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Check It Out: March 30, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Upcoming Dates

End of Year Dates can be found in Library Services Sites:

May 11 - Last date for elementary check out

May 17 - Last Day for Library Instruction


April 21-22, 2016  NETA at Century Link    Sessions are listed online now if you want to check out what you can attend!



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.

Makerspaces & Kits

We are exploring the use of makerspaces and centers kits in school libraries.  When you have a chance, take a look at the libguide included in this section to see if there is anything you would recommend adding, changing, or deleting from the list.  At this point, we are just exploring opportunities and looking at pricing from vendors.  Thank you!

April is National Poetry Month (and School Library Month!)

Easy ideas to celebrate National Poetry Month.  Click on the image to learn more.


See the document below for this lesson

Elementary--Big 6+ Workgroups

Please have one person from your Big 6+ Workgroup send me a status update.  Thank you!

Coaching Visits Reminder

If you would like Laura or Courtney to come visit you to show off a particular lesson or activity, to get seek advice on a class, or to discuss curriculum or lesson plans, etc., please email us to set up a time to meet!  Thank you

Black Out Poetry

Great Prezi on how to create blackout poetry.  Geared toward middle and high school students, but will give you a good idea on how to create these items!

Examples of different ways to do black out poetry:

Free Webinars from

Support for English Language Learners
Attendees will leave this session ready to implement culturally relevant texts and materials in ELL instruction and with families at home. 

Introducing the Newest Award Winners
Please join us for a 30 minute webinar, highlighting 2016 award winning books and reading lists.  We will share practical examples you can use in your libraries to support reading programs.

Quick Ideas for Literacy Connections Across the Curriculum
Strengthen district cross curricular literacy initiatives, with existing literature collections, using the resources and tools at
Discover exciting new titles being recognized to share with students, colleagues and families.
Strengthen district literacy initiatives, with existing literature collections, using the resources and tools at
Learning Objective: Discover online resources to enhance reading and literacy instruction for your students.
Learning Objective: Strengthen collaborative support of literacy instruction in your building.
Learning Objective: Discover opportunities to extend use of resources with advanced strategies increasing impact for students, colleagues and families.

Send Me Your Pictures!!!

Please remember to send me pictures of the goings on in your libraries!  We have featured 25 elementary schools and 9 secondary schools so far this year on social media!  We still have 38 elementary and 11 secondary schools to go.  I would love to be able to share at least one great thing going on in each of our school libraries this year.  If you have an event, display, or lesson coming up that you would like to share but need help photographing, let us know! 

Why should you share the great things you do?  This is a wonderful advocacy tool for us.  We have 225 followers on Facebook and 278 followers on Twitter.  These followers include school board members, principals, community members, parents, fellow teachers, and much more!  We want them to know the important role you play each and every day in the lives of your students.    Thank you!  Courtney

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).