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Check It Out: April 19, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Important Dates

April 26 - LAST Secondary Team Meeting @ TAC 12:00

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).

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Instructional Technology Leadership (ITL) Program

What is the ITL Endorsement Program?

Omaha Public Schools and the University of Nebraska are partnering to offer an endorsement program in Instructional Technology Leadership. The role of today's educators is always evolving and this program's goal is to strengthen leadership skills in the area of instructional technology integration. Tuition and books will be fully funded for participants with a grant through the Sherwood Foundation.


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Interesting Ideas on Library Spaces

Where's My Story

When students at one Philadelphia school looked for books that represented them, they found very little. The solution? To research what existed, write books of their own, and bring those new books to elementary students. Teacher Kathleen Melville of Workshop School(Philadelphia, Penn.) distinguishes between culturally relevant pedagogy and culturally sustaining pedagogy, which "acknowledges that culture is fluid and changing." Melville hopes her students' efforts can help break the cycle of young readers who don't connect with books because they don't see themselves in those books (MelvilleEducation Week).

30 of the Best Books to Teach Children Empathy


Teaching empathy can be an important part of activity in the classroom; empathy helps people understand one another and calls on the common humanity in all of us. The staff atTeachThought has compiled a list of 30 books that can be used in the classroom for the purpose of teaching empathy.  The list contains some classics as well as a few surprises. Check it out! (

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

Online Superheroes

Download these superheroes

Use these images on your social media and web pages to promote Ask a Librarian and reference services in your libraries! Each caption gives the suggested platform to use with the various sizes, but you may use the images as you see fit.

There are four versions of each of these images on the website.

Fact or Opinion?

I taught my 5th graders how to spot fake news.  Now they won't stop fact-checking me.

California fifth-grade teacher Scott Bedley shares how he uses lessons styled as games to teach his students how to determine the accuracy of online information. Bedley asks his students to examine seven different elements of a news article. If the information checks out on each of these points, it has a high likelihood of being accurate. Still, passing the test is not a guarantee that it’s fact, he says (BedleyVox). 

Penguin Trunk Now Available in the MTC

The MTC has a new trunk available for checkout!  The trunk is modeled after the one available to borrow from the Henry Doorly Zoo.  We worked closely with them to get as many of the same materials as possible.  You can borrow the MTC trunk without a deposit!  And, the trunk will be delivered to and picked up from your building.  Trunks can be checked out for two weeks at a time.  This trunk is geared more toward elementary age students.  Check out the document below to see what is included in the trunk.

P.S. Reservations for next year can be requested now!

Summer Ideas

These ideas could easily be used at the end of the year and many can use supplies you already have in your libraries or that you can easily obtain.  Or, you can send them home as a summer challenge for students.  Be sure to read all of the documents carefully as their is a special message about the pool noodle challenge.


You can now pre-register your classes and reading groups for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!

The fun officially starts for everyone Monday, May 8th

Bestselling author and Summer Reading Global Ambassador Dav Pilkey will give 500 books to one winning school in every U.S. state, U.S. territory, and the District of Columbia to help encourage summer reading.

Chapter Book Superstars Webinar


Join Penguin’s chapter book superstars for a webinar dedicated to your transitional readers. Listen to the authors and illustrators talk about their chapter book series and what it’s like to work with one another.

Panelists include Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver, authors of the Here’s Hank series, Lin Oliver, author of the Fantastic Frame series, Sophie Blackall & John Bemelmans Marciano, illustrator and author of the Witches of Benevento series, and Abby Hanlon, author/illustrator of the Dory Fantasmagory series.

The first 100 people to register for this webinar will receive a Chapter Book Swag Pack!

Register now!


Lin Oliver – Children's Author & Film/Television Producer

Henry Winkler – Actor, Producer, Director & Author

Sophie Blackall – Caldecott-winning Illustrator

John Bemelmans Marciano – Writer & Artist

Abby Hanlon – Children's Author


Marybeth Kozikowski Librarian II, Children's Services, Sachem Public Library

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).