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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Thursday, April 8, 2021
We continue to carefully curate and deliver print/digital resources as requested by educators participating in our CheckThisOut! Multimedia Kit Service. If you would like to join the hundreds of teachers who already take advantage of CheckThisOut!, check your school email on July 1 for the 2021-22 sign up link.
For educators who prefer to reserve their own materials via the library’s online Follett Destiny catalog, our 2020-21 weekly school delivery service continues through Thursday, June 3. staff members travel over 600 miles each week delivering print materials and STEM kits to educators across Tulare and Kings Counties.
In addition to school deliveries, our curbside services remain an option for those who need materials before their next delivery day. Contact us for details!
Our team looks forward to fulfilling your educational resource needs. Please contact us with any questions or requests – firstname.lastname@example.org or (559) 651-3031. We wish you all a “Happy April” and hope you & your students take a moment to celebrate that it is both School Library Month & National Poetry Month.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
The ERS Library staff would love to give you a quick virtual tour of the varied services we provide the teachers and educational staff of our contracting school districts (in other words… you!).
In those 15 minutes, you’ll get an overview of our unique curation service, CheckThisOut! -- loved by many Tulare & Kings County educators, learn how you and your students can access our online ERS Portals, take a quick look at the standards-aligned digital resources available in those Portals, and find out how to sign up for Bookmarked!, so you can stay up-to-date on everything ERS Library.
Registration is open for April/May "Tech Tools" sessions -- Join us for Blogger, Google Classroom, Screencastify & more!
In the event you are not able to attend a LIVE virtual class, or if you would like it for reference, you can register for a recording of each session to be emailed to you following the LIVE session. This recording is for your viewing only; please do not share the link(s) you receive. You will have two weeks to view each recording before access expires.
Please use the following link to view and register for these sessions:
Friday, March 26, 2021
April is Poetry Month!
View a short lesson in Discovery Education (K-12) titled: Understanding Poetry.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
A Pokémon Club is a great way to build a community of play for Pokémon fans throughout your school community, encourage game play, bring in new players, and create a safe space.
Pokémon Club is intended for elementary school libraries. As schools serve a variety of grades it is not a requirement that your school only serve primary grades, or be called an “elementary school,” but the recommended age range for participation is 6-10.
After signing up you will receive an email confirmation with instructions for registering a Pokémon Club Trainer ID. From there you have access to current club activities for download and use in your club. You will never run out of ideas or options with activities like word searches, spot the difference, trivia, coloring pages, bingo, origami. You will also find codes for kids for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, and they will also be able to sign up with their parents and play Pokémon cards with their friends in a digital format. New activities are added on a regular basis.
Consider what activities are offered in your school and how a Pokémon Club will be a chance to pull in those students who are not already offered a club or activity opportunity.
Monday, March 22, 2021
Classic books are “classics” for a reason—and introducing the newest generations to books that have held esteem for decades is important. However, whether from outdated vernacular or style, many classics can be difficult not only for students to read, but also for them to understand and relate to. So how can we make them more accessible to all students? Adapting classics into graphic novel form is one of the best ways to breathe new lives into them! Through incredible graphics, and only the most important text, authors can tell some of the most difficult stories in a way that any reader can understand.
Join JLG on Thursday, March 25 at 3pm EST as they chat with the author/illustrator duo behind the Slaughterhouse Five Graphic Novel, Ryan North and Albert Monteys. Special guest Rex Ogle (Free Lunch) will discuss with Ryan and Albert how they adapted a world-renowned novel into graphic form, what it’s like working together to create a masterpiece and more.
Perfect for librarians, educators, parents and students grades 9 & up.
Friday, March 19, 2021
Join Penguin Random House, Library Journal, and School Library Journal for a free, day-long virtual book and author festival as they celebrate National Library Week and librarians everywhere! Enjoy a day packed with author panels and interviews, book buzzes, virtual shelf browsing, and adding to your TBR pile.
You’ll hear from many of your favorite authors, whose work runs the gamut from Picture Books to Young Adult titles to the best new Fiction and Nonfiction for adults. There is something of interest for every reader. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, access eGalleys, and enter to win prizes and giveaways.
Visit the event webpage for more details.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
by Steve Woods, Instructional Technology Specialist
Never Forget Again with Google Keep
Find yourself forgetting to run an errand? Has your partner or friend asked you to get something five minutes after checkout? Let me introduce you to Keep, one of Google's little-known productivity tools.Google Keep is a free and collaborative notetaking, list-making, task reminding powerhouse in a simple to use online tool. Keep is located via web browser at https://keep.google.com, as well as via the free Keep app (Apple and Android devices).
Once you open Keep, you'll find a simple interface, with a single box to begin a new text-based note. Hidden in plain view in that box are choices to create a list with checkboxes, a note based on an image, and if you're using the Chrome Browser, an option to even hand draw your note. No matter what type of note you begin, you can always add images, checkboxes and drawings from there.
On the left-hand side of Keep's browser-based tool, you'll find a Reminders tab for notes that leverage powerful date/time and even location-based reminders. Tie a shopping list note to your local Staples or Office Depot, and the free mobile app will give you an alert when you get near the store.
Want to stay organized? Create labels to categorize your notes and tie one or more categories to your notes. Search by label to find all related notes quickly. You can even use the paint palette icon on each note to create a background color, visually sorting your notes and making them stand out from each other.
Advanced features include a built-in image reader to copy text straight off an image in a note, adding collaborators to your notes, and even launching a Google Doc straight from a note if you'd rather continue there. Everything from your note will be carried over to the Doc.
Keep is one of those tools I highly recommend you consider for your personal life. You're bound to fall in love with its ease of use and versatility. Use your imagination to make your personal life more efficient, and Keep will naturally lend itself to your office, library, or classroom environment.
Want to learn more and see screenshots of Keep? Visit this Slides presentation.