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Stop by for a visit:
7000 W. Doe Avenue,
Suite A
Visalia, CA 93291

Give us a call:
(559) 651-3031

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The ERS Library Staff is currently investigating new content for the ERS Portals (Teacher, Kids & Teen). Your input would be greatly appreciated as we are focused on finding resources that support your curriculum and enrich your classroom. Survey Link


Good News for all California K-12 schools!

The California State Library, with help from the California Department of Education, is making three K-12 online resources available to schools and libraries at no charge. View the announcement from Tom Torlakson.

The resources the state has purchased include:
· ProQuest suite of digital resources
            CultureGrams, eLibrary, ProQuest Central Student, SIRS Discoverer, SIRS Issues
, Research Companion, and Schools & Educators Complete.

· Britannica Online Encyclopedia (English & Spanish)


This is a fantastic opportunity for our educators and students. The ERS Library staff is doubly excited about this as it allows us to pursue new premium digital content for the ERS Portal. To this end, we want to hear from YOU on the types of resources that will best serve you and your students. Please complete this short survey to share your thoughts.

CDE’s Annual School Library Survey
is now open for the 2016-2017 reporting period.

Education Code Section 18122 directs local governing boards to report to the California Department of Education (CDE) on the condition of school libraries. CDE created this online data collection survey to meet the Education Code requirement and to develop an accurate picture of the condition of school libraries across the state.” ~CDE Website

School library staff, or designated school personnel, are encouraged to complete the survey by June 30, 2018. The Password is @YourLibrary

If you need assistance or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Debra Lockwood, Library Media Supervisor, TCOE's ERS Library.





For District/School Library Staff:



Please be sure to return, or renew, any ERS Library materials that are checked out to you by their due date. Many times other educators are waiting on these items and have their lesson plans interrupted by items that are held overdue with no notification. 

If you receive a Friday morning "Items Due Soon" or "Items Overdue" email, you'll need to respond to it. 

To return items: Reply to the email with PICKUP
- Our team will reply to confirm the pickup, please be sure that items are in the drop spot by 8:30am that day.

To renew items: Reply to the email with RENEW. 
- Make sure you check back later to confirm that we were able to renew your items. If someone else has requested an item(s), you will be notified that you need to return them on the original due date. 





A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird – pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world. 

Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature's markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail, while calling on all of us to help protect each one.





Interest Level: K - 3rd



From the hidden wonders of fossilization, rocks and the water cycle, to awe-inspiring spectacles like volcanoes, thunderstorms and glaciers, discover the magnificent ways the world works in this unique and beautiful approach to earth science. Vivid illustrations by William Grill, the Kate Greenaway medal-winning creator of Shackleton's Journey, and illuminating haikus from Sibert Medal–winning author Sally M. Walker reveal the extraordinary processes that happen all around us.






 Interest Level: 3rd - 6th



Need help finding the perfect poem for a holiday celebration or a science unit? A funny riddle poem or a bilingual poetry book? Here is a comprehensive resource for teachers, librarians, and parents packed with poetry bibliographies and research-based strategies for selecting and sharing poetry with young people (ages 0-18). This book contains 155 different lists featuring 1500 poetry books for children and teens—in a variety of categories including poetry awards, seasonal poetry, poetry across the curriculum, multicultural poetry, the poetry-friendly environment, poetry performance, guiding discussion, and teaching poetry writing.

 Interest Level: Adult





April is National Poetry Month. This celebration was introduced in 1996 and is organized by the Academy of American Poets. Visit to discover new ways to increase poetry awareness and recognition with your students. While there, you can download their 2018 National Poetry Month poster, based on Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and learn more about Poem in Your Pocket Day which is celebrated on April 26th. The ERS Library has a wide variety of poetry books available for checkout; from Alma Flor Ada to Langston Hughes to Jane Yolen there is something for everyone!

You’ll find even more poetry resources on the ERS Portal. Log in, click on Discovery Education, ProQuest Sirs Discoverer (K-6) or ProQuest eLibrary and search “Poetry Month”.



SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 26,  SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at

Click here for an overview of titles being offered this summer.

                                                                                                      by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician

A New Database on the ERS Portal

We've added new STEM kits and manipulatives to our circulating collection. They’re very popular, so order ahead of time and utilize them promptly. Others will be waiting!

sumboxes-logoSumboxes: Each kit includes two fun, innovative games that allow students to explore key mathematical concepts, practice essential problem-solving strategies, and engage in conversations about numbers, numerical relationships, and how to approach them. Our first kit includes: “DinoSMASH” and “MORE or LESS the SAME.”
(Audience: Kindergarten) 

lakeshore-learning-logoProblem-solving STEM kits:  The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs help students discover the STEM in their favorite fairy tales—and inspire them to explore a challenging situation until they find a solution! Created to develop skills in using the design process, exploring cause and
effect, and experimenting with gravity, weight and balance.
(Audience: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade)

lakeshore-learning-logoBuilding CentersBridge, Vehicle & House kits teach students to look closer at real-life designs—and make original structures that use the same important elements. Created to encourage open-ended building with minimal teacher involvement, these will be a hit with your students!
(Audience: Preschool - 1st Grade)

To check these out, visit the Follett Destiny online catalog on the ERS Portal. You can click on "STEM Kits" on the Home tab, or do a "Material Type: Kits" search for them on the Catalog tab. Reminder: You'll need to change the reservation drop down option to "For a specific date" when reserving these. Our STEM kits are in very high demand, and using "As soon as possible" when requesting them allows everyone else's requests to preempt yours. With "For a specific date" you'll also be able to see a calendar that shows exactly when the item is available.




vr-headsetClassVR Training Session (pre-requisite for checking out Virtual Reality headsets)

ERS Library recently purchased ClassVR Virtual Reality headsets to add to our circulating collection. Two kits of eight (8) headsets each are now available to the staff of all sites with an ERS Library Media Services contract. 

Please note that checkout of these kits includes a prerequisite of attending a one hour training session.

This session will cover:
Setup - Unpacking the headsets, configuring each headset with your school’s wi-fi details, plus the downloading & setup of VR lessons on each headset.
Curriculum Resources – The ClassVR Portal is home to 500+ curriculum aligned educational VR resources. Learn how to search these ready made collections, build your own lessons and even upload your own VR content.
Student Use - Explore the teacher interface as you learn to guide students through the VR experience, highlighting points of interest, promoting collaboration and encouraging peer discussion along the way.
Troubleshooting - Basic troubleshooting tips & tricks that will ensure a smooth VR experience for everyone involved.

For more information on the course content, contact Steve Woods at (559) 651-3077 or For registration information, contact Sara Torabi at (559) 651-3031 or

Dates/Times (click here for flyer, click a date below to register):
April 16 (4 pm - 5 pm) 
April 24 (4 pm - 5 pm)
May 16 (4 pm - 5 pm) 





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