AnHS Library News and Resources

September 2021

Parent & Student Newsletter September 2021

Click here for contest opportunities and library resources and events to share with your students.

Previous Teacher Newsletter

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Library Card Signup Month

We would love for you to take 5 minutes and have students sign up for a public library card online. They will immediately have access to online resources, including a wide variety of research and career resources, ebooks, and audiobooks.


Share this Register for a Library Card link with them!


You can also encourage them to share how their library empowers them. Have them post to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #LibrariesEmpower and tag our library @librarygirl7801 on Instagram or on Twitter @anhs_lib. The creator of one randomly-selected post will receive a $100 Visa gift card and an ALA Graphics The Child Poster. Additionally, three second-place winners will receive an ALA Graphics The Child Poster.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Check out our Hispanic Heritage Month Resource Collection for curricular resources!
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Technology Tips and Tools

Curated Tech Tools

Check out the Library Webpage or Symbaloo for a collection of favorite technology applications in the classroom. From presentations to organization, videos to comics, photos to avatars, the opportunities are limitless for you and your students.
Hipster Google Tools

Lesser-known, but powerful Google tools.

Floop for Feedback

Give feedback and/or run peer reviews with Floop. Students are engaged and empowered by targeted and focused peer review and grow from feedback. According to Jennifer Gonzalez at Cult of Pedagogy, Floop allows students to point directly to places on their work that they need help with, then get assistance that can also target specific spots on the assignment (2020).

News Literacy with Checkology

Have your students practice their news literacy skills with Checkology's engaging modules. They can easily join our RJUHSD News Literacy Class with the Sign in with Google option to test and learn new skills. Great modules for sparking discussions on misinformation, algorithms, bias, the first amendment, opinion vs. news, evaluating sources, and more!
The NYT Learning Network

Teach and Learn With The Times: Resources for Bringing the World Into Your Classroom

Best of History Websites

Best of History Web Sites is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history websites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, guides, activities, games, quizzes, and more.

Freedmen's Bureau Records

With over 3.5 million searchable records, the Freedmen’s Bureau Collection can provide details of African American ancestors’ lives before 1870 for a more complete picture of the past.

Primary Sources for Teaching History

These guides provide links to important, substantial, and freely available collections of primary sources dealing with history.

Dance Music Archive

The world's biggest archive of electronic music and culture. Easily access music by decade. DJ mixes, radio shows, live sets, festival broadcasts, lost tapes, blogs, artwork, magazines and forgotten recordings are available (Dance Music Archive, 2021).

Teacher's Lounge

Collaborate with Your Teacher-Librarian

Please reach out to me if you would like me to curate resources for your classes; provide research, news literacy, and/or digital literacy instruction for your students; run a book club or lit circle connected to your course content; create student tutorials; book talk some new YA titles; provide technology support for students; and/or help students find independent reading books. I am here to support you and your students. Click here for a sampling of what I can support you with!


Please let me know how I can help you and your students by filling out the following Collaboration Google Form. I will follow up with you based on your preferences. If you prefer to email me or stop by the library, that is fine too!

Password Resets

If students are having problems with their passwords, please email Amanda Scuka at ascuka@rjuhsd.us with their first and last name, their grade level, and their student id number. She will be able to reset it for them. If Amanda is out for the day, you can email Lindsay Jordan at ljordan@rjuhsd.us or me at jmccoy@rjuhsd.us as a backup.


Additionally, students can email the Technology Help Desk directly at help@rjuhsd.us.

Bookshare and Read & Write for Students with IEPs or a 504 Plan

Any students with 504 or IEPs can access all of their materials in ebook, audiobook, or large print form. Bookshare has an immense collection that includes most textbooks and thousands of free fiction and non-fiction reading materials.


Any teachers or counselors that want to set a student up with Bookshare just needs to let me know who the student is, whether they are on a 504 or an IEP plan, and what their disability is. I can set up an account for the student and assign specific textbooks or reading books or even an entire reading list based on a students' interests (ex. sports books, graphic novels, reluctant reader books, etc...) in about 5 minutes. After setting up an account for the student, I can then share their login credentials with them as well as my tutorials for how to get started accessing their books.


You can email me the student's information, or you can fill out the Bookshare Enrollment Google form for your student(s).


Students with IEPs also have access to the Premium edition of the Read & Write App through the District's site license. I have tutorials for them on how to use the app, and I can also Zoom with them to show them how to use the app in real time if they need any extra help getting started.


Here is the link to my Bookshare and Read & Write App tutorials on my website. Just scroll down to the resource you are interested in.

Chromebook Help for Students

If your students are having problems with their CBs, have them go to this link for help! Students will fill out a Google Form and pick a day to come to the Library and turn in their CBs. They will be given loaners to use until their CBs are repaired.

Cameron's Collection

Recommend these wonderful resources to students who need access to health and wellness support information or utilize for students doing research on mental health topics. Students can download and access these resources from home as many times as they need to. They can also share them with friends! Students can go to bit.ly/AnHSResearch to access the link and password for the eBooks, or they can access them through the Library webpage. Thank you for promoting these important resources! Note: Students must be logged into their school account to access the password's document.

SCHOOL DATABASES GIVE YOUR STUDENTS QUALITY SOURCES AND HONE THEIR RESEARCH SKILLS

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. Note: Students must be logged into their school account to access the password's document.

How to Research on ABC Clio Social Science Database

Access student help tutorials for ABC Clio here.

How-to at the AnHS Library

Access student help tutorials for database and Internet searching suggestions or for how to use specific apps, etexts, and our online library catalog. Instructions on accessing current events articles from Gale and WebPath Express are also included.

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 2843 and password lewis found on our Library website under electronic resources (scroll down towards the bottom). 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.