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Check It Out: February 1, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Elementary Review Committee Meeting -- February 8 @ TAC 4:45 PM

Secondary Team Meeting -- Wednesday February 22nd @ Kaneko 12:00

Elementary Team Meeting -- Thursday March 9th @ Kaneko 8:30 AM


Remember to check the resources tab in the newsletter to find all sorts of information including the video use policy, integrated pacing guides, Dewey signs.  You will also find information on Go Noodle,, PBS, the MTC, Three Rivers Library System book bags, and much more.

And is a new tab in that is now a repository for all information from the newsletter (and more) related to Fake News including lesson plans.

Mackin--Elementary Level Multicultural titles

Sara Mitchell, our representative for Mackin, recently sent Library Services a list of multicultural elementary titles.  The list contains a nice mix of new titles for students PK-6.  If you don't have a Mackin account and are interested in purchasing some of the titles, contact Stacy.

Native Voices Books

Native Voices Books


Supply Orders

Supply orders can be submitted between now and February 24th.  All purchases for Gaylord, Highsmith & Upstart must be made using Demco numbers from the Demco online catalog.  Furniture cannot be ordered with supply money, furniture includes things like stepping stools.  Please contact Stacy directly if you have furniture requests.

Periodical & Omaha World-Herald Orders

Below you will find links to the Ebsco periodical catalogs and the order forms for periodicals and the Omaha World-Herald.  Periodical and Omaha World-Herald orders need to be submitted by the end of business on February 10th.

The attached spreadsheet lists the periodicals that have been ordered in the past.  You will need the Ebsco title number and the price to fill out the below periodical order form.

The K-8 catalog gives a brief description of each periodical and includes a price list at the end of the catalog.  There might be some different titles in the catalog than what is listed on the attached spreadsheet. You will need the Ebsco title number (9 digit number) for the magazine ( found at the top of the description of the magazine) and the price for the magazine (found at the end of the catalog) to complete the below periodical order form. 

The larger catalog contains all of the Ebsco periodicals that they believe are relevant for a school library.  The catalog is dated 2015 but it is the catalog that Ebsco still wants us to use. It is a little hard to search and the prices are not updated in the catalog.  If there is a subscription that you are interested in, send me the Ebsco title number and I'll get the current updated price for you.

Contact Stacy with any questions.

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

Teaching Tolerance--Guide for Immigrant & Refugee Children

As a follow-up to our professional development from September.


This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the United States. Educators, school support staff and service providers are often the first individuals a student and/or family comes out to as undocumented.

Moreover, they are often the first ones to witness the impact of increased enforcement measures on students and their families.

Schools should be safe havens that embrace all students and families, regardless of citizenship and national origin, and that includes unaccompanied and refugee children. The 1982 U.S. Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe ruled that undocumented children have a constitutional right to receive a free public K–12 education, which provides the means to becoming a “self-reliant and self-sufficient participant in society,” the court wrote, and instills the “fundamental values necessary to the maintenance of a democratic political system.” However, today’s increased enforcement measures by the Department of Homeland Security and campaign promises made by the incoming administration threaten that right for thousands of undocumented youth and the 4.1 million U.S.-born children who live in mixed-status households with at least one parent or family member who is undocumented.

Teaching Tolerance Webinar

As stories of bullying fill the news, many teachers, librarians, and parents are looking for helpful resources. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Second Story Press and Lee & Low publishers present titles that aim to engender empathy and understanding for others. Additionally, assistant professor of teacher education Amina Chaudhri will offer tips on how to use books to prevent bullying. Moderated by Sarah Hunter, Books for Youth Senior Editor.

Remember, even if you are not able to attend live, if you register you will be sent a link to watch the archived video after the webinar is completed.

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Critical Thinking

World Read Aloud Day February 16th

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World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries thanks to people like you who participate and spread the word across the globe!

To get excited for World Read Aloud Day 2017, or to rev up your read aloud routine at any time of the year, click the buttons below to browse our World Read Aloud Day 2017 materials. 

Makerspace Ideas from You!

Here are just a few of the great ways we have seen makerspace materials used in your libraries!

1)  Beals Elementary--Graham E.  Give your students a challenge with the kit in front of you.  For example, after reading the Gold Sower book Gaston, students were tasked with creating their own dog house out of the materials in front of them.  Or, they were given a 10 minute challenge where they were to build something they could use to hide from the cold weather outside.

2)  Washington Elementary--Judy B..  Students used their makerspace kits during checkout.  Each table had to work as a team to achieve a group chosen common goal.  For example, one table used origami paper to make fortune tellers. The students worked together to complete the task.  Another group used brain flakes to make a store that sold scooters.  Two people designed the store itself and two people designed the scooters. 

Judy also found this youtube video to help introduce how to use makerspaces for students.

3)  Gomez Heritage Elementary--Donna G. & Robert S.  Each makerspace bin comes with instructions.  Each instruction card is tied to a standard.  See examples below.

Book Sort Idea from Spring Lake

The Spring Lake Elementary library recently began a new procedure where students sort the books they are returning to the library on a book cart by author or Dewey number.  Many other schools also have this practice in place.  Here are a few pictures of the carts used at Spring Lake.  We will have about 30 of the blue dividers up for grabs if anyone would like to replicate this process.  Please let Courtney know if you are interested.

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).