February 2017


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Did you know?

                  TeachingBooks.net has
    439 Reader's Theater Scripts
     available for classroom use.

Reader's Theater d
ramatically enriches student reading, listening, comprehension, and social skills. It is entertaining, active, requires no costumes, props, or extensive prep-work and is perfect for classrooms, libraries, and even classes with substitute teachers.

This TeachingBooks collection covers grades PK-12 and includes such popular titles as: "A Bad Case of the Stripes", "Because of Winn-Dixie", "Bud, Not Buddy", "The Cheshire Cheese Cat" and "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian".

To access these scripts: log in to the ERS Portal, click on the TeachingBooks icon, then in the Popular tab's drop down menu select Reader's Theater Scripts.

The ERS Library staff has created a new icon for our sites to use when they create a link from their school website to the ERS Portals (Teacher, Kids or Teen). To request the image file, please email Sara Torabi.


You have until June 30, 2017 to use both the FREE Tech Day and the ERS Portal Presentation included in your 2016-17 ERS Library Media Services contract.
Contact Sara.Torabi@tcoe.org to schedule your preferred dates as soon as possible!

ADA and General Information update requests have been sent out to all our districts & schools. This information is due by March 1, 2017. Check your Inbox for an email titled "2017-18 ERS Library Services contracts: Please report your school's ADA & general information" and follow that link to the Google Form.

Library Multimedia Network

Our next LMN meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 13th.
Author/illustrator Doug Hansen will be our guest speaker. In Doug's 40-year career he has been a cartoonist, Fresno Bee newsroom artist, and professor of illustration at his alma mater, Fresno State. Hansen's children’s books are Mother Goose in California, Aesop in California, and California, the Magic Island."

If you are interested in attending this or any future LMN meetings, email Sara Torabi.


February's CheckThisOut! kits have all been delivered. If you are participating in this program, please be sure to collect your kit from the school/site ERS Library Drop Spot. 

Please note :) If there is something you'd like us to know about a kit, you can write us a note in the white space of the CTO! packing sheet. We check these as we are unpacking the returned kits back in the ERS Library.

As part of an ongoing series that address the recommendations of the Library Audit Report, we present:
    Library Audit - Recommendation #1 
“Provide guidance to school districts on using Teacher Librarians for the provision of library services.”

What is a teacher librarian? A teacher librarian (TL) is an educator who holds both a subject area teaching credential and a teacher librarian services credential. The TL Services Credential authorizes the holder to provide the following library services:

- Instruct pupils in the choice and use of library materials
- Plan and coordinate school library programs with the instructional programs of a school district
- Select materials for school and district libraries
- Coordinate or supervise library programs at the school district or county level
- Plan and conduct a course of instruction for those pupils who assist in the operation of school libraries
- Supervise classified personnel assigned school library duties
- Develop procedures for and management of the school and district libraries

Teacher Librarians also hold a Special Class Authorization that authorizes the holder to provide departmentalized instruction in information literacy, digital literacy, and digital citizenship to students in grades PreK-12, and in classes organized primarily for adults.

In a nutshell, TL's provide instruction on evaluating websites, citing sources, plagiarism, creative commons & digital citizenship to all students, collaborate with classroom teachers & specialists to integrate information and digital literacy into the curriculum, are technologists, reading advocates, resource developers & managers as well as learning space & program creators.

If you contract with ERS Library for services, Debra Lockwood is your Teacher Librarian of Record. In her role, she is available to support your school library in the areas of collection evaluation/assessment, library program development and library paraprofessional education & training.

Next month: Library Audit-Recommendation #2: The Annual School Library Survey. To read the full Library Audit Report, click here.

Popular Book Kits in the ERS Library's Circulating Collection...

Book Kits are 6-30 copies of the same title, perfect for small reading groups or as a class project.

TeachingBooks.net | The View from Saturday

Four sixth-graders are chosen by their teacher, Mrs. Olinski, to be the class representatives for the Academic Bowl team. When the team goes on to perform amazing feats of erudition, including winning the state championship, people keep asking Mrs. Olinski how she chose the participants. Although the questioners never get a real answer, the story, told from different perspectives, lets readers in on the secret.

  • Interest Level: 3rd - 6th
  • Available as an 8 book kit
  • Single copy also available

TeachingBooks.net | Tuck Everlasting

Doomed to―or blessed with―eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

  • Interest Level: 5th - 8th
  • Available as a 30 book kit
  • Single copy also available
  • Movie available (DVD copy)
  • This title is a CCSS Exemplar Text
Middle School

TeachingBooks.net | Dealing with Dragons

Meet Princess Cimorene--a princess who refustes to be proper. She is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomobyish smart...
And bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon. And not just any dragon, but Kazul--one of the most powerful and dangerous dragons around. Soon she's coping with a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird, a stone prince, and some very oily wizards.
If this princess ran away to find some excitement, it looks like she's found plenty! 

  • Interest Level: YA
  • Available as a 30 book kit
  • Single copy also available
Young Adult

To search for Book Kits in the ERS Library's Follett Destiny online catalog:
- Set the Material Type to Kit
- Enter the Reading Level range for your class (optional)
- Select the Interest Level (optional)
- Click in the Find field, then press Enter.

The number of books included in each kit will be displayed immediately after the book title. 

Click on the kit's title, then the "Hold It!" button to reserve this item for delivery to your site. 

Be sure to use "Reserve for a Specific Date", not "As Soon as Possible" to lock in your reservation date. 

Annual Online School Library Survey
by Renée Ousley-Swank

You have been asking, and the updated survey has launched. The California Department of Education (CDE) online school library survey is ready to collect information about school libraries for the 2015–2016 school year (last year).

The updated survey is divided into five sections, incorporating the California Model School Library Standards (available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/librarystandards.pdf), and better assesses the type and extent of library services provided by schools. To gather this depth of detail, the survey is longer, including many familiar elements. In this iteration, however, these questions now ask for more detail, and some new questions have been added.

To review, here are the basics:
● Begin at the survey home page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/lb/schlsurvwelcompage.asp.
● Print a copy of the survey to use as a worksheet to gather answers before transferring to online survey.
● We estimate it will take you 15 minutes to enter your worksheet data online.
● The password to access the survey (typed just as it appears here) is @YourLibrary. 
● The survey will be open until June 30, 2017, but why not complete it now?
● If you are uncertain about what a question means, browse Tips to Complete the Survey by Section.
● At the completion of the survey, your contact information is requested, and you are able to print a copy of your responses.

Schools that have submitted survey information appear immediately at Survey Participation and Responses.

The CDE relies on your assistance, to complete the survey for your school or schools, and to encourage other schools to complete the survey even if you or they do not have a library. Please take this opportunity to complete the survey and assist the CDE in gathering information about individual school libraries as they were at the end of 2015–16.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Renée Ousley-Swank, School Library Technology Consultant, Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division, by phone at 916-319-0449 or by e-mail at rousleyswank@cde.ca.gov

Thank you so much for your aid with this important annual project!  

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.  It should be offered to them as a precious gift."

                 – Kate DiCamillo


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