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Check It Out: April 6, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Upcoming Dates

April 21-22 - NETA

May 11, 2026  - Last date for checkout in elementary

May 12, 2016 - Spring Fling at Planet Sub 

May 17, 2016 - Last day for instruction in elementary

KidLit TV

Explore the World of Children’s Literature

KidLit TV is the result of a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid-lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers all working together to bring great books to children. The group’s mission is to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Storymakers, KidLit TV’s flagship series, is an entertaining talk show highlighting bestselling authors and illustrators in the kid-lit world. KidLit TV also features Field Trip, in which the show’s crew hits the road to explore the world of kid lit; Inside Scoop, offering a sneak peek at bestselling authors’ new books; Read Out Loud, designed to engage students in reading their favorite books with their favorite authors; and Ready Set Draw!, teaching students how to draw characters from their favorite books. In addition, KidLit TV provides information on a range of video technology topics to share with students—for example, making animated stories, starting a web series, learning about video editing, and creating a book trailer. KidLit TV shows are also available as free podcasts on KidLit RADIO.

Click Here to Access KidLit TV

Click Here to Access KidLit Technology Resources

Click Here to Access KidLit RADIO

VirtCon Sat April 16

Share Ideas on Educational Leadership

On April 16, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (ET), Discovery Education will convene its annual Spring VirtCon. Classroom teachers and administrators worldwide are invited to participate in this free, daylong professional learning event featuring online and in-person opportunities for educators to explore essential topics in educational leadership. The Spring VirtCon will feature a variety of online workshops and engaging presentations from thought leaders on the topics of equity, personalized learning, formative assessment, culturally responsive classrooms, and student engagement in schools. Educators are also encouraged to create local face-to-face events at which they can meet with their peers, participate in the online events, and discuss the online presentations. The Spring VirtCon website provides more information, including details on registering, participating in online and in-person events, and hosting local events. Participants can use the hashtag #SpringVirtCon to follow along with this event on Twitter.

Click Here to Register for Free Event

Thankful for All of our School Libraries and Librarians during School Library Month!

Book Ends Up for Grabs!

There are 40-50 book ends up for grabs. Please email Courtney the quantity you would like if interested.  Thank you!

Half Pint Books Donation Drive

Donate used kids books to our Half Pint Library Book Drive and we'll match it! Your donations make a difference and help young readers in the community.   or

Looking for an Online Almanac?

We had a question about access to online almanacs recently.  The district does not subscribe to one, but there are several available through NebraskAccess in case you are interested!

Websites Selected by Librarians

Harper Collins Summer Reading List

Summer is rapidly approaching!  Harper Collins just released this list of suggest summer reading titles and even provides a tips for parents sheet at the end.  (Keep in mind this list will only cover HC titles, but it is a good starting point!)

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).