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Check It Out: Nov. 4, 2020

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Dr. Pasco's Retirement!

From Dr. Chuchill at UNO:

As you may know, Dr. Pasco is retiring in December.  

For several reasons, including the pandemic and her desire to not make a big deal out it, we have decided to give her a SURPRISE video/card shower.  Anyone who wishes to can either add a video to a public Flipgrid or send a card/letter wishing Dr. Pasco the best in her retirement.  We are asking that videos and mail be received by December 11th if possible.  Mary and I will deliver the cards and share the Flipgrid site with her later in December.  This will allow those who would like to thank Dr. Pasco for all her inspiration and mentorship to do so, but still allow her the privacy of watching/reading these in her own time and space.

I’m including a link to a flyer that has all of the important information on it.  I’m asking you to please share this with your teams and colleagues, hopefully, in a discreet way.

Dr. Pasco has also specifically asked that if someone wishes to give her a send off, that they take her out to coffee or lunch.  She has truly enjoyed the one-on-one time she has had with her wonderful colleagues and friends.


November 10       New librarians' meeting  4:45-6:15 PM

November 25-27  Thanksgiving recess

Dec. 14- Jan. 1    Winter recess

Visits: I would love to have you invite me into your space virtually. Here's how:

  • Use the scheduling assistant in Teams to check my availability
  • Send me a calendar invite
  • Call me in to the class or send me a join link.
  • Do not do anything special outside of having your Teams meeting on. I may not see what you are doing, but I can listen.

Book Requests

You may fulfill STAFF requests for books between schools, but, at this time, you should not be fulfilling student requests between schools.

Focus on Diversity

Want great ideas on how to promote respect and empathy with your students? Here is another great First Book resource!

Sora Big Read


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When:  Nov 19, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)

Join Crayola Education on November 19th at 4pm EST for "STEAM for Remote Instruction: Innovation Everywhere!"

We'll explore different design innovations and how STEAM can energize learning (at school or at home), then hear about virtual field trips and animal adaptations from the Georgia Aquarium and how to incorporate technology and biomimicry lessons into the classroom with Future-ready Librarian and Innovation Director, Shannon McClintock Miller!

Special Guests:
Bailey Dawson - Manager of Education Programs, Georgia Aquarium
Shannon McClintock Miller - Future-Ready Librarian and Innovation Director, Van Meter School
James Wells - Innovative Teaching & Learning Manager, Crayola

You can register for this free event from Crayola Education here. It will include lots of wonderful resources too!

iPad Care

Angie Ralph (Benson) shared this great iPad Care flyer with us.  If you would like her to share a template from Canva, contact

 I am more than impressed with the fabulous work you all do!

Diversity Matters

Karene Christenson (Gilder) brought this great webinar to my attention. Enjoy!

Demco Resources

Visit Demco's Ideas and Inspiration pages for some excellent resources includng actvitiy calendars, maker space ideas, activity guides and more! 


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