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Training Opportunity...

"Fake News:" What Is It & How to Help Students Detect It  

October 30, 2017

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October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.

School communities across the nation take the opportunity during October to educate students and raise awareness on bullying prevention. Research shows that more than one in five students report being bullied. Teachers can take part in helping prevent bullying by educating and raising awareness within their schools and classrooms.  For more information and resources on what you can do as an educator, visit or
.  You can also find classroom materials on this topic in the ERS circulating collection: login to the ERS Portal, click on the Follett Destiny online catalog, type “bullying” in the search box, and click the Keyword button to get a list of materials available. Reserved materials that are currently available will be delivered to your school site on the next scheduled day. On the ERS Portal, Discovery Education (DE) has digital resources and an entire Content Collection devoted to bullying prevention. After clicking on the DE icon, type "bullying" into the search bar; resources are divided by grade span: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.


lmn6010d55266c8684f8940ff0000221831Our next LMN meeting will be held on Monday, January 29th. If you would like to join LMN, contact are free for sites with an ERS Library contract, and $25 each for non-contracting sites. For more information about LMN, click here.


Superintendents & Site Administrators

 Don't forget to schedule your site's FREE Technology Day training.

This training, valued at over $975, is part of your annual Library Media Services contract and is almost completely customizeable! Each contracting site can receive a maximum of 6 hours* of direct instruction from our Instructional Technology Specialists on topics found in our Technology Day Catalog, or choose alternate topics specific to their technology needs. To schedule your training, complete & submit this form

*The Free Technology Day training is limited to one calendar day and cannot be split into multiple days.





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.

StoryCorps provides a Teacher Toolkit with multimedia resources, lesson plans, and an app guide to support educators in bringing this assignment to classrooms, after-school programs, or any context where young people are learning. We hope these multimedia pages and downloadable materials will provide you with an educational framework to support young people as they learn to interview, record, and listen to the stories of their elders.

Subscribe to the StoryCorps podcast for access to many inspiring interviews shared by other participants.



CheckThisOut! participants who receive a kit in October may notice that the "Assembled By:" box on their packing sheet is signed by someone other than Kim, Maria, Sara or Nathan. At the September 25th gathering of the Library Multimedia Network, sixty-four Library Technicians and District Librarians from Kings & Tulare County schools (grades K-12) participated in an activity that involved each of them assembling a CTO! kit from the information you provided. While initially surprised/nervous that we'd given them "real" packing sheets to work with, they caught on quickly and did a great job! Our goals for this activity were to get them thinking about how a similar offering might work with their own library & school staff, as well as to get them really exploring the ERS Library circulating collection and ERS Portal. They had a lot of positive feedback on this service after the meeting, with one LT enthusiastically suggesting that they get to do this at every meeting :)

The deadline to sign up and begin receiving kits in November, or make changes to your November kit, is Friday, October 20

To sign up, visit:
To make changes to your account: 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.





wonders | We're All Wonders


 R. J. Palacio makes her picture-book debut as both author and artist in this spin-off of her award winning middle grade novel Wonder. Focusing on narrator Auggie and his dog Daisy, Palacio shows readers what it’s like to live in his world—a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way. 
We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. This book is a great way for families and educators to talk about bullying, empathy, kindness, and self-esteem with young children.



Interest Level: K - 3rd



squirrelgirl | The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl..



Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey, where she will start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of
. . . a squirrel!

After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped. Then one-day she uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers, and her whole life changes...
Squirrel Girl is born!

All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?

Interest Level: 3rd - 6th


loving | Loving vs. Virginia...


From award winning author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in blank verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.







Young Adult




The California School Library Association (CSLA) cordially invites students to participate in 25th Annual Letters About Literature (LAL), sponsored by CSLA in cooperation with The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Letters About Literature is a writing contest designed to promote reading and thoughtful writing by encouraging young readers to write a letter to an author-living or dead-explaining how his or her work changed their perspective on the world or themselves. Letters should be personal and sincere, more like a private conversation than a book report or fan letter.

Readers in grades 4-12 write a letter to an author describing their personal reaction to a book, story or poem. Students may write about fiction or non-fiction. Letter writers compete in three levels: Level I is grades 4-6; Level II is grades 7-8; and Level III is grades 9-12. State judges will select the top letter writers in California, who then advance to the national competition. There will be a cash prize for the three state winners. In addition, nine letters from each level will be selected for honorable mention. State winners will be recognized at a special reception in Spring 2018 and all 30 letters will be published on the CSLA website.

Please visit or to learn more about the contest and find information for students, teaching guides, winning letters from previous years, FAQs and the entry coupon. 

Click here for a promotional PDF to print for your school -- Click here for the Entry Form.


                                           by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician

We frequently hear from teachers (and students!) how much they love our TumbleBooks and Tumble Readables digital resources, both are available through the ERS Portal. This month, we’re focusing on TumbleBooks , one of our TK-6 resources!

TumbleBooks has many great features and a variety of content to support you and your students. Below are a few key features:

Story books - these are picture books that have been animated and professionally narrated. The text is highlighted so beginning readers can follow along.

tumble-book-library-new-logoEbooks are full-length chapter books for grades 2-6, and Read-Alongs are narrated chapter books for grades 2-6 which also feature highlighted text if the reader wishes. The Non Fiction section features a wide selection of both Story Books and longer, more challenging Ebooks. There are also Graphic Novels, Math Stories, a Language Learning section, and even a collection of 190 videos from National Geographic!

TumbleBooks also includes Puzzles and Games to accompany books students have read. In addition, curated “Playlists” have been assembled that make it easy to search by popular topics, book length, language, books that have both a Spanish and English version, Story Time playlists, and much more! The possibility also exists to create your own personal “Playlist” by clicking on the term “Playlist” in the top Selection Bar and following the provided instructions. To find the Puzzles and Games, as well as curated “Playlists,” click on the colorfully labeled tabs.

Lastly, TumbleBooks is a resource that students can access from home and school on a variety of digital platforms. Simply provide your students with your school’s unique student login. If you do not know your school’s student login, please contact us at or 651-3031.

If you have questions on how to navigate the great content in TumbleBooks, click on “How To Tumble” from the Selection Bar at the top of every page. You will find detailed instructions, FAQs and how-to videos. Of course, you can always contact us here at ERS for support and assistance. Happy Tumbling!                                      


International Games Week 
(IGW) is an annual celebration of games, play, libraries and learning that any library in the world can join, and costs absolutely nothing to register for!

 has only the most flexible of entry requirements – you have to have some sort of game-related activity in or around your library, during or near the week, which in 2017 is October 29th through November 4th. That’s all! The games can be videogames on a library console, tabletop games, social games, party games, traditional folk games – whatever you think will work for your individual library and community.

Visit the
IGW website to learn more!

The ALA (American Library Association) also has
promotional materials available with posters, logos, and press materials to help you promote the event in your library. And there’s a blog at which publishes updates weekly on a range of topics to help inspire ideas, discussion, and of course learning around games and play in libraries.






Making Sense of Google Web Apps, Extensions, and Add-Ons

by Doug Cairns, Educational Technology Specialist


We have all heard these terms before, but what do they mean? This article explains the difference between each, and how are they used? The basic answer is they add extra functionality to Google products.

Web Apps are similar to traditional programs you would install on your computer. The difference here is that Web Apps are not installed on your computer they are added to the Chrome Browser. Take for example “
Pixlr Editor”, this Web App allows you to do photo editing. The Web App runs online and does the heavy processing on servers owned by the Web App developer. You do not need a traditional computer with lots of memory to do the job.

Extensions are utilities that are added to the Chrome web browser. These utilities extend the functionality of what Chrome can do. Some Extensions allow you to save passwords others will translate a website. There are so many Extensions available you can find one for almost any task you need. Extensions are not unique to Google though. You can find Extensions for all modern browsers including Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Safari.

Add-Ons are specific to Google Drive and Docs. Add-Ons extend the functionality of what Drive and Docs can do. The Add-Ons will change depending on the type of Google Doc you are using. Just like Web Apps and Extensions if you find that you are limited in what you can do with Google Drive and Docs there is likely an Add-On that will give you what you need.

Web Apps and Extensions can be found at the
Chrome Web Store here. Add-Ons can be found in the toolbar of the Google Doc you are working in. Add-Ons for Drive can be found by opening Drive, Clicking New, Selecting More, and finally clicking “Connect More Apps”.





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