ESC Region 11 Library Services News

November 2021

ESC Region 11 Library Services

November Events

Native American Heritage Month

There is an abundance of resources to support Native American Heritage Month, including resources in TexQuest and Discovery Education. Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with these resources:


Veterans Day - November 11th

Veterans Day is a national holiday celebrated annually to honor men and women who have served in the United States armed services. You can find a variety of content in the digital resources your district already has access to, including in TexQuest and Discovery Education.


Have students research this holiday using Britannica or Gale in Context in TexQuest. These academic resources are the perfect place for students to learn more about this important day.


You will also want to check out the Veterans Day Channel in Discovery Education. There is also a virtual field trip event, Voices of U.S. - Why We Serve, held on Wednesday, November 10th at noon.

Professional Learning Opportunities

TexQuest Learning Series

For the next several months, we will be providing sessions focused on the various TexQuest resources. Please share these opportunities with anyone on your campus, from teachers to instructional technologists, as we are looking for ways to get TexQuest out of the library. Register today to save your spot.

Additional Learning Opportunities

Get Familiar with Book Creator!

Join us as we explore ways to use Book Creator to bring out creativity and student voice in the classroom/library. This three-part virtual series will include:


  • September 9th - BACK TO SCHOOL WITH BOOK CREATOR (Recording Available)
  • October 14th - BOOK CREATOR & LITERACY: TEACHER-LIBRARIAN PERSPECTIVE (Recording available)
  • November 11th - DIGITAL STORYTELLING


Each one-hour session will provide opportunities to explore Book Creator and project ideas to use with students. These sessions will be presented by Catherine Cappiello, Teacher Success Manager at Book Creator.


Register to Attend One or All Sessions

Edcamp Cardigan - November 13, 2021

Edcamp Cardigan is the first hybrid (virtual and face-to-face) edcamp for librarians all over the world. Connect with other librarians, share ideas and discuss timely issues. You must register to receive all information.


*not affiliated with ESC Region 11

ESC Region 11 Virtual STEAM Carnival - December 6-8

What to Expect in Our December Virtual Big Top - The STEAM Carnival is a rush of learning and fun, all packed into a 2 1/2 field trip that will leave your students wanting more. So, what does that mean for your students?


Gameshows, Virtual Escape Challenges, Student Showcases, and more!

We are currently working with several of our partners from previous events, along with even more guests from all over the world...and maybe even out of this world!

Students will have:

  • Individual challenges/competitions against other students from across the state
  • Team challenges designed to help your class work together to solve the puzzles
  • Famous guests, celebrities, and talents
  • Opportunities to win tickets to the 2022 Onsite STEAM Carnival
  • A chance to be part of the intro video with your classmates!


The event will consist of a 2 1/2 hour interactive event.

Ticket Information

#ESC11Librarians are doing AWESOME Things!

Don't forget to share the awesome things you are doing in the library and your community. This is a great way to let your school community see the ways the library supports students and learning on the campus. Remember to tag #esc11librarians so we can all learn from and celebrate with each other.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education - Vooks Channel

Have you checked out the Vooks in Discovery Education? These K-2 storybooks brought to life would be a great resource to share with teachers AND students! There are Vooks about adventures, holidays and more! Take a look at this fun resource!


Note: The Vooks channel is available to districts that have DEX, but a number of the Vooks can be found in the Activity Calendars posted on your Discovery Education Dashboard.


*You will need to be signed in to access the channel. If you are unsure how to log in, email sford@esc11.net.

DE Chats

If you want to learn new ways to engage learners with Discovery Ed or stay up to date on featured content, register to join us for DE Chats! We will meet (almost) monthly to share ideas, look at new features, and get updates on all things Discovery Education! If you haven't been inside the Discovery Education platform recently, take a look! It is updated and has lots of great content! The fall dates have been set.
  • November 10th - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Just for Fun!

Makerspace Idea

Do you have some weeded books you aren't sure what to do with? I saw this fun project shared on Twitter by Andrea Trudeau. Check out the how-to video below. Be sure and tag #ESC11Librarians if you or your students create one of these!

Turkey Sighting in Region 11!

Just as I was about to publish, I saw that Keller Librarian Caroline Carr had already added a turkey to her library! Check out her Tweet to see her Tik-Tok tour of her turkey! 🦃 📚
DIY: How to Make a Folded-Book Turkey

Nominations Open for TASL Administrator of the Year

Nominate campus and district-level administrators who serve as "friends of the profession" by advocating for school libraries, programs, and librarians. Nominate an outstanding administrator today at: https://bit.ly/3myvSgF.

Technology Resources Education Consortium

In addition to serving librarians in Region 11, our service center also manages a state-wide consortium for Destiny Library and Resource Manager. Through a partnership with Follett, we host services for more than 140 districts across the state. Benefits for our members include hosted services, ongoing training and support, access to an eBook catalog, and more.


Many of our Region 11 districts are already TREC members, but if your district is not and you are interested in learning more about TREC, you can take a look at the TREC website. If you have questions or would like a cost estimate of joining TREC, email sford@esc11.net.

ESC Region 11 Librarians - Stay Connected!

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Shawna Ford

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NS 11/4/2021