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Check It Out: April 18, 2018

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Upcoming Events:

Send your or your students' favorite books of the year to Courtney to share in May.

Wednesday April 25th   Secondary Team Meeting    12:00-3:00     Location TBD

Tuesday May 1st     Retirement and Farewell Get Together   5:00   TAC--Library Services

Pairing Picture Books and Primary Source Documents

Pairing Picture Books and Primary Sources: Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Primary sources can give us a sense of time. Images and language that are from long ago can be brought to our attention by a photograph or letter. Primary sources can also give us a sense of place and connect that item from the past to somewhere very near us. I had that feeling after reading Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and seeking out the primary sources related to the picture book.

Sign Up for the Fueling Future Ready Librarians Newsletter

Everyday there are more and more amazing things to share about Future Ready Librarians! There are news, events, articles, posts and celebrations of successes of all kinds.  

We have the Future Ready Librarian Facebook page.  We have #FutureReadyLibs on Twitter.  We have Future Ready Librarian Collections. We have stickers, posters and even Future Ready Librarian tattoos! We have events at conferences, district professional development and within libraries.  We have dozens of online and offline conversations daily. 
And that is just a start!  
With all of these incredible things being shared, learned and celebrated, I thought it would be helpful to have a place where we could go that would share all of these things throughout the year.  
Let me introduce the Fueling Future Ready Librarians Newsletter! 
This will be that place.  A place for us to stay connected to news, upcoming events, resources, and of course, each other.  It will also be a place to jump in and volunteer by reaching out to say you would love to be involved in a Twitter chat, webinar or in another way.  
I will be updating this newsletter each month so please bookmark the Fueling Future Ready Librarians Newsletter so you can refer to it at any time.  
Together, let's lead within and beyond the library and make a difference this year for our students, communities and ourselves. 

Who Ya Gonna Call...or Email?

The fastest way to get your questions answered is to contact the right person!

  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants and building projects
  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • Courtney Pentland (531) 299-9609:  Inquiry, professional library, newsletter Items; Secondary Review Committee; secondary author visits, skype visits
  • McKenzie White (531) 299-9362 Instructional technology , ITL Program

  • Gwen Jackson  Elementary author visits

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

Display Idea

Clever display at the A.V. Sorensen branch of the Omaha Public Library.

Omaha Public Library--Fontenelle Forest Passes

Omaha Public Library will offer free passes to Fontenelle Forest

Omaha Public Library (OPL) is joining Bellevue and Council Bluffs public libraries in a new initiative with Fontenelle Forest to offer free Forest admission to library members. All OPL branches will begin checking memberships out to patrons on Tuesday, May 1.
“We are so excited to be able to offer these membership passes to library cardholders,” said Merica Whitehall, Fontenelle Forest Executive Director. “One of the things that’s really amazing to me is how much of a resource both the libraries and Fontenelle Forest are for the community. How vast the engagement, activities and learning opportunities of the organizations are! We are thrilled to work closely together for the betterment of our community.”
OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane echoed the enthusiasm. “Fontenelle Forest is a beautiful space in which to explore and learn,” Marlane said. “We look forward to partnering with Fontenelle Forest to offer membership passes to OPL cardholders.”
Each of OPL’s 12 locations will have day passes available (one per day/per location) for check-out year-round to adults ages 18+ who are Douglas County residents or have a non-resident paid membership to OPL. Passes are good for one-time admission on the day of the week designated on the pass, and each pass admits two adults and children from their household. Individuals should check out the pass for the day they are interested in visiting Fontenelle Forest. Only one pass may be issued per library card and customer. Passes must be returned to any OPL location within five days of check-out. Unreturned or late passes will be subject to a $5 replacement fee.
To see which OPL locations have passes available for the day of the week you’re interested in visiting, visit and search for “Fontenelle Forest” in the online catalog. You may also call any OPL branch location to check availability.
Douglas County residents who do not have a library card may find more information about how to get a card at or by visiting their local branch. 
 Fontenelle Forest is the second community organization to offer free admission through Omaha Public Library. A similar partnership with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was announced in May 2017.
For more information, call or visit your neighborhood OPL branch location, or

Free to a Good Home

There are 14 of these little magazine boxes available from another school library in OPS.  Please email Courtney if you would like them and how many.

Best Buy--Students & Online Safety

Students & Online Safety:  A Parent's Guide

Date Published: 08/06/2017 | Author: Best Buy

Technology is all around us. If you're a parent, you know firsthand that this is both a blessing and a curse. For students, the right tech used the right way can be transformative. It has the power to set up a child for success in school and in life. However, navigating the world of parenting in today's always-on digital age isn't easy. Monitoring online activity, limiting screen time and staying one step ahead of tech-savvy kids are all challenges parents face today. Ready for some irony? One solution to this technology problem is… technology. The eero Whole Home Wi-Fi System, Circle with Disney and Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablets are three of our favorites. Each one can help parents control their child's digital time and help them stay safe online. Check out the video below to see all three technologies in action.


This might be information your parents would appreciate knowing about.  Keegan Korf, our CSM guru, has given the ok to share it out as may parents have asked questions about these specific items in the past.

Guide to Help Investigate Misleading Information

Guide to Help Investigate Misleading Information (This guide is geared toward professional development)

A Field Guide to “Fake News” and Other Information Disorders helps users investigate misleading and viral content, memes, and trolling practices online. Packed with data visualizations, this free manual highlights a series of research protocols, or “recipes,” which can be used to trace trolling practices—the ways false viral news and memes circulate online and the commercial underpinnings of problematic content. The guide was co-produced by the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University and the Public Data Lab in Amsterdam. Published under a Creative Commons License, the guide is free to copy, redistribute, and reuse.

Fun Book Related Podcasts

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First Draft

Join host Sarah Enni every Tuesday for a quality hang with young adult and middle grade authors, featuring dozens of New York Times best-selling writers, as well as winners of the Caldecott Award, the William C. Morris Young Adult Debut award, the Michael El. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

In candid and inspiring conversations, writers offer their unique perspectives on the creative process, what keeps them typing, and staying sane in publishing.

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88 Cups of Tea

An iTunes 'What's Hot' and 'New and Noteworthy' podcast for writers and storytellers of all kinds. The podcast is produced and hosted by Yin Chang and features conversations that will motivate the heck out of your writing aspirations. We're talking about inspiration overload to empower your ideas, actionable career advice, and step-by-step writing tips that'll shake your creative routine. We feature storytellers with the most inspiring personal stories and writing advice to share with our community.


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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).