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Check It Out: February 17, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


February 17, 2016  (12:00 PM)  Middle School Team Meeting--location TAC

February 25, 2016  (8:30-11:30)  Elementary team Meeting at Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium

                                    Someone will be in the guest services office to the right of the gate to greet you


March 19, 2016: Mark your calendars for NSLA's School Librarians' Day at Mahoney State Park!  Speakers include Bruce Arant, Beth Kabes, and more!!! NSLA members can attend free. See flier for details.

Storytime for Learning

Houston, C. (2016). Storytime for Learning. Knowledge Quest, 44(3), 6-7.

Use the permalink above to read the entire article and learn more about each of the items below.

"As school librarians, we know how important literature and the craft of the story are to developing literacy skill in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language."

1) Key Ideas and Detail
2) Craft and Structure
3) Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
4) Comprehension and Collaboration
5) Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Handling Original Content in a Database

Today many databases also include original content which ranges in length from a paragraph to an essay. Its purpose is to provide you with the background that you need to understand the rest of your results from previously published sources.

Topics include:

"What is Original Content?"

"Adding Friction: Can I Apply What I've Learned to Identify a New Source?"

"How do I Evaluate Original Content in a Database?"

"How to Cite Original Content in a Database."

Award Opportunity

School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the 2016 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming must be received by May 6, 2016. Applications, award guidelines and a list of previous winners are available at

School libraries, public or private, that serve children in grades K-8 are eligible. Nominated programs must have taken place during the current school year (2015-16). Programs that are still in progress as of the award deadline are eligible, and libraries are encouraged to self-nominate.

Eligible humanities programs may be focused in many subject areas, including social studies, poetry, drama, art, music, language arts, foreign language and culture. Programs should focus on broadening perspectives and helping students understand the world and their place in it. They should be initiated and coordinated by the school librarian and exemplify the role of the library program in advancing the overall educational goals of the school.

Recent Jaffarian Award-winners have included:

The R.O.A.D. (Research, Observe, Analyze, Discover) I Travel, a genealogy program for eighth-graders at Perry Meridian Middle School (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Transforming Tales, a program that used fairy takes from around the world to serve as a creative introduction to global studies for third-graders at the Meadowbrook School of Weston (Weston, Massachusetts).

Who Are We?, a program that challenged seventh- and eighth-graders at the Inter-American Magnet School (Chicago) to explore the individual and collective behavior of human beings in a series of quarterly research projects.

Free to Print Book Care Posters from Library of Congress

Download and print a variety of book care posters for FREE from the Library of Congress.

Get Ready for March Maddness

There are TONS of options and ideas for setting up a tournament of books for March Madness.  Click on the pictures below to be taken to just a few of the many ideas out there.

Diaz, S. M. (2016). Primed for a Fight. School Library Journal, 62(2), 13.

The Youth Media Awards have been announced and there’s a chill in the air. It can only mean that School Library Journal‘s March Madness-like tournament will soon be upon us—the eighth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB). The virtual elimination contest matches up the best books for young people from the previous year in one-on-one literary battles.


Non-Fiction Display Ideas

Unable to find original source.

Our board near the checkout desk has something to ponder while you wait in line. 
This year, we'll feature interesting facts geared to increase knowledge of world geography and cultures.  On a countertop next to this week's fact, students will find books on the topic (in this case, Libya), a map, and some questions that will inspire students to explore and make connections.

Pair a non-fiction book with a fiction book.

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).