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edited by Sara Torabi, Instruction Consultant Support/ Library Media Technician

  
 
      
Monday thru Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
The ERS Library is open all
summer, and we love visitors!


Stop by for a visit:

7000 W. Doe Avenue,
Suite A
Visalia, CA 93291

Give us a call:
(559) 651-3031

Or send us an email:
library@ersconnect.org
 



We have Robotics/STEM kits available for checkout!


Bee-Bots, Cubelets, Ozobots, Sphero SPRK+, Lego WeDo, Makey Makey, Sumboxes, Magformers, Engino 
Discovering STEM sets, and Snap Circuits are available from the ERS Library for use in your classroom.

Once you are logged into the ERS Portal, click on Follett Destiny. On the Home tab, locate "Popular Search Categories." In this section, click on Robotics Kits or STEM Kits to explore what is available. Reserving an item to be delivered to you is super easy...click the Hold It button in the item record, ALWAYS change the drop-down option on the Requesting page to Reserve for a specific date, use the calendar to select the assigned site delivery day that you want the item delivered (dates in red are unavailable), select a return date (Robotics Kits check out for two weeks, STEM kits for three), then click Save. We will deliver the materials to your site as requested and come back for them when you and your students are done!


       Upcoming ERS Technology Classes with instructor Steve Woods
       
    Survey Says: Google Forms and Sheets                      9/26        4:30pm - 7:30pm
    Document Creation with Adobe Acrobat Pro            10/4         4:30pm - 7:30pm
                                  iPad iMovie Creation and Book Trailers                     10/11       4:30pm - 7:30pm



California State Library   K-12 Online Project
California is offering, at no cost to local schools, districts or students, three online databases aligned to content standards for use by every K-12 school and student in the state, access will start at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Available resources are listed at the left. Click image for more information. 

If your school/district contracts with ERS Library, your students and educational staff already have access to these resources, along with our other premium standards aligned digital resources, via the ERS Portal


                                                                                                                      by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician

Proquest CultureGrams

CultureGrams
, a ProQuest product and part of the CA State Library K-12 Project (see above), is one of our amazing new resources! It features a worldwide photo gallery, slideshows, video clips, the famous people collection, Faces of the World interviews, and a unique recipe collection that offers five recipes from all countries in the database. CultureGrams is divided into four sections:

  • World Edition contains reports on more than 200 countries and cultures, focusing on twenty-five categories including history, personal appearance, gestures, family, economy, and more. Statistical tables and an extensive glossary make the World Edition perfect for student projects, and research.
  • Kids Edition is a collection of country reports that teaches upper elementary-aged children more about the world around them. Each report is an indispensable resource of up-to-date, engaging cultural information, complete with images, historical timeline, fun facts, and sections on history, population, and "life as a kid."
  • States Edition features colorful, easy-to-read state reports that help upper elementary-aged students understand the diversity and history of each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. Each report includes maps, flags, state symbols, plus sections on history, economy, geography, and population.
  • Provinces Edition contains kid-friendly reports on all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. Each report includes images, maps, flags, and symbols, plus sections on history, economy, geography, and population.

Check out CultureGrams in the ERS Portal!







Nelle Harper Lee grew up in the rocky red soil of Monroeville, Alabama. From the get-go she was a spitfire.

Unlike most girls at that time and place, Nelle preferred overalls to dresses and climbing trees to tea parties. Nelle loved to watch her daddy try cases in the courtroom. And she and her best friend, Tru, devoured books and wrote stories of their own. More than anything Nelle loved words.

This love eventually took her all the way to New York City, where she dreamed of becoming a writer. Any chance she had, Nelle sat at her typewriter, writing, revising, and chasing her dream. Nelle wouldn’t give up—not until she discovered the right story, the one she was born to tell.

Interest Level: K - 3rd

Elementary



In Be Prepared, all Vera wants to do is fit in―but that’s not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury, but there's one summer camp in her price range―Russian summer camp.

Vera is sure she's found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the "cool girl" drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!






 Interest Level: 5th - 8th

Intermediate
 


A 2018 Boston Globe Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner!

Graciela Iturbide was born in Mexico City in 1942, the oldest of 13 children. When tragedy struck Iturbide as a young mother, she turned to photography for solace and understanding. From then on Iturbide embarked on a photographic journey that has taken her throughout her native Mexico, from the Sonora Desert to Juchitán to Frida Kahlo’s bathroom, to the United States, India, and beyond. Photographic is a symbolic, poetic, and deeply personal graphic biography of this iconic photographer. Iturbide's journey will excite readers of all ages as well as budding photographers, who will be inspired by her resolve, talent, and curiosity.


 Interest Level: 9-12

Young Adult



September is National Hispanic Heritage Month. It is observed to celebrate the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. As an educator you can teach your students about the group’s heritage and culture. In our library catalog you will find books available for checkout to help your students understand Hispanic and Latino cultures. Also, in our ERS Portal, TeachingBooks has a list of suggested book titles.

                



​             COMING SOON!

The ERS Library is purchasing approximately 500 bilingual books to include in the circulating collection. Every grade level is represented; be sure to keep an eye on the Follett Destiny Home tab for a comprehensive list of titles.

          
         


                                                                                  by Doug Cairns, Instructional Technology Specialist 

Google Classroom: Changes To Keep Up With

Over summer break Google Classroom got a redesign. The “Stream” is now dedicated for classroom discussions. Assignments have been moved to their own section “Classwork.” The “Students” tab has been renamed to “People” and the “About” section has been removed. These changes were made to  allow teachers and students to communicate more clearly. Segmenting the different sections will allow easier navigation and location of various posts without having to sift through the clutter of additional posts.

“Classwork” has been moved into its own section, making it easier to keep track of assignments as you post them. They will no longer get buried in the main “Stream” of your classroom.

The old “Students” section has been renamed to “People.” You can add and remove students, co-teachers, and student guardians. This is also the section that will allow you to “Mute” individuals or entire groups from posting or commenting.


For more information on what has changed check out the
“What's New in Google Classroom" page. 


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