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New Look to the ERS Student Portals! 

At the ERS Library, we’re continuously working to improve our customers’ experience, including your students! With this in mind our team recently updated the look of both our Kids Portal (K-8) and Teen Portal (9-12).

After logging in, your students will find simpler, more straightforward buttons arranged to help them find exactly what they’re looking for.

The Kids Portal (right) has a grid of easy to read buttons, while the Teen Portal (below) has like resources grouped together, and provides a list of resource types at the top of the page.

Use your site's students credentials to log in and sneak a peek!

Don’t know your Kids or Teen Portal login information? Check the bottom section of the Bookmarked newsletter email, or send an email to

Upcoming Technology Training at TCOE's Doe Avenue Complex...
General Technology Training
w/ Steve Woods & Doug Cairns, Instructional Technology Specialists 
Tech Tools: Laser Cutting & Engraving
Access Code: TT19-20
3/5 1:00pm - 4:00pm  
Hands-On Robot Playground 3/18 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Tech Tools: Google Forms
Access Code: TT19-20
3/19 1:00pm - 4:00pm 
Technology Integration for the Classroom
w/ Katherine Goyette, Educational Technology & Integrated Studies Consultant 
Beyond an Hour of Code: Computer Science for All Grade Levels/Content Areas 3/23 8:30am - 3:30pm 
Putting It All Together - Educational Technology in Grades 3 - 5 3/31 8:30am - 3:30pm 

Reader's Theater Scripts Collection 

Reader's Theater is a highly engaging, collaborative literacy activity in which students practice and perform short scripts, which are often adapted from literature. Without using props and costumes, students rely on expressive voices to convey meaning and emotion to the audience as they read directly from their scripts  — no memorization of lines needed.

TeachingBooks has a collection of 400+ Reader's Theater scripts, grades K - 12, accessible via the ERS Library Portal. Log into the ERS Portal in a browser window, then click on this link. Popular Reader's Theater titles include: "Bud, Not Buddy", "Wonder", "Esperanza Rising", "The Day the Crayons Quit", and "Henry's Freedom Box".


Your March 
CTO! kit will be delivered on the designated site delivery day of your assigned CTO! week:

Week 1: March 10 - 12
Week 2: March 17 - 19
Week 3: March 24 - 26

To make changes to what you originally requested for your
April kit, click here.



Best friends Jasper and Ollie decide to go to the pool. On your mark, get set . . . WAIT! As Jasper races ahead—crashing into the mailman, speeding past the ice cream truck—Ollie takes his sweet time, pausing to admire a butterfly, smell a daisy, and help the mailman pick up his letters!

With a clever design that shows Jasper's hectic rush compared with Ollie's casual stroll, this hilarious story allows young readers to easily recognize the differences between the two pals. It's a smartly paced, hugely funny celebration of what makes each person special. Kids and grown-ups will giggle as they decide if they're more of a "Jasper" or an "Ollie." It's also a great story to share the concept of "taking time to smell the roses"—a perfect lesson in our overly scheduled world.  

Interest Level: K - 3rd



Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Air Derby, the first women's air race across the U.S. Follow the incredible lives of legend Amelia Earhart, who has captivated generations; Marvel Crosson, who built a plane before she even learned how to fly; Louise Thaden, who shattered jaw-dropping altitude records; and Elinor Smith, who at age seventeen made headlines when she flew under the Brooklyn Bridge.

These awe-inspiring stories culminate in a suspenseful, nail-biting race across the country that brings to life the glory and grit of the dangerous and thrilling early days of flying. From Steve Sheinkin comes the untold story of fearless women who dared to fly.

Interest Level: 3rd - 6th



Perfect for aspiring coders everywhere, Girl Code is the story of two teenage tech phenoms who met at Girls Who Code summer camp, teamed up to create a viral video game, and ended up becoming world famous. The book also includes bonus content to help you start coding!

Through the success of their video game, Andy and Sophie got unprecedented access to some of the biggest start-ups and tech companies, and now they’re sharing what they’ve seen and inspiring young women. Get ready for an inside look at the tech industry, the true power of coding, and some of the amazing women who are shaping the world. Andy and Sophie reveal not only what they’ve learned about opportunities in science and technology but also the true value of discovering your own voice and creativity.

 Interest Level: YA

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

The Nonnegotiable Role 
of School Librarians
by Scott Beck, PhD. 


                 Have you scheduled a Book Fair?

Both Scholastic and Follett have excellent Book Fair programs. If you haven't scheduled one for your school, be sure to check them out!

Scholastic will be hosting their Spring Showcase after the ERS Library's March 16th LMN meeting. If you would like to attend, please email Sara Torabi.

Follett Book Fairs offers this video tour of their Spring 2020 offerings.

                                                                                                            by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician

Discovery Education Studio   

Discovery Education Studio allows you and your students to create project-related studio boards on any subject, either from scratch or from one of many pre-formatted boards such as a weekly planner, character analysis board, scientific explanation board, and templates from Discovery’s SOS Instructional Strategies. Studio allows for safe collaboration among and between students in a controlled environment, with a built-in filter that screens inappropriate content. Shareable links make it easy for students to connect and collaborate. Individual and group assignments are available, and teachers can edit and remove content, as well as grading and returning assignments to students with comments. Students can combine their own pictures and videos with content from Discovery Education. They can research, collect, and create all in one location, and build a media source list prior to starting the creation. With a powerful text editor and multiple formats available, including presentations, project papers, portfolios and more, the possibilities are endless!

Studio can be used with/shared through email, Facebook, Twitter, DEsand Google Classroom. Access Studio through your Discovery Education Professional Learning Center, or simply by clicking on the Magic Wand icon you’ll see when you hover over the Discovery Education menu. For ideas on how to use Studio, locate the pre-made board titled "50 Ways to use Board Builder".


Black History Month (February) is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. President Gerald Ford officially recognized the first Black History Month in 1976. Your students can learn how this annual celebration is a time of pride and remembrance. The ERS Library has biographies on many well-known African Americans available for check out. The ERS Portal databases contain a multitude of digital resources and curated collections dedicated celebrating Black History Month.

Links to content on Discovery Education:

      Grades K - 2             Grades 3 - 5             Grades 6 - 8             Grades 9 - 12      
 A few of the books available via the ERS Library's Follett Destiny online catalog:



The School Librarian's
      Role in Reading

"As literacy leaders, school librarians are positioned to elevate the importance of reading as well as reading proficiency to support all learners’ academic success. Decades of research indicate that there is a positive correlation between learners’ attending schools with full-time, state-certified school librarians and higher scores on standardized reading tests (Gretes 2013)."
Click here to read more.

                                              by Doug Cairns, Instructional Technology Specialist   

Doodle for Google

The Doodle for Google Contest is an annual competition designed to encourage eligible U.S. school students to use their creativity to create their own interpretation of the Google logo. Artists can use any material they choose to create their Doodle but they have to use the official form to submit their entry.


Doodles will be grouped and judged in five grade groups: K - 3, 4 - 5, 6 - 7, 8 - 9, 10 - 12.

Visit the “How it Works” page to learn how to submit an entry.

Prizes include scholarships, technology packages for the artist's school, trips to Google headquarters in California, Google hardware and Google swag.

The contest is open for entries until March 13, 2020 8:00pm PT.



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