November - December 2016

 With the exception of the following  dates, the ERS Library will remain  OPEN during Thanksgiving Break &  Winter Break...this is a great time to  stop by for a visit!

  ERS Library CLOSED:
  Nov. 24 & 25         Thanksgiving
  Dec. 23 & 26         Christmas Day/Eve
  Dec. 30 & Jan 2   New Year's Eve/Day
 However, there will be NO delivery
 service to our schools during these

            Thanksgiving Break
             November 21 - 25 
                 Winter Break
December 19 - January 6 

ERS Portal Access

If you have trouble accessing any
of the databases that appear when
you log into the ERS PortalKids 
Portal or Teen Portal, please email a
description of the problem to


The first half of this year's CTO! service wraps up this week as the last of one hundred and seventy November kits are delivered.

Please remember that December is a PICKUP ONLY month. CTO! deliveries will start up again after Winter Break.

Participants: Be on the lookout for an email that will let you review the kit preferences you set at the beginning of the school year. Please reply with any necessary changes no later than 8:00am on Monday, December 5th.


On the ERS Portal... is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. This online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities.

Author Resources:

Meet-the-Author Movies
In-depth Written Interviews
Audio Name Pronunciations
Author Interviews
Author Personal Websites & Blogs

Book Resources:
Book Guides & Lesson Plans
Book Readings
Book Trailers
Book Websites
Movie & TV Adaptation Websites is for anyone who reads, teaches, or enjoys books for children and teens. This service is primarily used in the K–12, university, and public library settings.

   ERS Library Office Hours

Monday - Friday    8am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday    

Click to view the 2016-17 
ERS Library Calendar

Be sure to return or renew all ERS Library materials before Winter Break.

Email "PICKUP" or "RENEW" to

If we do not receive either request from you in advance of your site's last pickup day (below), the items you have checked out will not get picked up or renewed, leading to multiple emails from our auto-generated overdue notification. 

Last pickup day before Winter Break:
Tuesday sites: 12/13/16
Wednesday sites: 12/14/16
Thursday sites: 12/15/16

Library Multimedia Network

Our November meeting was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the day!

Our January 23rd LMN meeting will be all about Maker-spaces;  this is our most "hands on" meeting yet! Attendees will get to participate in multiple maker-space projects, and try out several varieties of robots. We'll also be sharing the best tips & tricks we've found for acquiring and organizing all the odds & ends that go along with having a Maker-space at your campus.

If you are interested in attending this meeting, email 
Sara Torabi.

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

Picking up where their smash hit Notice & Note left off, Kylene and Bob have developed interlocking scaffolds that every student can use to go beyond a superficial reading:

  • 3 essential questions that set students up for more attentive readings of nonfiction texts
  • Notice & Note nonfiction signposts that cue kids to apply the necessary skills and processes.
  • 7 proven strategies readers can use to clear up confusions when the text gets tough.
  • Interest Level: PROF

Mathematical Mindsets provides practical strategies and activities to help teachers and parents show all children, even those who are convinced that they are bad at math, that they can enjoy and succeed in math. Jo Boaler—Stanford researcher, professor of math education, and expert on math learning—has studied why students don't like math. She's followed thousands of students through middle and high schools to study how they learn and to find the most effective ways to unleash the math potential in all students.

  • Interest Level: PROF

Kids walk into schools full of wonder and questions. How you, as an educator, respond to students’ natural curiosity can help further their own exploration and shape the way they learn today and in the future.

In THE INNOVATOR'S MINDSET, George Couros encourages teachers and administrators to empower their learners to wonder, to explore—and to become forward-thinking leaders. 

  • Interest Level: PROF

 Dr. Jo Boaler’s Mindset Revolution
 Central Valley Parents Night: How to  Encourage Children to Love and Learn  Maths

 December 5, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Parents, do you dread when your student has  math homework? Have you suffered from math  trauma? Would you like to learn how to best help your student succeed in math? If so, then join us for a FREE event Monday, December 5 at the Visalia Fox Theatre with researcher and Stanford Professor, Dr. Jo Boaler.
Dr. Boaler has worked closely with Tulare County teachers and schools to rethink how math is taught and to help create better math classroom experiences. She will share her ideas about the best ways to learn math through her engaging stories and videos. Dr. Jo Boaler is a professor of mathematics Education at Stanford University and co-founder of She is the author of eight books including What’s Math Got To Do With It? (2015) and Mathematical Mindsets (2016). She is recognized around the world for her outstanding work and serves as an adviser to several Silicon Valley companies and is a White House presenter on girls and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). She draws on her extensive research with thousands of students to work with teachers, parents, and caregivers on how they can transform children’s ideas and experiences through positive growth mindsets.

Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W Main Street, Visalia, CA 93291
Parents and Teachers
Registration is encouraged to reserve your seat.


During the months of November - March the ERS Delivery team will be checking ABC30’s FogTracker and the PBS Foggy Day app before heading out on their delivery routes. If visibility is less than 1 mile in any area we will contact the school(s) located there to let them know delivery will be delayed. If the fog hasn’t cleared by 10am, we will contact any teachers expecting deliveries or pickups to reschedule.

"Books opened up a whole new world to me. Through them I discovered new ideas, traveled to new places, and met new people. Books helped me learn to understand other people and they taught me a lot about myself. Some books you never forget. Some characters become your friends for life.   - Judy Blume

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