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Check It Out: August 9, 2107

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


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

Author funds for this years will be $1800 per school per year.

Online subscriptions form due  August 30. If your principal wants to spend funds for BrainPop or one of the Flix products, they can be included in this group purchase, so be sure to share this information.

Golden Sower supplies order form due September 9


CURRICULUM DAY INFO   We will be at the Harper Center on Creighton's Campus for our August Curriculum Days

8:00-3:30    Lunch on Your Own from 11:00-12:30

Elementary librarians     Friday August 11th    Room 3023
Middle School librarians  Monday August 14th    Room 3048
High School librarians  Tuesday August 15th    Room 3048
Parking is free.  Please see the map below for parking info.

SLJ Teen Live!

Join us on August 9, 2017, from 10 AM - 5 PM ET, for the 6th annual SLJTeen Live! This free, entirely virtual conference will feature more than 20 YA author panelists and keynote speakers, plus two hours of panels on innovative and creative approaches to teen services and programming.

Authors will speak on topics including immigration, gender, and reluctant readers, while your fellow librarians share how they work with special populations, small budgets, and other challenges to create outstanding teen programs.

This year's keynote speakers:

  • Benjamin Alire Sáenz, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
  • Barry Lyga, Bang
  • Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World

During your breaks, network with others or visit digital publisher booths to learn more about upcoming titles you’ll want to purchase for your collections. Special treats, swag, and materials will be available at the booths.

Want to go to two panels at the same time? All sessions will be recorded so that you can re-watch or catch what you missed at a later time.

Register today! No teen librarian will want to miss this.



A+ Curriculum Guides

Big Library Read--OverDrive Voting Ends August 10th!!!

Big Library Read

Voting is now open for the next Big Library Read. (Participating libraries will have access to unlimited copies of the eBook for their patrons to read during the BLR in October).
This time around we are focusing on juvenile/young adult, and you are invited to help us select the next title to be read worldwide. Don’t wait, voting ends August 10.
Be sure to vote at
And don’t forget to use the official BLR hashtag #biglibraryread when announcing it on social media.
BLR will be live October 12-26, and the winning title will be announced in September. Stay tuned for more information and marketing materials.

PBS--Eclipse Resources

Don't Look! It's a Solar Eclipse!
Watching a moment of totality that won't happen again until 2024.
What happens when the Sun, Moon, and Earth all align? A solar eclipse! Solar eclipses are not uncommon, but it is rare to experience a total solar eclipse. Learn more about solar eclipses and what it takes for them to occur.  Watch an Eclipse Animation
NASA Planetary Sciences
Grades: 6-12
Learn more about outer space and the world around you with this collection from NASA. Discover the depths of space with a telescope, go on a ride though space with a satellite, or look up and see a shooting star. Discover More
What's the Difference Between a Solar and Lunar Eclipse?
Grades: 6-12
What's the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse? Could you tell them apart? Watch this episode of Physics Girl to test your eclipse knowledge! Discover More
Crash Course: Eclipses
Grades: 6-12
What kind of equipment do you need to watch a solar eclipse and do you also need it for a lunar eclipse? Learn the difference and explore tips on the tools you'll need to view the solar eclipse. Discover More

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).