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Check It Out: September 21, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


September 28 - Elementary Review Committee Meeting: If you are interested in joining this committee, contact Gwen Jackson in Library Services.

September 28 - High School Team Meeting in TAC Professional Library (12:00-3:00)

September 29 - Middle School Team Meeting in TAC Professional Library (12:00-3:00)

October 16 - First Quarter ends

October 19-21 - NLA/NSLA Fall Conference: Libraries Transform. Ramada Conference Center, Omaha.

October 26 - Secondary Team Meeting (Both MS and HS) at Millard Branch of OPL (12:00-3:00)

October 27 - Elementary Team Meeting in TAC Cafeteria (8:30-11:30)

Ordering Information

2016-2017 budgets are now open.  The budget amount sent to you includes $500 for supplies.  Library supplies can be purchased in October and February.  The order form for supplies will be published on September 30th and February 1st and will stay open for 30 days.  

This year you may spend $500 of your library budget on MakerSpace supplies.  The order form for MakerSpace supplies will open on September 16th and close at the end of October.  You will be able to order MakerSpace supplies again during the month of February.

Periodical orders will be due during the month of January.

Ordering Tips:

  1. Follett & Mackin orders can only contain one format type.  For example, if you are ordering print materials and eBooks, you will need to create a list for each format type (print & eBook).  You will need to fill out a survey order form for each list.
  2. Do not edit or change the list once you have submitted the survey.  Contact Stacy by email if you need to make changes.
  3. The name of the list in Follett & Mackin needs to be the same as the list name you submit as the list name in the survey.
  4. The DNE (do not exceed) amount is the amount that you actually want to spend.  The order total of your list in Follett or Mackin needs to be 10% more than your DNE amount.  Contact Stacy with any questions about DNE.
  5. To see if your order has been received by Follett or Mackin, login to your account with either vendor and check to see Order History if you have an open order.  


Important Ordering Dates

50% of library budget spent by start of Winter Break (December 22, 2016)

Sherwood Elementary Order by March 31, 2017

Remainder of budget spent by April 14, 2017

Last procurement card purchase by April 14, 2017 (secondary only)

Please send any special order requests or questions about ordering and budgets to Stacy Lickteig

Introducing our new Mackin salesperson


My name is Sara Mitchell and I’d like to introduce myself as your new consultant for Mackin Educational Resources.  I’m a school librarian that served two elementary schools in Westside for 13 years. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with many of you and have to thank my practicum mentor, Becky Nicholson and mentors, Melissa Bruce and Deb Vinopal for lighting a “library fire” in me!  As  a long-time customer of Mackin, I experienced the quality and custom service Mackin provides.  I know just how busy the day of a school librarian can be, so If I can ever answer any Mackin questions or be of service, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Keep your eyes open for an occasional “Mackin Minute”, (Yes!  I love alliteration!) where I’ll have a snippet of information or a quick video on a feature or promotion

Best wishes on the beginning of a great school year!

Sara R. Mitchell

Sara R. Mitchell | Sales Consultant/Librarian
PH 800.245.9540  |  FAX 800.369.5490 | Mobile 402.616.1684
3505 County Rd 42 W, Burnsville, MN 55306

MakerSpace Materials

Orders for MakerSpace materials will be accepted in Library Services through the month of October. You can spend up to $500 of your library budget on the materials. Orders will be will be submitted to Follett as they come into Library Services.  Orders for Fat Brain and Lakeshore will be submitted at the end of October. Please complete the appropriate survey below to place your order(s).  Contact Courtney Pentland or Stacy Lickteig with any questions.

Makerspaces and Kits Curriculum day Follow-Up

We hope that everyone enjoyed the Makerspace and Kit activity at curriculum day.  The collection you saw will be housed in the professional library and available for schools or departments to check out for training and to help with purchasing decisions.  At this time, these items are not available to use with classes or by students.

One thing that helped spark our discussion on using items like these in libraries were questions we had about classroom management during check out. One idea was to have kits available for students to use during check out.  While one small group of students looked for books and received readers advisory help from the librarian, the other students would be working on an activity at their table with one of the kits.  The kits could then rotate from group to group as the weeks went by.  We knew that you all would be able to come up with so many more wonderful ideas than this one, and we thank you for sharing them on your exit tickets at curriculum day.  Here are a few of the ways you dreamed up to use these items.


Start with simpler options that don’t take tons of time

During advisement

Before/After school

During lunch

After school club


Once in the 10 day cycle during or after check out

Option for 3rd library day—creative literacy

Using Fairy Tales or Folk Tales kits with a lesson

One lesson a month to focus on makerspaces

Check out days on a rotation at tables

Can put them on a cart to use if traveling outside the library during testing

At centers when done with work or when there is extra time

Begin with primary grades and grow over time

During flex-time blocks (if available)

During technology time (if librarian also teaches technology)

Post standards on lid to show how connect to curriculum

As a brain break

Use hands on activities like Playstix and Tinker Toys with ACP classes

To use during testing when the computer lab is not available

Small group rotations when doing inquiry

Begin with literacy tie-ins

Once a quarter discovery day

Used as an extension with K-1st during 50 min visits

During the last week before long breaks

Reinforcing literacy skills with K-2 and coding & problem solving in 3-6

Attention time after school

As a relationship building activity in small groups with primary grades to start

Inquiry Videos on YouTube

Below you will find a few videos on Inquiry Based Learning located on YouTube.  The message from Kathleen Murdoch about the partnership between teacher and student in inquiry learning is especially powerful.  The others also offer great food for thought and/or possible clips you could take and share with fellow teachers/staff members.

What Does it Mean to be an Inquiry Teacher by Kathleen Murdoch

What is Inquiry Based Learning?     By Scott Crombie

The Benefits of Inquiry Based Learning  By Scott Crombie

Inquiry Based Learning: Developing Student Driven Questions by Edutopia

Inquiry Based Learning: From Teacher Guided to Student Driven by Edutopia

What is Inquiry Learning?  By Holly Mayfield

Contact List for Omaha Public Librarians

OPL Videos for Migrant/Refugee Families

The Welcome to the Library videos mentioned during the Migrant/Refugee presentation on Friday created by the Omaha Public Library in a variety of languages are available on our Library Services YouTube Channel

Magazine Addressing the Global Refugee Crisis

Magazine Addressing the Global Refugee Crisis

Today an estimated 30 million children have fled their homes because of brutal violence, extreme poverty, or both. The newest edition of UNICEF ACT magazine for youth, Children on the Move, provides a comprehensive and child-friendly look at this global refugee crisis. Two separate publications are available—one for grades 3–5 and another for grades 6–8. Along with the magazines, educators can access teacher’s guides, supplemental activities, and ideas for taking action. Children on the Move is a publication of TeachUNICEF, which provides educators with global learning resources and programs. Focusing on global citizenship and child rights, TeachUNICEF engages students in exploring humanitarian issues and inspires them to take action to improve their world.

Click Here to Explore Magazine Editions

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, Secondary Author Visits
  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants, Elementary Author Visits

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