May 2017


Monday thru Friday

8:00am - 5:00pm


Closed 5/29 for the

Memorial Day holiday


Closed 7/4 for the

Fourth of July 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:

Did you know?


The ERS Library & Multimedia Center is open all summer!

Summer Break is a wonderful time to stop by the ERS Library! Browse our circulating collection in person, visit the Teacher Resource Center, chat with our staff and enjoy the office's excellent air conditioning! Staff members from ERS Library contracting schools are always welcome to check out library materials and will receive a 10% discount on any item(s) purchased in the TRC.





   sienna_natural_white-copyThe final ERS Library Delivery & Pickup Service 

      dates for this school year are June 6, 7 & 8. 
To confirm your site's specific day of the week, click here.  You must request a pickup to have items collected from your site. To request a pickup, email the word "PICKUP", your full name and school site to library@ersconnect.orgAfter the final pickup dates, any library materials still in your possession are your responsibility to return directly to the ERS Library. We politely request that you do not leave ERS Library materials sitting at your school site over Summer break.

The ERS Library's Delivery and Pickup Service will resume on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.









Reserve ERS Library materials now for delivery next school year!


Our Follett Destiny online catalog is accessible year-round and is always the best way to have specific materials delivered to your site exactly when you need them.


Login to the ERS Portal and click on the Follett icon. From the Catalog tab you can search our collection by keyword, title, subject, author or series, and refine your search by Material Type (select Kit if looking only for book sets), Reading Level range, Interest Level range or Reading program.


Find something you want? Click on the title, then on the Hold It button in the right margin. Always use the drop down menu to select "For a specific date", then select your delivery AND return dates (~3 weeks between). Click Save and you are all set! If you choose a date that is not your site's assigned delivery day, we will bring it to you on the assigned day of the week you selected. 


      Superintendents & Site Administrators

A 2017-18 Library Media Services Contract was emailed to each contracting district/site Administrator and their Administrative Assistant on Monday, April 3rd. Please be sure to return the signed contract before July 1, 2017 to avoid interruption in service to your site(s). Included with the contract is a checklist of things to schedule or be aware of as you plan for next school year.

As you are planning for next year, be sure to schedule your site's ERS Portal Presentation and FREE Technology Day. Both training days are part of your 2017-18 ERS Library Media Services contract. Use the links above to request training on your preferred dates, or contact if you have additional questions.


Thank you to all of our 2016-17 CheckThisOut! participants and especially those who responded to the CTO! End of Year Survey. We received great feedback and are evaluating several ideas for next year. The following teachers were selected via Google’s Random Number Generator as winners of the survey’s Book Bundle drawing:

img_81672ce5d45266c8684f8940ff0000221831Elementary Bundle:
Monica Mireles
John C. Fremont Elementary School

Middle School Bundle:
Melissa Dixon
Eleanor Roosevelt CLC

High School Bundle:
Linda Danner
Sierra Vista High School

The link to register for next year’s CheckThisOut! will be emailed to all contracting site staff at the beginning of July. We hope this gives you plenty of time to review your lesson plans and create customized kits (if you wish) before the 2017-18 school year begins. 

Important Reminder:
 CTO! does not carry over from school year to school year, so be sure to sign up if you wish to participate again.


Library Multimedia Network
2017-18 Meeting Dates

September 259:00 am - 1:00 pmElderwood Room, ERS 
November 13 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Elderwood Room, ERS 
January 29 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Elderwood Room, ERS 
March 12 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Elderwood Room, ERS 
May 21 9:00 am - 1:00 pmElderwood Room, ERS 


For more information about LMN, click here. If you are interested in attending these or any future LMN meetings, email Sara Torabi.



As part of an ongoing series that address the recommendations of the Library Audit Report, we present:    

Library Audit - Recommendation #3 

“Provide guidance to school districts on…identifying the needs of their school library programs by using the model standards as part of their LCAP process.”


The third and final audit recommendation given to County Offices of Education is to provide guidance to school districts on using the Model School Library Standards as part of the Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs).

The Model School Library Standards (MSLS) were adopted by the California State Board of Education in 2010. These standards provide minimum library program guidelines in regards to staffing, student access, resources, teacher librarian and library technician (assistant) responsibilities. As part of the yearly LCAP Annual Update process, the MSLS can assist administrators, staff, parents, and other stakeholders in determining needed resources or staffing to improve their school libraries and raise student achievement in their districts. School districts across Tulare County are encouraged to use the MSLS during the development of their annual LCAP plans. If you have any questions regarding how the Model School Library Standards can be used to assist with the development of your LCAP, please do not hesitate to contact Debra Lockwood, TCOE’s Library Media Supervisor at 559-651-3042 or

Coming soon to the ERS Library's Circulating Collection...




The ERS Library has purchased a variety of Snap Circuits kits. Each comes with over 20 - 60 pieces and creates 10 - 30 different electronic projects. The pieces, which include snap wires, a slide switch, a resistor, a microphone, and capacitors, snap easily onto the included plastic grid--no soldering required. Each piece is numbered and color-coded to make identifying them easy. These components combine to create working circuit boards just like the ones found inside televisions, radios, and other electronic devices. 


With easy-to-follow instructions, Snap Circuits give students a hands-on education in how electrical circuits run the everyday devices that they're familiar with. They'll also gain valuable lessons in building and in following instructions. The project manuals include large color illustrations and simple directions for each project.

All Grades




SPRK+ is far more than just a robot. Powered by the Lightning Lab app, you can easily learn programming, complete hands-on activities, and share your creations with the community. Navigate a maze. Program a painting. Mimic the solar system. Swim across the water. Have a dance party… The only limit is your imagination.


SPRK+ and Lightning Lab allow you to collaborate with other users around the globe to innovate the world of education and empower anyone to program. Equipped with Bluetooth SMART and a strong scratch-resistant UV coating, SPRK+ takes hands-on learning up a notch. Join the growing community of makers, students, instructors, and parents – all learning on the same social platform. SPRK+ will foster a love of robotics, coding, and STEAM principles… all through play.


All Grades




What is Makey Makey? Turn the whole world into a keyboard. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners or Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between. How Does it Work? Alligator Clip two objects to the Makey Makey. For example, you and a banana (or an ice cube, or a kitty cat). When you touch the banana, the computer just thinks a keyboard key is being pressed, so you can type a letter, jump in a video game, take a picture, or play some music.


Who is Makey Makey For? Kids, Artists, Educators, Engineers, Inventors, Makers. Really it is for everyone.









All Grades



av2_logoThe ERS Library has recently added 62 titles from Weigl's AV2 series to the circulating collection! was developed to accompany these Weigl books. The website includes audio, videos, web links, quizzes, key words, slide shows, interactive activities, core activities, plus activities for differentiated learning, through which students explore the covered subject. These features can be used for group work, research, and interdisciplinary projects that will help students meet important knowledge and skill outcomes in U.S. curricula from grades K to 12.

AV2 media enhanced books are based on national curriculum standards. Content found online helps make the books come alive with audio and visual features. There are many potential approaches for teachers who choose to take advantage of AV2’s learning materials. For more information follow this link.

To search for AV2 books in our Follett Online Catalog, once you are on the Catalog tab of Follett Destiny, type "AV2" into the search bar, then click on the Keyword button. As of May 2017, this should bring up 62 individual titles to choose from.

“I don't know where people got the idea that characters in books are supposed to be likable. Books are not in the business of creating merely likeable characters with whom you can have some simple identification with. Books are in the business of creating great stories that make your brain go ahhbdgbdmerhberg urhbudgerbudbaaarr.” 

                 – John Green     john-green






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