September 2017                                                                                               
                  edited by: Sara Torabi, Library Media Technician


Monday thru Friday

8:00am - 5:00pm

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:



 Save The Date!

"School Library Services
in California and the
Central Valley"

September 29, 2017
12:00pm - 3:00pm
(Light lunch provided)

For more information on this important workshop, click here.



Did you know?                            
by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician                      
You already know that the post-login ERS Portal provides you with fantastic, premium resources including Discovery Education, TumbleBooks, TumbleReadables, TeachingBooks, Education City, etc. What you may not realize is that there is even more recommended content available to you, just one click away from our Portal!

the ERS Portal is home to general information pages about the ERS Library's many services, contact info, this Bookmarked newsletter AND a staff-curated "More Resources" section. As we at ERS come across useful, educational and (usually) free resources, we share them with our patrons in an easily accessible space. From the ERS Portal homepage, click the gray More Resources tab in the right corner of the page. Currently you’ll see links to educational sites like Zing! (some free/some paid), Edutopia, Remind, NASA Education, Common Sense Education, and Epic! an e-book site.

Remember, these resources are not considered part of your ERS Portal contracted content and you won't see them listed in the post-login Portal.  If you have questions or technical issues we are happy to help if we can, but you may need to contact the site's customer support team directly.  

If you have a resource that you would like to share, let us know! Content suggestions should be sent to Questions or general requests should go to for the fastest service.
 We strive to make the ERS Portal your #1 source for educational resources!



An important note on reserving ERS Library materials via the Follett Destiny online catalog...

When booking items for delivery to your school site, please be sure to ALWAYS use the"Reserve for specific date" option in the dropdown menu (see below).


pic1reserveAvoid using the "As soon as possible" option as that allows your booking(s) to be pre-empted, possibly multiple times, by other teachers reserving the same item. This can be especially frustrating if your intent was to use the item(s) during a scheduled lesson.


When you select "Reserve for specific date" a calendar pops up allowing you to lock in the specific date that you want an item (please choose your normal delivery day of the week) and be sure no one already has it reserved for that time period. Once you've set your dates, click the blue "Save" button and your items will be delivered to your site as requested.








First Meeting of the Year

The first LMN meeting of the 2017-18 school year is scheduled for 
September 25. 

If you did not receive the RSVP email for this event, please contact​​Meetings are free for sites with an ERS Library contract, and $25 each for non-contracting sites. For more information about LMN, click here.


The ERS Library Return Box is located near our parking lot entrance at 7000 W. Doe Avenue in Visalia, CA 93291.  If you would like to return library materials directly to the ERS Library outside of regular office hours (M-F, 8-5), please place them inside this box.

      Superintendents & Site Administrators

Get the most out of your 2017-18 ERS Library Media Services contract by scheduling both an ERS Portal Presentation and a FREE Technology Day (a $975+ value) for your staff.  These training days are part of your contracted services and a great way to show your staff all that is available to them via the ERS Library. Use the links above to request training on your preferred dates, or contact if you have additional questions.


September's CheckThisOut! kits are currently being delivered. The deadline to sign up and begin receiving kits in October, or make changes to your October kit, is Friday, September 22

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.


New Titles in the ERS Library's Circulating Collection...
by Kim Rice, Library Media Technician

elebook | Bee-Wigged


All Jerry Bee wants is to make friends, but that's hard to do when you're the most enormous bee anyone has ever seen. Then a wig changes Jerry's life: when he puts it on, he looks just like a boy! Jerry creates quite a buzz with his kindness and generosity, and for the first time, he has friends. But will his new pals stick around when his true identity is revealed? In this zany and tender tale, written and illustrated by Cece Bell, Newbery Honor–winning author-illustrator, Jerry finds that having friends you can "bee" yourself around is as sweet as honey.

Interest Level: K - 3rd



Science teacher Bobby Mercer provides readers with 25 open-ended design challenges for children of all ages. The projects can be modified to meet the skill levels of the children doing them, from elementary school kids to teenagers. Though each challenge includes suggested materials and one step-by-step, illustrated solution, children are encouraged to modify and improve on the basic design, and come up with new and more complicated design parameters. Educators and parents will find this title a handy resource to teach children problem-solving skills and applied physics, all while having a lot of fun.


          Interest Level: 5th - 8th

Middle School




This coming-of-age prequel to the Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity, returns to a beloved character just before she first takes flight.

When fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she'd imagined won't be exactly what she anticipated. And once she returns to her grandfather's estate, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident.

Her memory of that day returns to her in pieces, and when a body is discovered, some new friends are caught in the crosshairs of long-held biases about Travellers. Julie must get to the bottom of the mystery to keep them from being framed for the crime.

Young Adult



Heads up Google Drive users!

by Steve Woods, Educational Technology Specialist

According to their blog, Google is replacing Drive with two services allowing you to backup files stored on your computer: one for people with a typical account, and one for those using a G Suite for Education account.

Backup and Sync combines both the popular Photos backup service (which automatically syncs photos from your machine) and Drive (which holds your uploaded and created Google documents). You can 
install Backup and Sync here, and decide which folders you want to sync with your online Drive.

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Drive File Stream is only offered to G Suite for Education users. Once activated by your administrator, you can install Drive File Stream. This unique service allows access to the files you store online in Drive, without having to actually keep a copy on your computer. This technique could save gigabytes of space on your device. For example: Open Drive File Stream, choose a Microsoft Word file you store in Drive, and the file is connected to, temporarily downloaded, and opens in Microsoft Word on your PC or Mac. Edit the file, save it, and close it. Drive File Stream replaces the file you have online, and removes the temporary copy from your machine. Viola!

One thing to note:
you can only choose one service. I personally am using Backup and Sync with my G Suite for Education account.

Upcoming Observances & Teaching Resources

by Maria Ortiz, Library Media Technician

nhhmSeptember 15th through October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month.  This observance celebrates and recognizes the contributions made by the presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States. It also celebrates their heritage and culture. The ERS Library has multiple books available for checkout to help students understand the importance of the Hispanic and Latino cultures. Also, Teaching Books on the ERS Portal has a list of suggested book titles: | National Hispanic Heritage Month . You can also visit the Scholastic website for ideas on how to celebrate at Scholastic | 24 Great Ideas for Hispanic Heritage Month.



edutopia-logoThe Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

A collection of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Visit this site weekly to get the latest updates!
library-card-sign-up-month-poster-english-11x17-white-borders-and-logosSeptember is Library Card Sign-up Month and crimefighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, are teaming up with the American Library Association (ALA) to promote the value of a library card. As honorary chairs, DC’s Teen Titans will remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. Click the image above to find more information on how you can promote this event at your school.





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