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Check It Out: May 24, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


The elementary cycle day calendar for next year is attached above.

Author funds for the next two years will be back to $1800 per school per year. Hooray!!

Have a fabulous summer, everyone!

We Wish A Fond Farewell to...

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Please feel free to wish these librarians best wishes if you were not able to make it to the Spring Fling.  Thank you to all of these educators for teaching our students


These librarians are retiring this year. 

Deb Vinopal--Saddlebrook Elementary

Melissa Bruce--Fullerton Elementary

Regina Loehr--Florence Elementary


These librarians are moving on to other jobs.

Ashley Amante--Walnut Hill Elementary

--Ashley will be a school librarian in Broken Bow, Nebraska.

Chris Yearley--Benson West Elementary

--Chris will be a school librarian in Barrow, Alaska.

Dave Hellman--Joslyn Elementary

--Dave will be teaching social studies and coaching in Ainsworth, Nebraska

Sarah Hughes-Deeney--Hartman Elementary

6 Summer Reading Challenges

Reminder: Annual Reports Due May 31st

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Look for the Annual Reports guidelines tab at the top of this page.  Let Laura or Courtney know if you have any questions about your annual report.  We also highly encourage you to share your annual report with your building administration!

Free Audibooks All Summer Long for Teens

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 27, 2017 SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.   In 2016, 30 titles were given away over 15 weeks.

SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the teen audience and demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening.

SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through the OverDrive app. Download the app in advance to whichever device you anticipate listening on and be ready to go!

Simply sign-up to get notifications of when the FREE audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting Titles change every Thursday at 7am ET when the program is running.

Please Note: Signing up for these alerts will not send you the titles. The alerts will simply tell you when and where the title is available to download.

Summer Fun...

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Some fun things to do this summer in Omaha:

Taste of Omaha

June 2-4

Summer Arts Festival

June 9-11

Sand in the City

June 9-11

College World Series (June 17-27/28)

Fan Fest June 16 (Free openign day event)

Bank of the West Celebrates America

June 30th featuring Cool & the Gang

Shakespeare on the Green

King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor

June 22-July 9

Railroad Days

July 15-16  $15/family  Includes admission and transportation to the Durham Museum, Lauritzen Gardens, Union Pacific Railroad Museum, RailsWest Railroad Museum, and the Historic General Dodge House.

Omaha Area Community Celebrations

Celebrate with many surrounding communities and enjoy parades, carnivals, fireworks, family picnics, concerts, car shows, and more.

Free Outdoor Concerts


Free Outdoor Movies

Free or Cheap Indoor Movies

Farmers Markets

10 to choose from Wed -Sun!

Free Local & National Summer Reading Programs

Public libraries and retailers

Nebraska Great Park Pursuit

The Great Park Pursuit (GPP) encourages participants to visit up to 20 GPP sites located across Nebraska between May 1 and September 18, 2017. Players follow clues that will lead them to a GPP post, where they use a pencil to make an impression of the post to prove they were there. Prizes and entry into drawings are based on the number of impressions collected. The grand prize is an outdoor recreation package with a retail value of $1,500.

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).