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Check It Out: October 26, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Elementary librarians: Just a reminder that you are required to teach at least one Common Sense Media Lesson for each grade levle 3-6. Here is the link the the Common Sense Media libguides created for you:


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)

October 31 - Fall Makerspaces Orders Due!

Books, Books, and More Books

Gumdrop Books

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My name is Pam Williams and I am your Gumdrop consultant. I have been doing this since 2003.  I have an extensive background in education.  I taught in public schools for 23 years, pre-school through college level.  I have a Master's Degree in Second Language Acquisition. I also served two terms on the Seward School Board, four years as vice-president of the board. I am a sincere believer in school libraries and the important role they play in literacy for our students. 

Gumdrop Books is a family-owned business based in Bethany, Missouri. Their customer service is the best in the industry and your phone calls will always be answered by a friendly human voice.

There are several ways to do business with Gumdrop Books.

First, and I believe most beneficial, I will come to your school (or other meeting place) and show books for your level.  These are the most current copyrights from over 80 publishers in non-fiction and fiction. I leave with the books and you have a list that you can compare to your collection and edit as you see fit.

Second, we have a new on-line web store:  You can make a list and submit it directly to the company, or send it to me and I will check for any applicable discount.

Orders submitted through me are always:                     

FREE shipping & handling             FREE MARC records      FREE shelf-ready processing

We guarantee the best prices in the business and the best customer service!

Pam Williams
Gumdrop Books
402-641-6565 (cell/text)

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 Visit

NLA/NSLA Conference Links

Here is a Symbaloo of resources from the NLA/NSLA Conference:

Reading Without Walls Challenge

Program to Encourage Expanding Book Choices

For years, teachers, librarians, and booksellers have worked to encourage reading by creating booklists that link a popular title to “readalikes”: “If you liked Harry Potter, try Diana Wynne Jones’s Chronicles of Crestomanci,” or “If you liked The Hunger Games, try The 5th Wave.” Now Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, wants to turn that practice inside out. Instead of leading readers to books in the same genre or format, Yang is spearheading the Reading Without Walls Challenge, a program designed to help readers find books they might otherwise never choose on their own. Readers of all ages will be able to complete the challenge in one of three ways: by reading a book about a diverse character, or about an unfamiliar topic, or in a new format, such as a graphic novel or an audiobook instead of a printed book. They can then share the challenge on social media by taking a photograph of the book and posting it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls. Visit the Children’s Book Council’s website to find out how to be a part of the fall 2016 pilot program. The deadline for all feedback and testimonial is December 12, 2016.

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Are you a Future Ready Librarian?

As schools seek to become Future Ready, it is necessary to identify and cultivate leadership beyond district and building leaders. School librarians lead, teach and support the Future Ready goals of their school and district in a variety of ways through their professional practice, programs and spaces. If properly prepared and supported, school librarians are well-positioned to be at the leading edge of the digital transformation of learning.

Future Ready Librarians will provide resources, strategies and connections for district leaders and librarians to be able to work together to promote and implement innovative learning opportunities for students.

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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).