Vol. 2 No. 3 ~ Dec. 12, 2014


This Newsletter:

  • Storytelling Festival 2015
  • Nov. Secondary Projects
  • New Gale Resources on Pioneer
  • Mobile Chromebooks
  • Library Spotlight: Ben Lomond High

The 9th Annual Ogden School District Storytelling Festival

It's time to raise the curtains on the OSD Storytelling Festival. Last year saw the highest participation ever in the district and all students are encouraged to come and practice their public speaking and presentation skills in a fun, engaging context. Schools must select their top storytellers by January 9, 2015. The District Teacher Librarians and the library clerks at every school will be helping with this effort. Those selected storytellers will present at the OSD Festival on Jan. 21, 2015 at Ogden High School. Top storytellers from that festival will be invited to present at the Weber State Storytelling Festival Feb. 23 - 25.

Students should tell a 3 - 5 minute story. It may be fictional, true, or somewhere-in-between; personally created or a published story. No props are to be used. Students may tell stories by themselves or work with a partner. Stories in another language are also allowed. If you have questions you may contact DTL Angie Woodring at or Leslie Law at

November Secondary Projects

The District Teacher Librarians have worked with many 7th and 10th graders to introduce them to Google Classroom and conduct a short research project on a variety of topics including world religions and the Great Depression. Besides Google Classroom, students used the classic World Book Encyclopedia on Pioneer and also utilized the newly introduced resources from Gale found on Pioneer Library, namely the Student Resources in Context database. There, students were able to find biographies, periodical articles, and subject encyclopedia articles to inform their projects.

New Gale Cengage Learning Resources on Pioneer

This school year UEN has added a package of Gale Cengage Learning resources to Pioneer Library. Gale is a leading provider of research and educational digital resources to K-12 schools and higher education institutions. The package includes:

  • Biography in Context
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • Global Issues in Context
  • Science in Context
  • Student Resources in Context (and the Junior/Middle School version)
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (specialized encyclopedias and research books)
  • InfoTrac Junior, Student, and Newstand editions (Periodicals)
  • Kids Infobits

Many of these resources can be highlighted online, translated in other languages, have ready to go citations, and can have student notes added. These resources have been used to research current issues to provide background on a bill simulation, researching biographies of world religious leaders, and finding elementary level background information on animals. You're invited to check out which resource options may work for you at Pioneer Library.

Chromebooks have arrived!

Accessibility to online resources at anytime is now a reality! This summer the DTLs received an LSTA grant to purchase 90 Chromebooks in mobile charging cases for for DTLs to utilize in classrooms as they co-teach. Students will be able to research online and work on documents and projects on Google Apps/Google Classroom at anytime during the year, regardless of testing or other demands on in-school technology.

Library Spotlight: Ben Lomond High

Are you wishing for a good story for the holidays? Library clerks Jeni Yetter and Natalie Dearden have decked the halls and are serving up great books as they help students and faculty. This year Ben Lomond has over 250 ebooks the clerks can help you checkout and read on your devices. Mrs. Yetter and Mrs. Dearden and friendly and helpful so come to the library, find a just what you are looking for so you can cozy up with a good book for the holidays!

Ogden School District Teacher Librarians

We are excited to co-teach with you in your classroom. Please contact both your principal and one of the DTLs about co-teaching opportunities.

Also, if you have questions or comments about the district library program, please feel free to contact us:


Katie Kilts --

Daniel Mauchley --

Shelly Ripplinger --

Elaine Shelburne MLS / M.Ed -

Avan Thayn --

Angie Woodring --

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