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Check It Out: September 13, 2017

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Schedules are overdue! Please add yours to the OPS School Libraries notebook or send it to Laura via email and she will upload it for you.

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

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

September Curriculum Day Friday September 15th @ Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium 8:00-11:00 or 12:30-3:30.  We will be in the large meeting room in the Aquarium.

                    High School AM     Middle School PM      (Elementary by Zone--see document below)

Message from the zoo:  Please ask your teachers to wear their OPS badges so our staff have a way to identify them.  They should go inside the Guest Services building at the main gate to check-in and let staff know they are here for the meeting in the conference center.

New Teacher Meeting Wednesday October 18th 4:45 in Library Services @ TAC

We now have a current roster for your Omaha Public Library colleagues (see below)

Book Carts Up for Grabs!

If interested in one of these book carts, please email Courtney and tell her you want A or B to be entered into the drawing.



Ideas for Shelf Labels

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, Secondary Review Committee, Secondary Author Visits, Skype Author Visits
  • 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

Read Across America Shifts Its Focus

At the bottom of most district generated documents, you will see the following statement:

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities and employment...

In light of district policies and the recent research of the work the Dr. Seuss, we ask that school librarians consider their practices in Read Across America activities.

"For 20 years, Read Across America has been synonymous with youngsters wearing red and white striped hats sitting down for story time on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday. But this fall, the biggest national literacy awareness program, sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), will be shifting its focus toward a year-round promotion of diverse children’s books. It’s a change resulting from both a heightened awareness of representation in kid lit, as well as growing scrutiny of racial imagery in the work of the beloved children’s book author."(School Library Journal, September 12, 2017)

Read the full article here:

SLJ--Supermoons Cause Tidal Waves—True or False? Our news literacy program challenges fourth graders to find out

“Last week scientists at NASA announced that they will send a manned spacecraft to the moon by the year 2018.” “Supermoons can trigger tidal waves and catastrophic earthquakes.” “A rare liger cub with a lion dad and tigress mother was born in Russia.” Only one of these news headlines is real. Can you tell which one? Can your students?

For years, it has been considered best practice to teach students to evaluate online resources for their validity....   

But as these elementary students grow to become independent online consumers and their trusted online sources push thousands of news articles their way, we wondered: will these verification skills hold up in the snap-judgement world of social media link-sharing? Or will these new contexts cause students to drop their armor and wander, completely vulnerable, into the world of online news sharing?

More Banned Book Week Ideas

October--National Bullying Prevention Month

Click on the image above to be taken to the Project Connect Toolkit.

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).