January-March 2019  |  Grades 9 - 12
Welcome to Teachers Know, Deschutes Public Library's newsletter for educators that shares resources to support you and your students. Don't miss an issue! If this newsletter was forwarded to you by your school librarian please be sure to  subscribe here  with your email address so you will receive future editions (sent quarterly). We will have a Teachers Know archive linked on our school services page. We hope you like what you read!  DPL's School Services  provides a range of opportunities to connect you and your students with our resources. Here are a few examples.
2019 Youth Media Awards
Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, audiobooks, and other exceptional materials for children and teens. The Youth Media Awards guide teachers, parents, librarians, and others with the selection of outstanding materials for youth. The Youth Media Awards include the renowned Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpr√©, Printz, and Odyssey awards as well as other awards and recommended lists for youth. The 2019 Youth Media Awards will be announced on January 29 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) during American Library Association's Midwinter Conference. For more information check out the  American Library Association Youth Media Awards site.
Coming in April: DPL's Youth Lit Fest
Mark your calendars for April 6, 2019! Deschutes Public Library will host the 2019 Youth Lit Fest at Summit High School (9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). You will have a chance to hear celebrated authors and illustrators speak about their art. Here are few of the authors and illustrators who will be presenting: 
  • Matthew Cordell/2018 Caldecott Winner
  • Fonda Lee/American Library Association's Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • Katherine Roy/Robert Sibert Honor Award
  • Jason Reynolds (participating via Skype)/Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children's Literature
  • Dan Gemeinhart/2017 OBOB Title
This is a free event open to teachers, parents, children, teens, writers, and illustrators and anyone interested in the craft of writing or illustrating for youth. Look for more information on  our website in February, or  contact your local DPL librarian to learn more.
Media Literacy
In this day and age we are bombarded by media in a variety of formats. The ability to measure and weigh various points of view is a key skill high school students need to understand the world around them. While literacy is a keystone to any education, media literacy is just as important. A student who sees disinformation and misinformation online or through a favorite source and cannot discern its validity is at a loss on so many stages: personal, political, financial, global. The library supports you and your students' need for media literacy instruction. We have resources like Opposing Viewpoints (more information below) and a page devoted to Evaluating News Sources available to help you. We also recommend you check out online resources like The News Literacy Project, and their newsletter The Sift.
Homework Help Spotlight: Opposing Viewpoints
Social and political issues have many sides and often there isn't a "right" answer. The Opposing Viewpoints database provides you and your students with a plethora of resources from all sides. If you want your students to form an argument, understand an issue from differing points of view, or explore topics new to them, Opposing Viewpoints can help. The database is constantly updated with topical issues, and is currently highlighting gender identity, drought and wildfires, and women in politics. Find our  Homework Help databases here . Log in with a DPL library card, and even save articles to a Google Drive folder by connecting to your Google account. Want a librarian to visit your class to share how this database works? Fill out our  Teacher Request form !
Oregon Battle of the Books 2019
Another year of Oregon Battle of the Books is upon us. The OBOB committee chose 12 diverse titles for our high school competitors to read and review, and the regional battle is coming up soon. While there are fewer teams at the high school level for our region, those who participate are dedicated members of our literary community. If your school does not have a team this year, consider leading one next year. The library will be in your corner with multiple copies of OBOB books, plus a link from our homepage to practice questions, resources, and more. If you'd like a librarian to booktalk any of these titles, just drop us a line through the Teacher Request form.
A Unique Library Card Just for Teachers
Have you signed up for your DPL Educator's Card?  These cards allow for 100 items to be checked out, 30 holds to be placed, and a four-week check-out period. This card can be held in addition to a personal library card; cardholders are financially responsible for all items checked out to either card. Show us your school ID for the current academic year and we will get you started!
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Find Resources Online
Our School Services page is your gateway to resources designed to help you and your students.
Spotlight on Books
For Teachers: A Booklist
Whether practical, insightful, or humorous (or maybe even all three!), these books are great for educators.  Find the full list of more than a dozen books here.
Teacher Requests: How Can We Help You?
Did you know that we can reserve great books for you to use in your classroom? We can even provide your students with a school assignment resource page to help find the books and information they need for their homework. Let us know what you're studying and we can make your life easier with great resources to support your unit. Bookmark the Teacher Request form and use it often. You'll wonder how you got along without it!
Library Locations & Hours
We have six locations throughout Deschutes County to serve you. Click here for locations and hours. Online digital resources are available to you anytime, from anywhere with internet access. Upcoming closures:
  - January 21
  - February 18
507 NW Wall Street (Administration) |  Bend, OR 97703