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Check It Out: March 23, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


April 21-22, 2016  NETA at Century Link



Remember, your annual reports will be due prior to leaving for summer break.  Just check the "Annual Reports" tab at the top of this page to refresh yourself on the details.  Let us know if you have any questions!  And also remember, this is a great advocacy tool to share with stakeholders at your school.  Be sure to forward it on to your administration, PTA/PTO/PTSA, etc.

Fun Book Podcasts

Do you enjoy listening to people chat and geek out about books?  Consider listing to a book related podcast while driving, walking around your neighborhood, folding laundry, or shelving books.  It's pretty simple to do, and you can do so on your iPad mini through iTunes or the free Apple Podcasts app.  If you are not opposed to spending $3.99, the Pocket Casts app is very simple and easy to use as well. 

Professional Book Nerds

Hosted by staff librarians from Overdrive, each week they discuss what books they are reading, give suggestions based on listener questions, and discuss what books are slated for release soon.  They discuss a variety of grade levels and genres.  Be sure to keep a notepad nearby when you are listening to write down suggestions for your library or for personal reading.

Dear Book Nerd

Welcome to the Dear Book Nerd podcast, a bi-weekly show that answers YOUR questions about life, love, and literature! Sponsored by Book Riot and based on their online advice column.

Scholastic Reads

is a podcast about children’s books and the joy and power of reading

Children's Books

Leading children's authors discuss their work with young readers and the Guardian literary team.  This is UK based and covers both children's and YA books.  If you enjoy accents and hearing about British authors, check this one out.

The Split

A YA book review podcast hosted by authors Bryan Cohen and Robert Scanlon.  Each week they read and review a new book--you will definitely recognize the titles. It's a fun listen, because you can tell how much they both truly enjoy reading.  During each show, they review the book, give 3 takeaways they have from the story, and provide a writing prompt based on the book read.


Releasing monthly episodes (and sometimes more!), tune in for news and discussions of the most popular and latest young adult books and authors! We talk about The Hunger Games, Divergent, Harry Potter, The 5th Wave, Shadowhunters, and much more! Brought to you by and its network sites,,, and

If you listen to any great podcasts about books and/or reading, let Courtney know and we will share them in future newsletters.

Sites Pages--Reminder of Changes

The Library Services sites have been updated.  Users should expect a faster and more responsive site.
The site update has made a small change to the URL.
To find the elementary library page, find the library services link at the top of the page and then look for elementary library from the drop down menu.
Or via the new departments landing page here: (Via the O365 Waffle > Sites > Departments)
Please note any bookmarks/favorites/Office 365 'FOLLOW' will have to be updated to the new address.  Your current shortcuts will NOT WORK.
Again, please be sure to update your bookmark/favorites and  RE-FOLLOW the site.
If you have questions or need assistance please contact one the following resources:
IIS Team -
Help Desk - - 402-557-2501

Use of Information

Below is an excerpt from an online article about teaching about plagiarism and paraphrasing--which fits perfectly with Use of Information in the Big 6+ Inquiry.  Check out the complete article here.

The following are practical steps for writing a good paraphrase:

  • Read and reread the text until you have a good understanding of the main idea and the details.
  • Put the text away and write down what you remember without looking at the text
  • Compare the original with the paraphrase: Does it have the same meaning? Did you leave out any essential details? Do you use too many exact words?
  • Circle all of the words that are repeated in the original and your paraphrase. Are there any you could change?
  • If words are general and unnecessary to switch (for example: wall, or sit) then don’t worry about switching them.
  • If there is a phrase that is either too difficult to translate or just really well-written as is, use quotation marks within your paraphrase. However, these should be used sparingly.
  • Names do not have to be changed.

Sync for YA Literature

Check the website above for more info or for a list of 2015 titles.

What is SYNC?


SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Running May 5th - August 17th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week (30 titles) - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.  In 2014, 26 titles were given away over 13 weeks. In 2015, 28 titles were given away over 14 weeks.


SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the teen audience and demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening.


SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through the OverDrive app. Download the app in advance to whichever device you anticipate listening on and be ready to go!


Simply sign-up to get notifications of when the FREE audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting Titles change every Thursday at 7am ET when the program is running.

Please Note: Signing up for these alerts will not send you the titles. The alerts will simply tell you when and where the title is available to download.

Download Details

  • Downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by , and are Mac and Windows compatible.

  • Downloads will operate through the OverDrive app.

  • Most listening devices are supported.

  • Each SYNC will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only).

  • Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep.


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