September 2016

ERS Library Circulating Collection
Your ERS Library delivery team is back in action!
If you work at one of the following sites, please note that your weekly delivery day has changed from Tuesday to THURSDAY.

George McCann School, Grace Christian School, La Sierra Military Academy, 
Mid-County Community School,  OTP, UPHS, Valley Life Charter School

Please reserve your items at least 36 hours in advance for same week delivery service.

To have ERS Library materials picked up at your site and returned to the library, email PICKUP to

ERS Portal Access
If you have trouble accessing any
of the databases that appear when you log into the ERS Portal, Kids Portal or Teen Portal, please email
a description of the problem to We can usually fix the problem quickly.
Everything you see on the Portal should be a working resource for you/your students!

ERS Library Office Hours

Monday - Friday    8am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday    

Our office will be CLOSED
on Monday, Sept 5th in observance of Labor Day.

Click to view the
ERS Library Calendar

Download the Destiny Quest app to your smartphone or tablet, then use the information below to access your ERSLibrary account.

To connect to the ERS Library:
UserID: Your school/site email address
Password: Your ERS Portal password

The ERS Library & Multimedia Center offers its FREE CheckThisOut! service to the teachers & staff of our contracting schools. Sign up to receive CheckThisOut! kits (random or customized) and once a month our ERS Library Team will select 4 - 10 items especially for you then deliver them to your campus. We'll include extras like Teaching Books flyers with links to lesson plans & author interviews, and links to extra content in the ERS Portal. Look the materials over, share them with your students and, if you choose, rate/review them in our Follett Destiny online catalog.

For more information, and the CheckThisOut! sign-up link, click here.

— Administrators —

The start of a new school year is a great time to schedule your annual ERS Library & Portal training and your FREE Technology Training Day. Both are part of your 2016-17 Library Media Services contract. Our presenters are available from 9am - 4pm, Monday thru Friday all year long. Please contact Sara Torabi with the following information to schedule your training:

1.) Date(s) requested:
2.) Start time:
3.) Presentation length:
4.) Location:
5.) Approximate # of participants:
6.) Will participants have their own devices available?
7.) What technology is available to the presenter on-site?
8.) Additional notes:

Important Administrator Links

- ERS Library OneSheet
- Tech Day Flyer
- Tech Day: Train the Trainers Flyer
- 10 Ways ERS Library Supports Your School Library

         Lost or Damaged 
     ERS Library materials: 

If ERS Library materials become lost or damaged while checked out to you, please contact Kim Rice to discuss options for reimbursement/ replacement.

NASA's education program strives to "inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics" by supporting education in the Nation's schools and to "engage the public in shaping and sharing the experience of exploration and discovery" by supporting informal education and public outreach efforts. NASA's commitment to education places special emphasis on these goals by increasing elementary and secondary education participation in NASA projects; enhancing higher education capability in STEM disciplines; increasing participation by underrepresented and underserved communities; expanding e-Education; and expanding NASA's participation with the informal education community. To learn more about NASA Education, click here.

Library Multimedia Network

The LMN meetings are a bi-monthly 
gathering of Tulare & Kings County school library personnel with an emphasis on collaboration, communication, and creativity. These meetings are dedicated to school library development, exploring technology, and discovering how to best use the ERS Portal resources.

If you haven't attended our meetings previously and are interested in doing so, send your name, email address and school site to Sara Torabi. You will be included in all correspondence for next year's meetings.

LMN meeting dates for 2016-17: 
9/19, 11/14, 1/23, 3/13, & 5/15

New titles in the ERS Library's Circulating Collection...

In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to World War I, rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. Harry Colebourn's  great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and journey -- from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England and finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin!


In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER, soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend/ teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian.
This novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander captures all the thrills, setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!

Middle School

Acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, but most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba and hostility erupts with the United States at the Bay of Pigs Invasion. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? Will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?
High School


An Evening with Dr. Dana Suskind
Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain

Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:00pm
Fox Theater, Visalia

Admission $10.00

In her book, Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain, and presentations, Dr. Suskind details the critical importance of early language exposure on a developing child’s brain and encourages parents to take an active role in this development. Drawing on her own experiences with patients and compelling neuroscience research on brain plasticity, Dr. Suskind explains that the most important thing one can do for a child’s future success in life doesn’t have to cost anything–it is to talk with him or her.

Click here for more information


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