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Check It Out: February 15, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


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

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

        Take THIS SURVEY to help us organize parking and activities (elementary only)


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

We Need Librarians More than Ever

Graphic Novels from Penguin

Check out this list of graphic novels by grade level offered by Penguin.

Keep Sending Me Pictures!

Please send Courtney pictures of the great things going on in your library.  Make sure the students all have media release forms if we can see their faces.  Also, a brief description of the activity and students involved is very helpful.  Thank you!

Just so you know, we do have a wide reach on social media.  We have 556 Twitter followers and 269 Facebook followers.  These include educators from other districts, administrators in OPS, school board members, news stations, authors, and much more!  Help us get the word out about the great things you do each and every day in your libraries.

Enter to Win Books from Brightly

Fill your classroom with brand-new books! Brightly is giving away a library of children's books, including many fantastic new releases. It's the perfect way to kick off 2017 and all the days of learning and reading ahead. Enter for a chance to win great new reads for your students!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 11:00 AM EST January 17, 2017 and 11:00 PM EST March 25, 2017. Limit one entry per email address. Open to legal US residents who are 18 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. See Official Rules below for full details.

Maker Space Orders

If you wish to put in a maker space order, please contact Stacy Lickteig and she will assist you.

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.

Interesting Article on Role of Libraries

Library experts discuss 6 specific ways libraries can best leverage personalized learning for every student.

personalized learning libraries

With personalization a growing initiative in schools, the library may not be the first thing educators think of as a resource. However, according to Michelle Luhtala, library department chair at New Canaan High School, CT, and Jackie Whiting, librarian at New Canaan High School, the library is often the best place to look for personalizing instruction through assessing, reading and making.

Do Space Fellowship Opportunity!

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The Do Space Innovation Fellowship creates opportunities for local teachers, librarians, and educators to create rapid innovation in Omaha. Do Space is offering three fellowships open to teachers, professors, librarians, and library workers, and other educators in the Omaha metro area to explore innovative projects within the fields of 3D printing, robotics, and software development. Projects will be designed for local schools, libraries and learning centers to independently administer.

For more information and to apply, please visits

NewsELA and Teaching Tolerance

Building Empathy in Classrooms: A Partner Webinar With Teaching Tolerance
With the goal of sharing stories and building empathy, we kicked off the A Mile In Our Shoes program earlier this week.  Program includes text sets, reading challenges, and teaching resources.
Now, join us for a conversation with Teaching Tolerance to discuss how to use our resources together to build empathy in the classroom. In this webinar, we'll share how you can use A Mile In Our Shoes Text Sets and Teaching Tolerance’s Teaching the Movement resources to promote inclusivity and understanding. Educators will gain the tools to foster rich discussions to promote identity, diversity, justice, and action within and beyond their classrooms.
Our first session is Thursday, February 16 at 7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT

Webinar--Nat'l Library of Medicine

Discover NLM Resources and More from the NNLM MCR
Resources for K-12 Health & Science Education

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1pm MT / 2pm CT 


Did you know that the National Library of Medicine has K-12 lesson plans, a resource page and twitter feed for K-12 educators, and sites designed specifically for children and teens? If you would like to learn more about these health and science resources, join us for our webinar on Wednesday, February 22. Annette Parde-Maass, MCR Education and Nebraska Outreach Coordinator, will walk through the resources, give examples on how they could be used, and ask participants to brainstorm and share additional purposes applicable to their own settings.

Are there specific K-12 NLM resources you want to know more about? Email prior to February 15th with the resource and any questions you would like addressed during the webinar. 


We have multiples of each of these to give away.  If you would like to be entered to win one set of any of these items, please answer THIS SURVEY to do so.  Items will be sent to winners on Monday morning.


Common Sense Media--Elemetnary

Just a friendly reminder that all librarians are to teach 1 Common Sense Media lesson to their students in grades 3-5.  The required lesson is listed on

If you choose to do more than the 1 required lesson or teach them at grades other than 3-5, that is totally fine!  Many schools are working toward Common Sense Media certification and your MIEs will know more about those details (if that isn't you).  Below are the requirements to be a CSM certified school.  The reaching requirements can break down into 3 lesson at 2 grade levels or 2 lesson at 3 grade levels.  If you have any questions about this process, please contact Keegan Korf.

Family Coding Event

Family Coding Event

Pioneered by the California nonprofit MV GATE, Family Code Night is a whole-school family event that ignites coding and computer science learning at any elementary school and in any family. The program engages K–5 children and their parents or guardians in the experience of doing their first hour of computer programming together in an early evening special school program. The puzzles teach the basics of computer logic as parents and students create lines of code by dragging and dropping commands such as move forward or turn left to move pieces on a game board. In one of the challenges, for example, the code enables an Angry Bird to corral a Bad Pig. MV GATE has developed an Event Kit that shows any school, organization, or parent volunteer how to put on the event—from invitations to posters, program script to handouts, and much more. The kit is being offered free of charge to any elementary school in America via the event and volunteer-organizing platform of

Lego-Land at Florence


Just a few of the Lego creations made by students at Fontenlle Elementary in their library with Regina Loehr.

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).