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Teacher Resource Center

Teacher Resource Center

About Us

The Teacher Resource Center (TRC) is a collection of teaching materials used in pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 classrooms. It provides assistance with the identification and location of various teaching materials related to specific topics and delivers services associated with these materials.

Our Mission

The Teacher Resource Center provides services and collections designed to make a major contribution to the teacher education program at California State University, Fresno. The TRC is a collection of teaching materials used in pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 classrooms. It provides assistance with the identification and location of various teaching materials related to specific topics and delivers services associated with these materials. The collection is intended primarily for Fresno State faculty and Fresno State teacher education students who are creating lesson/unit plans for their coursework, practicums, or student teaching. Other interested individuals, including local schoolteachers and residents, may use the collection.

Our Location

The Teacher Resource Center is located at the east end of 3rd floor, north. Because of the nature of the materials and corresponding assignments, there are numerous group study areas: therefore the TRC is not well-suited for quiet study. There are several designated Quiet Study Areas located throughout the Library for those patrons desiring a quiet study environment.

Our Hours

Most TRC materials including children’s literature, textbooks, and activity books, are available all hours the main library is open. For access to TRC media and other material located in the TRC room, contact the Circulation desk on the First Floor: 559.278.2551

Our Subject Guide

Contact Information for the Center

  • Phone: 559.278.5794
  • Fax: 559.278.6952

Materials in the Center

The TRC’s children’s literature, textbooks, and activity books are charged out at the TRC information desk, the Library’s Circulation Desk on the First Floor, North Wing or via self checkout machines.

Searching for TRC Materials

  • From the Henry Madden Library ( page, select Advanced Search.
  • From the Library Catalog page, click on the box that contains “Entire Collection” and select Teacher Resource Center.
  • Click search box (located to the right of “Any Field”) and type search terms (e.g., nutrition, civil war, recycling, etc.).
  • Select Submit and a list of items located in the TRC that contain some information on your topic will be displayed.

How long can you borrow TRC Materials?

The circulation period is 4 weeks. You will be asked to provide valid faculty/student/staff identification or a Community Borrower’s card. Curriculum guides, periodicals, reference materials, and book length bibliographies may only be used within the Library.

I'm a public school teacher, do I get access to the TRC materials?

Sure! Read the Free Borrowers Cards for Public School Teachers guidelines and contact the TRC about getting a card.

What's new in the TRC?

We can get new items at any time. Go ahead and check our recent acquisitions list for updated information.

Collections in the Center

Children's Literature

Defined: Books written for children and young adults, including nonfiction, picture, folklore, fiction, nursery rhymes, biographies, Spanish language books, and “big” (oversized) books.

The TRC collects the winners and honorable mentions for the following children’s literature awards:

  • Asian/Pacific Award for Literature – The award, based on literary and artistic merit, promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage.
  • Beatty – The award is given to a book that is set in California.
  • Caldecott – The award is based on illustrations and is open to authors of all types of subjects; award winners are generally appropriate for pre-Kindergarten – 3rd grade students.
  • California Young Reader Medals – Awards are given for four different age groups. Unlike the above awards, children, rather than experts, select these awards. Every year school children from across California read each of the nominees for their particular age group and vote for the book they like best. The books are especially appropriate for reluctant readers.
  • Coretta Scott King – Awards are given for text and illustrations and are open to African American authors who have created books about the African American experience.
  • Native American Youth Services Literature Award – Awards are given for text and illustrations presenting Native Americans in the fullness of their humanity in the present and the past.
  • Newbery – The award is based on text and is open to authors of all types of subjects; award winners are generally appropriate for 3rd – 8th grade students.
  • Pura Belpre – Awards are given for text and illustrations and are open to Hispanic American authors who have created books about the Hispanic American experience.
  • Scott O’Dell Award – Scott O’Dell established this award to encourage other writers, particularly new authors, to focus on historical fiction.


Defined: Elementary and secondary textbooks, teacher’s editions, resource books, etc.

Most of the TRC’s Kindergarten -12th grade textbooks are teacher’s editions. A teacher’s edition usually includes the corresponding student edition and teaching activities for each lesson in the student edition. At the Kindergarten – 8th grade level, most TRC textbooks have been adopted by the state of California, meaning there is a correlation between their content and the suggested content in Content Standards for California Public Schools. California does not adopt 9th – 12th grade (high school) textbooks. Occasionally the TRC receives textbook donations that include the full array of items made available by textbook publishers. These “textbook kits” include the teacher’s edition and may include manipulatives, videocassettes, audiocassettes, transparencies, assessment tools, suggested homework assignments, etc., all of which are related to material presented in the teacher’s edition.

Curriculum Guides

Defined: Publications produced by school districts, state education departments, special curriculum project groups, and education publishers.

Curriculum guides often include objectives, activities, lessons, units, materials lists, and evaluation methods. A guide provides a general overview of what to teach for a certain subject (e.g., health) at a certain grade level (e.g., 4th-6th) in a certain place (e.g., California).

Content Standards for California Public Schools are grade and subject specific listings of the minimum competencies that K-12 California students should be able to demonstrate. Frameworks for California Public Schools, based on Content Standards, provide a curriculum overview, a suggested methodology, and sample lesson plans. Frameworks may also include information covering assessment, evaluation of instructional resources, and cross-curricular instruction.


Defined: Listings of children’s literature, activity books, picture books, pattern books, etc.

A bibliography is a listing of items on a particular topic; it includes all of the information needed to locate the items. Bibliographies save time. For instance, many teachers have students who read far below their present grade level. If a student is in the 6th grade, but is reading at the 3rd grade level, the teacher might like to provide the student with books that have a 6th grade interest level and a 3rd grade reading level. Finding this particular type of book in a library can be very time consuming. Bibliographies, however, such as The Best High/Low Books for Reluctant Readers, make locating the materials less time-consuming.

The TRC contains numerous bibliographies. Some, such as Best Books for Children, are book length and list items the TRC may or may not own. Others, of varying lengths, have been compiled by the TRC and contain listings of items the TRC owns. Some of the locally produced bibliographies are available via the TRC Web page; others are located behind the TRC information desk.

Locally produced bibliographies include Book Activities Index (activities for particular children’s and young adult books), Activity Books (more than 2,500 activity books grouped by subject areas such as math, science, special education, physical education, etc.), and Recent Acquisitions (newly acquired and processed curriculum and juvenile titles).


Defined: Manipulatives, audiotapes, audio compact discs, models, games, posters, videocassettes, digital video discs, etc.

The entire collection of more than 200 TRC digital video discs, 500 TRC videocassettes and 300 TRC audio compact discs circulates. They are intended to supplement lesson/units that are being presented in a classroom. Sample DVD titles include All About Bugs; Dealing with Feelings; Geography of Mexico; Money; and Reading Comprehension. Sample video titles include Mulitplication Rock; Lenses and Mirrors; Art Lesson for Children: Easy Watercolor Techniques; Soup Stories: How Letters Become Words; and How a Car Is Built. Sample audio titles include Teach Me Chinese; Nursery Rhyme Time Songs, Rhymes, and Movement Activities; Can Jumbo Jet Sing the Alphabet; Phonemic Awareness: Songs and Rhymes; and Presidential Campaign Songs, 1789-1996. A total of 15 items may be checked out at one time.

Activity Books

Defined: Organized collections of teaching ideas that can be used to create lesson/unit plans.

The TRC has more than 2,500 different activity books covering a wide variety of topics and grade levels. Most of these are organized collections of teaching ideas; a small percentage include worksheets. Some language arts and mathematics activity books include page by page correlations to California standards. Although there are an incalculable number of teaching ideas accessible via the Internet, activity books continue to provide the most efficient access to high quality teaching ideas. Sample titles include Cooking Up U.S. History; Gardening Fun; Teaching Conflict Resolution Through Children’s Literature; Teacher’s Handbook of Children’s Games; File Folder Reading Activities; Seventy-five Picture Prompts for Young Writers; Writing Resource Activities Kit; 12 Take-home Thematic Backpacks; and The Mini-society Workbook.


The Phi Delta Kappa Fastback Collection contains approximately 500 overviews of current topics related to education, including an index. It is located in the Curriculum book stacks. Sample titles include How to Create Successful Academic Summer Programs, Interdisciplinary Teams for High Schools, and Peer Tutoring for K-12 Success.

Something About the Author includes facts and photographs of authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature. This collection is also available online.

Suggestions for material purchases are welcomed. The primary criteria for purchasing Teacher Resource Center materials is that they directly support the teacher education curriculum at California State University, Fresno.