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The ERS Library's CheckThisOut! Multimedia Kit Subscription Service (CTO!) is FREE and available to all staff at our contracting sites. Once you sign up for CheckThisOut!, the ERS Library Team will begin curating monthly sets of materials, especially for you and your students. These kits, based on the criteria you select, will then be delivered to your campus. Four weeks later, we'll deliver a new kit and pick up the old one. Kits are available in August, September, October, November, and then January, February, March & April. December and May are PICKUP ONLY months as all materials must be returned to the ERS Library before winter & summer breaks.

Kit sizes & available customization:
4-6 item kit Material types, grade(s), reading level, and topic customization. 
8-10 item kit Material types, grade(s), reading level, and topic customization 
Class Library kit   30 single copy fiction/nonfiction books by grade & reading level [NO topics] 
NO KIT For months when you don't want a kit delivered or emailed. 

If you prefer to receive only links to ERS Portal digital resources, please select only "Digital Resources from the ERS Portal" in the What types of materials are you interested in receiving? section. You will receive a monthly email containing 4-8 links to curated resources from the ERS Portal rather than a physical delivery to your site. Otherwise, you are welcome to select as many types of materials as you like.
CTO Kit Type Chart

Click the image at left to compare our different CTO! kits and choose the one(s) best for you.

When completing the sign up form, you can choose which style of kit to receive each month. 

Feeling adventurous?
Try a different kit
size each month!

CheckThisOut! Q&A Sessions w/ Sara Torabi
If you want to learn more about CheckThisOut! or would like a real-time walk through of
your registration with the designer of this service, please register for one of our Q&A sessions: 
 Date & Time Location  Link
 Friday, July 15th
10:00am -10:30am
 virtual via Zoom  REGISTRATION LINK
Friday, August 12th
3:45pm – 4:15pm
 virtual via Zoom  REGISTRATION LINK
Friday, August 19th
3:45pm – 4:15pm
 virtual via Zoom  REGISTRATION LINK

          Please contact:      
       Sara Torabi
       (559) 651-3031 ext. 3304                    

CTO! Frequently Asked Questions

  • When can I sign up?

  • How do I sign up?

  • What can I choose to include in my CTO! kits?

  • Do I need to sign up for CTO! to access the ERS Library's circulating collection?

  • Do I need to sign up to participate each school year?

  • Can I request specific titles/items?

  • When will my kit be delivered?

  • Will the ERS Library email me a list of what is being delivered ahead of time?

  • When is my kit due?

  • I put my kit in the pickup spot a week ago and it's still there. What should I do?

  • There is an item listed on my checkout receipt that is not in my kit. What should I do?

  • Can I lend items from the kit to my students? What if they damage/lose something?

  • My lesson plans changed, can I update my requests?

  • My topic requests are out of sync with my assigned delivery dates. How can I fix this?

  • I'd like more/fewer resources or to put my kits on hold for a month. How do I do this?

  • I requested Halloween materials for my October kit. Why did my kit include mostly random items?

Sample Kits
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  • Kinder kit
  • 4th grade
  • 7th grade kit



How current participants use CTO! to enhance lessons and engage students...

"I enjoy using CheckThisOut! to support my Social Studies and Science curriculum.  I use my long term calendar to order for the whole year so I don't have to think about it. They just show up. I use the stories to introduce a topic or to just fill in extra time (if I have any-LOL). My favorite thing about CheckThisOut! is planning it all out at once and not having to think about it afterwards.  It's like a gift I forgot all about that just shows up for me to use."

- K. Tracy, Kings River School, Kings River SD 

"I use CheckThisOut! as a great resource when looking for books for our students. I love the variety and great conversations that the books start. Best thing of all? The great titles!"

- Linda S., Mark Twain Elementary, Corcoran USD

"I request books which connect to our Unique Curriculum topic and/or our Thematics materials (Letter, Word, & Number of the week) for the month. I use the books in our daily read alouds or when introducing a lesson. The CheckThisOut! kit helps me front load my students with new material or connect to their prior knowledge. My students love books and the CheckThisOut! Kit helps keep my library new and interesting to my students. It also immerses them in our thematic materials and our monthly Unique Curriculum. It's a free and easy service to use that I love just as much as my students. All I have to do is request books at the beginning of the year and pick them up monthly at my site. Thank you for such a unique service!"

- J. Ciampi, Shelly Baird School, KCOE

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