May 16 - Spring Fling!! (Mark your calendars!)
May 16 - Last check out date for elementary libraries
May 23- Last day libraries are open
May 24 - Libraries close for clean up and work on annual reports
May 31 - Annual report is due
(You will find Annual Report 2017 Guidelines on the tabs at the top of this LibGuide).
The State of America's Libraries 2017: A Report from the American Library Association, a special American Libraries digital supplement, details the ways that library workers help individuals develop new skills, communicate with others through new technologies, and help make their communities better places to live. If anything, read the 2 pages on school libraries.
National Poetry Month offers the perfect opportunity to invigorate your classroom with creativity and imagination! Poetry has the unique ability to challenge students to think about the ordinary world in a new light. A thoughtfully designed poetry unit can teach students how to experience the delight of finding the poetic in the ordinary while forming an lasting love and respect for the carefully crafted written language. Join us in April as we celebrate our rich poetic history and perpetuate the wonderful craft of our favorite poets--old and new!
This April kicks off the annual Reading Without Walls Challenge. Expand your kids' reading horizons by recommending a book outside their comfort zones that fits one of these categories:
1) A book about a character who doesn't look or live like the reader. Diversity comes in many forms: race, religion, gender, geography, sexual orientation, class, ability, and more.
2) A book about a topic the reader doesn't know much about. Explore the world with a STEM book. Dive into a book on sports. Become immersed in a memoir, historical fiction, or nonfiction title.
3) A book in a format that they don't normally read for fun. This includes alternate types of books, such as picture books, graphic novels, audiobook, and books in verse.
Reading Without Walls seeks to promote diversity and open readers' eyes to new ideas and experiences; to spread appreciation and understanding for others; and to learn new and exciting things.
Tuesday, Apr. 18th, 2017, 11:00-12:00 CST
Join Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal‘s reviews manager, for an in-depth conversation with editors and publishing insiders, Francisca Goldsmith of Library Ronin, Christopher Johns of Tuttle Publishing, Cheryl Klein of Lee & Low and Carrie Gleason of James Lorimer & Company. They’ll dig deeper into publishing diverse children’s and young adult literature with a focus on #OwnVoices titles.
Thursday, Apr. 20th, 2017, 2:00-3:00 CST
Get ready for a rapid fire tool share in this next webcast in the SLJ/ISTE series. We’ll explore the best applications and gear for your school or library, including must-have multimedia content, cool coding platforms, and top choices for your maker space.
We asked U.S. parents and children about their attitudes and behaviors around reading books for fun. Learn what they had to say. To learn more about the key role of helping children find books to read for fun.
Nature Works Everywhere (Grades 6-12)
Explore the amazing ways in which nature works to make our lives cleaner and healthier every day. In this series of videos from The Nature Conservancy, see how all types of environments, plants, and animals play crucial roles in maintaining our global ecosystem, and how we can help play a role as well in making a more sustainable future.
The Environment and Recycling (PreK-2)
This episode talks about taking care of things and how recycling can help clean up the environment. A visit to the local recycling plant explores how certain types of trash can be reused to make new materials, and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe deals with a growing garbage problem. (Links to other environment related primary grade videos included at the bottom of the page)
Exploring Energy (Grades 6-12)
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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).