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Closed 5/23 - All-Staff Retreat
Closed 5/27 - Memorial Day 
Closed 7/4 - Independence Day


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white-pacifica_green-logo       ERS Library End of Year
     Delivery/Pickup Schedule

There are just three weeks of ERS Library Delivery & Pickup service remaining this school year. Please be certain that you request a pickup to get all items collected from your school site. IMPORTANT: If you do not request a pickup, our drivers will not stop at your site. Any items not requested to be picked up by Monday, June 3rd will be your responsibility to return directly to the ERS Library.

Through June 6th, we are happy to deliver ERS Library resources for use during summer school. Please reserve these in the ERS Library online catalog and set the return date as the day you intend to bring them back to our office.

Due to some important end of the year events, our Thursday routes have been rescheduled for the next two weeks. Thursday pickups will occur on Friday, May 17th and on Wednesday, May 22nd. The May 30th & June 6th Thursday pickups will occur as normally scheduled.

Library Technicians & School Secretaries: As we get closer to the end of the year, we will email you lists of any ERS Library items still at your site according to our records. We appreciate any help you can provide in making sure all ERS Library items are returned before your site's last day of school.


personal-computerUpcoming ERS Technology Classes 
with instructors Steve Woods & Doug Cairns
         Google Drive & Docs         9/4                  5:00pm - 8:00pm
         Tech Tools: Beginning/Intermediate Excel       9/10                  1:00pm - 4:00pm
         Tech Tools: STEAM Robotics       9/11                  1:00pm - 4:00pm

Putting It All Together

w/ Katherine Goyette, Educational Technology & Integrated Studies Consultant

Educational Technology for Primary Grades        7/298:30am - 3:30pm
Educational Technology in Grades 3-5         7/308:30am - 3:30pm

Important Information for 2019-2020

The signed 2019-20 Library Media Services contracts are due from our contracting school districts, private schools, TCOE departments, homeschooling families and individual teachers by July 1, 2019. Please email these to

We are now scheduling ERS Portal Presentations for the 2019-20 school year. This training is approximately one hour in length, and focuses on changes/additions to our Portal resources, efficient search methods & utilization of databases, and how to correctly reserve circulating collection materials for delivery to your site. Our presenter is available from 9:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Wednesday & Fridays. To schedule your presentation, email

The sign up link for 2019-20's CheckThisOut! will be posted on the ERS Portal and emailed to all educators at our contracting sites on July 1, 2019.  Please note that your participation does NOT carry over from year to year. You will need to complete a new form for 2019-20. If you would like a copy of your 2018-19 selections for reference, please email

 Hosting Family Literacy Night, Back to School, Open House, 

or Orientation at your site? 

Consider inviting the ERS Library staff to share and demonstrate the premium digital resources available to both students and parents via the ERS Portal. Our California Common Core aligned digital resources, including streaming video and eBooks, are accessible to parents, students and teachers 24/7/365! 

Contact us today to schedule an ERS Library booth/table at your next parent or community event.

CDE Annual School Library Survey

All school sites need to complete the CDE's annual School Library Survey for the 2017-2018 school year by Friday, June 28, 2019. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Debra Lockwood; (559) 651-3042 or





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Long legs, sticky tongues, big round eyes, and other dazzling features—what's not to love about frogs? 

In this illustrated picture book, Caldecott Honor–winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page explore one of the world's most diverse — and most threatened — animals.

With more than 5,000 different frog species on the planet, in every color of the rainbow and a vast number of vivid patterns, no creatures are more fascinating to learn about or look at. Jenkins and Page present a stunning array of these intriguing amphibians and the many amazing adaptations they have made to survive.


Interest Level: K - 3rd



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When Candice finds a letter in an old attic in Lambert, South Carolina, she isn't sure she should read it. It's addressed to her grandmother, who left the town in shame. But the letter describes a young woman. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding its writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle.

So with the help of Brandon, the quiet boy across the street, she begins to decipher the clues. The challenge will lead them deep into Lambert's history, full of ugly deeds, forgotten heroes, and one great love; and deeper into their own families, with their own unspoken secrets. Can they find the fortune and fulfill the letter's promise before the answers slip into the past yet again?

A Coretta Scott King Author Honor and Boston Globe / Horn Book Honor winner.

 Interest Level: 3rd - 6th


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It's the perfect idea for a romantic week together: traveling across America by train.

But then Hugo's girlfriend dumps him. Her parting gift: the tickets for their long-planned last-hurrah-before-uni trip. Only, it's been booked under her name. Nontransferable, no exceptions.

Mae is still reeling from being rejected from USC's film school. When she stumbles across Hugo's ad for a replacement Margaret Campbell (her full name!), she's certain it's exactly the adventure she needs to shake off her disappointment and jump-start her next film.

A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?
 Interest Level: 9th-12th

Young Adult

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


The "Human Body" and "Solar System" Giant Magnetic Kits -- available for check out in the library's circulating collection -- have been so popular that we are adding 5 new themes! Look for "Animal Cell", "Plant Cell", "Plant Life Cycles", "Butterfly Life Cycle" and "Frog Life Cycle" kits when school returns in August 2019. These realistically detailed jumbo magnets are perfect for use on classroom white boards.

     Library Multimedia Network 2018-19 "Perfect Attendance" Awards 
Eleven Tulare & Kings County school library staff members received "Perfect Attendance" plaques at the May 13th LMN meeting.

Jeanette Gonsalves-Roach (Lincoln Ele, Lindsay), Roxanne Stickler (Lakeside Ele, Hanford), Liliana Guzman (Farmersville Jr High), Brenda Camren (Exeter HS), Maria Avila (J E Hester Ele, Farmersville), Veronica Chavez (Palm Ele, Cutler-Orosi).
Front: Teresa Mitchell (Woodlake HS), Lisa Donkin (Wilson MS, Exeter), Rebecca Rodriguez (Orosi HS), Jennifer Salvatore (Sunnyside School, Strathmore), Jennifer DeRaad (Stratford Ele).

                                                          by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician

Discovery Education

Discovery Education is one of our favorite ERS Portal resources for many reasons. It’s a great place to find video content, images, maps, lesson plans on any topic, and at any grade level. But did you know that Discovery Education has Virtual Field Trips and a Virtual Reality library as well? It’s true!

Both the Virtual Field Trip Archive and the Virtual Reality library can be found in your Discovery Education Professional Learning Center. 

You can watch new Virtual Field Trips live, or watch them on demand later. Each no-cost Virtual Field Trip comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities. Currently featured are “trips” to the Johnson Space Center, the Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace, and a behind-the-scenes look at last year’s hit movie “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.”

While best viewed in a headset, Discovery Education’s Virtual Reality library is almost as much fun to watch on a regular screen. By using your mouse or touching the screen, you can spin your viewpoint 180 degrees as you experience a herd of wild horses, a pack of wolves, swimming elephants, a rollercoaster, a ride on an asteroid as it crashes into the earth, and more!

discovery-ed-new-logo26ddd55266c8684f8940ff0000221831For the Virtual Reality Library, log in to the ERS Portal, then click here:

For the Virtual Field Trip archive, log in to the ERS Portal, then click here:


May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The month of May was chosen to remember the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States in 1843 and it also marks the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. It celebrates the culture, traditions and history of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The ERS library can support you in teaching this topic to your students using our online resources as well as getting books delivered to your school site.

Available in the ERS Library circulating collection:


Available via Discovery Education on the ERS Portal:
    K - 2         3 - 5         6 - 8         9 - 12    

Available via TeachingBooks on the ERS Portal:
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Winners, 2001-2019


The Tulare County Library's 2019 summer reading program kicks off on June 11, 2019. This FREE program is available to children ages 0 - 18.

Registration begins in June; be sure to visit your local branch to sign up!


Six Tulare County Library branches will be offering free summer meals to children ages 1-18. Call (559) 266-3663 for more information.



                                              by Doug Cairns, Instructional Technology Specialist   
Google Classroom - What to do at the end of the year 

classroomlogoGoogle Classroom makes teaching more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and fostering communication. Educators can create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Classroom also seamlessly integrates with other Google tools like Google Docs and Drive.” 

So what do you do with a whole years worth of content? 

  1. Review your posts and assignments from the current school year. Make sure to edit the names of the posts and assignments you will re-use the following year. 

  2. Archive your current year classroom(s). This will remove them from your dashboard but still allow students access to their work. 

  3. Create your upcoming year's classroom(s). Maintain the current format or make changes to benefit you for the next year.

  4. Use the Re-Use post to bring over relevant content from previous years. You do not have to make them active, choose to save them as a Draft, then post as you need.

If you have not used Google Classroom in the past this is a great time to start! Get used to how it works and implement it with your students next year. Collaborate with other teachers on campus that have used it to learn how they have used it. Create classrooms for the students and teachers you support. You can even invite teachers into your classroom as a Co-Teacher to give students the extra support they need.

Give it a try it is easier than you think!

Interested in additional Google, Microsoft, or Adobe product training? 
Visit the EdTech page of TCOE's Common Core Connect website and click on
 Professional Learning.



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