• 6/21/2017 -   Free RIF Books to DPS Schools 2016-2017
    Due to the generosity and support of the RIF and Macy's partnership, the following schools received free RIF books: Force, Hallett, Dora Moore, Maxwell, Waller, Archuleta, Knapp, Cowell, Newlon, Grant Ranch, and McKinley-Thatcher.  The school site coordinators did a great job providing fun activities in conjunction with the book distributions.  Thank you RIF and Macy's for promoting literacy in Denver Public Schools!
    Deb Romero

  • 4/27/2016 -   Free Books for Students from Reading Is Fundamental!
    The following 4 schools received 2016 book awards from the RIF/Macy's partnership: Eagleton, Godsman, Kunsmiller, and Oakland.  The students enjoyed fun and entertaining activities along with choosing free books.  Thank you Phoebe Sacks, Lupe Duarte-Ontiveros, Anna Jensen, and Kathleen Eckert for your dedication and work in encouraging and motivating  your students to become lifelong readers! Over 1,830 students received free books.  A BIG THANKS to Macy's and RIF!

    Reading Is Fundamental is the largest children's literacy nonprofit in the U.S.  RIF provides new, free books for children to choose from and make their own.  Their vision is a literate America in which all children have access to books and discover the joys and value of reading. DPS has participated in RIF since 1977.

    Deb Romero

  • 11/30/2015 -   Help With National History Day Projects
    Our friends at Denver Public Library have numerous resources to help students with their National History Day projects:

    Are you a student participating in National History Day this year and looking for help with your project?  Let the Denver Public Library's Reference Services Department help guide you to great resources!  This year's theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History, and National History Day provides a sample topics list to get you started thinking about your topic.  Reference librarians here at DPL have created several pathfinders based on some of those sample topics; the pathfinders include lists of library books that can be checked out, hints on how to find articles in the databases, and links to primary sources.  If you're still undecided on your topic, take a look at our pathfinders and maybe something will catch your eye.

    If you're already decided on your project but need help finding resources, we have lots of ways to help:

    • Schedule a one-on-one research appointment with a librarian.  We offer appointments in person at the Central Library and over chat, through our AskUs! service.
    • Send us an email and one of our expert librarians will get back to you and direct you to resources.
    • Call us directly at 720-865-1363.
    • Log on to our AskUs! chat service, where librarians are available 24/7 to help you find information.


    Antonio Nicotera

  • 8/27/2015 -   Cereal Saturday at the Central Library
    A message from our friends at DPL:


    Calling all kids! And that means all grown up kids, too, who love watching Saturday morning cartoons while devouring a big bowl of cereal. Denver Public Library is hosting this tribute to the days of ‘yore’ youth – we’ll be screening great cartoons from the 60’s right up through to the new millennium. Lots of fun retro stuff. And we’ll serve it up with a cereal bar of fun, nostalgic cereals – and healthy choices, too! But it gets even better for the real kiddos in the audience. Have homework that you need help with? Working on a project for school that is lacking good resource materials? Our reference librarians will be on hand to help with any homework or research project needs you have for school. So, yes, Moms and Dads – you are reading that right. Bring the kids and their research needs, and while you are feasting on Count Chocula and watching The Pink Panther, your mini-me can get some research assistance. This Saturday event is a test run and may return in the future! Free and open to the public.

    Antonio Nicotera

  • 2/2/2015 -   Reading Is Fundamental

    The RIF/Macy's partnership made it possible for 9 of our schools to receive free books this year.  Thank you RIF & Macy's!  Congratulations to these schools and their dedicated RIF coordinators who provide fun activities in conjunction with the book distribution:

    • Cole Arts & Science Academy - Jennifer Fakolt
    • Colfax - Benjamin Booker
    • Grant Ranch - Marilyn Jones
    • Garden Place - Addie Haberkorn
    • Hallett Fundamental Academy - Ashley Martinez Doublin
    • Munroe - David Hauck
    • Newlon - Jacie Noel
    • Sabin World School - Sandy Devlin
    • Valverde - Kristina Barboza

    The annual summer Be Book Smart campaign at Macy's department stores is the funding source behind the free books.  During the months of June and July you can purchase a Be Book Smart coupon for $3 and get $10 off a $30 purchase.  The proceeds benefit the RIF program at Denver Public Schools.  Such a great deal for our kids!

    ...and even more books for Barrett Elementary!  Thanks to a private donation, the students at Barrett Elementary are receiving free RIF books.  A big thanks to Mackie Fritzmeier for providing her students with a fun celebration!




    Deb Romero

  • 11/19/2014 -   Mrs. ReaderPants blog
    The Mrs. ReaderPants blog is maintained by a secondary librarians (6-12)  She has great thematic reading lists, ideas for book talks and lots of other library activities you could adapt and use. Have you ever consider Reader-Speed-Dating?  -- Great way to get kinds to consider a lot of books, and just one of her many library project ideas.  Check it out at:http://www.readerpants.net/
    Dave Sanger

  • 11/19/2014 -   Creating a Great Google Site
    The American Association of School Librarians is offering a free webinar on how to get the most out of a Google Site.   Brenda Stephens, will present, “Tips and Tricks to Creating a Google Site”  at 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, Dec. 4. For more information and to register, visit http://ecollab.aasl.org/.
    Dave Sanger

  • 11/4/2014 -   Using Data to Influence Library Stakeholders
    Want to influence a library stakeholder?

    Here's a chart (http://www.schoollibrarymonthly.com/articles/pdf/StakeholderData.pdf) from School Library Monthly showing how findings from a study, “How Pennsylvania School Libraries Pay Off: Investments in Student Achievement and Academic Standards”, can be used for targeted messaging. An example:

    “For all students, those with full-time librarians are almost three times as likely to have Advanced Writing scores as students without full-time librarians”.

    Note: The chapter and page numbers refer to the full report found online (http://paschoollibraryproject.org/research).

    Janne Cookman

  • 9/2/2014 -   Brian Dino on Fox News

     Brian Dino appeared live this morning, Sept. 2, on Good Day Colorado with anchors Kirk and Brooke.  Brian is the Common Sense Media Outreach Specialist for Denver Public Schools, and did a great job of describing our internet safety work in DPS.

    Here is a link to Brian Dino’s “Good Day Colorado” segment from this morning.


    Dave Sanger

  • 7/15/2014 -   How to Raise A Reader
    This blog post from Common Sense Media has some great ideas for turning kids on to  books:  Using Rad Aloud to generate interest, Build genre collections, Collect books by favorite authors, Kids love funny books, etc.  Check it out.

    Dave Sanger

  • 5/12/2014 -   The Real Cost of Cutting School Libraries
     Librarians can be the greatest  asset for teachers.    Why you need your School Librarian demonstrates that teachers do not have to go into the Common Core alone, rather, their greatest advocate can be their librarians as they direct them to reading and supplemental materials to enhance their lessons.
    This is a blog post worth reading and sharing. The-real-cost-of-cutting-school-libraries/

    Dave Sanger

  • 5/7/2014 -   School Libraries Build Strong Students
    School librarians need to reach their administrators so that they have a better understanding of what librarians and their programs do for students. School administrators are very data driven, help them find the right data. Post this infographic in the library so that stakeholders see it! http://bit.ly/1lyNkez
    Dave Sanger

  • 4/17/2014 -   Reading Is Fundamental Provides Free Books to Kids!
    The following 7 schools have received funds from the RIF/Macy's partnership to provide free books to students: Beach Court, Bryant-Webster, Denison Montessori, Force, Holm, McGlone, and Traylor Academy.  Fun and entertaining activities will be held in conjunction with the book distribution.  A total of 3,798 students will receive free books.  Thank you Macy's and RIF!
    Deb Romero

  • 4/15/2014 -   Ideas for Library Month
    April is School Library Month.  Are you looking for ideas about how to celebrate the event?  Here are a couple of ideas from AASL.
    • Let students and staff select books for a “First Book” display. It could be the first book they read, the first book they loved, the first book they re-read, the first book they shared with a friend, the first book that made them cry.  http://aasltipoftheday.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/tip-756-school-library-month-edition/
    • Wow your students and staff by showing up dressed as your book character and stay in character all day. Pull in a few staff members to participate as well.  http://aasltipoftheday.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/tip-755-school-library-month-edition/

    Dave Sanger

  • 4/10/2014 -   Standing Up For Libraries
    Our Children is the journal of the national PTA.  The most recent edition has a great article on the importance of libraries.  Check it out.  It could be useful in explaining your work to principals and staff members.

    Dave Sanger

  • 2/13/2014 -   e-Government Resources
    The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland at College Park are pleased to announce the re-launch of Lib2Gov, an online e-government resource for librarians. Lib2Gov now provides a dedicated space where librarians can share materials, lesson plans, tutorials, stories, and other e-government content. The website offers a variety of resources from government agencies and organizations, including information on immigration, taxation, social security and healthcare. In a few weeks, both organizations will host a new monthly webinar series, “E-government @ Your Library.” www.lib2gov.org
    Dave Sanger

  • 2/7/2014 -   Leading in and Beyond the Library
    This is a great new white paper from the Alliance for Excellence in America.    It explains the key role that school librarians and libraries should play in state- and districtwide efforts to transition to digital learning, or the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning.  Leading In and Beyond the Library  I think this is a great tool for advocating for your program.

    Dave Sanger

  • 2/6/2014 -   New Location for Usage Data

     This information has been shared with principals and building leaders.

    Educational Technology and Library Services are committed to making important data available about the use of our resources.

    We recently added a link (http://etls.dpsk12.org/Statistics/default.aspx)  to our webpage that gives current data on Library Circulation, use of Online Databases and use of Safari Montage video resources.  You can see which schools are using the resources, how often each resource is used and much more.  If more detailed information is needed please contact David Sanger or Antonio Nicotera at Library Services.

    Dave Sanger

  • 2/6/2014 -   DPS Librarians Google Group
    Google Groups is a great tool for sharing in an online community.  Did you know there is a group just for DPS Librarians?  Please consider joining this group and contributing to the conversation.  You can join at: DPS Librarians

    See you online! 

    Dave Sanger

  • 1/30/2014 -   Japanese Relocation in Colorado
    Many Japanese-Americans were wrongfully relocated and held in camps during World War II.  Explore Colorado's place in this fascinating story at the new online exhibit, Amache: Japanese-American Relocation Camp.  Follow this link.

    Dave Sanger

  • 12/10/2013 -   Facing Freedom
    This would be a great site for collaboration with social studies teachers.  The Chicago History Museum created a website for middle-and high-school teachers and students which explores conflicts over freedom through four themes; each theme is supported by two stories which highlight moments when Americans have struggled over the meaning of freedom. http://facingfreedom.org
    Dave Sanger

  • 8/19/2013 -   Digital Educator Fall Academy!
    Please join us for the Digital Educator Fall Academy on October 19th and November 16th!  The Digital Educator Academy (DEA) provides professional development opportunities for educators at all technology skill levels. The DEA focuses on developing educators’ proficiencies in creating effective digital learning opportunities that engage students with 21st Century knowledge and skills.
    Erin Magley

  • 7/11/2013 -   AASL announces 2013 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning
    The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2013 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill. The annual list honors the 25 Internet sites which provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its fifth year, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.
    Check out these great tools.

    Dave Sanger

  • 7/11/2013 -   AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning
    “The AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning Committee reviewed hundreds of apps and is delighted to share the first list of 25 honorees,” said Melissa Jacobs-Israel, committee chair. “The selected apps offer an innovative and engaging learning experience for students; provide opportunities for deep inquiry, critical thinking, and content creation. We hope educators will use this and future lists to inspire, engage and integrate mobile technology in the library and classroom.”

    Dave Sanger

  • 3/19/2013 -   Congratulations Highly Effective School Libraries
    On March 19th, 2013,  the Colorado Department of Education released the names of 14 schools recognized has having Highly Effective School Libraries.  We are excited to have two DPS schools on the list.  Bill Roberts ECE-8 , whose librarian is Suzanne Frachetti, and Thomas Jefferson High School with librarian Michelle Jensen.  They join two other Denver schools who were recognized last year, Farrell B. Howell and Kaiser Elementary.  It is exciting to see that Denver schools are among this group of exemplary school libraries!

    The CDE news release is at http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/Releases/20130318highlyefflibraries.html

    Dave Sanger

  • 1/7/2013 -   "News In Levels"
    News In Levels is a web service that has current events stores designed for English Language Learners. Each story is presented at three different reading levels. There is also audio support for most stories so that students can read as well as hear the story. (Some stories have supporting video that play on YouTube and will require teacher override.) Check it out at: www.newsinlevels.com
    Dave Sanger

  • 11/1/2012 -   More RIF giveaways!
    Library Services is happy to announce that 9 RIF schools have been selected to receive free books. Congratulations to: Ashley, Denison, Garden Place, Goldrick, Harrington, Maxwell, Newlon, UPrep, and Valverde. Reading Is Fundamental is under the direction of Library Services. Each student will receive one free book during a literacy celebration. A big thanks to Macy’s Department Store for their support of Reading Is Fundamental. And thanks to parents and DPS staff who supported the Be Book Smart campaign at Macy’s during the summer.
    Dave Sanger

  • 8/31/2012 -   Fall 2012 Digital Educator Academy: 9/8 & 10/6
    The Fall 2012 DPS Digital Educator Academy Workshop will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North High School. Teachers can sign up for just one session or for the whole day. Registration is now open. Sessions will be offered to meet a range of participant experience levels and will consist of one-, two- and three-hour blocks focused on a variety of topics including:
    • Microsoft Office
    • Innovative Classroom Instructional Practices (including blended learning)
    • Interactive Whiteboards (Promethean and mimio)
    • iPads
    • Classroom Technologies (including Document Cameras and Clickers)
    Register in Schoolnet using: Educator Development Tab > PD Search > Keyword > "DEA". Alternatively, you can register in Schoolnet by going to: Educator Development Tab > PD Search > Calendar > September 8th > "more" (it's blue text under the overlapping black text). Complete directions located at http://dea.wikispaces.dpsk12.org/ or contact Jodi_Hyatt@dpsk12.org.

    Kirk Anderson

  • 5/25/2012 -   12 DPS Elementary Schools Getting Free RIF Books
    Library Services is happy to announce that 12 RIF schools have been selected by the RIF National Registry to receive free books. Congratulations to: Barnum, Barrett, Beach Court, Cheltenham, Cole, Colfax, College View, Columbian, Cowell, Eagleton, Force, and Ford. Reading Is Fundamental is under the direction of Library Services. Each student will receive one free book during a literacy celebration. A big thanks to Macy’s Department Store for making this happen.
    Dave Sanger

  • 5/25/2012 -   Be Book Smart at Macy’s starts June 22.
    Are you interested in a great opportunity to save money this summer and help support children’s literacy? Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children and families’ literacy nonprofit, is partnering with Macy’s to Be Book Smart and help provide one million free books to underserved children. Please join us. Together we can Be Book Smart! From June 22 through July 31, 2012, give $3 at your local Macy’s and receive $10 off a purchase of $50 or more. Give more and you’ll save more! For example: give $3, get $10 off a $50 purchase (a $7 savings); give $9, get $30 off a $150 purchase (a $21 savings!). Because $1 of every $3 contribution will be used to support RIF programs in Colorado, this is a great opportunity to support the children participating in the Denver Public Schools RIF Program. Visit your local Macy’s and give $3 for RIF!

    Dave Sanger

  • 10/22/2010 -   DEADLINE: Classroom Technology Innovation Grants (CTIG) - 11/15/2010
    The district has allocated $1 million in savings from the 2008 DPS Bond Program to provide schools with new opportunities to address student achievement through instructional technology tools and 21st Century learning resources. These funds will be allocated to select schools via Classroom Technology Innovation Grants: CTIG.

    CTIG funds will be focused on putting impactful technology resources in the hands of students- and in doing so, address specific and individualized student learning goals while developing students' 21st Century learning skills. The district plans to award about 10 grants during this funding cycle.

    The grant application deadline is November 15, 2010. The CTIG grant application, as well as planning resources, best practice examples and FAQ's are all housed at: http://ctig.wikispaces.dpsk12.org/

    If you have any questions, please contact Jodi Hyatt.

    Jodi Hyatt

  • 9/10/2010 -   2010 DPS Book Fair
    Click here to see the flyer for this year's DPS Book Fair, which will be held on Wednesday, September 22nd.
    Alisa Antony