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Reminder: There is 
no ERS Library Delivery Service during the week of Thanksgiving Break (11/20-11/24). The Library will be open Monday thru Wednesday from 8:00am-5:00pm if you would like to stop by.

November is Picture Book Month! Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates picture books. No longer just the province of very young children, picture books are enjoyed by older students. Laura Rennert, children’s author writes, “Picture books awaken the imagination. They encourage our capacity for empathy. They lay down the building blocks not just for reading, but for parsing our experience – for creating stories that give life meaning. They invite curiosity and active engagement with the world. They begin to give us an emotional vocabulary for understanding the many facets of the self, at the same time that they evoke a shared experience and help us understand that we are not alone.” We could not agree more! The ERS library has a large collection of picture books. Consult the Follett Destiny catalog to locate new picture books titles and old favorites. In addition, support teaching and learning through books with “,” our digital resource, available in the ERS Portal. For ideas, activities and resources on how you can celebrate Picture Book Month, visit

Superintendents & Site Administrators

If you haven't scheduled a 2017-18 ERS Portal Presentation, now is a great time to do so! Our presenter is available for your 60 - 90 minute on-site training Monday thru Friday between the hours of 9am - 4pm.

Please complete this form to request the date and time of your choice.

As a reminder, there will be no
CheckThisOut! kits delivered during the month of December. Please use November 27 - December 15 to request pickup of all ERS Library materials that you do not plan to use after Winter Break, and confirm that anything you want to keep has been renewed into January.

If you would like to join CheckThisOut!, or make changes to an existing subscription, the deadline for the January kits is 8:00am on Monday, December 11th.

To sign up, visit:
To make changes to your account: click this link or the CTO! link on the main page of the ERS Portal, then click "Edit your response".  When making changes to your requests, please do NOT alter the "District" or "School" fields, they've been edited to match our records for sorting & delivery purposes. The reading level range, types of materials, # of items/month, and subject fields can be changed as needed, just be sure to submit changes before the deadline each month.

Want help teaching students about Fake News? Checkology
uses 12 core lessons to help educators equip their students with the tools to evaluate and interpret the news and learn how to determine what news and information to trust, share and act on. These e-learning experiences use real-world examples of news and information that test students’ emerging skills and lead them to mastery. 

As of 11/6/17:
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platform at no charge for use throughout the 2017-18 school year. | ABCs From Space

 In this alphabet book, scientist and writer Adam Voiland takes us on a journey of our planet from afar.  Could that river form an A? Could those clouds form a B? These awe-inspiring and unaltered images of Earth from above showcase the diversity and beauty of our amazing planet in a special and unique way.

From A to Z, ABCs from Space is a rare opportunity to see Earth like you could never have imagined. And as you go through the book, play a guessing game of where and what the letters might be and then find the answers in the detailed descriptions in the back of the book along with information about the science of space.

Interest Level: K - 3rd

Elementary | Genevieve's War

Thirteen-year-old Genevieve spends the summer of 1939 in Alsace, France, with a grandmother she has never known. Genevieve longs for the summer to end, but on the day she is scheduled to return to New York, she abruptly changes her mind and decides to remain in Alsace. She questions her decision, but there is no turning back because World War II has begun and the Germans are infiltrating Alsace. When her friend Rémy commits an act of sabotage, Genevieve and her grandmother shelter him in an attic room, one story above a bedroom that a German soldier has claimed.

Set at the same time as Patricia Reilly Giff's Newbery Honor–winning Lily’s Crossing, Genevieve’s War brings to life the shining moments of courage—and sheer terror—as a young girl attempts an act of heroism right under the Nazis’ noses.

Interest Level: 3rd - 6th


In 2011 a computer named Watson outscored two human competitors on the TV quiz show 
Jeopardy! and snagged the million-dollar prize. Watson isn't the only machine keeping up with humans. The field of artificial intelligence (AI) is booming, with drones, robots, and computers handling tasks that once only humans could perform.

Such advances raise challenging questions. Do Watson and other computers really think? Can machines acquire self-awareness? Is AI a promising or a dangerous technology? No machine, not even Watson, yet comes close to matching human intelligence, but many scientists believe it is only a matter of time before we reach this milestone. What will such a future look like?

  Interest Level: 7th-12th

Young Adult

Bring People Together with Doodle

by Steve Woods, Educational Technology Specialist

Have you ever needed to invite a variety of busy people to meet? It can be frustrating to sort through multiple emails, each saying “no” to yet another date offered for the meeting.  Doodle Poll understands your pain, and has a great tool to make bringing people together easy. 

Doodle is an online scheduling tool that can be used quickly and easily to find a date and time to meet with as many people as you want. To best use Doodle, we suggest you create a free account, in order to take advantage of all of the meeting tracker tools available.

Log in to Doodle, and choose to create a Doodle poll. Enter the name of the meeting, add a location if you’d like, and any additional notes for invitees to read.

Choose from as many days as work for you, then decide if you want the same time frame for each choice (or different times for different days). Additional settings allow you to limit the possible choices by invitees (to keep it simple). For additional privacy, you can keep the names of the other invitees hidden from anyone who is choosing date/times via your Doodle poll.

Once you’ve determined the date/time choices available, decide if you’d like to copy/paste a unique link provided by Doodle, or add email addresses to a box, and let Doodle email the invitees.

Invitees will open their email, click on the link provided, and select any/all of the options that fit their calendar.  When done, they can choose to subscribe to the poll, allowing them to see poll updates/results.

As the owner of the poll, you’ll see all of the invitees, and all of their choices. Find the date/time that works for everyone, choose the Final Option, and then close the poll. Subscribers will be emailed the final date, or you can simply follow up yourself via email.

Why not give Doodle a try? You'll learn that pulling together a variety of people with busy schedules just got a whole lot easier!

                                                 by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician

World Book has long been one of the top names when educators think “encyclopedia,” and World Book Online (accessible through the ERS Portal) is even better! Gone are the days of keeping sets of decade old, out-of-date encyclopedias, taking up space and collecting dust. World Book Online is continually updated with new content and information; educators can be confident that the information students find is the most current and up-to-date.

Through the ERS Portal, teachers and students have access to multiple grade levels: “Kids” for elementary, “Student” for middle school, and “Advanced” for high school. Additionally, the entire database is available in Spanish. Each section features more than just research articles and encyclopedic entries: teachers and students will also find puzzles, games, activities with lesson plans, biographical sketches, research tips and tools, and much more.

And that’s not all! You also have access to World Book Discover, which is intended for students in ELD programs or at a lower reading level, as well as Timelines, World Book’s tool for showing students history in a new and fascinating way. With Timelines, students can expand and contract the span of history on wide-ranging topics such as the history of technology and the computer, biographical timelines, various inventions and ideas. Students can create their own timelines based on any subject by linking directly to World Book reference articles, or even create a timeline of their own lives.

Explore the fantastic resources in World Book Online by logging into the ERS Portal!

Our next LMN meeting will be held on 
Monday, January 29th
If you would like to join LMN, contact

Meetings are free for sites with
an ERS Library contract, and $25 each for non-contracting sites. 

For more information about LMN, 
click here.

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