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Check It Out: 10/23/19

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


October 23 - Secondary Librarians Team Meeting at TAC, 1:30-3:00

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

Everyone should have evidence of their work on their SIP goals in OPS School Libraries notebook by Oct. 23

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

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

Josh the Otter

Image result for josh the otterWhat could be more important than saving a life?


Education about water safety is key to decreasing the number of children, who drown. The Josh the Otter Water Safety & Awareness program is presented by the City of Omaha Parks & Recreation Department in cooperation with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.

All elementary school libraries are invited to host a Josh the Otter visit in the school library as a part of Omaha Public Schools’ efforts to increase water safety awareness.


All kindergarten students


Librarian arranges a time for Josh to come to the school to greet kindergarten  classes.


Josh and company will read the story to the class and play a song about water safety.


After the visit, each kindergarten student will receive their own copy of Josh the Baby Otter.


Visits can be scheduled at any time during the school year except during the month of May


Jessi Hubbard 402-444-5918.

Book Access is the Key to Education

Neuman and Celano, 2012. Giving our Children a Fighting Chance: Poverty, Illiteracy and the Development of Information Capitol.

This graphic, which was cited in the book, Game Changer: Book Access for All Kids, underscores the importance of book access in education. The author states, "Unfortunately many children - disproportionately children of color living in urban and rural communities - live in book "deserts" without consistent access to books at school, at home or in their communities.

School libraries must ensure that students have varied, relevant, engaging books to read at school and at home. What are the obstacles that preventing sme students from fully using the library, and ask your self what you might do to overcome these obstacle. Our children's education is at stake!

PBS News and Media Literacy Collection


Check out the resources from PBS pairing Common Sense Education with video from WGBH to address News  and Media Literacy Issues:


Professional Development

Bitsy Griffin and Leigh Hopkins share their experience in using stations in the library setting. Check it out! Stations in the Library Part 1 - Choosing Your Stations.

Our youngest learners can and should be involved in curation, exploration, and inquiry, so how do we begin? For some excellent starting points, read Inquire, Curate Explore: 5 Tips for the under 10 Set.

And last, but not least, if you are following your own PD path, consider some of the many opportunities listed on the Nebraska School Librarians' Association web page. The professional development links were compiled by own own Courtney Pentland.

Takeaways on Problem Solving

Common Sense Education

5 Questions Students Should Ask About Media

Click on the above title to link to Common Sense resources that pair with a lesson for the below video.

Kids find online news in lots of different ways. But studies show they're not very good at interpreting what they see. How can we help them get better? One way to start is by teaching your students about how online news articles are structured.

Around OPS

Drew Daywalt Visit

Welcome Drew Daywalt!

Drew Daywalt

Oak Valley

Oak Valley

Welcome, Drew!

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Fantasy at Gateway

Creepy Underwaer Invation at Gifford Park

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).