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Check It Out: May 16, 2018

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Please send Courtney your feedback on the inquiry projects in social studies and writing (elementary) and for GLEs and RSPs (secondary) to help prepare for any adjustments to be made to the projects over the summer.  She will be meeting with the supervisors for those areas on Monday May 21st.  Feedback prior to that date would be much appreciated.  If you need to get it in after that, totally fine!  Thank you.

Secondary Feedback Form 

Authors, Illustrators, Experts and Others Who Skype With Libraries & Schools

One of my favorite things about being in a connected world is the ability to connect all of the amazing authors, illustrators, experts and more to our young people around the world.  In my library, we Skyped several times each week and it brought so much to our students, teachers and community. 

When you are looking for these connections for your own library and school, there are many different places you can start.  There is Skype in the Classroom, Kate Messner's amazing list and publisher sites.
I have put these together in this special Collection by Destiny that you will find here.  Let me know what else we can add....and if you would like to collaborate on this Collection, I would love to have you join me. I will keep adding and updating this Collection too. 
And don't forget, author, illustrators, experts and others are on social media to connect with all of us.  If you have someone you and your students are wanting to connect with, reach out and ask.  That is always one of the best ways....and they love connecting with all of us too.

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

5 Pebble Go Summer Projects for your Students and Families

As we get ready for summer break, PebbleGo should we be at the top of your list to share with students and families as we encourage learning and reading all summer long. It is something they have online at home, on-the-go and as they travel. As you know, the learning and reading never stop with PebbleGo!

Today, I want to share 5 exciting and engaging ways PebbleGo can be used as a pathway for learning and reading this summer with students, families and throughout your community too.

1. Create a Let's Learn & Read With PebbleGo Summer Calendar to share with your students and families.

2. Host a PebbleGo Summer Passion Project Program in your library or school.

3. Where WIll You Go? With PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next!

4. Look What I Am Learning In PebbleGo Flipgrid

5. Pair Up PebbleGo With Capstone Interactive FREE This Summer!

Annual Report

Before you finish up that Annual Report, check out our infographic adapted from tips on how to make your annual report an effective advocacy tool

35 Virtual Field Trips

Another great idea for lame duck days or sponge activities. Or, a great way to visit places you wouldn't normally be able to see.

Field trips are informal learning experiences that get students out into the world, exploring the world and students' interests. Trips to museums, parks, historical sites, and more show students that learning (and life) happens outside the classroom, too. During field trips, students discover new things and learn in authentic environments, placing classroom content into new contexts. Unfortunately, for many schools and students, field trips are rare (if they happen at all). Thankfully, there are great games, apps, and websites that can bring places and experiences fostered by field trips to the classroom. While not an outright replacement, these field trip tools can offer inspiring and intriguing experiences for students.  (**Remember to check and see if the apps are on the approved list)

Recomended Reads for Literary Trips

Follow your favorite authors or characters to places real or imagined through the trips in these books.

Gale Courses through Omaha Public Library

The next session of Gale Courses begins next Wed, May 16! Browse all the 6-week online courses you can enroll in for FREE with your at and sign up for any you're interested in today!

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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).