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Check It Out: May 10, 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).

Get a Jump Start on YOUR Summer Reading

Don't forget YOUR summer reading list.  The professional library is open all summer long!  You can borrow print books as well as access eBooks and AudioBooks from OverDrive.  Check out one of these great NEW titles today!

Looking forward to next year...Author Visits!

An article in a recent edition of Knowledge Quest sums up the magic of author visits very powerfully.

"What I love about meeting authors up close and personal is that it demystifies the writing process. Certainly one wouldn’t argue that just anyone could write a good book, but there is something so encouraging in the authors’ humility, wisdom, humor, and advice. More specifically, when writers come into the schools, they prove to students that books are not artifacts created in another zone but the creative products of individuals who share common human faults and doubts. Books are testaments to perseverance and recovery from failure. "

As you wrap up this school year and start looking forward to next, consider how you would like to use the $1000 your school can receive for hosting an author visit(s).  You can bring an author in person to your school and share with other schools to cut down on costs.  You can invite a local author to visit.  You can even Skype with an author. 

If you have any questions about contacting authors or setting up visits, please let Courtney know!

11 Online Summer Camps to Keep Kids Busy (and Learning) While School's Out

Consider sharing this link with parents and teachers!

11 Online Summer Camps to Keep Kids Busy (and Learning) While School's Out

Virtual summer camps -- where kids head to the computer instead of the pool or park -- are a thing now. But don't worry: These aren't the solitary, sedentary, screen-centered experiences you fear. Plenty of virtual summer camps offer kids the chance to make projects, investigate ideas, and explore the world. And many are free.

Going to camp online is a great way to keep your kids occupied during a "staycation" or between their other activities. It can also give kids something unique: individual attention. You, a babysitter, a grandparent, or even an older sibling act as virtual camp counselors, leading -- and even learning alongside -- your kids. With many of the virtual camps below, you can mix and match activities to tailor the experience to your kids' interests. Expect to be more involved if you go for the free, choose-your-own-adventure camps. But fee-based camps call for some adult participation, too. Check out these offerings:

"Millionaire Bash" To Celebrate Reading 1 Million Words In A Year

This is a really cute idea for celebrating reading accomplishments in school.  (As this is a Buzzfeed article, ads and links to other articles will appear on the sides that might be tailored toward older readers).

Local Heroes: Librarians Address Inequity Where They See It

What does it take to empower young patrons, remove barriers, and help them succeed? Determination. Imagination. A solution-oriented outlook.

The individuals who spearheaded these bold library initiatives were driven by a goal to improve service for all users. They tackled big projects head-on to further equity in their schools and communities: a GED program at a tribal library; resources for children who are neurodivergent; free food and programs for kids during the summer; eliminating discriminatory policies; and more. Here’s how they did it.

School Library Journal May 2017

This looks like a great issue from SLJ.  The May issue is not yet on Ebsco.  Will keep you posted when it is!

Working Together for Justice Booklist

Working Together for Justice

Resource from

In hopes of encouraging discussions about social justice and equity, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) recently created a Working Together for Justice booklist that affirms the rights of children and families.

Start your own discussions utilizing the resources for the titles on this Working Together for Justice booklist!

Browse all Thematic Booklists.

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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).