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Check It Out: August 10, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Today’s libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people.

Start with the question, "How can I help?"


Schedules should be sent to Gwen Jackson by August 26.  Use the schedule templates attached below so that we have a consistent format to view when reading schedules!

Online subscriptions form due  August 31. If your principal wants to spend funds for BrainPop or one of the Flix products, they can be included in this group purchase, so be sure to share this information.

Our fall Curriculum Day will be September 16. Location TBD.

Golden Sower supplies order form due September 9

Curriculum Day

This year's librarian curriculum days will be held at Goodwill Industries located at 4805 N. 72nd St.(just north of Home Depot near 72nd and Ames). Dates are August 11 and August 12.

Bring with you:

  • laptop, Surface or other device
  • a couple of favorite picture books for read-alouds
  • a couple of classroom core-novels and/or some great fiction or non-fiction that you have not used yet in collaboration

With these resources, we will have some hands-on activities where you can build a lesson....or EQ's to perhaps collaborate with classrooms. 

Your building schedule will determine which day your are to attend. In other words, the day that your building's teachers attend their curriculum day is the day you will attend our librarian curriculum day.

We look forward to seeing all of you.

The agenda and other pertinent information is attached below.



Friendly reminder:  OverDrive is for use by secondary school students & staff and for professional resources for all district staff.

As you prepare for the new school year, your OverDrive team is here to help you get the most out of your digital content. We want you to achieve many new milestones with OverDrive, and here are some quick tips to get you going:

Tell your parents and community about OverDrive using a letter or email.

Promote your digital content to students with these free, print-ready materials.

Network with other schools in your area and share success stories at an OverDrive user group.

Purchase new titles regularly and add titles to support your teachers and curriculum.

Register for our K-12 Best Practices webcast on September 14 at 3:30 PM US ET to learn about the best ways to maximize student and staff engagement.

Golden Sower Changes

The Golden Sower Committee has  decided to make some name changes to the  reading categories. The term "Young Adult" has caused quite a bit of controversy as a true Young Adult book is 9th grade on up. The category previously labeled as "Young Adult" was geared toward the 6th through 8th grade age group. Instead of the three reading categories: Primary, Intermediate, and Young Adult, the Golden Sower categories are now:

Picture Books (target audience K-2nd)
Chapter Books (target audience 3rd-5th)
Golden Sower Novels (target audience 6th-8th and beyond) Training

A curriculum training is being offered on Tuesday August 16th from 10:00-4:00 in the former MAC lab near library services.  If you are interested and available, please let Courtney know by 3:00 pm on Thursday August 11th.  We do realize that this is the day before school starts, but we wanted to make this opportunity available just in case.  If the training seems of benefit to a larger audience, we may be able to repeat it at a Team Plan meeting.

Free Webinars

Not able to attend the webinar at the time of broadcast?  No problem!  Sign up, and you will receive a link to watch the recording at your leisure.

Library 2.0 Presents: "Student Engagement Through Library-led Gamification"

Can a library-led game get the whole school talking, interacting, sharing, learning, reading, and collaborating? The answer is yes, and the result won this middle school $60,000 in goods and services! Hoping to get students reading and writing more, O’Neill Middle School's librarian designed an engaging and competitive game, encouraging 21st century skills such as innovation, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking, in which students could voluntarily participate. The results were astounding. Students began interacting beyond their classrooms, forming partnerships with each other, connecting using online tools and problem solving together, with the library as the center of the game. Students also showed no summer slide after the program. Join Tasha Squires and learn how this school librarian designed, created, and implemented an award-winning gamification program, and how she got kids connecting, collaborating, reading, writing and more— all while playing a game.

Wednesday, August 17th  9:00 pm CST

Hooking Reluctant Readers: Finding Content that Engages and Encourages

Join us for this free, hour-long webinar: "Hooking Reluctant Readers: Finding Content that Engages and Encourages." When it comes to encouraging struggling readers, a high-interest topic is often the surest way to spark interest. Representatives from Lorimer Publishing, Lerner Publishing and Nomad Press provide tips, tricks, and recommendations for raising literacy levels, reaching reluctant readers, and keeping them reading. Moderated by Booklist’s Maggie Reagan, Associate Editor, Books for Youth.

Thursday, August 18, 2016 1:00 pm CST

Back to School: New Titles for the Classroom

Get your shelves ready for the new school year with brand new nonfiction books perfect for preschool through young adult. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Amicus, Black Rabbit, and Creative Company will share their exciting new offerings for Fall 2016. This webinar will be moderated by Booklist's Books for Youth associate editor Maggie Reagan.

Tuesday August 30, 2016  1:00 pm CST

Who Ya Gonna Call...or Email?

The fastest way to get your questions answered is to contact the right person!

  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • Courtney Pentland (531) 299-9609: Library curriculum, Super 3+/Big 6+ Inquiry, Professional library, Newsletter Items
  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants

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