Thursday, April 8, 2021

A message from Debra Lockwood, ERS Library Media Supervisor


Spring activities are in full bloom at the ERS Library!

Our staff has fully returned to the library after nine months of alternating working from home one day with working in the library the next.

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!

The ERS Library staff has been working on an exciting new project this spring. Through the Tulare County Office of Education’s Readership Grant, the ERS Library received funds to purchase over 3,000 new books for classroom kits. I worked alongside ELA consultants, Tammy Milligan, and Jenean Bray, to identify culturally relevant and diverse titles for classroom book kits. We chose exciting new titles like Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina, Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson, and Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya. We also worked diligently to identify book titles to include in grade level specific themed book kits. One of the many themed kits we created has books where the main character demonstrates courage, tenacity, and perseverance. Titles in this kit for grades 4-6 are Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar, Runs with Courage by Joan M. Wolf, As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds, Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm, and Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo. Titles for grades 7-8 include Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore, Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed, Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri, The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling, and The Great Jeff by Tony Abbott. Themed kits include 6 copies of each title to encourage small groups of students to read the same book and then participate in a classroom wide discussion around the books’ theme. The ERS Library team is very excited to offer these wonderful new classroom book kits to our contracting educators.

Our team looks forward to fulfilling your educational resource needs. Please contact us with any questions or requests – 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

Virtual Event: Dia del los Niños 2021

Sunday, April 25th is Visalia's annual Dia de los Niños celebration, which will be virtual for 2021. To register your child (ages 5-17) for a free event bag, click on the flyer below.