AnHS Library News and Resources

August 2019

Welcome Back!

Monthly newsletters for staff will continue to highlight Library Happenings and Scholarship Opportunities that you can share with and encourage your students to get involved in or apply for. They will also highlight new/great apps and curriculum resources for teachers and/or students that can be utilized to increase information/digital literacy and creativity. Happy reading and thank you for supporting your library!

Important Teacher Library Links: Bookmark These!

Teacher Links and Reservations

Database and Electronic Resources (complete webpage)

Quick Database and eBook Access (does not include tutorials or curriculum info, great for students)

AnHS Library Catalog (OPAC) (see what we have in our library)

Staff Newsletters

New Edition to the Newsletter!

This year, the monthly newsletter will also provide staff reading recommendations. Have a book you want to recommend? Just complete the Google Form, and I will list the recommendations in the next month's newsletter. Thank you Jennifer Fulkerson for that great idea!

My Book Recommendation

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. This is a coming of age novel in verse. Powerful and poetic, this novel is all about being true to yourself despite those who tell you to be otherwise.

Here is a sample narration!

Want to Participate in Our Teen Advisory Book Club?

Every 5 weeks we will be reading a new YA title. Book Club meetings will be held during Titan 28 at the end of the five weeks. Meeting dates can be found on the bookmark you receive when you pick up your copy in the Library.

Our first novel will be The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. You can pick up a copy in the Library starting August 13th if you wish to participate.

Podcasts in the Classroom

Want to spark discussion and get kids thinking. Try one of the top learning podcasts recommended by Common Sense Media. You can have students listen to a particular segment or the whole podcast. Podcasts cover several topics over a range of subject areas. Check them out! Scroll down for grades 9-12.

Spark a Discussion on Fake News

Check out this fact checker's guide to manipulated video from the Washington Post!

Want to Redefine How Your Students are Using Technology in the Classroom?

Check out this quick SAMR guide for some ideas!

Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2019

Check out these great apps recommended by AASL. One of the apps is Object Viewer for Merge Cube. The library has a Merge Cube if you would like to try it out in your classroom or in the Library. Shoot me an email if interested.

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning can be found here.


Do your students need a vetted source for a school project or paper? They can access, on campus or from home, a variety of quality and credible sources right on the AnHS Library Webpage. All logins are now available on one document.

Want to Access The Sacramento Bee in the Classroom?

Find current articles in English or Spanish by visiting the Sacramento Bee News in Education website. Log in as a student using the AnHS Class ID lewis and password 2843 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 for use in your classroom.

Google Extensions of the Month

Here are two great add-ons for Gmail and Google Calendar.

1. Boomerang for Gmail: Send later, track responses, and use AI to write better emails.

2. Tags for Google Calendar: Title your event with a tag (Training: PD Day #1) for better organization.

Gmail and Google Calendar Need to Know Information

Click here for everything you need to know about the migration to Gmail and Google Calendar. If you click on the link to the Dig Deeper Doc, you will find extra productivity ideas!

Library Card Sign-up Day with Teen Librarian Meghan Casey - Celebrate Your Library Superpowers!

Thursday, Aug. 29th, 11am-1pm

7801 Titan Drive

Antelope, CA

Students will have the opportunity to sign-up for a Sacramento Library Card on campus. This will allow students to not only access print resources at the local Library but also give them access to all of the Sacramento Library Databases and the new Libby App from their own homes! This is great for ebook reading and those research projects. We want students using vetted sources, not just Google.

If you are interested in having your classes participate, complete the Google Form below, and I will have applications ready for you to distribute on August 12th! Collect them from students by August 16th and put them in my box. Cards will be delivered to you for classroom distribution the last week of August.

For teachers who don't want to participate as a class, please let students know that they can stop by the Library Card Drive Table in front of the Library, during both lunches on August 29th, to pick up an application for their own Sac Library card. Cards will then be delivered the following month. Mrs. Casey will also have lots of local library info for teens, freebies, and treats. Encourage your students to stop by.

Student Competitions

Please share these opportunities with your students. We had one student win a photography contest last year, and a second student place as a finalist in the River of Words contest! Thanks for helping our students challenge themselves and explore their talents.

Write the World


Can you write a story in 99 words or less? Flash fiction draws on the brevity of poetry and the story-arc of novels, compressing the very best parts of fiction into very small packages. Have students practice conciseness by writing their own narrative flash!

Competition Opens: August 5, 2019
Final Entries Due: August 20, 2019

Show Us Your Generation: A New York Times Photo Contest for Teenagers

In this contest students are invited to take photographs that depict some aspect of teenage life that they think may be misunderstood, overlooked or largely unknown, and, in a short artist’s statement, say why. Here is the link to the New York Times contest calendar. They will update it soon!

Competition Opens: September 6, 2019

Final Entries Due: October 15, 2019

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Contests open on September 12, 2019! There are 17 art and 11 writing categories to check out here. Entry requirements and information can be found here.

Entry Deadlines are the first two weeks of December.

John Lennon Songwriting Contest

The 2019 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Session II is now open. The deadline for entry is December 15, 2019. The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories (Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Latin, Folk, Gospel/Inspirational, Electronic, and Children's). You don't need a professional recording. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable). Instrumental compositions are encouraged. Check out the prizes here!

Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a fiction or nonfiction book, book series, short story, poem, essay, or speech (excluding song lyrics) and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Cash prizes up to $2000! Deadline is the second week of December.

Unfortunately, this contest has been cancelled for this year.

River of Words Art and Poetry Contest

River of Words is an international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of Watersheds. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live and to express themselves through poetry and art. The contest is open to any child in the world, 5-19 years of age. Entry deadline is December 1, 2019

ALL LEARNING LAB Starts August 27th

Do you have students that need extra support in their learning?

They can join us in the AnHS Library, after school, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, starting August 27, 2019, from 2:35 to 4:00 pm. Students can get help in all subjects, use computers, printers, and calculators, and access Library Resources. For additional questions you can email Alicia Reynolds or Rija Gorkhali.

Chromebook Update

All students should have a Chromebook by August 12, 2019. If you have a student who has not picked up their Chromebook yet, please send them to the Library to do so. Thank you!