The ERS Library & Multimedia Center offers its FREE CheckThisOut! service to our Library Media Services contracted sites; all staff members at these locations are invited to participate annually. Participants will receive up to 8 monthly CheckThisOut!  kits 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. Kit size options include: 4-6 items, 8-10 items, or a 30 book "Class Library."

Our "Class Library" kits are a selection of 30 random*, fiction & non-fiction books that correlate with both the grade level and class reading level range that you request. We do not offer customization by Material Type or Lesson Plan with the "Class Library" kits, they are random single-copy books only. We can accommodate "Class Library" kit requests for 24 teachers per month. Once those spots are full, the "Class Library" option will be removed from kit size sections of the CTO! sign up form.

*Note: these are not the same as our class sets that contain 30 copies of the same title)

How CheckThisOut! works

Sign up at any time during the school year and once a month our ERS Library Team will curate a random or customized kit of materials especially for you, then deliver them to your campus. We'll include extras like Teaching Books flyers with links to lesson plans & author interviews, and links to extra content on the ERS Portal. Look the materials over, share them with your students and, if you choose, rate/review them in our Follett Destiny online catalog. When you are done, place the kit back in the drop spot, request a pickup and our driver will return the items to the ERS Library. Your next kit will be delivered as scheduled.

Drop off/pick up dates for the year will be provided once we process your registration and are noted on the packing slip that comes with each kit. The first round of kits go out in August, with subsequent deliveries in September, October & November. December is a Pickup Only month for CTO! (materials can still be reserved for delivery via the Follett Destiny online catalog). CTO! deliveries resume in January and continue through February, March and April. May is another Pickup Only month as we work to get all materials returned to the Library before summer break .


The Friday before your kits are due you will receive an automated “ERS Library -- Items Due Soon” email. You must reply to this email. If you are done with the kit, reply with the word “ PICKUP”. If you would like to keep the kit a while longer, the reply word is “RENEW”. A member of the ERS Library Staff will respond to your request with pickup confirmation, the new due date for your kit, or to let you know if any items must come back because they have been reserved by other educators. 

When returning kits, be sure that they are in place for pickup by 8:30am on your assigned delivery/pickup day. Our drivers try to avoid interrupting teachers during class time to locate materials and will only do so if there is an item that is needed by another client or something is very overdue. Your next kit will still arrive on its scheduled drop off date. Not sure which day your campus is assigned? 
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CTO! Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I sign up?

  • When can I sign up?

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

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

  • Can I request specific titles/items?

  • I'm not certain of everything that is in the ERS Library collection, how can I be sure I'm not missing anything?

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

  • My requests don't quite fit my assigned CTO! 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 Christmas materials for my 8-10 item December kit, but when it arrived there were 2-3 Christmas items and the rest of the kit was “random”… why?

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

  • How will I know when my items have been delivered?

  • How do I know when my items are due?

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

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

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




What some of our 2018-19 participants said about CheckThisOut!...

“It is a fabulous service that will provide you with materials for your units of study, or just a random sampling of high interest books for your class.”
--Teacher,Castle Rock Elementary School
I encourage every teacher at our school to use this service."
-- Teacher, TOWANITS School

"I would tell them that they definitely should do it! It takes such a short amount of time to sign up and gives you an years worth of surprises! "
-- Teacher, Waukena School

“CheckThisOut! is an invaluable resource that can enrich your classroom with quality pieces of literature delivered right to your site each month. This service has allowed me to expand my balanced literacy program. My learners and I have both benefited from this wonderful teaching resource. ” 
-- Teacher, Reagan Elementary School (Lindsay)

“It is like Christmas every month! 😁” 
-- Parent, Eleanor Roosevelt CLC

“I would say 'Give it a try. It only takes a few minutes to set up at the beginning of the year. Then you can just enjoy having what you need for the entire year without thinking about it. I've done it for about three years and have never regretted it!'” 
-- Teacher, Kings River Elementary School

“This is an awesome service that provides diversity and inspiration in books for students. It also provides an excellent opportunity for teachers to have access to professional development books!”
-- Teacher, Pixley Middle School

"I LOVED it! It was so nice to have something automated that I didnt have to think of... my items just showed up curated just for me and it was great!"
-- Teacher, Kennedy Elementary School (Lindsay)

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