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Check It Out: April 25, 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     Library Services TAC

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

Free Summer Audio Book Program for Teens 13+

SYNC is Teen-Friendly Summer Fun!
Keep teens engaged with books all summer. 
On the go, on the couch, great for both
omnivorous & reluctant readers!

The 9th season of SYNC and free audiobooks for teens opens in just one week! Have you put all your local teens onto the news that 26 audiobooks can be theirs for free and to keep as the summer unfolds?

Consider Submitting a Session Proposal for NLA/NSLA Conference

Concurrent session proposals are due May 1st!  Poster Session Proposals open May 1-June 28

General sessions will be on Friday October 5th and Saturday October 6th and can be on any topic you feel passionate about relating to school libraries.  Be sure to indicate in the form which days/times work best for you.  You DO NOT need to be a member of NLA or NSLA to submit a conference proposal.  Please be sure to select NSLA as the sponsor for your session in Question #1.  This will make sure your proposal is included in the school library strand for review.

Lead presenters get to attend conference for FREE!!  You get admission to the Friday night Golden Sower Gala (plus dinner) AND free lunch at our business meeting on Saturday!

Click here to access the conference website.  Then, click the word Concurrent under Call for Proposals

(Grant funds will pay for OPS school librarians to attend the Saturday portion of the conference. People attending on Saturday will also be able to attend the Friday evening Golden Sower Gala.  Early bird registration begins May 1st. We will need your application for attendance at a professional conference and registration forms filled out and turned in before you leave for summer break.  Anyone submitting session proposals will be notified at the beginning of May if they have been selected to present.)

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

It's Not Complicated--Donalyn Miller

"Buy books & give them to the kids, people. Stop spending money on test prep workbooks. Stop cutting librarians and book budgets. Put books in kids' hands that reflect their experiences & invite them to learn about other people. It's not complicated." Donalyn Miller via Twitter

Check out her full article below

How to Make Global Connections in Your School Library

There are lots of ways to make global connections this month and in the future. At the very least, introduce your learners to a variety of books. Shannon DeSantis — a fellow School Library Month committee member and co-author of this blog post — and I encourage you to consider some of the ideas below:

  • Make global connections through events such as International Dot Day or Global Read Aloud Day.
  • Participate in some of the activities on Empatico, which helps connect classrooms around the world.
  • Engage the school community in a project from the World’s Largest Lesson. Work together to help end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change.
  • Find and follow someone new on Twitter or Instagram each day this week. Focus on making connections with educators and librarians from another state or country. Start with your School Library Month committee! Follow us on Twitter by subscribing to this list and check out these library Instagram pages:

Omaha Public Library--Dia De Los Ninos Celebration

Children's Day/Día de los Niños Celebration Storytime
Saturday, May 5, 2018 (10:00AM – 10:30AM) Benson Branch


Join us for stories with a special guest reader and enjoy Children's Day celebratory crafts. Children in attendance will receive a free book to take home, while supplies last!

We will explore the early literacy skills of singing, playing, reading, talking and writing in each storytime. Interaction and participation are welcome. Children of all ages are welcome; storytimes will be tailored for the age of the children present. Childcare groups, please call in advance.

Idea for May 4th PD Day for Teachers

Thank you to Kim Moriarty at Davis Middle School for sharing this idea!  On the work day in April, she set out a selection of books, bananas, and granola bars for the staff.  They could take a snack and check out a book from the library!  As you can see from the sign up sheet in the picture, she had a few takers!  What a great idea to get books into the hands of your teachers!

CSM--3 Ways to Make Digital Citizenship Part of Your Everyday Teaching

We often hear from educators who feel like they don't have the time to address digital citizenship in their classrooms. With an already overloaded to-do list of annual teaching objectives, setting aside a week (or even a day) to focus on responsible technology use -- let alone making time to plan those extra lessons -- feels challenging.

Shouldn't these skills be taught in homeroom? Or by the media specialist during library time? Sure, many schools find integrating digital citizenship as a stand-alone program within those classes works well and allows for clear and measurable implementation school-wide. However, digital citizenship skills don't have to be presented as targeted lessons. They can also be integrated into our everyday teaching.

Here are three ways to make digital citizenship part of how we teach, rather than a thing set apart:

1.  Highlight research and media-literacy skills

2.  Establish norms for communication in collaborative environments

3.  Model digital citizenship on social media

Top 10 reasons students plagiarize & what teachers can do about it (with apologies to David Letterman)

Be sure to read the whole article linked below for the "what teachers can do about it" suggestions.

Students may plagiarize for many reasons, ranging from laziness to sloppiness to a lack of understanding about the reason for citations, but teachers can employ a series of strategies to prevent problems while also teaching students good scholarly practices. 

#10  They are lazy.

#9    They panic.

#8    They lack confidence.

#7    They think they are supposed to reproduce what the experts have said.

#6    They have difficulty integrating source material into their own exposition or argument.

#5    They do not understand why people make such a fuss about sources.

#4    They are sloppy.

#3    They do not understand that they need to cite facts, figures, and ideas, not just quotations.

#2    They are learning.

#1    They are used to a collaborative model of knowledge production.

FREE Computer Science PD Workshop for K-12 Educators

The Metro Omaha CSTA chapter will hosting a FREE all-day Computer Science Professional Development Workshop for K-12 teachers on July 30, 2018 at the Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, NE. The goal for this workshop is to bring together teachers in our state to learn about the latest research, tools, and curriculum, and to share Computer Science resources. 

During this workshop, you will experience various Computer Science lessons designed for specific grade levels. Multiple sessions will be held throughout the day and resources will be collected for distribution and availability beyond the single day. 

This will be a teacher-centered workshop containing topics that YOU want to know about. You will walk away with resources to start the school year off successfully and know all the exciting K-12 computing opportunities available to you and your students during the year. You don't want to miss this unique opportunity!

Teachers will also receive a variety of CS swag and goodies to take back to their classroom.  

Date: July 30, 2018

Time: 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Peter Kiewit Institute (1110 S 67th St, Omaha, NE 68182)

If you're interested in attending this workshop, please click on the link below to complete the Interest Form by May 11.  After May 11th, we will send you more information and a link to a survey to get your preferences on what you want to learn about. 

May the 4th Be With You!

More Star Wars Ideas for May the 4th be with You!

Click on the death star picture for some programming ideas.


Cute Reading Poster that is a FREE download! ♥ ♥ Please feel free to repin ♥♥

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