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Check It Out: December 7, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Free Read Across America Books

​Your school can take advantage of this program.  You will need to use a budget string OTHER than the school library's though to pay for the shipping, however.
Free Books For Read Across America Day
The Literacy Empowerment Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, invites your school or other literacy project to apply for FREE books for Read Across America Day. During the past year, LEF has distributed over 3,000,000 books to schools all across the country for Read Across America Day and other literacy projects.

These books are free. Educators only pay shipping and handling. Resources are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Orders must be received by February 12th, 2017.

Please share this information with your fellow educators!

Free Books for Read Across America Day: Order Form at

Did You Know About Scout's Corner?

This is a newsletter provided by TLC.  It covers information on New Releases and favorite series.  It does focus more on our elementary readers, but might be of use to our secondary librarians as well.

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

7 Habits of Highly Impactful Librarians

Take a moment and read through this phenomenal article on 7 things school librarians can do that have the most impact.

Habit #1: Build strong and trusting relationships

Habit #2:  Speak the language of school leadership

Habit #3:  Be the gatekeeper and curator of all digital content

Habit #4:  Be the champion and CEO of independent reading

Habit #5:  Adopt an evidence-based approach in everything you do

Habit #6:  Be a teacher-librarian with a constructivist approach based on inquiry

Habit #7:  Be the orchestrator of your school or district's makerspace initiative

School Librarian's Boost Student Achievement

Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement

(From 2013, but still great info)

This is the first statewide study to assess the roles of librarians in teaching the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner as well as Common Core standards.

Staffing remains the key factor. This study suggests that there’s no substitute for a full-time, certified school librarian who’s fully engaged in the teaching and learning process.  Read the entire article for key findings in the study.

Books to Encourage Kindness

13 Children’s Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others

Kindness is one of the most important character traits, but sometimes kids need an extra reminder about the best ways to be kind to others or why kindness matters. These books provide that reminder in creative and appealing ways. Happy reading!


Makerspace Articles

For the next three weeks, we will be highlighting articles on Makerspaces in school libraries.  As you begin to receive your Makerspace materials in your libraries, hopefully these articles will provide you with some helpful information you can use in your school.

The two articles this week are by Kristin Fontichiaro and appeared in Teacher Librarian.

One of the main ideas she expresses in both articles is the importance of having a purpose behind your Makerspace.  The term "makerspace" means different things to different people.  You  need to decide what it means for you, your library, and your students.  Each of you may have different definitions and purposes for you Makerspaces, and that's completely fine. 

In the first article, she gives suggestions of people to follow are already heavily invested in maker curricula and great tips on establishing guidelines using PACE.

The second article gives an example of an Makerspace statement and suggestions on how and why to document your success.

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).