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Click here to join for the 2024-25 school year.

The ERS Library’s CheckThisOut! (CTO!) service is FREE and available to all educators working in districts that contract with Tulare County Office of Education for ERS Library Media Services.

How it Works:
  1. Sign Up: Fill out this Google form to tell us what materials you'd like for your students.
  2. Get Your Kit: Based on your choices, we'll deliver a custom bundle of books and other classroom resources to your school site. Our standard bundle is 8-10 items. We also have a limited number of Class Library kits; these include thirty (30) random books matching your requested grade level(s) and reading level range. Important Note: Class Library kits DO NOT include topic customization.
  3. Swap It Out: Every four (4) weeks, we'll deliver a new kit and pick up the old one. This happens from August to November and January to April. In December and May, you will return materials, but there are no CTO! deliveries.
What You Can Choose:
  • Physical Materials: Fiction and nonfiction books appropriate for grades Preschool-12th; these include titles for emergent readers, graphic novels, YA titles, chapter books, Spanish/bilingual titles, big books, picture books, board books, and small book kits (6-10 copies, same title), as well as PlayAway audiobooks, puppets, art prints, storytelling kits, and STEM kits.
  • Digital Resources: Links to online learning materials from the ERS Portal.
  • Customization: You pick the grade level(s), reading level range, topics, and material types you want.
Sample Kits
Kinder kit

7th grade kit

4th grade

High School

CTO! Frequently Asked Questions

Feedback from our
2023-24 CTO! participants...

"I really enjoyed the kits. It is great to put down 1-2 topics & have books that are on topic & ones I may have never thought to pick up myself. My high school kids look forward to seeing what each new unit brings. Keep the variety & reading levels coming! I appreciate all the handpicked kits!"
- Tulare COE educator
"Great resources, thoughtfully put together. I used the material given to supplement and enhance my current curriculum and students seemed to enjoy them."
- Palo Verde SD educator
"Keep up the amazing work! Thanks for adding books that go with that general genre or theme of what I requested for the month."
- Corcoran USD educator
"This is an excellent program. I'm glad I participated."
- Kings COE educator
"These were great additional books for my daughter to use along with her lessons."
- Eleanor Roosevelt CLC educator
"The choice of books picked for me was perfect for me and my students. I used them for free choice book picks. I just want to thank you all for your wonderful work putting together and delivering these kits."
- Lakeside SD educator