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Check It Out: February 22, 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.

Famous Nebraskans Pictures Books

If anyone has a good suggestion on picture book(s) featuring famous Nebraskans, please email Courtney.

News Literacy on Pinterest

Seeking one-stop shopping for news literacy resources? Look no further than School Library Journal‘s News Literacy Pinterest page, curated by Jen Thomas, media and educational technology specialist at West Bridgewater (MA) Middle Senior High School.

Pinterest fake news

Research Questions Handout

Thank you to Gail Walker at Liberty for sharing her inquiry questions handout which helps students look at whether a topic is researchable or not.


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.

Maker Space Orders

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

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

Because School Libraries Support All Studetns

What Does a School Librarian Teach?

This was created in 2012.  How much of this do you agree with?  What would you keep?  What would you change?

More Makerspace Info

Carly Milleson at Dundee Elementary used the following prezi to introduce Makerspaces to her students.  It includes a really nice video as well.  Her students also came up with some descriptors for the different kind of makerspaces in their library.  "Stay and Play" items don't leave the library (legos, magnatiles, brain flakes, etc.).  "Make and Take" items can go home with their creator (origami, duct tape, paper airplanes, etc.)


Rachel Prieksat at Harrison Elementary used some of her Scholastic $$ to buy these neat interlocking blocks.  We have heard of several people using scholastic points or $$ to purchase making materials.

Dr. Suess Giveaways

Winners of the Dr. Seuss Giveaway items will be contacted around lunch time today, and items will be sent out in the school mail today.  Thank you for entering!

Display ideas

"I was going to make a display for National Procrastination Week (March 5-11, 2017), but...

Graphic Novel Webinar

Panel Discussion 
New Graphic Novels for Your Library

Get the scoop on the latest youth and adult graphic novels and comics in this free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from DC, Macmillan, and IPG share upcoming titles from their catalogs, perfect for refreshing this high-circulating section. Moderated by Graphic Novels Editor, Sarah Hunter. 

Can't make the date? Register for Booklist's upcoming webinars to receive a link to the video archives when they're available for viewing. 

Tuesday, March 14
1:00 PM Central

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.

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).