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Check Out the Newest Additions to the
ERS Library Circulating Collection...

Playaways are pre-loaded audiobooks (one title per device) that give patrons the portability and freedom to listen anytime, anywhere. A PlayAway can be connected via AUX cord to a portable speaker for whole-class participation, or to line-in headphones for an individual listening experience.
                     - Playaways are not Bluetooth compatible, speaker/headphones not included in kit. -
      - Several PlayAway titles match 30 book class sets already in the collection. Must be reserved separately. -

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To reserve a PlayAway for use in your classroom: 
Log in to the ERS Portal, then search "PlayAway" in our Follett Destiny online catalog. Using the "Reserve for specific date" option, select one of your site's
assigned delivery days and a pickup date before clicking Save.

Upcoming Technology Training at TCOE's Doe Avenue Complex...
General Technology Training
w/ Steve Woods & Doug Cairns, Instructional Technology Specialists 
Tech Tools: Google Sites (voucher required) 11/18 1:00pm - 4:00pm 
ClassVR Training (ERS Library contracting sites only) 11/19  4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Everyone Can Create (Photo) 12/12  5:00pm - 8:00pm 
Technology Integration for the Classroom
w/ Katherine Goyette, Educational Technology & Integrated Studies Consultant 
Putting It All Together: Grades 6 - 12
Educational Technology in Humanities
12/2  8:30am - 3:30pm 
Putting It All Together: Grades 6 - 12
Educational Technology in Mathematics/Science
12/3  8:30am - 3:30pm 


The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national movement that empowers young people—and people of all ages—to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder using the free StoryCorps App. Interviews become part of the StoryCorps Archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress To date, thousands of high schools from all 50 states have participated and preserved more than 100,000 interviews, providing families with a priceless piece of personal history. Click here for lesson plans, handouts, and ways to use StoryCorps in your classroom.


A reminder for our Check
ThisOut! participants:

There are no December CTO! kits.

Please schedule a pickup of all ERS Library materials BEFORE your site closes for Winter Break.

December 17 - 19 are the last delivery/pickup dates for library materials before the holidays.

To schedule a pickup, reply PICKUP to any "ERS Library -- Items Due Next Week"/ "ERS Library -- Items Overdue" email
email PICKUP to

On December 2nd, you will receive an email reminder of what you selected for your January - April CTO! kits. Please review this and make any necessary changes ahead of the listed deadlines.





Is that a horse wearing a hat? It’s definitely not a unicorn in disguise — that would be ridiculous, right? It’s probably just a horse that’s having a bad hair day. Or trying to keep the sun out of its eyes. Or perhaps this horse just really likes hats! If you follow it long enough, maybe it will take off its hat and you’ll finally know for sure. Or will you? It’s all a matter of perspective in this cheerful, cheeky story about seeing magic in the everyday.

Interest Level: K - 3rd



Eleven-year-old Penny Rose has just moved to a new town, and so far the robots she builds herself are her only company. But with just a bit of magic, everything changes: she becomes best friends with Lark, has the chance to join a secret science club, and discovers that her robots are alive. Penny Rose hardly remembers how lonely she used to feel. Quirky and wonderful, this illustrated chapter book shows that making your own space and a true friend in the world is a kind of magic all its own.

Interest Level: 3rd - 6th



Thistle Tate is only seventeen, and a bestselling author. It's too bad she's also a liar.

It seems like Thistle has everything. Her Lemonade Skies series is wildly popular, with droves of diehard fans waiting for the next--and final--book. She's even started dating her best friend, Liam, the one person who knows everything about her including Thistle's deepest secret: she's not really the author of the books.

Lies, jealousy, secrets. . . It's only a matter of time before something gives--and Thistle's world comes undone.

 Interest Level: YA

Young Adult

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


The next LMN meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 27, 2020 at TCOE's Doe Avenue Complex. All school library personnel are welcome!
Contact Sara Torabi
for more information.

Webinar -- Celebrate the Best Books of 2019!
Registration Link

School librarians share their ALA predictions, trending topics and not-to-miss lists as well as sneak peeks on books they're excited about for 2020 and more. And . . . 25 lucky winners will be selected to win Follett's coveted award poster sets, which includes one of each - Coretta Scott King, Caldecott, Newbery, Pura Bel Pre and Printz award posters. Don't miss this! Once registered, you can view the webinar at your convenience.

                                                          by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician

Encyclopedia Britannica   school_hdr_brand_250

Encyclopedia Britannica is included in the ERS Portal and is one of the resources provided by the California State Library. In addition to their excellent reference articles, students and teachers can also locate content by clicking on links which include:

  • Biographies: In the Elementary version, students simply click on a letter of the alphabet or search for a name. In the Middle and High School versions, students can narrow their search by Era, National/Cultural Association, Known For, and Gender. This allows them to find individuals without knowing specific names.
  • Compare Countries: Students can select two countries from anywhere in the world and compare facts such as population, form of government, religion, life expectancy, monetary unit and many others. Students can also check out images and videos from any country they choose.
  • World Atlas: Zoom in on any country in the world via both Map and Satellite, and see a summary of that country including its flag, a profile of factual information, and related materials such as famous citizens and national events.
  • Tour the U.S.A.: Much like the World Atlas, this allows students to zoom in on information and facts about any state in the Union and view the country by both map and satellite.

You’ll find much more in Encyclopedia Britannica than just reference articles. Log in to the ERS Portal and explore today!


November is
Picture Book Month, celebrating print picture books. In addition to reading for pleasure, there are many ways to use picture books with any grade level: as tools for teaching story structure & literary conventions, as prompts for creative writing assignments, to introduce new content in a simplified & visual manner (social studies and science), and read-aloud as a social experience that invites conversation and questions. 

The ERS Library has picture books available in both easy fiction and informational text formats. Log into the ERS Portal to search the Follett Destiny online catalog, and reserve titles for use with your students. Our staff will drop them off at your site on the assigned delivery day of your choice and pick them up when you are finished.

 A few of the MANY picture books available in the ERS Library's circulating collection:

Teachers and library staff, consider starting a #classroombookaday in your class or library. Watch this webinar for details, how-to, and the value of #classroombookaday.

TCOE Looking for Student Artists

In a unique countywide collaboration, Tulare County’s talented young artists have two opportunities for their artwork to be featured on local buses. TCOE and partner organizations are looking for artwork to promote two important events: Healthy Tulare County Week and Census 2020. Both contests are open to Tulare County students in grades K-12. All artwork must be digitally uploaded and accompanied by a signed parent permission slip. Winning student pieces from each contest will be showcased on local buses. 

Contest information can be found at and
For more information, contact:
Kate Stover

                                              by Doug Cairns, Instructional Technology Specialist   

What are Cubelets?

Cubelets are robot blocks that use “Tactile Coding” to help builders of any age explore robotics, coding, and more. Uniquely designed, they are little bundles of software inside little bundles of hardware. As you build a robot, you learn to build a program. It’s a fun and fascinating way to introduce big ideas through play.

Creating a bunch of robots with Cubelets is easy, intuitive, and most of all, entertaining. You’ve never built with blocks like these. Cubelets are just like building blocks, only smarter. They perfectly pair with each other using magnets and are infinitely expandable using LEGO. Start by connecting Cubelet Blocks together to create a variety of robots. Grow by connecting the Bluetooth adapter and then adding your own program.

The ERS Library has Cubelets available for check out in the Follett Destiny online catalog. They are recommended for ages 4+

Watch this video for more inspiration:

Cubelets Discovery Set from Modular Robotics on Vimeo.



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