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...

New for 2018-19!!! We're adding "Class Library" as a kit size option for CTO!
** The slots available for Class Library (30 random fiction/nonfiction books) are almost full.
"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. Note: 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.

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 to 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?

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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What some of our 2017-18 
    participants said about

“It has so many great resources for your class - picture books, realia, class sets, books for your themes, and more. My students love when I show up with the book bag - they can't wait to see what is inside for the month! The staff is very helpful and make such great picks!”
-- Teacher, Castle Rock Elementary School
"The service is outstanding and should be used as an exemplar for other districts and counties to use as a great resource that can be used by educators for classrooms and for PD. Educators are busy. It is hard to pick out resources that could be used in the classroom. Items that I might have overlooked at the library were lent to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the items sent--more importantly, the students did, too. It opened a new world for me."
-- Administrator, Stone Corral School

"I would just share that they just have to try it and they'll like it! I missed out on not using it my first year of teaching and discovered after using it my 5th year that It's a good way to introduce books of all types, all diversity and of different topics to my students. My young students absolutely love their puppets and story kits!"
-- Teacher, Outside Creek School

“I would tell them -- "Hey! The ERS library has this service called "CheckThisOut!" I used it and loved having a variety of books delivered each month to me. The best part was that since I already had my year planned out and knew what HSS/SCI I was teaching I requested books/materials that supplemented my HSS/SCI lessons. My learners loved checking out the books for additional information that helped them with class projects that I assigned for HSS/SCI. Check it out! It's easy and convenient! ---That's what I would say :) ” 
-- Teacher, Jefferson Elementary School (Lindsay)

“A multitude of resources that span all grade levels, learning proficiencies and unit-specific topics per individual classroom needs. The ease of communication, attention to client requests and delivery are a unique and extremely valuable tool in a teacher's toolkit! Thank you again for making this available to Tulare County classrooms.” 
-- Museum Specialist, SCICON

“CTO is an amazing resource that allows new books to circulate in your classroom. It gives students access to different books that they may not be able to get a hold of in their school library. The online resources have so many great tools to help enhance learning. We use it daily!” 
-- Teacher, Rockford School

“They send lots of great books, many you probably wouldn't think to look for but end up being great additions to curriculum. We usually get our Social Studies covered by the deliveries. The kids have enjoyed just about every book we have received. Getting a new batch every month is always a fun surprise. They always send the perfect books for the age groups we requested.”
-- Parent, Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center

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