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Check It Out: 10/9/19

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


October 23 - Secondary Librarians Team Meeting at TAC, Library Services  12:00-3:00

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

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

December 9-11 -  Holiday Open House and Book Bonanza TAC, Library Services

Remember to add evidence to you folders in OPS School Libraries Notebook

  • Literacy Strategies (Everyone)
  • Collection Development (Librarians)
  • A+ Technology curriculum (Tech. teachers)

We Need Diverse Books

\WNDB celebrated its 5th anniversary this past July. The nonprofit organization was created to advocate changes in publishing “to help produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.”

Check out a few of their resources.

Booktalking Kit which contains 

  • Three booklists containing: 10 picture books, 10 middle grade books and 10 YA titles with quick "pitches
  • Shelftalker cards to place on your bookshelves to draw attention to each listed diverse book
  • A downloadable sign that you can yuse to highlight dierse titles in your own collection, and more!!

 Where to Find Diverse Books:  A list of sites that offer recommendations for diverse titles.

WNDB is a great resources for those librarians looking to promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

Library Themes

Each year I look forward to visiting the Jefferson Elementary Library to find out what theme Heidi Andersen's students have come up with for the school year. In the spring, they brainstorm potential themes, and the students vote to determine the theme for the upcoming year. Then Heidi goes all out to implement the theme through decorations, table names (Oz, Mermaids, etc.), book displays, and activities related to the theme. This year's theme is movies:

Unite for Literacy

The Unite for Literacy website hosts full-text guided reading books that can be read in multiple languages. It's a great resource to share with reading, world language, ELL, and classroom teachers. Parents would appreciate hearing about this resource as well.

Fight Fake News

Secondary Librarians, have you signed up for "The Sift" newsletter? This weekly email newsletter contains updates on the latest misinformation circulating online. It is a great resource to use when teaching students about evaluating web sources. Sign up for free today.

Disrupt Disinformation!

We have a lot of work to docombating Fake News! Here are few good resources:

NewsGuard is a free browser ex-tension. Rating icons, reflecting credibility and transparency, show up next to links on search engines and social media feeds. A green icon signals reliability and a red signal the lack thereof, with further gradations, as well. Excellent samples for teaching source evaluation! from the Annenberg Public Policy Center monitors factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players --ads, debates, speeches, inter-views, news releases. One nice feature: Ask FactCheck. Ask a question and the site will investigate. Previous “asks” document recent claims news followers will recognize

PolitiFact won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for National Reporting. Not only are there fascinating articles addressing fake news, shams and hoaxes in the media, there are features that read like page turning novels. The Pants-On-Fire section reveals the most egregious examples of recent Fake News.


Other fact-checking sites include:, involved in a lawsuit over company ownership strictly to following the money in politics

TruthorFiction-Fact checking and a focus on disinformation news stories

Webinar: Does My Collection Reflect My Community?

This Week in Libraries

Neal Shusterman at Marrs Middle School

Dot Day Display at Dodge

Librarian Kellie Mihovk in Action

Well dressed book drops!

Check out time at Beals

Bulletin Board at Beveridge

Photo courtesy of Ms. Elliott

Photo courtesy of Ms. Elliott

Photo courtesy of Ms. Elliott

Photo courtesy of Ms. Elliott

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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 (531-299-9822).