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Check It Out: 9/11/19

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


September 20  -  Curriculum Day:  Joslyn Art Museum   1/2 Day Curriculum Day

September 23-28 -  Banned Books Week

October 3 and November 7 - New Teacher Meetings  at TAC in Library Services from 4:45-6:15

October 23 - Secondary Librarians Team Meeting at TAC, December 12, 2018 at location TBD  12:00-3:00

October 24 - Elementary Librarians Team Meeting  at TAC (room 5-151)  8:30-11:30

December 11-13 -  Holiday Open House and Book Bonanza TAC, Library Services

Curriculum Day Information

Our September 20th Curriculum Day site is Joslyn Art Museum. Please bring a charged device with you.

AM session starts at 8:00 AM for high school librarians and 1/2 elementary librarians and tech teachers.

PM Session starts at 12:30 PM for middle school librarians and 1/2 elementary librarians and tech teachers.

The elementary assignments are in the attachment below.

3rd Grade Inquiry Projects

Courtney Pentland passed along this great resource!
All 3rd grade teachers and the library were given books by Visit Omaha called Omar Finds a Home.  This would  be a great book to read during the 3rd grade social studies inquiry project  on Omaha landmarks. Omar is all about landmarks in Omaha and the character is based on a sculpture that was recentlyt installed under the Bob Bridge (the landmark librarians will use as their example in the lesson.) 
If you scroll through the pictures in the article below, you will see the cover of the book.

Banned Books Webinar from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Addressing Identity Censorship

Friday, September 27, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 pm PST (Banned Books Week)

Identity censorship is the most frequent form of intellectual freedom challenge in today’s environment.  From moral panic about Drag Queen Story Hour to frequent challenges to LGBTQ+ comics, books, and authors, this disturbing trend is gaining traction. CBLDF engages a panel of experts to help you identify and intelligently address this growing problem.  In the past year, CBLDF has participated in defending challenges and bans of books solely because they contain LGBTQ+ characters, curriculum rejected because it focused on LGBTQ+ titles, and community programs canceled solely because program participants identify as LGBTQ+.  In this webinar, we will speak with individuals who’ve been on the front lines of this issue to identify the contours of the problem and discuss strategies for managing it.  In addition to receiving CBLDF’s “Fighting Identity Censorship Toolkit,” all webinar participants are invited to share their own stories and receive face-to-face expert advice on managing identity censorship issues.          

Panelists: Lilah Sturges, author of LumberJanes: The Infernal Compass, The Magicians: Alice’s Story; John Spears, Chief Librarian, and CEO of Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs, CO.

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Behavior Management

This timely idea was taken from Elizabeth Messina's C-Day presentation in August.All schools use the MTSS-B framework for behaviors, and each school sets their school-wide behavioral expectations. At Catlin, these expectations are 

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Safe
  • Be Kind

Elizabeth took her top five library routines/procedures and  aligned them with the school wide expectations. She created a matrix explaining each library procedure and how it aligns to the school-wide expectations. The language is simple, and she uses it to teach and re-teach these expectations in her library. It is posted in her library as a reference.

What a great way to support the school's MTSS-B framework!

Below is an example of her matrix, and attached is a blank template you can use to create your own library expectations matrix.

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822).

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 (531-299-9822).