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Check It Out: January 9, 2019

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Important Dates

February 13th 12:00-3:00  Secondary Team Plan (location TBA)

March 7th  8:30-11:00   Elementary Team Plan Day (location TBA)

April 24th 12:00-3:00 Secondary Team Plan (location TBA)

New Year, New Goals

Although one of these may not fit with a growth mindset ;) 

Can you determine which one?

World Read Aloud Day February 1, 2019

If you are planning any special events related to this, please let Courtney know!

We think everyone in the world should get to read and write. Every year, on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people.

Create your own special one-on-one read aloud moment or a school-wide event using our resources below. Use #WorldReadAloudDay to share your ideas, plans, and pictures from the day on social media.

Growth Mindset & Self-Regulation

Another item to add to your Growth Mindset Toolbox as you think about revisiting procedures and routines.

Copyrighted Materials Entering the Public Domain!


For the First Time in More Than 20 Years, Copyrighted Works Will Enter the Public Domain

"At midnight on New Year’s Eve, all works first published in the United States in 1923 will enter the public domain. It has been 21 years since the last mass expiration of copyright in the U.S."

“The public domain has been frozen in time for 20 years, and we’re reaching the 20-year thaw,” says Jennifer Jenkins, director of Duke Law School’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain. The release is unprecedented, and its impact on culture and creativity could be huge. We have never seen such a mass entry into the public domain in the digital age. The last one—in 1998, when 1922 slipped its copyright bond—predated Google. “We have shortchanged a generation,” said Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive. “The 20th century is largely missing from the internet.”

PBS Kids Writers Contest Grades K-3

Writer_s Contest

The NET PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by NET (the “Contest” or “Promotion”) and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED.  The Contest begins on or about January 1st 2019 and ends with the announcement of winners on or about May 2019. This Contest consists of one round of local judging. To enter the Contest you may submit your Entry by mail to NET, Attn: Writers Contest, 1800 N 33rd St., Lincoln, NE 68503 OR by e-mail to (subject line “Writers Contest 2019”). All entries to the Independent Pool must be postmarked by March 31, 2019, and received by April 5, 2019 subject to modification by NET at its discretion. This Contest is void where prohibited.  Sponsored and coordinated by NET (“Sponsor” or “PBS”) located at 1800 N 33rd St., Lincoln, NE 68503

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

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