August 2017


Monday thru Friday

8:00am - 5:00pm


Closed 9/4 for the

Labor Day holiday


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:



 CSLA Northern Region Section 3 is hosting a workshop on




Saturday, August 26th; 9am-2pm Abraham Lincoln Middle School 1239 Nelson Blvd. Selma, CA 93662 Click here for more information.

Did you know?
by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician


teaching is one of our favorite ERS Portal resources! While it may seem to be primarily ELA-focused, all subject areas are addressed. Teachers and students can look for resources in history/social science, math, STEM, STEAM, and so much more. Whether your students are studying a particular book/author, or you’re looking for resources on a particular curricular topic, TeachingBooks can help! New this year....TeachingBooks now offers the opportunity to create a login and save the materials you find under your own personal profile. Also new: drop content from TeachingBooks directly into Google Classroom!

To get started, log into the ERS Portal and click on the TeachingBooks icon. In the top right corner, you'll find the “Educator Login.” Enter your email address, create a password, and you’re ready to go! You can rate books, share lesson plans & resources with both students and other teachers, as well as create in-depth lists which will corral all of your TeachingBooks resources in one place. Example: search for an author, then click on the “Books by…” link under Book Resources. You will see a link that allows you to add individual titles by an author or add all of their books at once. You can also organize and add to lists by theme, learning objective, etc. Once you add books to a Custom Reading List, you can create a Text Complexity Differentiation Report which will give you qualitative and quantitative measures, genre & curricular area measures, and a summary of all available instructional materials for each title on the list. 

For more information check out this
4 minute overview, other video tutorials and TeachingBooks' Professional Development opportunities in the "Help and Support" section.


sienna_natural_white-copyDelivery & Pickup Service resumes on August 8th.




To confirm your site's designated day and the location of the ERS Library drop spot, click here. 


Deliveries: Request items in the Follett Destiny catalog using the "for a specific date" option and your site's designated delivery day (you can reserve items up to a year in advance). When the selected date arrives, our staff will deliver the materials to the drop spot on your campus.


Pickups: After responding "PICKUP" to the email noted below, place your items back in the drop spot by 8:30am on your site's designated day. They'll be picked up and returned to the ERS Library by our staff. 


                                                                          -- Important --

The Friday before your items are due you will receive an email titled "ERS Library -- Items Due Soon". You must reply to this email with one of the following options:

"PICKUP" - A driver will stop by on your next assigned delivery/pickup day to collect the item(s).                

"RENEW" - If no one else has requested these items we are happy to extend your checkout.               

"LOST" - If you are certain an item is lost or destroyed, we have options for replacement or reimbursement.






2017-18 Meeting Dates
All meetings are held from 9:00am-1:00pm in the Elderwood Room of TCOE's Doe Avenue Complex. Morning refreshments and lunch will be served.
September 25
November 13
January 29
March 12
May 21
Meeting are free for sites with an ERS Library contract, and $25 each for non-contracting sites. For more information about LMN, click here.



The ERS Library Return Box is located on the west side of our parking lot entrance at 7000 W. Doe Avenue in Visalia, CA 93291. 
If you need to return library materials directly to the ERS Library outside of office hours (M-F, 8-5), please place them in this box.

      Superintendents & Site Administrators

Get the most out of your 2017-18 ERS Library Media Services contract by scheduling both an ERS Portal Presentation and a FREE Technology Day (a $975+ value) for your staff.  These training days are part of your contracted services and a great way to show your staff all that is available to them via the ERS Library. Use the links above to request training on your preferred dates, or contact if you have additional questions.

Staff List updates are due by September 1, 2017. Excel spreadsheets for each site have been emailed to Administrators and Admin Assistants/Secretaries. Please be sure that all changes are made according to the directions at the top of the form and that these are returned to us in a editable version (do not PDF). The staff members listed on your sheet will have access to all services covered by your site's contract.


CheckThisOut! is up and running for the 2017-18 school year. The deadline to receive a kit in August has passed, but there is plenty of time to sign up for curated monthly deliveries in September - November and January - April.

New CTO! features this year:
- self-edit your CTO! preferences at any time during the year.
- select the number of items to receive by month, rather than year.

Click on the 
CheckThisOut! banner above to learn more and join the fun.



The Art of SFMOMA

by Kate Stover – TCOE Visual and Performing Arts Consultant

Did you know that the California ELA standards definition of informational text includes works of visual and performing arts? Students can close read and analyze pieces of dance, music, theatre, and/or visual arts just like they would any book. Although these artistic creations frequently lack printed words, they are filled with rich vocabulary, complex language, and meaningful themes. Wordless art also enables equitable access for all students, no matter their age, reading level, or primary language. Works of art can enhance an existing lesson by building background knowledge or they can provide a creative launch to a new unit. The possibilities for engaging students through the arts are endless!

Today, technology enables instant virtual study trips and learning opportunities. Most of the world’s great museums offer free online resources for educators: including lesson plans and image banks. One of the most unique electronic collections is digitally housed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). This California-based educator resource collection includes over 100 lessons, guides, and videos. Two of SFMOMA’s most innovative tools are their
Artwork Discussion Questions and Artwork Guides.

Artwork Discussion Questions highlight a variety of pieces from the SFMOMA collection. There are over 60 images in this collection, each accompanied by four open-ended questions. These question stems enable deeper thinking and higher level analysis of the artwork. The images selected include a range of subject-matter, cultures, and forms (paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media).

The seven Artwork Guides in the SFMOMA collection each feature a specific artist and an example of their work. The 
guides provide opportunities for analysis through questioning and they enable students to be creative. Each guide tasks the reader with imagining their own original work of art, influenced by the featured artist.

SFMOMA’s free resources,
Artwork Discussion Questions and Artwork Guides, provide an easy entry point for students to close read a work of art, to create their own masterpiece, and to begin to appreciate the impact that the arts have on society. Complex text, indeed.

To access the SFMOMA Educator Resources, visit:

For more information about TCOE’s Visual and Performing Arts resources and programs, please visit: or email



New Titles in the ERS Library's Circulating Collection...
by Kim Rice, Library Media Technician

happy-dreamer | Happy Dreamer


A poetic and lyrical tribute to individuality, celebrating the different ways we all think, learn, and dream.  This picture book encourages readers to stay true to who they are, to tap into their most creative inner selves, and to never ever forget to dream big.


Presented by award winning author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, our happy dreamer soars to great heights, surviving the bumps along the way, and discovers new ways to share his inner feelings and follow his happiest dreams.

            Interest Level: K - 3rd


inside-of-a-dog | Inside of a Dog


Have you ever wondered what your dogs are thinking? What they’re feeling? Now you finally can! The answers will surprise and delight you as scientist and dog-owner Alexandra Horowitz explains how our four-legged friends perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human. 


Containing current research and providing many moments of dog-behavior recognition, this lively and absorbing book helps dog owners to see their best friend's behavior in a different and revealing light.

          Interest Level: 5th - 8th

Middle School


          everything-everything | Everything, Everything


Madeline has spent 18 years at home with only her doctor mother and a nurse to care for her rare form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) and can’t risk exposure to the world beyond her highly controlled environment. When a boy her age moves next door, he wreaks havoc with her regimented routine and makes her acutely aware of all that she’s been missing. Their complicated romance begins over IM and unfolds via vignettes, illustrations, charts, and more.  A tender and bittersweet romance with a jaw-dropping twist.

                  Young Adult



Create Exciting Book Scavenger Hunts Using Google Forms

by Steve Woods, Educational Technology Specialist

Google Forms isn't just for surveys or polls of teachers, parents, or students. Google also provides you the ability to allow others to upload Google files, Adobe PDF or office documents, audio or video files or images as part of answering the form.

By leveraging the 'Upload a File' question type in Forms, you can create scavenger hunts for teams of students who are reading a particular story in class. Using clues taken from the story, create questions that must be answered by downloading images from a browser search (or snapped using cell phones around campus) and uploading them into a Scavenger Hunt Form.

scavenger-huntHere's a screenshot of the Upload File question type in action. Note that you choose the type(s) of files that can be uploaded into each question. Choose up to 10 files or images to be uploaded for each question.

Why not have students record video of something using their phones, or act out a scene from the story? With a whopping 10GB maximum upload file size, any short video can easily be uploaded into your Scavenger Hunt Form.

nce responses come in, use the Responses side of Forms to see individual submissions. Click on the attached image or video files to see who has the best answers. Because students are required to login to their campus Google Apps for Education Suite accounts in order to upload files into your Scavenger Hunt Form, you'll be able to easily identify the winning team and reward their accomplishment.

Common Core Connect to find out when our next Google Forms technology class will be held, and sign up to learn more ways Google Forms can add excitement to your library!

Upcoming Observances & Teaching Resources

by Maria Ortiz, Library Media Technician

dot-dayCelebrate International Dot Day with us! This event is inspired by the children’s book “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds and is celebrated worldwide.  It all began with a teacher named Terry Shay. This year’s celebration is on Friday, September 15, 2017. The story is about a little girl named Vashti, she believes she cannot draw, but with her art teacher’s encouragement it leads her to change her mind.  There are many ways you can celebrate this day with your students. We have the book available for check out and are sharing a link to Teaching Books which contains multiple support materials. Learn more about International Dot Day and how to celebrate this day in your classroom from the official site

Mr. Reynolds is also author of the "Happy Dreamer"; see the New Titles in the ERS Library's Circulating Collection section of this newsletter.


  50 Books all Kids Should Read Before They're 12!  

Tulare County Fair encourages students to ''Read to Ride"

The Tulare County Fair’s “Read to Ride” program rewards children with carnival ride tickets for every two books they read. The "Read to Ride" contest is open to children kindergarten through eighth grade. 

All public libraries in Tulare County are participating in the contest. For more information, click here.






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