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


Monday thru Friday

8:00am - 5:00pm


CLOSED 11/22 - 23

CLOSED 12/24 - 25

CLOSED 12/31- 1/1
New Year's


Stop by for a visit:
7000 W. Doe Avenue,
Suite A
Visalia, CA 93291

Give us a call:
(559) 651-3031

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     ERS Library 
Holiday Delivery Schedule

11/19 – 11/23     NO Delivery/Pickup Service (Thanksgiving Break)
       11/19 – 11/21    ERS Library OPEN to walk in patrons; 8:00am - 5:00pm

12/24 – 1/11       NO Delivery/Pickup Service (Winter Break)
12/26 – 12/28    ERS Library OPEN to walk in patrons; 8:00am - 5:00pm
       1/2 – 1/4            ERS Library OPEN to walk in patrons; 8:00am - 5:00pm
       1/7 – 1/11          ERS Library OPEN to walk in patrons; 8:00am - 5:00pm

Please be sure to request a pickup or renewal of the items on your account
no later than 12/10/18. If ERS Library items have been lost while checked out to you, please contact our staff at to discuss reimbursing or replacing these materials.


                       New ClassVR Training Dates: 



(click date to register)    

Thursday, January 17th    

Friday, February 1st    

Thursday, March 21st     

Thursday, April 11th    

Thursday, May 9th 

Would you like to introduce your students to Virtual Reality? The ERS Library has two sets of ClassVR goggles available for checkout. Educators planning to use these headsets need to attend a one-hour training to familiarize themselves with the devices. The ClassVR headsets provide access to a variety of rich and unique learning opportunities for students. Register today to attend one of our upcoming training sessions.



November is Native American Heritage Month.  It is observed to celebrate the cultures, traditions, histories and contributions of Native peoples. Did you know that California has the second largest Native American population in the United States? The ERS Library has books, DVDs & Native American culture kits available for check out via the Follett Destiny online catalog. You can also access digital resources on this topic by logging into the ERS Portal, then clicking on the following links: 

                                            Discovery Education                                Learn360





ERS Tech Class


with instructor Steve Woods

 Image Editing with Adobe Photoshop
      12/6            4:30pm - 7:30pm    

        *** FOUND ***

A set of keys (1 car key, 5 misc. keys) was recently returned inside one of our ERS Library green & blue canvas bags. If these belong to you: please email a description of the keys, including the model name on the car key to




The ERS Library & Multimedia Center offers its FREE CheckThis Out!  service to our Library Media Services contracted sites; all staff members at these locations are invited to participate annually. Participants joining now will receive up to 4 monthly CheckThisOut! kits (January - April) containing materials selected from our circulating collection such as: fiction/non-fiction books, graphic novels, book kits (8-30 copies of same title), DVDs, art prints, puppets, big books, Professional Development titles, realia kits, online content, and more. Our 2018-19 kit size options include: 4-6 items, 8-10 items, or "Class Library" which is a selection of 30 assorted fiction & non-fiction books that correlate with both the grade level and class reading level range that you request.

Click the CheckThisOut! banner above to learn more about this innovative service, discover why your fellow educators love it, and sign up to try it for yourself!

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New on the ERS Portal: PeekaPak & Peekaville

We are thrilled to announce Peekapak and Peekaville, our new Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program and accompanying online game!

The Peekapak program consists of teaching social emotional learning skills like self-regulation, teamwork and empathy through classwork, home activities, and a series of books which may be read in three varying English levels, as well as two Spanish levels. Lessons are reinforced by the online game, Peekaville, in which students earn berries as they learn about emotions and each other!

Peekapak’s curriculum is English Language Arts standards-aligned. Lessons are developed using evidence-based practices and have been researched in districts, Pre-K and after-school programs.

Use all Peekapak units and resources, or select the pieces that fit within your existing curriculum. PeekaPak is easy to customize for any classroom, as well as charter and home schools. With myPeekaville, educators, parents, and students all play a role in the learning process by celebrating the diversity in each other’s backgrounds, talents and interests.

This is the first time Peekapak has teamed up with a library, so we’re all learning! Check back in the future to see more in-depth articles. We’d love to hear any and all feedback you may have!

Check out the Peekapak FAQ here, then access both Peekapak and Peekaville through your ERS Portal login!






The books in the Hola, English! series were written both for Spanish-speaking children new to English and English-speaking children whose parents or teachers want to introduce a foreign language to early learners. Books from this series in the ERS Library: 

• Are You My Brown Bear?/
  Eres Mi Oso Pardo?
• Greenie Grows a Garden/
  Verdecito Cultiva un Jardin
• I Say Yes! I Say No!/
  Yo Digo que Si! Yo Digo que No!
• It’s Raining Cats and Frogs!/
  Llueve Gatos y Ranas!
• Sleepy Barker/ Ladrador Dormilon
• Stop and Go!/ Alto y Siga!




Interest Level: K - 3rd




In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would try to land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. During the two thousand nine hundred and seventy-nine days following his speech, eighteen astronauts climbed into spaceships; three of them died before even leaving the ground. Eight rockets soared into space. And four hundred thousand people―engineers, technicians, scientists, mathematicians, and machinists―joined Project Apollo in hopes of making the dream a reality. Free verse and illustrations tell the true story of the successes, failures, triumphs, tragedies, and lessons from Apollos 1 through 10 that led to the first Moon landing.


 Interest Level: 5th - 8th

Intermediate/Jr High



Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. He speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it's pretty overwhelming--especially when he's also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom's family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this debut novel introduces a new voice in contemporary YA.

 Interest Level: Young Adult

High School



                                                                                                           by Doug Cairns, Instructional Technology Specialist

Now available for checkout from the ERS Library...LEGO STEAM Park!

LEGO STEAM Park builds on every child’s natural curiosity and desire to create, explore, and investigate the world of early Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) through creative play.  The possibilities are endless, as you work with them to construct a STEAM Park full of dynamic moving rides, fun games, and scenes using the special selection of LEGO DUPLO bricks. With every trip to STEAM Park, children grow their understanding of gears, motion, measurement, and solving problems together in a fun and engaging way. 

  • Cause and effect
  • Observing and describing
  • Problem solving
  • Role play and collaboration

The LEGO STEAM Park includes a Teacher Guide with 8 Lessons. The science, math, and technology guidelines from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) have been used to develop the STEAM Park lessons. There are also additional activity idea cards to inspire playful learning. Want more lessons? LEGO Education has you covered. Check out the full library of LEGO Education Lessons.

In addition to the teacher support materials this set also includes 8 building inspiration cards with 16 different models for your students to build. If you or your students need a little extra help building, there is also a selection of learn to build animations available. 

Support for teaching the new NGSS Standards

Are you struggling to find relevant digital content to support teaching the new NGSS Standards? Consider using Learn360 & Discovery Education, ERS Library’s streaming video platforms. Learn360 & Discovery Education videos are standards aligned, content rich and educationally sound.



These streaming video services allow educators to search by standards in all core areas including NGSS. In Learn360, choose the option that reads “Search by Standards.” Choose your grade level and the “Subject” or standard you’re searching.


 Results for NGSS K-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions yielded 17 videos from Learn360ranging in length from 2-10 minutes and 15 short videos in Discovery Education (choose the “Browse by Standards” option.)


Both Learn360 and Discovery Education allow teachers to segment videos, especially helpful with longer videos. Use Learn360 and Discovery Education to discovery-ed-new-logo26ddd55266c8684f8940ff0000221831introduce your students to new concepts, reinforce concepts taught, or demonstrate how the concept is applied in the real world. In addition to streaming videos that support teaching the NGSS standards, the ERS Library’s circulating collection has over 41 STEM specific kits available for checkout. As a reminder, the ERS Library delivers materials directly to your school site. If you would like the library staff to curate resources for a teaching unit, please contact us at  



LMN Meetingsare a bi-monthly gathering of Tulare & Kings County schools' library personnel with an emphasis on collabortation, communication, and creativity. These meetings are dedicated to library development, exploring technology, discovering how to best use the ERS Portal resources, and how to utilize all ERS Library resources to support your campus. Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 28, 2019. If you haven't joined us previously, please contact Sara Torabi.




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