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Check It Out: 12/18/19

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


New Librarians' Meeting - January 9, 4:45 at TAC, Library Services

The transfer request process is open through January 20.

Update your SIP Information in the OPS School Libraries Notebook

Librarians: Remember to add your literacy strategies and collection development evidence in your folders.

Technology Teachers: Remember to add your literacy strategies and A+ Curriculum evidence to your folders.

March 4 and 5: Team meetings for elementary and secondary. Details TBD.



Tis the Season

The Case for Graphic Novels

Do you have teachers who think graphic novels are "less than" traditional novels? The presentation, “That’s Not Real Reading” Making the Case for Graphic Novel Inclusion in Every Classroom from the AASL 2019 conference points to the research that proves graphic novels are complex, highly motivating and actually increase content area literacy.

Takeaways on Burnout

Branches of Government Graphic

Great graphic from Britannica to help students visualize the workings of our government:

Best Books

The winter break is a great time to regroup, consider your remaining budget and start planning how you will finish purchasing in the New Year. To assist you in this process, here is a compilation of the the "BEST" lists for 2019:

School Library Journal's Best Books of 2019  

Library Journal Best Books of 2019    

Publisher's Weekly Best Books

Horn Book

New York Times Books Review

Association for Library Service to Children's Notable Books 2019


Award Winners (Alex, Edwards, Morris, Nonfiction, Odyssey, Printz)

2019 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks

2019 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

2019 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens

2019 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults

5 Kinds of Nonfiction

Author Melissa Stewart presented  a session on the "Five Kinds of Nonfiction" to a standing room only crowd at the recent AASL national conference. While I was not able to squeeze into the room, I was able to find her materials on her blog, "Celebrate Science."

Here are the links she provides:

AASL Handout of the 5 Types of Nonfiction

Characteristics of the 5 and Activities for Students

Nonfiction Continuum

Nonfiction Continuum 2

Melissa Stewart Website

Interesting fact: Stewart notes that while librarians work hard to bring award-winning narrative nonfiction to their collections, 42 percent of elementary students prefer expository nonfiction.

Did You Know?

Image result for mortarboard creative commonsStudents in high-poverty schools are almost twice as likely to graduate when the school library is staffed with a certified school librarian.

(American Library Association State of America's Libraries Report, 2019. )

Open House and Book Grab

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