Friday, May 20, 2022

Holidays & Observances with Teaching Resources! - May 2022

May is National Inventor’s Month. This month we recognize the curiosity, imagination and contributions inventors have made to the nation and the world. Every inventor has brought something into this world that we didn’t know we needed. From medical advancements to fuel efficient homes, inventors and innovators are working hard to create the next big thing. The ERS Library has digital resources and materials for check-out on many inventors.

From Learn360:

Grades: 3-5 Thomas Edison

Grades: 6-8, 9-12 Famous Americans: Famous Inventors and Inventions

In the ERS Library Collection:

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Free Webinar: Ditch Dewey and Watch Your Circulation Grow

Is your nonfiction circulation less than desirable? Are your kids struggling to find the nonfiction books they want to read? Does your nonfiction section need a facelift? Find out how two Texas librarians collaborated on a process to overhaul their nonfiction section and "Ditch the Dewey."

This webinar will offer a step-by-step process to help you do the same. Learn how to tackle this project without fear and watch your nonfiction circulation increase dramatically.

Register And Attend the Literacy for Texas Webinar For A FREE Hour Of PD + The Chance To Win 25 FREE Books!

Click Here to Register

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Webinar: Shake Up Your Shelves - April 14, 2022

Join HarperCollins Children's Books for this exciting webinar, 

Shake Up Your Shelves: Examining AAPI Representation in Library Collections and Classrooms

Now more than ever, it is important for teachers and librarians to include culturally authentic books in curricula and library collections that uplift and center Asian-American and Pacific Islander voices. Join NEWBERY MEDALIST LINDA SUE PARK as she leads a discussion on how we can Shake Up Our Shelves by examining AAPI representation in our current collections and asking what to consider when adding new books by or about AAPI community members. You’ll also hear from NEWBERY MEDALIST ERIN ENTRADA KELLY, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JOANNA HO, 2022 NEWBERY HONOR AUTHOR RAJANI LAROCCA, and DEBUT AUTHOR XIXI TIANM as they share what it means to be part of the AAPI community and the process of writing those lived experiences for children today. Please join HarperCollins Children's Books and Booklist for this free, one-hour webinar on April 14th at 9 AM PST.

Can't make the date? Register for Booklist's upcoming webinars and they'll send you the archive after the event!

Upcoming Holidays & Observances with Teaching Resources - March 2022

April is National Poetry Month, first celebrated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. Over the years, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, families, and—of course—poets, marking poetry's important place in our lives. The ERS Library is excited to provide poetry study resources to contracting educators via our circulating library collection and the ERS Portal's digital content.

You can also visit for more ways to celebrate, including a free 2022 National Poetry Month poster!

Learn360 Resources:

How to Write a Poem (Grades K-5)               Poetry (Grades 6-12)

Circulating Collection Titles (reserve via Follett Destiny Online Library Catalog):

Friday, March 18, 2022

On Display in the ERS Library

Women's History Month continues to be celebrated in the ERS Library. Maria Ortiz decorated these endcaps to display some of the theme-related books we have available for check out.

Visit and use our Follett Destiny Online Catalog to reserve these titles and many others for delivery to your school site.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Upcoming Holidays & Observances w/ Teaching Resources - March 2022

March is Women's History Month, which has been recognized in the United States since 1987. This month, we celebrate women's contributions to history, culture, and society. From science to politics, it's a chance to reflect on the trailblazing women who lead the way for change. The ERS Library has women's biographies available for check out in Follett Destiny and online digital resources available via the ERS Portals.


Eleanor Roosevelt (Grades: 3-6, 6-8)

How Women Won the Vote (Grades: 6-8, 9-12)

Available for check out:

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Technology Tips - February 2022

                                                                                                          by Steve Woods, Instructional Technology Specialist

Google’s Jamboard is a free presentation tool that integrates interactive and collaborative elements in an easy-to-use interface. You can find Jamboard at, on that 9-dot Google App Launcher on most Google tools, or via free download at either the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store for mobile devices.

Jamboard’s deceptively simple interface hides a lot of its creative power, leaving it up to your imagination as to how best to share it with your class. You’ll start with a single document, or “Frame,” as Jamboard calls it. You can add up to a total of 20 Frames on a board.

You’ll find various tools, including a combination pen/marker/highlighter/brush tool with 6 simple colors, an eraser, post-it notes, image insert, shapes, text box tool, and a laser pointer. At the top center is an Expand Frame Bar button, used to add or remove Frames, or navigate through all Frames of your board.

How are Jamboards used in the classroom? As exit tickets, social-emotional learning tools, classification tools, mind maps, shout-outs, virtual manipulatives, storyboards, and more. It’s really up to you how you want to use your Jamboards. 

You can find shared Jamboard templates and ideas by visiting:

Because it’s a Google product, Jamboards can be shared with your students using the ubiquitous Share button, or in Google Classroom by searching Drive when creating an assignment. It’s recommended to use Classroom, as students won’t be able to post completely anonymously on your boards. Plus, Classroom allows you to share a copy of your Jamboard with each student if you’d like.

Friday, February 18, 2022

Grant Opportunity: up to $2000 from We Need Diverse Books!


We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

WNDB established the Educators Making a Difference Grants for educators who believe in the importance of incorporating diverse books by diverse authors into their schools, libraries, and educational organizations. These grants will provide up to $2000 per educator and can be used toward buying diverse titles, hosting diversity-focused student or community events, diversity audits of existing collections, or any other project that supports diverse literature.

  • Applicant must be an educator, employed in a student-facing role at least part-time where they work with students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Applicants should have a long-term position at their school, library, or organization.
  • This is a United States-based grant so the applicant must be an educator at a US-based school or organization.
  • Applicant must plan to use grant funds to integrate diverse literature in their classroom, through diversity audits of an existing collection, hosting diversity-focused student or community events, book purchases, author visits, activities, book clubs, school-wide reads, and other projects that support diverse literature. Applicant must provide a list of diverse titles if they plan to purchase books with grant funds.
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • The deadline to apply is March 4, 2022.

For more information visit:

Monday, January 31, 2022

Upcoming Holidays & Observances w/ Teaching Resources - January 2022

February is African American History Month, also known as Black History Month. We honor and recognize African Americans' past and present -- people, events, and accomplishments -- during this time. 

The ERS Library has both circulating and online resources available for contracting school educators to support teaching Black History Month!

Learn360 on the ERS Portal:

Grades PreK-2: Corretta Scott King and the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy

Grades 3-5: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Grades 6-8, 9-12: Rosa Parks: African Americans Who Left Their Stamp on History

Reserve for delivery via Follett Destiny: