The OS Information Center

Newsletter - May, 2016


It's time to Book the Nooks! The Nook Classroom Sets may be checked out for a 3-week period. The sets are usually shipped at the beginning of each month. Each set of Nooks (1-Kindergarten, 1-Elementary, 1-Secondary) comes pre-loaded with books. Books cannot be added to the Nooks and the pre-loaded books cannot be deleted. A list of pre-loaded books in each set can be found at the end of this article.

Email the following information to Judy Hauser if you would like to check out a set of Nooks:

Name, School, Email, District, School Phone, Nook Set Requested, First Month Choice, Second Month Choice.

You must have a library card to check out the Nooks. If you do not have a current card, or need to update your information, please fill out the library card application and send it to Judy Hauser. In addition, you must not have overdue books or fines. The sets are checked out on a first come, first served basis. You will receive an email response if you are the first person to request a set for a particular month. A list of available months will be sent to library card holders.


(25 Nook Tablets)

1. Charlie the Ranch Dog

2. I’m a T-Rex (Little Golden Book) by Dennis Shealy and Brian Biggs

3. Max Makes a Friend by Grosset and Dunlap

4. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

5. Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes

6. LeRoy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

7. Henry and Mudge: The Best Day of All by Cynthia Rylant

8. Look! By Jeff Mack


(31 Black & White Simple Touch Nooks)

1. Miami Gets it Straight (ages 6-9)

2. Nory Ryan’s Song (ages 8 and up)

3. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg (ages 8 and up)

4. Outlaw by Stephen Davies (ages 12 and up)

5. The Space Case by Stuart Gibbs (ages 8-12)

6. Rain Reign by Ann Martin (ages 9-12)

7. Lost in a River of Grass by Ginny Rorby (ages 12-17)

8. Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin (ages 10-14)


(29 Black & White Simple Touch Nooks)

1. Adventures of Tom Sawyer

2. Wuthering Heights

3. The Time Machine

4. Pride and Prejudice

5. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

6. Don Quixote

7. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

8. Gulliver's Travels

9. A Tale of Two Cities

10. The Scarlet Letter

11. Jane Eyre

12. Call of the Wild and White Fang

13. Stories of E. A. Poe

14. The Wind in the Willows

15. Alice in Wonderland

16. The Jungle Book

17. Last of the Mohicans

18. Frederick Douglass

19. Sojourner Truth

20. Stories of Zane Grey

21. Wizard of Oz

22. Treasure Island

23. Kidnapped

24. Arabian Nights

25. Declaration of Independence

26. Common Sense

27. Grimm's Fairy Tales

28. Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales

29. Bullfinch's Mythology

30. Maze Runner by James Dashner

31. The Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

32.The book thief by Markus Zusak

33.Legend by Marie Lu


Christine Schneider, Michigan eLibrary Education Specialist, has provided the following important information for educators:

Who we are: is the Michigan eLibrary; MeL provides all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, full-text books, digital images, and other valuable research information at any time via the Internet. MeL is administered by the Library of Michigan. This service is funded by the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library of Michigan, part of the Michigan Department of Education. Additional funding is provided by the State of Michigan.

Where do I start?

For educators new to using, I recommend starting with one of our Gateways. For elementary, go to and for middle/high school, go to To access the age appropriate pre-paid subscription databases, click on Homework Help. If you know of a specific database (pre-paid subscription resources) that you would like to access, you may go to the A to Z list at

Weebly Page:

I have a Weebly that I use as a follow up for group PD/Training and wanted to share this with you. I created a page specifically for MACUL 2016 that has links to the PowerPoints we used at our sessions as well as to handouts, training support, and files you may find useful for either yourself or other staff members. You may reach this page at and click on the MACUL 2016 tab.

District Professional Development:

I do conduct free professional development for districts throughout Michigan. Depending on my schedule, PD can range from a 1-hour overview to a half day hands-on curriculum integration. Please email me at with any questions or to schedule PD.

How to get updates about MeL:

If you would like to receive updates about MeL, including teacher tips and an educator newsletter, please go to:

You will enter your email address, choose how often you would like to receive updates, and enter an optional password. On the next screen, you can choose which subscriptions you would like to sign up for. Please choose “K-12 School Library/Media Center Community”. Once you submit, you will see additional lists from the State of Michigan that you may sign up for. These are optional. Please be sure to "submit" and "finish" to ensure you will receive my K-12 MeL updates.

MeL Educator Spotlight:

If you or someone you know is using MeL in the classroom, please email me. I am always looking for educators to spotlight and share their success stories.

Going Forward:

I hope you find this information useful. Please feel free to email me with MeL questions, success stories, or if you need help with curriculum integration or training. I look forward to hearing from you!

Christine Schneider

Michigan eLibrary Education Specialist


The Second Annual Summer Digital Learning Conference will be held at Oakland Schools on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. This one-day conference is brought to you by the Oakland Schools Information Center and Educational Technology Team. Various Michigan educators will present on a range of topics such as digital tools for assessment, online resources, teaching strategies and more. Watch your email for more information.


Several new books were added to the IC collections. To check out books from the Oakland Schools Information Center you need an up-to-date library card. To receive a library card fill out the form on the IC web page and send it to Judy Hauser via email or inter-school mail. You may use the same email address to request books you would like to check out and have sent to you via truck delivery.

My Google Apps (2nd edition)

By Patrice-Anne Rutledge & Sherry Kinkoph Gunter

Using Technology to Engage Students With Learning Disabilities

By Billy Krakower & Sharon LePage Plante

Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning. A Roadmap for School Leaders

By James Rickabaugh

Learning to Choose Choosing to Learn. The Key to Student Motivation & Achievement

By Mike Anderson

Continuing to Engage the Online Learner. More Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction

By Rita-Marie Conrad & J. Ana Donaldson

What Connected Educators Do Differently

By Todd Whitaker et al

50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

By Alice Keeler & Libbi Miller

Digital Leadership. Changing Paradigms for Changing Times

By Eric Sheninger

Creating Media for Learning. Student-Centered Projects Across the Curriculum

By Sam Gliksman

Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology.

Grades 6-12

By Catlin R. Tucker

Tool Time for Education. Choosing and Implementing Quality Improvement Tools


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