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Check It Out: May 3, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Important Dates

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).

Summer Reading--Scholastic Report

Think about taking parts of this infographic provided by Scholastic to share with your school community in regards to the importance of summer reading.

Brighten Your Summer With a Good Book

Check out this great idea for displaying ideas for summer reading.

Who You 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

Technology Training/Support

  • Debra Bordenkecher  531-299-9841: Handles training needs of classified staff (including paraprofessionals)
  • Hardware issues should be handled by your building assigned technologist. If this person is not in the building, call or email the Help Desk 531-299-0300

Movie Licensing USA

Sent to Building Administrators:

You may have received a flyer advertising ESU pricing for Movie Licensing USA. If you have a PTA or school clubs or outside groups that show movies for entertainment in your building after instructional hours, this may be a license you want to consider for your building.

The CIS Use of Video in Instruction guidelines state that best instructional practices support short video clips rather than full-length films for optimal instruction. The use of video clips in the course of face-to-face instruction is considered fair use and does not require a license; hence, the decision was made not to purchase a district-wide movie license.

Please be cognizant of the guidelines when making your purchasing decisions and when overseeing the use of video in classrooms during instructional hours

Encouraging Summer Reaidng

End of Year Activity

VFT Science Chats--May 9-16

Please join us for our new VFT program pilot….

Science Chats!

Got 15 minutes for a dose of science?

Morrill Hall has scientists ready to talk with your students

IN your classroom!

Four scientists are ready to share their passion and careers with your students.   Speak with scientists who can talk about fossils, algae, birds, or real world work.  Each 15-minute session begins with a scientist describing what makes their job amazing - then your students take the lead with questions.

Ever wondered…

  • When did a scientist know they wanted to be a scientist?  Ask them!
  • How much do they have to study?  Ask them!
  • Why do they do what they do?  Ask them!
  • What was the grossest experiment they’ve ever done?  Ask them!

Using distance learning technology (Zoom) we will connect your classroom with our scientists in their labs, outside with the birds, or surrounded by fossils.

And within 15 minutes, your students will have a chat to remember.


                  Science Chats are scheduled for May 9, 10, 11, 12, 15 & 16.

  • Please see attached schedule for specifics.
  • We will connect with up to 4 classrooms per chat.

                Register for your desired time slot by the Friday before the Chat

                    Science Chats are sponsored by the Rogers Foundation

               To Register go to:

  • Use the Full Ride Virtual Fieldtrip Scholarship application

School Library Journal April 2017

In Defense of Genre Fiction
While writing her latest YA fantasy, Laini Taylor followed her hearts

By Laini Taylor
This is an edited version of Laini Taylor’s keynote address at
SLJ’s 2016 Day of Dialog, delivered when she was completing
her most recent YA novel, Strange the Dreamer (Little,
Brown, March 2017).

Check Your News Literacy Bias

The article advises librarians to provide resources to students to discern whether the news on social media is real or fake and offers ways to deal with skeptic students. It stresses on providing students with opportunities to analyze the stories, images and videos. Comments by Phil Goerner, librarian at Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colorado and Tasha Bergson-Michelson, a librarian at the Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California.

Golden Sower Reading Day May 26, 2017

We welcome school librarians, children's librarians, and other adults interested in acquainting themselves with the 2018-2019 potential nominees to the Golden Sower Reading Day at Seward Memorial Library on May 26 from 9am to 3pm.

See the attached flyer for further details. If you plan on coming, please register at

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).