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Check It Out: 2/19/20

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Feb. 27 Digital Learning Day  
March 4 Secondary Librarians' Meeting - TAC, Library Services 1:30-2:30 PM
March 5 Elementary Librarians and Technology Teachers Meeting- TAC. Library Services 8:30-10:30 AM
March 26-27 NETA  
April 2     New Librarians' Meeting, TAC, Library Services 4:45 PM
April 25 Nebraska School Librarians' Day  

Tips and Tricks in the Library

This Knowledgequest article contains some great ideas that will work at any level!


Food for Thought

I always love a good Donalyn Miller piece. In her SLJ article, "Is Your School a Defacto Book Desert," she addresses the issues of choice, equity and diversity in library collections. Read the article here: Is Your School a De Facto Book Desert? | Donalyn Miller

NE Loves Public Schools


Check out this great video on the importance of libraries featuring our own Courtney Pentland!

April is School Library Month! (Resources to help you plan)

School Library Month

The 2019 theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library and the 2019 spokesperson is Dav Pilkey.

Spokesperson Dav Pilkey

“Growing up with learning challenges in school after being diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, I’ve been fortunate to have had the encouragement and support of my parents who helped me to associate reading with fun. I have fond memories of going to the library with my mom who had a radical idea—she let me pick whatever book I wanted to read. I read lots of books and magazines that made me laugh out loud, which led me to discover many other books in different genres. Reading without judgment was a turning point in my life and that is what made me a lifelong reader. Over the years I’ve had the privilege to have met many committed librarians whose passion and dedication to literacy is life changing. I’m honored to be this year’s AASL ambassador for school libraries and an advocate for everything they do to make the world a better place.”

Proclamation Templates (on the website)

Ask your school and elected officials and request they proclaim the month of April as School Library Month! The following samples are based on actual proclamations shared with AASL by its members. They are presented here as templates that can be downloaded and modified to fit your needs.

More resources coming soon...

School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. More about the history of School Library Month.

Summer Library Opportunities

We are hard at work developing a summer library program tied to literacy outcomes and the summer theme of "Imagine Your Story."

If you are interested in working in an elementary summer library program:

  1. Visit with your summer school administrator if your building is hosting a program.
  2. Drop Laura an email if your building is not hosting a program, but you wish to work in another building.

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).