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Check It Out: November 2, 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:


Nov. 2 - Elementary Review Committee (TAC)

Nov. 16 - New Librarians and Mentors Meeting (TAC)


Check out the NEW resources tab on the newsletter page.  This is a great place to find all of the resources mentioned in our newsletters as well as those offered through library services, the MTC, and other district departments.

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

Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire

2nd Annual Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire

Coming to Your Local Store, November 5th and 6th

The Mini Maker Faire at Barnes & Noble brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, science club members, students, entrepreneurs, hobbyists and Makers of all kinds to learn from each other, get craft ideas and science fair project ideas, hear the experts, and work on projects.

All locations according to the website.

Enter to Win DK Makerspaces Books

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Make Your Makerspace Dreams Come True

Encouraging kids to learn through creation and experimentation, the Maker Movement stirs their imaginations and cultivates their inner inventor. We’re giving educators and librarians the chance to win one of 50 DK makerspaces to help inspire them. Find out more and enter for a chance to win below.'

Enter by December 31, 2016

Engaging Reluctant and Struggling Readers Webinar

Tuesday November 15th  1:00-2:00 PM

Today, more than ever, it is difficult to engage readers that simply do not like to read or are reluctant because they have learning barriers. Young people have so much more that draw their attention in other ways besides reading. However, reading is proven to be so important for young people’s minds and there are ways we can break down these barriers to reach these readers so they grow to become life long readers. Join Booklist and Thorndike Press to discuss these issues. Help discover ways to reach and encourage all young readers with suggestions from Amy Seto Forrester (Denver Public Library). Moderated by Books for youth editor, Julia Smith

Not able to attend live? No problem! Register and receive a link to the archived content at it's completion.

Morrill Hall Virtual Field Trips

Visit "Archie" and company from your classroom! No need to schedule transportation, pack a lunch or even leave your school when you visit us on a Virtual Field Trip. Our educators and scientists interact with your students on a variety of science and natural history topics through our live, interactive videoconferencing programs. Classes are designed to fit within your schedule, curriculum needs and are aligned with science standards. Many of our programs include a physical kit with hands-on materials to enhance your visit.

AASL Awards and Grants

Click the image above to learn more about these opportunities.  Be sure to read them carefully to see if you qualify.

Golden Sower Contest Details

Here are the guidelines for elementary librarians who are interested in participating in this year’s Golden Sower Contest:

  • Interested librarians should be working with the GATE facilitator at their school to prepare a team for the Golden Sower Contest
  • Anyone who is reading the books and is willing to write questions needs to have them submitted to Becky Nicholson by December 10
  • Practice questions will be provided to team coaches (librarians and GATE facilitators) by Dec 21
  • One team of 4 students per school (we anticipate approximately 52 teams)
  • The first level of competition will take place February 17 at Northwest High – GATE teacher will be with team on this day, since librarians have rigid schedules (unless worked out on an individual basis)
  • Will feature a Skype session with Lou Anders (author of Frostborn) for all participants!
  • Students compete as a team, but individually will take a scored test that will include a PowerPoint quiz (in which book…) and a short answer test. Individual scores are then combined to get the team’s total. This will determine whether they advance to the finals (top 16 teams ~ Sweet 16)
  • Gold, silver, bronze, honorable mention medals given to all participants according to earned score
  • Transportation worked out with school and GATE. If using a bus, contact Deanna Moisset by January 10.
  • Finals competition with Sweet 16 will be April 25 or April 27.
    • Time and location TBD – will be after school/evening for family participation, probably begin at 6 or 7 and will last 90 min-2 hrs
  • Transportation provided by families
  • Format will be Battle of the Books, with a little different twist than we have used for our contest. For example, Teams can steal missed questions and answer for less points.

Increasing Awareness of Youth in the Margins

Increasing Awareness of Youth “in the Margins” |YA Underground

More and more youth are displaying critical disconnections from literature due to the lack of available texts that reflect their lived experiences. Books that are self-published or produced by small independent publishers offer a growing opportunity for diverse character representation.

For marginalized youth who sometimes walk a path of isolation, books that reflect their lived experience help to validate their existence and show others that the “world is not made of one single story,” as author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says. For nonmarginalized youth, diverse titles offer the opportunity to see the world as their peers experience it and the language to take part in dialogue for better mutual understanding.

We Need More Diverse Book

#1000BlackGirlBooks Resource Guide 

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Marley Dias is the eleven-year-old founder of the 1000 Black Girl Books database, featured on the Grassroots Community Foundation’s website. They have developed a Resource Guide and catalogued 700 of 4000 books that have been collected into an easy-to-use database. It is searchable by author, title and reading level, with reading tips for parents and teachers. Marley said, “I love reading and I love reading all kinds of books. ... Black girl books are not just for black girls; they are for all children because not all black girl stories are the same" (Marshall Memo). 

Make History this Thanksgiving Day

Make History This Thanksgiving 

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This November, StoryCorps is once again bringing you []The Great Thanksgiving Listen[], a project based on a simple idea: find an elder you love and interview them about their life. 

Download the free StoryCorps App to record and archive your interview in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Last year, thousands of high schools participated and preserved over 50,500 individual recordings. In 2016, StoryCorps is again working with educators to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. The project is free and open to all students age 13 and over, whether in private, public, charter, homeschool, or any other educational environment. College students and professors are also welcome to participate. #thegreatlisten.

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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).