Antelope High School Library News

October 2020

Library Happenings

Library Updates

Materials will be distributed in the Library on Tuesdays to Fridays, from 2-4 pm, during HUB time, for the remainder of Distance Learning. If students are still in need of textbooks, art supplies, engineering materials, library books, etc..., 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 with me 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, Tuesdays-Fridays, between 2 and 3:30 pm during HUB time.

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 Amanda is off campus, you can also email me as a backup at or call (916) 726-1400 ext. 6052.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15, 2020

Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans, who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean, have made to American society and culture.

The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a monthlong celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15.

Hispanic Heritage Month always starts on September 15, a historically significant day that marks the independence anniversary of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The designated period is also a nod to those from Mexico and Chile, which celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively (US Census Bureau, 2020).

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by checking out these resources or by reading one of the YA Latinx titles below:

Hispanic Heritage Topics

Hispanic Scholarships

American Latino Heritage

American Latino Heritage Theme Study

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Poems for Hispanic Heritage Month

Ode to the Head Nod” by Elizabeth Acevedo

Movies, Apps, Tips, and More to Celebrate Hispanic and Latino Culture

Common Sense Kids Action for Equity

YA Latinx Books to Explore

Open the YA Latinx 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 during HUB time, Tuesdays to Fridays between 2 and 4 pm, to pick up your book.

Celebrate Banned Books Week September 27-October 3, 2020

This year’s Banned Books Week theme is “Censorship is a Dead End. Find Your Freedom to Read.” Censorship limits exploration and creates barriers to access information. The path toward the freedom to read starts at the library (ALA, 2020).

Did you know that comics are one of the most commonly attacked types of books? Check out some recently challenged comics here. Then, check out the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2019 below to see if you have read any of them before.

You can also find previously challenged books in our library catalog under the carousel called Banned Books 2009-2019. Place your favs on hold and pick them up during HUB time, Tuesdays to Fridays between 2 and 4 pm, at the ANHS Library.

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Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2019

Celebrate TeenTober: Celebrate You!

During TeenTober and all year long, we celebrate teens and promote teen services and the innovative ways teen services helps teens learn new skills and fuel their passions in and outside the library. Get involved with your school library today by participating in our How Would You Vote? event, entering a student contest, submitting your creations to our VOTS digital student magazine, or by joining our League of Literature Book Club. Scroll down to check out all of these options.

How Would You Vote?

Check out the following two Propositions and let us know how you would vote. Cast your ballot here. We will share the results in our next newsletter!

To view all items below, head to Mrs. Jordan's Titans Vote Google Site!

How to Make Sense of Election News and Social Media Coverage

Check out Common Sense Media's Young Voter's Guide to Social Media and the News. This voter's guide is designed to help give all voters, and especially young voters, the resources and tools necessary to separate fact from misinformation and make sense of election news and social media coverage.

Student Contest Opportunities

New York Times Special Contest: Coming of Age in 2020

Students are encouraged to document, in words, images, audio or video, what they’re living through. They can express themselves creatively on any aspect, large or small, of being a teenager in these tumultuous times. Click here for the full details.

Contest Dates: September 10 to November 12, 2020

New York Times Election 2020: Civil Conversation Challenge

Back in 2016 the NYT invited teenagers to weigh in on some of the most divisive issues of that year’s presidential election, and challenged them to use their comment system to have the kinds of respectful, productive discussions across ideological divides that, it seemed, many adults were unable to.

The NYT will be running a new and improved version of this challenge again this year. Before it goes live, they are asking teenagers to tell them what topics they’d like to discuss.

Contest Dates: September 22 to October 30, 2020

New York Times Personal Narrative Writing Contest

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

Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest

This contest awards prizes for the best poems submitted by young women who are sophomores or juniors in high school. Prizes up to $5,000 are awarded to winners. Winners are chosen by students and faculty members in the creative writing program at Hollins.

Click here for the full details. Deadline: October 31, 2020

National Arts Competition

The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development.

Additionally, YoungArts Winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence.

Click here to apply. Note: Fee waivers are available to applicants, which will cover the entire cost of your application fee. To qualify, you will need to provide a letter from your parent, guardian, teacher or principal requesting to waive your fee within the declaration section of the application. If you are 18 years old and unable to obtain a qualifying letter, you may submit one yourself within the declaration section of the application.

Deadline: October 16, 2020

National Poetry Month Poster Competition

The Academy of American Poets, the originator and organizer of National Poetry Month, invites students living in the United States, U.S. Territories, or Tribal Nations who are in grades 9 through 12 to enter artwork to be considered for the National Poetry Month poster in 2021, the twenty-fifth anniversary of this literary celebration, now the largest in the world.

Click here for full details.

Competition Dates: September 9, 2020 to October 30, 2020

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

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 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 Such a Fun Age: A Novel by Kiley Reid and Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. Students can choose which book they would like to read, or they can read both! Pickup for these book club titles will be September 22nd to 25th during HUB time, Tuesdays to Fridays, from 2-4 pm. The Zoom link will be provided upon book pickup.

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.