Supporting teachers to send books home with each student every night 105 N 31st Ave Suite 215, Omaha, NE, 68131

FAQ

The DIBS Team loves to share our program with anyone who sees the value in it! We would be happy to talk with teachers, principals, or parents interested in bringing it to their school.

If you’re a teacher interested in piloting DIBS in your classroom, click here.

If you’re a principal interested in bringing back the book, click here to learn more!

If you’re a community leader, see how you can help.

If you don’t fit in one of these categories, we still want to hear from you! Please reach us via our contact form at the bottom of this page. 

No. DIBS is seen by many of our teachers and school librarians as a complement to the existing book lending options that schools already have in place. While DIBS provides students with leveled books that they can easily check-out daily and directly from the classroom, school libraries provide a breadth of educational books, topics, and resources that DIBS can’t match. For this reason, we believe the routine of daily reading through DIBS builds necessary excitement for reading at a young age. Then, school and public libraries expand students’ reading options.

Simply put, DIBS + the power of a school and public library = world-class reading options for all students

At DIBS, we work closely with our partner schools and teachers to design ways that they can formally and informally check-in with students about their reading. In many cases, this is as simple as a teacher making a habit of asking one or two students each day about their DIBS books. Through this simple intervention, teachers get a good grasp on which students are reading their books versus which students are keeping their books in their backpacks, as well as students’ level of reading comprehension.

Controlled tests of these check-ins have shown that over 97% of students that take DIBS books home report they have read their books, and 74% of students can also provide an explanation of their DIBS book that shows partial or excellent understanding of the book.

No. Although e-readers provide more ‘books’ than a classroom library, DIBS believes physical books cultivate student passion for reading in a way unmatched by e-books, especially in settings where access to digital devices is limited.

Further, e-readers are less able to instill both an emotional and physical attachment to books. That connection is especially important for younger readers who are often more inspired by these factors than older individuals.

In addition to fostering student connection to reading at a young age, physical books contain fewer distractions and more opportunities for parent-child interaction.

This varies significantly from teacher to teacher.

Many teachers struggle to send books home with their students just due to logistics. Amidst an already-busy school day, it is hard to find time to get students to the library, and if they do send a book home, they often don’t have a system to track if the book is returned. DIBS helps address these barriers. Other teachers might have the logistics down, but see benefit in DIBS’ technology because it is student-led and builds student independence and excitement for in-home reading. Since each teacher’s situation is unique, our first step is to always meet with teachers and principals to help evaluate a school’s current situation, then to determine if DIBS can help in any way.

We are no longer accepting used book donations.

Inquire below if you are interested in donating new books to DIBS.

Yes. While our primary goal is to reach all of Omaha Public Schools’ 46 elementary schools with a poverty rate above 70%, we want to build excitement for in-home reading within school communities all across the country.

If you’re a teacher interested in piloting DIBS in your classroom, click here.

If you’re a principal interested in bringing back the book, click here to learn more!

If you’re a education leader, see how you can help.

DIBS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit funded by a combination of grants and donations from local foundations, local businesses, and generous individual donors. You can check out the list of our supporters here.

Where possible, schools are also encouraged to fund DIBS out of their budgets and/or to activate fundraising campaigns to help bring DIBS to their school.

DIBS’ Founder David Orrick and School Support Director Marie Kovar are the only salaried employees at DIBS for Kids.

Other staff members include on-site staff members compensated hourly for assisting at DIBS school sites and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers funded through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Meet our full team and board of directors here.

It doesn’t take long for students to check books in and out everyday. In fact, students are so good at it they rarely need help from us or our DIBS Liaisons.

When we return to the office, we turn our focus to the future and consider how DIBS might support more schools to build excitement around in-home reading. This includes:

  • hosting fundraisers and events
  • writing grants
  • talking to school administrators and community leaders
  • identifying high-poverty schools where we could have the greatest impact
  • and sharing our story via social media (@dibsforkids)

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