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Calling all Kings & Tulare County School Library Staff...

The ERS Library will be hosting a Follett Destiny Professional Development Day on April 16, 2018. Patti Stanko, a Senior Academic Trainer for Follett School Solutions, will lead participants through sessions including: Accessing Library Materials, Building Custom Reports, Circulation and Managing Fines, as well as Genrefying Your Library

Click here for the flyer and registration link






If you haven't tried the ERS Library's innovative CheckThisOut!, now is the perfect time to sample our service! Sign up by January 25th to receive 3 monthly* kits of educational resources customized to your students' grade level, reading level range, and even your lesson plans. We'll deliver them to your school site and pick them up when you're done! This service is FREE and the easiest way to learn more about both the physical and digital resources available to you from the ERS Library.

You can request to receive 4-6 or 8-10 items for each month's kit. Material types available to choose from include: Fiction books, Non-Fiction books, Picture Books, Book Kits [8-30 copies of same title], Art Prints, Big Books, Graphic Novels, CCSS Exemplars, DVDs, Professional Development titles, Digital Resources, Spanish-language materials,  STEM kits, Story-telling kits and more!

To learn more, read educator reviews, and sign up**, visit:

*Kits will be delivered to your site in February, March and April. They are yours for 4 weeks, with the option to renew if there are no current holds on the materials.

**After signing up, you will receive a confirmation email with your specific delivery dates and noting the preferences you selected.

To make changes to your account (current participants): click this link or the CTO! link on the main page of the ERS Portal, then click "Edit your response".  When making changes to your requests, please do NOT alter the "District" or "School" fields, they've been edited to match our records for sorting & delivery purposes. The reading level range, types of materials, # of items/month, and subject fields can be changed as needed, just be sure to submit changes before the deadline each month.








As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true. This illustrated volume tells Malala's story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hope even in the most difficult of times.


Interest Level: K - 3rd



In 1963, more than 30 African-American girls ages 11 to 16 were arrested for taking part in Civil Rights protests in Americus, Georgia. They were taken without their families' knowledge to a Civil War era stockade in Leesburg, Georgia, where they were confined in unsanitary conditions and exposed to brutal treatment. Over the following weeks, their commitment to the fight for equality was put to the test. Combining historical research and personal interviews with several of the girls, Heather E. Schwartz brings this true story of the Civil Rights Movement to life.




 Interest Level: 5th-8th



Discover Norse mythology and enthralling exploits of all-powerful Odin, mighty Thor and Loki, the infamous trickster. From the creation of the nine worlds to the final battle of Ragnarok, Carnegie Medal winner Kevin Crossley-Holland details the Viking gods while Jeffrey Alan Love's lavish illustrations bring the mythic figures to life on the page. Readers will be caught up in the seesawing struggle for power between gods, dwarfs, and giants, punctuated by surprising love matches, thrilling journeys, and dazzling magic.








 Interest Level: 7th-12th

Young Adult




Monday, January 15
th marks what would have been the 89th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The ERS Library's circulating collection and online databases include a variety of resources that can assist you in teaching your students about his life, his legacy and how he became one of the most notable leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

In addition to the ERS Library’s resources, Scholastic Online also offers multiple lesson plans commemorating the life of Dr. King.

To access the following premium subscription links you will first need to login to ERS Portal and open the listed databases in your browser window then return here to click the link, or you can search “Martin Luther King Jr” in each resource.
Discovery Education resources on Martin Luther King Jr. (K-12)
Sirs Discoverer resources on Martin Luther King Jr. (K-6)
ProQuest eLibrary resources on Martin Luther King Jr. (7-12)
ABC-CLIO resources on Martin Luther King Jr. (9-12)

To reserve one of these titles, visit the Follett Destiny catalog on the ERS Portal.



                                                     by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician

teachingERS Portal users should be very familiar with TeachingBooks, a phenomenal database that pairs pertinent resources with your book titles to further reading enjoyment, contextual knowledge, and educational relevance.

  • You can use this link to browse the full collection of nearly 30,000 book guides and lesson plans, or use the search bar at the top of the site to quickly locate resources for titles you already have in your possession. Once you click on a title, the types and quantity of resources available are listed in a box at the top right for easy reference.
  • The TeachingBooks blog features Author Posts (a different author and topic each month), their Contests and Giveaways section, “Resources Upon Request”, where teachers can request that the TB staff create resources for a specific author/book; and Timely Topics, which includes articles on the latest books and author-related news.
  • TeachingBooks has an entire section of Scaffolding Instruction to support struggling readers. These resources offer strategies to enhance engagement and comprehension of assigned texts.

TeachingBooks really goes the extra mile to help you find quality supplementary material for many books and authors.


Robotics kits can be reserved for delivery to your school site via our Follett Destiny online catalog. Be aware that you MUST use the Reserve for specific date  option to reserve these*. 



Reserving these items for delivery:

1. log in to

2. click on Follett Destiny Catalog

3. on the Catalog tab, search for materials by Keyword, Title, or Subject (STEM)

4. click on the title of an item you want

5. click the Hold It button in the right margin

6. select Reserve for Specific Date in the drop down

7. use the calendar to select the assigned delivery day that you want the item delivered

8. select a return date 1-2 weeks after that.

9. click Save ​


All available items will be delivered as requested.


*Note: If you use the "As soon as possible" option to book these items, your reservation will be cancelled and you will be contacted to resubmit your request using "Reserve for specific date".






                                                                   by Doug Cairns, Instructional Technology Specialist


code-org - It's easier than you think! 

Would you like to bring computer science to your library? It is easier than you might think. A lot of us will go to and do the Hour of Code, but this really just scratches the surface of possibilities. has a teacher portal that is available to support year round activities for all age groups.

Take a look at for lessons that can be brought to your students. Some of these are considered “unplugged”, meaning that they do not require any technology to participate in.

Once you register with, visit the studio. There you will find resources available to help you introduce coding to grades K - 12. Best of all, the lessons are designed for instructors that have no experience with coding. In addition, You will have access to an online classroom that allows you to track your students progress. Many of the lessons have supporting video content to explain the concepts that will be learned.

If you have any questions on how to get started with coding, contact the ERS Library staff. We can help you find the right fit for you and your students.





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