Library Services Newsletter

November, 2017 Teacher Librarian Edition

Native American Heritage Month

Just in case you missed it, Library Services created a flyer with resources to celebrate and connect with Native American culture. Go to Feel free to share with your school staff! It is part of our Diverse Books Initiative.
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MY Denver Card and DPL Databases

Did you know there is a partnership between Denver Public Schools, Denver Public Library and Denver Parks & Recreation called the MY Denver Card? The card allows them free access to recreation centers, pools, the Skyline Park Ice rink, and nine of the City's cultural partners. The MY Denver card also serves as a Denver Public Library card until they turn 18. This student data sharing agreement should help facilitate access to DPL's online databases. In fact, we have information in the overviews below on how to create online accounts for students that missed the 'opt in' deadline for DPS schools in the fall (students can still get a MY Denver card all year, they just won't automatically get a DPL card created for online use).

Read more details in the overviews below. Make sure you distribute the correct information to the appropriate audience because the one for library staff and teachers tells you how to create Denver Public Library generic accounts which DPL has graciously allowed us for our staff but not for students or families. It violates their terms of agreements to spread that information beyond teaching staff.

Info for library staff and teachers

Info for students and parents

Please let us know if you have questions at or reply to this flyer!

Makerspace Hub

Library Services is pleased to offer 12 new makerspace kits available for checkout from our central Classroom Library collection! Our new kits are: Bloxels, Gears! Gears! Gears!, Green Screen & Stand, KEVA contraptions, KEVA structures, K’NEX Simple Machines, littleBits Arduino, littleBits STEAM Student Set, Osmo Classroom Kit + Coding, Q-BA-Maze, Playmags, and Rigamajig Junior. There’s something for everyone! Find out how to check out and curriculum connections at our website:

Every month we will highlight one of our kits.


Bloxels is a hands-on platform for students to build, collaborate, and tell stories through video game creation. Students can build and animate original characters, develop villains, add in power-ups, and more – all done directly with the Bloxels Game Builder Kit and then activated with the FREE Bloxels Builder App. Each kit contains five boxed sets so that more students can build at a time. Each boxed set requires a compatible device and app and there are no devices included with the kit. Most activities are scalable in complexity but kit is recommended for Grades 3+.

Computer Science Learning Opportunities

Do you or your teachers want to learn more about the cubelets in our Makerspace Kits? The creator of Cubelets, Modular Robotics, is offering a class during a day of Computer Science Learning at the Boulder Public Library.

See their flyer for more information.

Exemplar Lessons for ETLS Scope & Sequence

We are looking for team members who are interested in creating exemplar lessons for the ETLS Scope and Sequence. We are proud of the work that our Librarians and Technology teachers do and the impact this has on student success! Our goal is to share these lessons with our colleagues and to help create a useful resource for new librarians and tech teachers.

The Exemplar Team will meet 4-5 times next semester and will require a 10 hour time commitment (teachers will be paid at the current curriculum pay rate of $37.43 per hour).

We have a Google form for interested candidates that should be completed by Nov. 17th. We will ask you to submit one sample lesson plan demonstrating your work teaching information literacy, inquiry, digital citizenship and/or technology in your class this year.

Ideas from your library colleagues at the Expo....

We asked you to share:

What's the one book you would recommend to kids?

What's the one digital tool you would recommend?

Check out the wordles below for your answers. The more responses were the same, the larger they are represented.

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Books to share in honor of Veteran's Day

On November 11, we honored our servicemen and women in the armed forces and thanked them for their service. You can find these titles and more in our Overdrive collection at