October 2016

  ERS Library Circulating Collection

The ERS Library has a wide variety of seasonal/holiday-related material. Our Library Media Technicians try to ensure that everyone who requests items in this category receives something. To facilitate this:

The loan period or number of items checked out may be reduced on a group of materials at the discretion of the ERS Library Staff due to seasonal demand.

We ask that our patrons assist in this area by keeping their checkout of these materials current. Please do not keep seasonal/holiday materials overdue without notification.

As always, ERS Library materials will be picked up at your site and returned to the ERS Library when you email PICKUP to library@ersconnect.org. To request a renewal (if possible), email RENEW to the same address.

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 


   One hundred and sixty four!! 

This is the number of teachers, library technicians and school administrators currently participating in the 2016-17 CheckThisOut! program. Each participant receives a delivery of
4 - 10 items per month for use in their classroom or library. These items include: books, book kits (8-30 copies of the same title), DVDs, puppets, Big Books, CCSS exemplars, realia kits, art prints, Professional Development titles and digital media links. Every
4 weeks a new kit is delivered and the items they've finished with are picked up.

Participants have a choice of 4-6 or 8-10 items, "Completely Random" or "Let Me Customize" kits, and what types of materials they'd prefer to receive. All kits are tailored to the grade level and reading level range
of the students.

Interested? Visit 
CheckThisOut! for more information and the sign up link.

Thank you to everyone who has signed up thus far, we hope you are enjoying your kits!


New to the ERS Portal...

Opposing Viewpoints In Context is a new addition to the ERS Teacher & Teen Portals. This premier online resource covers today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to minimum wage. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue and help students develop information literacy, critical thinking skills, and the confidence to draw their own valid conclusions.

  • More than 20,100 pro/con viewpoints articles
  • More than 19,200 reference articles, including topic overviews
  • More than 12,700 charts and graphs, along with other statistical information
  • 300+ profiles of federal agencies and special-interest groups
  • Special coverage of the annual debate topic determined by the National Speech and Debate Association
  • Full-text newspapers and periodicals from multiple perspectives, including National ReviewThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, Commentary, and CNN Wire
  • Thousands of images, videos, and audio selections from authoritative sources.
  • Interactive maps show statistical trends in a readily understandable way.
  • Integrates seamlessly with Google Classroom.

To access this database, log in to the ERS Portal (teachers) or Teen Portal (9th-12th grade students).

---------------------------------------------Library Multimedia Network

40+ Tulare & Kings County school library staff members made the drive to TCOE's Doe Avenue Complex for our September 19th LMN meeting. This group has been growing steadily and we hope to see even more of you on November 14th!

LMN meetings are a bimonthly 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. 

  LMN m
eeting dates for 2016-17:
        11/14, 1/23, 3/13, & 5/15

Please be sure to request a pickup or renewal before your ERS Library checkouts become overdue. Items kept overdue can negatively impact the lesson plans of other teachers. The Friday before your items are due you will receive an automated "ERS Library -- Items Due Soon" email. You will need to respond to this email with PICKUP or RENEW. A member of our team will then confirm the pickup day or your extended due date.

"While candidates and media concentrate on issues that matter to voters in this election season, teachers and students in our nation’s schools will be concentrating on issues that matter to the next generation of voters. How can these young people have a voice? How can we support the mission of schools to engage youth as productive and active citizens? Letters to the Next President 2.0 (L2P 2.0) is an initiative that empowers young people (13-18) to voice their opinions and ideas on the issues that matter to them in the coming election. It is a project built by teachers for teachers and students that engages a range of partners interested in supporting youth civic participation.

Letters to the Next President 2.0 will be open to submissions through Election Day, November 8, 2016. Letters can be submitted at any time until that date. After the election, the site will remain open for reading and sharing of the letters throughout the fall to the Inauguration."

     — Administrators —

Did you know…

The ERS Library supports your school and library staff in the following ways: staff presentations on ERS library services for teachers, presentations on using digital content via our portal in the classroom, bi-monthly PLC meetings for your library technicians, library collection analysis/collection development assistance, best practices in library management, as well as access to our Teacher Resource Center, 8am–5pm, to prepare classroom materials. 

To schedule a presentation or for more information, contact Sara Torabi

ERS Library Office Hours

Monday - Friday    8am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday    

Click to view the 2016-17 
ERS Library Calendar

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

Do you know that the Statue of Liberty hasn't always looked green? Join Mrs. Bolt's class as they visit the statue and learn where she came from, how she was built, and what American ideas she represents.  The history of the Statue of Liberty is explained, as well as how it was constructed. The text is easily understandable, and colorful photos provide glimpses of the exterior and interior. Flag-shaped boxes provide additional information. Appended material includes a science experiment to show copper turning green, the reason for the statue’s color. 

  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 3.3
  • Lexile Measure: 590
  • Fountas & Pinnell: M

Uncover the amazing story of astronomy from telescopes in space to outstanding observatories. Learn about the latest space probes, how rockets lift off, and what it's like living in the weightlessness of space. And find out about the remarkable astronauts who have spacewalked their way into history. 

  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 7.5
  • Lexile Measure: 1150

Middle School

On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth. The tree might hold the key to her father's murder--or it may lure the murderer directly to Faith herself.

  • Interest Level: YA
  • Lexile Measure: 860

High School

Upcoming Webinar: October 12, 2016, 4 p.m. (PST)
Instructional Leadership: The Role of the Teacher Librarian in California Schools

Most California educators have never encountered a professional teacher librarian. Why is that…and what exactly is a teacher librarian? In this webinar, you’ll learn about the unique role teacher librarians play in providing instructional leadership in California’s K-12 schools to develop multiple literacies across all disciplines in both traditional and digital learning environments, how they’re prepared for this role, and how you can either hire or become one.

EdTips.info's free webinars are provided on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4 pm (PST) by the education faculty and professional development instructors of Fresno Pacific University. During these interactive webinars, presenters will share research-based teaching strategies that will make an impact on your students tomorrow as you implement them in your classroom. You will also receive links to valuable resources for you as an educator. Each webinar will be recorded and posted afterwards for your use as a resource and to share with your friends and colleagues. To register, go to EdTips.info

"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him."

                      - Maya Angelou


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