Antelope High School Library News

November 2020

Library Happenings

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) celebrates "the significant contributions that the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States" (LOC, 2020).

Click here to learn more about NAHM and access resources. Click here to browse our library books about Native American culture or written by indigenous authors. Click on NAHM under Topics.

Want to preview some excellent titles that celebrate

Native American culture?

Check out our Choice Board below.

YA Native American Books to Explore

Open the YA Native American Books to Explore link above and click on each book to listen to an excerpt. Then, place a hold in our catalog for your favs and come to the Library Mon/Tues or Thurs/Fri to pick up your books.

Global Read Aloud Makes an Impact

Our Global Read Aloud for Stamped just finished its third week of discussions on Zoom. We have had an impressive turnout from students and staff with between 30 and 40 participants every Friday. Kudos to all of our participants who have engaged in respectful and thoughtful dialogue. We have been listening to, learning from, and growing with each other!

Still want to participate? You can join us for our final three Zoom discussions on Fridays from 2-3pm. Pick up a copy of the book in our Library or listen to the audiobook, accessible at from your school login.

Sign up here!

Library Services

Library Updates

Materials are still being distributed in the Library on Mondays/Tuesdays and Thursdays/Fridays, from 1:45-3:45 pm for off-campus students, and from 7:45-3:45 pm for on-campus students. If students are still in need of textbooks, art supplies, engineering materials, library books, Chromebooks, etc., please come to the Library!

If students have specific needs or want to request additional research or technology help from me, they can schedule an in-person appointment or Zoom through Calendly.

Note: Before students enter campus, they will be required to complete a Health Screening Form. This will need to be completed each time that you come to campus.

Chromebook Problems?

If you need your Chromebook repaired during the Fall term, please go to the Library website and select the Chromebook Help page. Once there, you can fill out a Chromebook Repair Form and choose a day to come to campus, Mondays/Tuesdays and Thursdays/Fridays, between 1:45 and 3:45 pm during HUB time. On-campus students can come between 7:45 am and 3:45 pm.

Password Issues?

If your Titan is having problems with their password, please email with the student's first and last name, student id#, and grade level. She will be able to reset the password for them. If Ms. Scuka is off campus, you can also email me as a backup at or call (916) 726-1400 ext. 6052.

Students can also email the Technology Help Desk directly at or call (916) 462-9511.

Student Contest Opportunities

New York Times Personal Narrative Writing Contest Closes Soon!

In 600 words or fewer, write a short, powerful story about a meaningful experience from your life. Here are this year’s rules. You might also take a look at the work of the 2019-20 winners.

Contest Dates: October 13 to November 17, 2020

New York Times Vocabulary Video Contest

Middle and high school students are encouraged to produce a 15-second video about the meaning of one of the NYT's Words of the Day.

Click the following link for this year’s rules and guidelines. Want to see some past winners? Take a look at the work of the 2019-20 winners.

Contest Dates: November 10 to December 15, 2020

Watch one of the winning videos below.

Hallucination - NYT Vocabulary Video Challenge Winner

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world. The contest winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop.

Click here for the details!

Contest Dates: November 1-30, 2020

Free Speech Essay Contest

Open to juniors and seniors in U.S. high schools, including home-schooled students, as well as U.S. citizens attending high school overseas. Additional questions regarding eligibility may be emailed to

Word Length - Students must submit an essay between 700 and 900 words on the following:

In a persuasive letter or essay, convince your peers that free speech

is a better idea than censorship.

Deadline - FIRE must receive all entries by 11:59 EST, December 31, 2020. Winners will be announced by February 15, 2021.

Scholarship Prizes - One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, three $1,000 third place prizes and four $500 prizes will be awarded.

Click here for all of the details!

River of Words Art and Poetry Contest

The theme of the contest is "watersheds." If you don't know what a watershed is, click here! The goal of River of Words is to connect youth with their watersheds - the environments they live in - through engagement in the art and poetry of place. Create art and poetry that shows a real connection to the world around you. Through your art and poetry show what only you see about your world, whether you see a lot of green and open space, a city environment, with different noises, smells, and sights, or something else unique to where you live.

For inspiration and examples of past winning and finalist poetry and art, click here. The picture and poem below are from one of our own student winners here at ANHS!

Click here for all of the details!

Contest Deadline: December 1, 2020

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Apprentice Writer Submissions

"Susquehanna University and the Writers Institute initiative invite high school students to submit fiction, memoir, personal essay , poetry and photography for the thirty-ninth volume of Apprentice Writer, which will be published in the fall of 2021" (Vertsman, 2020).

Deadline: September 15 , 2020 to March 15 2021

Click here for all of the details!

Society of Classical Poets High School Poetry Competition

The SCP "invites classic poetry lovers ages 13 to 19 to submit up to 3 metered poems, limited to 108 lines. Poems must contain meter. Counting the number of syllables and ensuring there are a similar number in each line is sufficient" (Vertsman, 2020).

Need help with meter? "Society offers a very useful tutorial on writing poetry with a meter. To learn how to write poetry with a meter, see a brief beginner’s guide on common iambic meter here or a more elaborate beginner’s guide to many kinds of meter here" (Vertsman, 2020).

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Click here for all of the details!

Teen Ink Magazine

"A national teen magazine devoted to teenage writing, art, photos and forums, offers an opportunity to publish creative work and opinions on issues that affect their lives of teens. Hundreds of thousands of students aged 13-19, have submitted their work. Teen Ink magazine has published the creative output of over 55,000 teens. Teens can submit an article, poetry, book, novel, photo or a video though this link" (Vertsman, 2020).

Deadline: Ongoing

George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

"The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. To participate, students must submit an original 800 to 1,200-word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution" (Vertsman, 2020).

Click here for all of the details!

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Write the World Competition

"Write the World is a global community of young writers, ages 13-18. Write the World offers a rotating list of themed competitions." The current competition (November 2020) is for novel writing. Past competitions include "Historical Fiction (short story), Food Writing, Album Review, Environmental Journalism, Songwriting and Book Review" (Vertsman, 2020).

Deadline: Monthly

Future Writing and Publication Contests

Click here for even more opportunities coming your way in 2021!

Teen Creators

Send in your VOICE OF THE STUDENTS (VOTS) Creations

Once again, the library will be accepting student created works for inclusion in our monthly VOTS digital magazine. Want to share your creations? You can submit them at any time to

Click on the link for our VOTS digital magazine edition to see students' shared creative works. Students' original works are included and have not been edited. You can also access VOTS on the library's website.

Thank you to everyone who contributed last year.

Way to be trailblazers Titans!

Reader's Corner

League of Literature (LOL) Book Club

Friday, Dec. 11th, 3-4pm

This is an online event.

We will be running our Book Club every 5-6 weeks and meeting on Zoom to discuss our latest reads. Our book selections for this month are Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and Educated by Tara Westover. Students can choose which book they would like to read, or they can read both! Pickup for these book club titles will take place from November 5th to 13th on Mondays/Tuesdays and Thursdays/Fridays, from 1:45-3:45 pm for off-campus students, and from 7:45-3:45 pm for on-campus students. The Zoom link will be provided upon book pickup. Check out the sample excerpts below!

Educated by Tara Westover

"Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard.

Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent.

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it" (GoodReads, 2020).

Listen to a sample here.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

"From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it.

Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it’s only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.

Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date" (GoodReads, 2020).

Watch the book trailer here. Read a sample here.

New Arrivals!

Check out our new arrivals, popular titles, and important library links! We get twelve new, award winning titles in every month, and we also take student suggestions. Come and check them out on the new arrival display bookshelf during HUB Time!

Check out Books from the AnHS Library during HUB Time!

You can still check out books from our Library. Watch the following video to learn how to place a hold on a book and click here for instructions on how to sign into your library account. Then simply come to the Library during HUB Time, Tuesdays to Fridays, from 2-4 pm to pick up your requested book(s).

If you aren't sure which books you want to check out, watch the following video to learn how to search our Library catalog (OPAC). You can also browse the shelves during HUB time. Gloves will be provided upon student request, and all books will be cleaned after student contact.

Remember that masks are required to enter the Library. No more than 10 students will be allowed in the Library at any given time, and six feet of social distancing will be strictly enforced. Sanitation stations are set up in the Library for student safety.

Access the Public Library for More Choices!

You can also check books out from the Roseville Public LIbrary or the Sacramento Public Library through Overdrive (Libby App), through Hoopla, or through the cloudLibrary. The Libby App can be found on your Chromebook in the Google Play Store. This is how you will access Overdrive eBooks and audiobooks. Hoopla is a digital media service hosted by the Sac Public Library. You can check out eBooks, audiobooks, stream movies, and more. The cloudLibrary is a digital media service hosted by the Roseville Public Library. You can check out eBooks and audiobooks.

To check out a book, search the SPL or the RPL catalog and then select the source (OverDrive, Hoopla, cloudLibrary, etc.) that you want to check the book out from. For the RPL, select Teen Fiction or another collection under Browse for New Items. For the SPL, search for either fiction or non fiction and then select young adult as your target audience. Click here to watch a short video on how to search their catalogs. Once you click on a certain title, you can scroll down to see other read-alikes at both of the libraries.

Need another place to search for trending teen books, check out our BookFlix Choice Board for lots of options!

More Digital Library Resources

Take advantage of free eBook resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and check out an awesome book! Submit a virtual review for your fellow Titans here!

Links to several resources.

Project Gutenberg eBooks

LibriVox Audiobooks

Open Library - eBooks and audiobooks

Free eBooks from Mackin

Username: antelopehs

Password: antelopehs

Library Resources

Student Help for Research, Apps, and e-Texts!

Do you need help searching the catalog, help with searching in the ABC Clio (social sciences) database, researching our other databases or the Internet, or help accessing and using the Government e-text and Read & Write or Bookshare apps? Click here for instructions and short video tutorials to get you started. Remember that you can always come and see me, Mrs. McCoy in the Library.


Access 53 ebook titles targeting many aspects of mental health that youth face today. Students can read the books for personal support, research on a topic, or for supporting other youth. The username and password can be accessed here using the student's school log-in.


Want to search for quality information on the Internet? Access WebPath Express through our Library catalog and be confident in the information you find. Scroll to the bottom of this Google page to watch a short video and learn how to search for articles, images, videos, and more using WebPath Express directly from our library catalog.


Need a vetted source for a school project or paper? Access a variety of quality and credible sources right from home on the AnHS Library Webpage.


Need to find current articles in English or Spanish? Visit the Sacramento Bee News in Education website and log in as a student using the AnHS Class ID #2843 and password lewis found on our Library website under electronic resources. Once you log in as a student select "Read Today's Paper" to choose The Sacramento Bee or El Nuevo Herald. You can also access many other student resources on their website.