know. We'd love to have you.
  • Our staff is ready and excited about this coming year and is committed to making the library your child's favorite place in the school!

Your librarian


Free Apps

This list of apps is courtesy of Dixie Trevarthen,Educational Assistive Technology Consultant, from ESU 2:

Here is this weeks offering of FREE Apps:
  1.  Book was $3.99
  2.   Science was $.99
  3.   Preschool was $3.99
  4.   Math was $.99
  5.   Speech was $4.99
  6.   Book was $1.99
  7.   Math was $1.99
  8.   Creativity was $4.99
  9.   Music was $.99
  10.   Preschool was $2.99
  11.   Book was $2.99
  12.   Productivity FREE
  13.   Productivity FREE
  14.   Productivity FREE
  15.   Productivity FREE
  16.   Study Skills FREE
  17.   Study Skills FREE
  18.  Storage FREE

Connecting to Big 6+ Inquiry


Fostering Classroom Connections with the Library (click here to register)

Librarians are always looking for new ways to collaborate with teachers on projects that connect students with library resources for research.

Join us for an informative webinar with Paige Jaeger, Instructional Focus Editor School Library Connection, and Stephanie Dixon, ABC-CLIO’s Marketing & Professional Development Manager, as they provide teachers and librarians with ideas for incubating inquiry.

Inquiry requires research. With the Common Core standards embracing research as an “anchor standard,” and the new C3 Social Studies Standards operating under the “Arc of Inquiry,” all teachers need to understand how they can foster classroom connections with the library through INQUIRY.  Even if your state does not follow Common Core standards, research is likely receiving a growing curriculum spotlight.

When: Wednesday, August 26, at 4 p.m. EDT
Where: Online WebEx session (Hosted by EBSCO—Register below)
Presenters: Paige Jaeger and Stephanie Dixon

Topics to be covered include:

  • Connecting with the classrooms
  • Connecting with curriculum 
  • Incubating a mindset of Inquiry
  • Crafting the Inquiry Question
    • How to
    • Models
  • Using print and digital sources to answer questions
  • Conclusion:  Life skills of reading and research

About Paige Jaeger

Paige Jaeger delivers professional development at the local, state and national levels and is the Instructional Focus Editor for the new magazine, School Library Connection.

About Stephanie Dixon

Stephanie Dixon, ABC-CLIO Solutions' Product Manager, has an extensive background in developing and delivering professional development courses and has partnered with countless districts across the country in seamlessly integrating ABC-CLIO Solutions resources into their existing curriculum.

Shelf Displays

Here are a few pictures showing great use of top of shelf displays.  Don't forget to use this valuable real estate!  Not sure how to find the time to add books between classes?  Consider asking a few students to do so once they are finished checking out or with an assigned task.  They may even find some hidden gems to share with their peers.

Ashland Park-Robbins



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