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Check It Out: September 5, 2018

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Important Dates

September 10 -  Librarians are invited to attend  CSTA meeting (see article, Librarian, Information Scientist, Media Specialist, Oh My!  in column one)

September 11, October 9, November 6 - New Teacher Meetings  at TAC in Library Services from 4:45-6:15

September 14  -  Curriculum Day:  Community Engagement Center @ UNO   1/2 Day (urriculum Day at UNO's Community Engagement Center (AM High School and PM Middle School; Elementary times are in the document below)

September 14  -  NO PARAPROFESSIONAL TRAINING! Moved to April 11th!

October 24 - Secondary Librarians Team Meeting at TAC, December 12, 2018 at location TBD  12:00-3:00

October 25 - Elementary Librarians Team Meeting  at TAC (room 5-151)  8:30-11:00

Banned Books Week Sept 23-29, 2018

To help celebrate Banned Books Week, here are two great web links chock full of ideas and information:

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

A Thoughtful Approach to Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week once again approaches, scheduled this year for September 23-29. Have you put some thought into how you want the library to advertise and promote it? Often eagerly anticipated by school and public library staff as a chance to strike a blow for intellectual freedom and celebrate good books in the face of censorship, Banned Books Week can nevertheless pose unexpected challenges and even create confusion in the name of encouraging reading. Unsuspecting and well-meaning library patrons can miss the subtle distinctions within the process of a book challenge that are often inherent knowledge to library workers, and misunderstand what is being celebrated. It’s also possible to get lost in the catchy, buzzworthy branding of the event and accidentally misrepresent what the library actually does.


Just a few ideas for Banned Books Week coming up September 24-30, 2017.  Sources & resources are hyperlinked to the pictures unless noted.





Polaroid camera

Be sure to send pictures of events in your library, lessons you give, student creations, bulletin boards or displays, etc. to Courtney to post on our social media sites.  We would LOVE to feature every school at least once this school year!  Thank you.

Especially if/when you have any Banned Books Week photos to share!

Last year we had monthly themes for our social media posts.  I am looking for suggestions to use each month.  We will begin them in October!

More Banned Book Week Ideas

Banned Books Week Ideas

Banned Books Week Display ideas

Pete the Cat

That's right!!!    Eric Litwin is coming!

Author Eric Litwin is coming to Omaha Public Schools February 25-March 1.

We are expecting this will be a very popular presentation and, with only 10 slots, we want to ensure that Mr. Eric's time in Omaha is well spent. Details for applying to host Mr. Eric are in the attachment below. Applications are due by September 20!

Tool to Help with Password for OverDrive

Thank you to Michele Mulder at Monroe for sharing this awesome tool to use with students!

Golden Sower Nominees TItles for 2019-2020

Librarian, Information Scientist, Media Specialist, Oh My!

North High Technology teacher and  board member of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) local chapter, Mr.. Derek Babb, invites all OPS librarians and computer teachers to attend the CSTA's  September 10 meeting. This meeting  is focused on bringing CS into media centers and libraries.

They  are going to have Heidi Blackburn from UNO speak and breakout session on adding Maker Spaces and other CS content to libraries.

This should be a great event!

See attached the flier with RSVP info.

Other Fun Teacher Events (thank you Robin Walker for sharing!)

Children's Museum Teacher Night - Sep. 7th @ 5:30-8pm

Joslyn Teacher Nights - First one of six is Sep. 20 @ 4:30pm (starts at 5:15, snack time first)

Durham Museum Teacher Night - Oct. 5th @ 5-9pm

EdCamp Omaha (Technology) - Nov. 3 @ 8:30am-12:30pm

Mirror, Mirror by Barbara Freeman

  Barbara Freeman is a local author whose book has been favorably reviewed by two of our OPS Llibrarians.I It is recommended for intermediate grades and could also be used as a primary read aloud.

Mirror, Mirror by Barbara Freeman, a young girl named Tina is unhappy with her brown eyes and curly hair. When she is asked by the mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest girl she can recall. Tina knows the answer right away. It is the beautiful blond hair pale skin girl that you see on every advertisement and commercial. The mirror challenges her to go out and search her heart and history until she can find a better answer. While looking she learns from her neighbor that beauty is more than just the outside but also the inside. She also learns about her own races history and sees that she is beautiful not only on the inside but outside also.

Mirror, Mirror by Barbara Freeman addresses how lack of diversity on television and in representation of history can intersect to create an environment where young girls of color do not see themselves as beautiful. Tina’s initial struggles to accept herself and her journey to finding pride in herself and culture is a reality for many children. Barbara Freeman’s setting for her book adds a personal touch for those from Omaha, Nebraska while the story remains relatable to children all over.

This is a great story for girls and all students to see that each and every one of them is beautiful, inside and out! Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors and is not just looks but also who they are as a person.

15 Books for Kids About the Immigrant Experience in America


Here are some books to inspire us all to think deeper about our fellow Americans, their stories, and experiences. 

The are just a few titles that look at the immigrant experience.  Be sure to evaluate them for a good fit in your school library before purchasing.

Video featuring Author/Illustrator Grace Lin

Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of more than 20 books — from picture books to young adult novels — for kids. Most of Grace's books are about the Asian-American experience, she believes, "Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal." You can watch the interview, view the interview transcript, read a short biography on Grace Lin, or see a selected list of her children's books.

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