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May 16 - Spring Fling!! (Mark your calendars!)
May 16 - Last check out date for elementary libraries
May 23- Last day libraries are open
May 24 - Libraries close for clean up and work on annual reports
May 31 - Annual report is due
(You will find Annual Report 2017 Guidelines on the tabs at the top of this LibGuide).
Get a Jump Start on YOUR Summer Reading
Don't forget YOUR summer reading list. The professional library is open all summer long! You can borrow print books as well as access eBooks and AudioBooks from OverDrive. Check out one of these great NEW titles today!
Year of Yes
The instant New York Times bestseller from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder shares how saying YES changed her life. “ Her iconic characters live boldly and speak their minds. So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances? That she suffered panic attacks before media interviews? With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything. Shonda knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her.
Start with Why
START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.
CHANGE ANYTHING shows how individuals can come to understand these powerful and influential forces, and how to put these forces to work in a positive manner that brings real and meaningful results. The authors present an array of everyday examples that will change and truly empower you to reexamine the way you go about your business and life.
Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent. Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn't even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.
The Way of the Essentialist isn't about getting more done in less time. It's about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter. By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it's a whole new way of doing everything. It's about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.
Looking forward to next year...Author Visits!
An article in a recent edition of Knowledge Quest sums up the magic of author visits very powerfully.
"What I love about meeting authors up close and personal is that it demystifies the writing process. Certainly one wouldn’t argue that just anyone could write a good book, but there is something so encouraging in the authors’ humility, wisdom, humor, and advice. More specifically, when writers come into the schools, they prove to students that books are not artifacts created in another zone but the creative products of individuals who share common human faults and doubts. Books are testaments to perseverance and recovery from failure. "
As you wrap up this school year and start looking forward to next, consider how you would like to use the $1000 your school can receive for hosting an author visit(s). You can bring an author in person to your school and share with other schools to cut down on costs. You can invite a local author to visit. You can even Skype with an author.
If you have any questions about contacting authors or setting up visits, please let Courtney know!
11 Online Summer Camps to Keep Kids Busy (and Learning) While School's Out
Consider sharing this link with parents and teachers!
Virtual summer camps -- where kids head to the computer instead of the pool or park -- are a thing now. But don't worry: These aren't the solitary, sedentary, screen-centered experiences you fear. Plenty of virtual summer camps offer kids the chance to make projects, investigate ideas, and explore the world. And many are free.
Going to camp online is a great way to keep your kids occupied during a "staycation" or between their other activities. It can also give kids something unique: individual attention. You, a babysitter, a grandparent, or even an older sibling act as virtual camp counselors, leading -- and even learning alongside -- your kids. With many of the virtual camps below, you can mix and match activities to tailor the experience to your kids' interests. Expect to be more involved if you go for the free, choose-your-own-adventure camps. But fee-based camps call for some adult participation, too. Check out these offerings:
"Millionaire Bash" To Celebrate Reading 1 Million Words In A Year
This is a really cute idea for celebrating reading accomplishments in school. (As this is a Buzzfeed article, ads and links to other articles will appear on the sides that might be tailored toward older readers).
Local Heroes: Librarians Address Inequity Where They See It
What does it take to empower young patrons, remove barriers, and help them succeed? Determination. Imagination. A solution-oriented outlook.
The individuals who spearheaded these bold library initiatives were driven by a goal to improve service for all users. They tackled big projects head-on to further equity in their schools and communities: a GED program at a tribal library; resources for children who are neurodivergent; free food and programs for kids during the summer; eliminating discriminatory policies; and more. Here’s how they did it.
School Library Journal May 2017
This looks like a great issue from SLJ. The May issue is not yet on Ebsco. Will keep you posted when it is!
Working Together for Justice Booklist
Resource from teachingbooks.net
In hopes of encouraging discussions about social justice and equity, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) recently created a Working Together for Justice booklist that affirms the rights of children and families.
Start your own discussions utilizing the resources for the titles on this Working Together for Justice booklist!
Browse all Thematic Booklists.
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).