January 2017
On the ERS Portal...


The January CTO! kits are being delivered to participants thru the 26th of this month. Check your site's designated spot to collect your new kit.

Important note: Before you return a used kit to the pickup spot, please check the "I am done with this kit" box near the top of the kit's packing sheet. It can be difficult for our drivers to tell if a kit is ready to come back or if the teacher just hasn't had a chance to collect it from the pickup spot. This will keep our team from returning materials to the ERS Library before you are able to use them with your  students :)


Library Multimedia Network

Our January 23rd LMN meeting was all about the Maker-Space! Attendees were able to get "hands on" with multiple projects and try programming several varieties of robots. The ERS Library staff shared articles and resources for acquiring/organizing all the odds & ends that go along with school Maker-spaces.

Our next LMN meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 13th. Author & illustrator Doug Hansen will be our guest speaker. If you are interested in attending future meetings, email Sara Torabi.

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.

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 library@ersconnect.org.

In November 2016, the State Auditor’s Office released the results of the School Library Services Audit (Report 2016-112) as requested by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Findings and recommendations were given for both school districts and County Offices of Education. The Full Report and one page Fact Sheet will inform districts of the audit’s outcome and potential changes for school library services.

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

At once funny and informative, Yaks Yak presents animals acting out the verbs made from their names. Illustrations rich in comic details show hogs hogging, slugs slugging, and other spirited creatures demonstrating homographs, words with different meanings that are spelled and pronounced the same. A chart listing the words, their meanings, and their history is included. Ideal for sharing, this book offers a sprightly and fanciful introduction to a fun form of wordplay.

  • Interest Level: K - 3rd

In this young readers edition of Yousafzai's best-selling memoir, the Nobel Peace Prize winner retells her experiences at home and at school and discusses the impact of the Taliban presence in Pakistan. Her strong voice and ideals come across on every page, emphasizing how her surroundings and supportive family helped her become the relevant figure she is today. Yousafzai highlights the importance of school and how it was the only space where she felt empowered.

  • Interest Level: 5th - 8th
Middle School

The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn offers practical tips for beginners and open-ended challenges for advanced makers. Each project features non-technical, step-by-step instructions with photos and illustrations to ensure success and expand your imagination. You will learn recyclables hacks, smartphone tweaks, paper circuits, e-textiles, musical instruments, coding and programming, 3-D printing, and much, much more!

  • Interest Level: YA
Young Adult

Do you have great ideas for your school or classroom but lack the resources to carry them out? This downloadable PDF will help you discover how to use the power of crowd-sourcing on the Web to fund new projects or get gear for your classroom. 

In this guide, you'll learn ten steps to a successful campaign as well as pitfalls to avoid, and you can compare features and fees of 12 popular crowdfunding platforms for educators.

"If I was a book, I would like
to be a library book, so I
would be taken home by
all different sorts of kids."

Cornelia Funke

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