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Check It Out: September 28 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)

Elementary Typing Program--Please Read!

We have contacted the elementary supervisor working with the new district purchased typing program, and we have this information to pass along.

The district has purchased a subscription to Edutyping for all elementary students and schools.

There are specific lessons that are to be taught along with giving students time to practice.

How this is to be handled will be different in every building. 

As long as someone is responsible for teaching the lessons and practice is occurring, it doesn't matter which teacher does which (classroom teacher, technology teacher, librarian, etc.)

If you would like to supplement this program with another practice tool like Dance Mat typing, that is fine.  It should just not replace the Edutyping lessons or practice.

More information about logins and requirements will be coming soon!

Resources from PBS

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Free Webinars

Please keep in mind that if you are not able to attend at the time of broadcast, that a link to view the webinar at your convenience will probably be provided if you register.

Engage Your Students with LEARN360: It's Just Common Sense!

Tuesday October 4, 2016 from 1:00-1:30 PM CST

Learn how you can use Learn360, our award-winning multimedia streaming resource for K-12 classrooms, to engage and motivate students of all ages. This webinar will cover the essential tools and features, such as creating shareable playlists and assignments. Plus, we'll be shining the spotlight on one of our featured producers, Common Sense Media!

Leading a Literacy Culture from ASCD

Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM CST

Educators can develop a culture of literacy in schools and classrooms that engage students in authentic learning that will make them better readers, writers, thinkers, and problem solvers. When students are engaged in authentic learning activities, explicitly taught and modeled by the teacher, they are carefully reading and rereading with clear purposes, thinking analytically, and evaluating their understanding of texts and ideas orally or in writing.

Join Bonnie Houck and Sandi Novak, authors of the new ASCD book Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction Through Classroom Visits, in a live webinar where they will introduce the Literacy Classroom Visit instrument and unpack important "look for" elements that teachers need to establish in their classroom to cultivate student independence. Together you will explore the importance of creating an engaging learning environment, how to organize classroom libraries to motivate readers, and why "walls that teach" can support a rich culture of literacy.

Free to a Good Home

Please email Courtney which item you are interested in.  We will be giving away one of each to "winners."  Depending on interest, we may do a drawing to see who wins. 

We have 9 of these step stools to give away.  They do have rolling wheels underneath.

We have 5 rolls of clear contact paper.  It is just regular contact paper, not the kind designed for book covers.  Only request if you have use for it in your library.  Thank you!



Polaroid camera

Be sure to send pictures of events in your library, lessons you give, student creations, bulletin boards or displays, etc. to Courtney to post on our social media sites.  We would LOVE to feature every school at least once this school year!  Thank you.

Especially if you have any Banned Books Week photos to share!

Follett Friend!

Hello! My name is Judy Diedrichs and I’d like introduce myself as your Follett School Solutions representative. I also want to thank you for your business. Omaha Public Schools is a valued customer and I have enjoyed working with Laura, Stacy and Sue at TAC for the past four years. I have had the opportunity to meet many of you at conferences but I would welcome the opportunity to visit your schools if you ever have any questions. There are many new features on Titlewave including some that will make it much easier to stay on top of series. I can also show you some other tips that will make searching for materials much easier and faster. I live in Des Moines but I am in Omaha almost every week. Please feel free to email or call me if you would ever like to have me stop by or if you have any questions. My email i My phone number is 515-577-5565.

Great Advocacy Article

Consider sharing this article with staff members and administrators in your building.  It's a great explanation of what you do every day!

Don't Overlook Your School Librarian, They're the Unsung Heroes of Literacy

by Sally Dring

Encouraging literacy across the curriculum is something that comes naturally to the school librarian, whose job revolves around literacy of all kinds, a fact that can be overlooked.

So don’t forget to seek out your school librarian. You will be amazed at how much support they can give you and how much time they can save you. And they really do want to be taken notice of.

Pop-Up Libraries

As school librarians, we often seek new ways to reach reluctant readers, or busy students, who do not regularly visit the library. At the same time, we want to promote library services in a positive and engaging way. A pop-up library is an easy and exciting vehicle to engage students, foster a love of reading, and build relationships. My idea was to try one at my high school that traded on the popularity of pop-up gardens, shops, and cafes.

Learn more from this article on School Library Journal Online

For YA Libraries

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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

October Display Ideas

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).