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SYNC is a FREE summer audiobook program for teens (13+). Returning April 25, 2019, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.

Sign-up to get notifications when the FREE audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting 
www.audiobooksync.comPlease Note: Signing up for these alerts will not send you the titles. The alerts will only tell you when and where the title is available to download.

  • Downloads are MP3 format and operate on most devices via the OverDrive app.
  • Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only).
  • Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep.

 The first three weeks of downloadable titles include:


personal-computerUpcoming ERS Technology Classes 
 with instructor Steve Woods
         Introduction to Canva     4/234:30pm - 7:30pm
         ClassVR Training Session    5/94:00pm - 5:00pm
         Introduction to Google Drive & Docs    5/144:30pm - 7:30pm

Follett Webinars - #classroombookaday


More and more often, teachers want to foster a love of reading right in their classrooms, as part of the daily routine and lessons. With limited time in a school day, how can teachers accomplish everything they need to do and make literacy a top priority? 

The practice known as #classroombookaday allows teachers to do what they love (read and share books) and gives them rich, authentic literature to use as mentor texts or for independent reading.

Join us to learn more about #classroombookaday and how each of these experienced educators is using this experience to grow readers. 
Attendees will gain new motivation on how to freshen up your curriculum and learn: 

•  What #classroombookaday entails 
•  How to easily integrate it into your classroom
•  How to choose authentic texts
•  How to manage CBAD with students and time constraints
•  Extension activities 

This webinar will be recorded. If you cannot attend the live event be sure to register anyway to receive a link to the recording when it's available.



 Hosting Family Literacy Night, Back to School, Open House, 

or an orientation at your site? 

Consider inviting the ERS Library staff to share and demonstrate the premium digital resources available to both students and parents via the ERS Portal. Our California Common Core aligned digital resources, including streaming video and eBooks, are accessible to parents, students and teachers 24/7/365! 

Contact us today to schedule an ERS Library booth/table at your next parent or community event.


New Story Map Lessons in TeachingBooks on the ERS Portal


TeachingBooks is excited to share their new Story Map templates to enrich your instruction of fiction titles. With these templates, you can scaffold content, differentiate lessons, and engage your readers all while supporting your instructional goals.

  • Story Map templates - Bridge understanding of literary elements with these leveled templates. Each offers space to add your own customized questions connected to instructional goals and learning targets.
  • Nonfiction Read and Respond templates - These offer leveled options to support and extend comprehension of expository text.

To view the Story Map templates for "Wonder", log into the ERS Portal then click here. Templates for other titles can be found in the Original Content section of each title's information page.







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Have you ever imagined what you might be when you grow up? 

When he was very young, Juan Felipe Herrera picked chamomile flowers in windy fields and let tadpoles swim across his hands in a creek. He slept outside and learned to say good-bye to his amiguitos each time his family moved to a new town. He went to school and taught himself to read and write English and filled paper pads with rivers of ink as he walked down the street after school. And when he grew up, he became the United States Poet Laureate and read his poems aloud on the steps of the Library of Congress. 

If he could do all of that . . . what could you do? With this illustrated poem of endless possibility, Juan Felipe Herrera and Lauren Castillo breathe magic into the hopes and dreams of readers searching for their place in life.





Interest Level: K - 3rd






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Let me tell you a secret about the Knights of the Round Table: they don’t have much to do. The realm is at peace and dragons are few and far between. So, Merlin decides to send the knights out on a real adventure to a world filled with the most terrible lizards of all: DINOSAURS!

Knights vs. Dinosaurs is a highly illustrated, fast-paced adventure full of uproarious knightly hijinks, surprising secrets, and terrifying dinosaurs. With art on nearly every page, including an epic fight scene depicted in several graphic-novel style spreads, this is a great choice for reluctant readers and aspiring knights.














 Interest Level: 3rd - 6th




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Jisu’s traditional South Korean parents are concerned by what they see as her lack of attention to her schoolwork and her future. Working with Seoul’s premiere matchmaker to find the right boyfriend is one step toward ensuring Jisu’s success, and going on the recommended dates is Jisu’s compromise to please her parents while finding space to figure out her own dreams. But when she flubs a test then skips out on a date to spend time with friends, her fed-up parents shock her by shipping her off to a private school in San Francisco. 

Navigating her host family, her new city and school, and more dates, Jisu finds comfort in taking the photographs that populate her ever-growing social media account. Soon attention from two very different boys sends Jisu into a tailspin of soul-searching. As her passion for photography lights her on fire, does she even want to find The One? And what if her One isn’t parent and matchmaker approved?





 Interest Level: 9th-12th

Young Adult

To see even more new books in the ERS Library collection, visit our rotating carousel on the ERS Portal!

                                                          by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician

Britannica School

Have you checked out Britannica School, available to you in the ERS Portal, compliments of the California State Library? Your students will find it easy to use and will appreciate the choice of three readability levels in English, and two levels in Spanish. The interface stays the same regardless of which level they choose, so there’s no stigma attached to reading at a lower level. Students will avoid the potential embarrassment that can come with being seen to be read below grade level.

All content is vetted for appropriateness. Britannica School provides an assurance that all text and images retrieved will be appropriate for student viewing– something that can’t be said for internet search engines. In addition, Britannica School content comes with simple and easy-to-use citations; Google, the mostly widely used internet search engine, does not. Britannica School’s differentiated nonfiction reading levels make it easy for teachers to direct students to articles, videos, and images that support reading comprehension at each student’s unique reading and comprehension level. Ensuring students are reading at the appropriate level is critical to their understanding; combine this with access to supporting multimedia content will provide a rich research experience.

If you and your students haven’t explored the possibilities available in Britannica School, log in and try it today!



April is National Poetry Month! This annual observance was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. 

The ERS Library can assist you in increasing awareness and appreciation of poetry in your classroom. There are a wide variety of poetry texts available for checkout in our circulating collection, and many options for supportive materials are accessible via the ERS Portal. Also, visit, to download this year's FREE National Poetry Month poster and find additional teacher resources.

TeachingBooks - Lee Bennett Hopkins Award Winners

Since its inception in 1993, this award honors the most outstanding new poetry books.

Available in the ERS Library circulating collection:


The Tulare County Library is hosting their annual Book Festival on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00am - 3:00pm at the Visalia Branch Library.




                                                  by Steve Woods, Instructional Technology Specialist   
Adobe Spark for Education

Adobe Spark is an integrated web and mobile solution that enables teachers and students of all ages to easily create and share impactful visual stories.

Adobe Spark supports three story formats:
Spark Video lets you turn your story into a captivating animated narrated video in
just minutes. Presenting a report, explaining a concept in class, or telling a personal
story has never been easier.  
Spark Page turns stories into modern, professional, attention-grabbing web pages. With Page, teachers and students can bring words and images together in fun ways; turning essays, assignments, reports, and more into engaging visual stories. The end result is a modern, responsive web page, one that looks great on any device and any size screen.
Spark Post enables you to create stunning graphics in seconds. Remix a design, or start from scratch to create a truly unique masterpiece. When you’re done, save your creation, print, and share.

Adobe Spark for Education is the same Adobe Spark that you know and love (and like Adobe Spark, is FREE). What is different about Adobe Spark for Education is how it gets deployed and installed, adding functionality that is critical to schools, such as:
• Enhanced data privacy: can be deployed consistent with children's data privacy laws (e.g. COPPA)
• Easier login: Ability to setup single sign-on so students can easily login with their existing school ID
• Enhanced control to keep students safe: Schools own the accounts and exercise
admin rights over them. Plus, image results are more age appropriate for K-12 students.
• Premium Features for free: Adobe Spark’s Premium Features, used to customize Spark creations, are included for Free (normally cost $9.99 per month per user). While students can use Adobe Spark, the free Adobe Spark for Education is better suited for schools and districts and is the recommended deployment for student use.

You can see examples of student creations at



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