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


Monday thru Friday

8:00am - 5:00pm

The ERS Library is open all summer, and we love visitors!



9/3 - Labor Day


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:


 ERS Library Delivery & Pickup Services

Our ERS Library team will resume their delivery routes beginning Tuesday, August 14th. To check which route, date and delivery location apply to your site click here

Please note that Farmersville USD, ERCLC and a few of our Visalia sites have been moved from Thursday1 to Tuesday to better balance the distance/stops among our drivers.

If you have questions about your deliveries or pickups, please contact us at

sienna_natural_white-copy     Tuesday Route:            Kim Rice
     Wednesday Route:      Maria Ortiz
     Thursday1 Route:       Sara Torabi
     Thursday2 Route:       Nathan Wills


personal-computer Upcoming ERS Technology Classes 

with instructor Steve Woods


Kick Your Presentations Up a Notch with Prezi                8/23       4:30pm - 7:30pm
Collaboration and Creation: Google Drive & Docs           9/5         4:30pm - 7:30pm

Google Slides & Drawing                                                 9/18       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

Recursos en Español para padres (Spanish resources for parents)

As part of the State Library's K-12 online project, Encyclopedia Britannica is offering a special evening webinar for Spanish-speaking parents for Britannica Escolar on September 18, 19 and 20. The entries in Britannica Escolar are written in native Spanish (not auto-translated by computer). This site may be utilized by Spanish-speaking parents wishing to assist their little ones with homework, but who felt intimidated because the homework is conducted in English. The resource is great for subject-specific work (history or science, for example), as well as for Spanish-speaking English language learners. Times are in the evening (6pm or 7pm) – perfect for school and district English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meetings.

  • escolar_hdr_brandTuesday, September 18, 7:00 pm: REGISTER
  • Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 pm: REGISTER
  • Thursday, September 20, 6:00 pm: REGISTER
(Quick note: Remember, all these resources in general can be used by parents and students who speak a language other than English by utilizing the built-in auto-translate tools available in dozens of languages. These can be quite useful, as long as readers can forgive the awkward translations and recognize some responses aren’t perfect. Britannica Escolar is a little different because the entries are written in Spanish, but all the resources are useful for English language learners, educators, and parents.)






Not sure whether to high-five bees or run away from them? Well, maybe you shouldn't high-five them, but you definitely don't have to run away from them. Give Bees a Chance is for anyone who doesn't quite appreciate how extra special and important bees are to the world, and even to humankind! 

Author of I’m trying to Love Spiders, Bethany Barton's interactive cartoon-style illustrations and hilarious narrator mean this book is full of facts and fun. With bees officially on the endangered animals list, it's more important now than ever to get on board with our flying, honey-making friends!




Interest Level: K - 3rd



Roughly a thousand years ago, an estimated 23,000 pandas roamed wild and free through their native China. But within the past forty years, more than fifty percent of the panda’s already shrinking habitat has been destroyed by humans, leaving the beautiful and beloved giant panda vulnerable to extinction. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds—poaching, habitat destruction, pollution, human overpopulation, and global climate change—the panda is making a comeback. How? By humans teaching baby pandas how to be wild and stay wild.



 Interest Level: 5th - 8th


When Mariah and her young brother Zeke are suddenly freed from slavery, they join Sherman's march through Georgia. Mariah wants to believe that the brutalities of slavery are behind them, but even as hope glimmers, there are many hardships yet to come. When she meets a free black named Caleb, Mariah dreams in a way she never dared . . . of a future worth living and the possibility of true love. But even hope comes at a cost, and as the difficult march continues toward the churning waters of Ebenezer Creek, Mariah's dreams are as vulnerable as ever.

In this powerful exploration of a little-known tragedy, readers will never forget the souls of Ebenezer Creek.
 Interest Level: 9th-12th

Young Adult




A new school year is here! August is American Artist Appreciation Month.  Now is a great time to encourage your students to learn more about our country's preeminent artists with books and art prints from the ERS Library's circulating collection. Our online resources also contain a wealth of information on American artists: 

                           Discovery Education    |    ABC-CLIO    |    Teaching Books
                                  (log in to the ERS Portal before clicking these links)


collection     colors     warhol


Coming soon to the ERS Portal...



Research shows that a focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) leads to improved academic achievement, but many school leaders hesitate to compromise academic instructional time for SEL lessons. With Peekapak, there is no compromise. 
Peekapak’s PreK- 5th grade SEL lessons are aligned with ELA curriculum standards for literacy, reading and writing. 





                                                                                                      by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician

A New Database on the ERS Portal

We at ERS Library strive to provide valuable resources that enrich your classroom teaching and student learning. For the 2018-19 school year, we are offering Learn360, a streaming multimedia resource similar to Discovery Education. During the school year we hope educators will try both databases and provide us valuable comparison feedback on their content, ease of use and value to the curriculum. In June of 2019, we plan to decide which streaming video resource to continue providing.

Learn 360 offers access to more than 148,000 multimedia resources—including high-quality full-length videos, video clips, images, audio files, articles, activities, printables, and interactives—on any Internet-enabled device, anytime, anywhere. Its enhanced, state-of-the-art platform, featuring the content, navigation, educator tools, speed, and performance that today’s online experience demands, makes Learn360 a powerful tool for flipped classrooms, blended instruction, project-based learning, and 1:1environments. Content is provided by more than 200 top educational content producers, and this l360cvod_logo_1280wide_72number of producers  continues to grow. 

Check out Learn360 in the ERS Portal today! 
Any questions? Just email us at


                                                                                                           by Doug Cairns, Instructional Technology Specialist

Blackout Poetry


Ready for a little break from technology? If so, have you ever heard of Blackout Poetry? This activity takes pages from old books and turns them into new pieces of art. When it is time to remove old books from your library try re-purposing instead of recycling them. Here are some steps to help get you started:

Step 1: Scan the page first before reading it completely. Keep an eye out for an anchor word as you scan. An anchor word is one word on the page that stands out to you because it is packed and loaded with meaning and significance.  Starting with an anchor word is important because it helps you to imagine possible themes and topics for your poem.

Step 2: Now read the page of text in its entirety. Use a pencil to lightly circle any words that connect to the anchor word and resonate with you. Resonant words might be expressive or evocative, but for whatever reason, these are the words on the page that stick with you. Avoid circling more than three words in a row.

Step 3: List all of the circled words on a separate piece of paper. List the words in the order that they appear on the page of text from top to bottom, left to right. The words you use for the final poem will remain in this order so it doesn’t confuse the reader.

Step 4: Select words, without changing their order on the list, and piece them together to create the lines of a poem. You can eliminate parts of words, especially any endings, if it helps to keep the meaning of the poem clear. Try different possibilities for your poem before selecting the lines for your final poem. If you are stuck during this step, return back to the original page of text. The right word you are searching for could be there waiting for you.

Step 5: Return to the page of text and circle only the words you selected for the final poem.  Remember to also erase the circles around any words you will not be using.

Step 6: Add an illustration or design to the page of text that connects to your poem. Be very careful not to draw over the circled words you selected for your final poem!



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