Antelope High School Library News

February 2021

Library Happenings

Celebrate Black History Month

"Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history" (, 2021). Click on the image below to view a choice board of excellent YA titles representing and celebrating black characters and their history.

Be More News Fit This Year!

Improve your news literacy skills through the News Literacy Project's Checkology modules. Click here to join the ANHS Library Course. You must be logged in to your school gmail to access the course.
Vote for Your Favorite Romance Novel

Complete the survey for a chance to win a candy prize!

Teen Advisory Board Club Rush & Valentine's Service Event

Monday, Feb. 8th, 1:30-2pm

This is an online event.

Meet with us the Week of February 8th to learn about joining the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). Hosted by the ANHS Library, this club runs a book club and movie night and community service events, and partners with the Sac Library for the Prom Drive. Come check us out any day during Club Rush from 1:30-2 pm at the following Zoom link.

Stay on Friday, February 12th for a virtual Valentine's Service Event from 3-4 pm.

Speed Dating with Books

In January, English 10 and ELD Classes participated in Speed Dating COVID style in the Library. Students spent a few minutes with six different books of their choosing and then selected the book they most wanted to read. We checked out 125 books to these students! For safety, students were socially distanced during the activity, and all books were sanitized in between each class period.

Library Services

Spring Term Library Hours

On-Campus Students beginning 1/5/21

Monday-Friday 7:15-1:15 pm

Off-Campus & RSVLA Students (HUB Time)

1/5/21 to 3/12/21

Monday-Friday 1:30-3:30 pm

*The Library will close early (3 pm) on the 3rd Tuesday of each month for Staff Meetings.

Antelope Learning Lab (ALL):

Tuesday & Wednesday via Zoom from 1:50-2:35 pm

Email Mrs. Reynolds @ or

Mrs. Gorkhali @ if you have any questions.

eBook Launch

All AnHS students now have access to over 400 eBook titles directly through our Library. Encourage your favorite Titan to check out some wonderful titles. Click here for video instructions. Click here for written instructions.

New Students and Chromebook Checkout

If you are a new student who didn't check out a Chromebook during the first week of school, you can come to the Library between 7:15 am and 1:15 pm if you are on campus or between 1:30-3:30 pm if you are learning from home. Please enter through the main Library entrance.

Chromebook Problems?

If you need your Chromebook repaired during the Spring 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, Monday-Friday, between 1:30 and 3:30 pm during HUB time. On-campus students can come between 7:15 am and 3:30 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

NYTs Editorial Contest Coming Soon!

Write an editorial on an issue that matters to you. This year’s rules will be coming soon; here are last year’s while you wait. You might also take a look at the work of the 2019-20 winners.

Contest Dates: February 23-April 13, 2021

Congressional Arts Competition

This is a nationwide, high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. Antelope's Congressional Representative is Doris Matsui. Her office will be accepting art pieces beginning in late February or early March. Once you complete the competition form, you will be notified of the exact deadlines. Click here for the general guidelines.

Lewis Center Ten Minute Play Contest

"Eligibility for this annual playwriting contest is limited to students in the eleventh grade in the U.S. (or international equivalent of the eleventh grade). Applicants may submit only one play – 10 pages maximum/1 page equals 1 minute" (Princeton University, 2021). Click here for more information and to enter.

Deadline: March 31, 2021

American Foreign Service Association High School Essay Contest

What characteristics lead to a successful effort by diplomats and peacebuilders to mediate or prevent violent conflict? The United States Foreign Service—often referred to as America’s first line of defense—works to prevent conflict from breaking out abroad and threats from coming to our shores. Peacebuilders work on the ground to create the conditions for peace and resolve conflicts where they are most needed.

Successful essays will identify, in no more than 1,250 words, a situation where diplomats worked on a peacebuilding initiative with partners from the country/region in question, nongovernmental organizations, and other parts of the U.S. government, and then go on to analyze what characteristics and approaches made the enterprise a success.

For more information on Essay Contest Rules and Guidance please visit this page. For additional resources and to view the 2021 Study Guide please visit this page (AFSA, 2021).

Deadline: April 5, 2021

Doodle for Google

Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what inner strength means to you. Students can work with any materials they want, but all doodles must be entered using the entry form. Click here for all of the details.

Deadline: February 26, 2021

Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival

Since 1993, 12 plays are chosen by a panel of theatre professionals from submissions across America. Winning playwrights are provided careful mentoring and direction from industry professionals to help prepare their work for public performance and hone their skills, talent and confidence. Nowhere else in the nation can young playwrights receive the prize of seeing their vision come to life on stage in a professional production featuring known actors from film, television and theatre. The plays are crafted by seasoned professional directors and each is given several public performances in a month-long Festival. Click here for all of the information.

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Austin International Poetry Contest

Each year the Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF) recognizes youth poets by publishing their work together in a truly diverse anthology. We welcome international poets from kindergarten through high school grade level or age to submit one poem. Click here for the guidelines. Register here.

Deadline: March 5, 2021

Creative Writing Contest for Seniors!

"Current high school seniors who attend public schools in the United States and its territories, including the District of Columbia, and are planning to attend college in fall 2020, are eligible and encouraged to apply. For more details and to apply, please visit the Penguin Random House website" (WNDB, 2020). For writing advice from the 2019 creative writing winners and three YA authors, click here.

"Five $10,000 first-place prizes will be awarded in the categories of fiction/drama; poetry; personal essay/memoir; and spoken-word poetry, through the Maya Angelou Award" (WNDB, 2020).

Contest Deadline: March 2, 2021

Civics Education Contest

This year's theme is "Advancing the Rule of Law Now." Submit an essay of 500 words or less that answers the question: What does the rule of law mean to you?

Click here for all of the guidelines and view the contest flyer below.


  • One (1) First Place: $1,000
  • One (1) Second Place: $500
  • One (1) Third Place: $250

Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021

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2021 NFPW High School Communications Contest

High school students can compete in the following categories in one of the few nationwide communications contests. Click on the links for entry requirements.

State Affiliate: California Press Women

Click here to enter. There is a $3 fee.

Deadline: February 10, 2021

Interlochen Arts Academy Contest

Submit up to six creative writings, songs, or visual arts mediums that demonstrate your "passion, skill, and an innovative approach to craft."

Click here for the details!

Creative Writing/Songs Deadline: February 15, 2021

Visual Arts Deadline: April 15, 2021

SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest

In a 300-500 word essay answer the following question in order to demonstrate your "knowledge and understanding of the importance of independent media to our lives."

Topic for spring 2021: “Why must journalists strive to improve diversity and representation in both their coverage and in their newsrooms, and how might this happen?"

Click here for the details. There is a $5 fee.

First Place: $1,000 scholarship
Second Place: $500 scholarship
Third Place: $300 scholarship

Deadline: February 19, 2021

VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

Young writers, ages 11-18, with disabilities, are invited to submit a ten-minute script of any genre. The script can be based on their own experiences and observations. Through the creation of fictional characters and settings, students can write realistically, metaphorically or abstractly about any topic, including the disability experience. Scripts may be for theater scripts, musicals, multimedia, video, film, or TV scripts, non-linear scripts, or other writing for performance. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students that includes at least one student with a disability.

Click here for all of the details and to apply.

Contest Dates: November 3, 2020 to March 10, 2021

New York Times STEM Writing Contest

Explain a complex and interesting science, math, engineering or technology concept to a general audience. This contest is inspired by Trilobites, the Science Times column that does just that. Here are this year’s rules and guidelines. You might also take a look at the work of the 2019-20 winners.

Contest Deadline: January 19-March 2, 2021

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!

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

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 (January 2021) is for book reviews. Past competitions include "Historical Fiction (short story), Food Writing, Album Review, Environmental Journalism, Songwriting and Book Review" (Vertsman, 2020). To see all upcoming competitions, click here.

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, Feb. 26th, 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 A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi and The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. 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 January 25th to 29th on Monday-Friday, from 1:45-3:30 pm for off-campus students, and from 7:15-3:30 pm for on-campus students. The Zoom link will be provided upon book pickup. Check out the sample excerpts below!

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

"Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart" (GoodReads, 2020).

Read an excerpt here.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

"It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments - even the physical violence - she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her - they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds - and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down" (GoodReads, 2020).

Listen to an excerpt 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 before school, immediately after 4th period, or during HUB Time!

Check out Books from the AnHS Library!

If you are off campus, 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, Monday-Friday, from 1:30-3:30 pm to pick up your requested book(s).

If you are on campus, you can come before school, immediately after 4th period, or during HUB Time.

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 or our virtual shelves on Destiny. 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. Six feet of social distancing will also take place. 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.