Antelope High School Library News

December 2020

Library Happenings

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 over the Winter Break. Click here for video instructions. Click here for written instructions.

Materials Returns for Dynamic Online Learning (DOL) Cohort C Students

Materials returns will start on December 14th and run through December 18th from 1:30-6 pm in the ANHS Library. Please click on the following SignUpGenius link to sign up for a time that works for you. This signup is only for students in Cohort C. Students in Cohorts A and B will be returning their books during the school day with their teachers that same week.

When you come to campus, you will enter through the main school gate in the front parking lot and then head to the Library. Please wear your mask and stay six feet apart from the person in front of you. Social distancing markers will help to guide you. Once you check in your materials, you will exit through the back door of the Library and follow the pathway back to the front parking lot. Please exit the parking lot as soon as you are finished checking in your materials.

Remember to check your Library account for a list of all of your currently checked-out books (click here for log-in directions). It is essential that you return all library books and textbooks before Winter Break. All books will need to be quarantined before we can check them out again in January. We also need to ensure that we have enough books for Spring term students! Note: If you have an AP class, you may keep your AP review books and textbooks until May 2021.

Thank you for helping us to keep all students, families, and AnHS staff members safe by following these instructions in adherence with the health guidelines issued by the state and county health departments.

Library Services

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. The last day to turn in Chromebooks for repair during the Fall term will be Friday, December 18, 2020. We will not resume Chromebook repair services again until January 5, 2021.

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

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

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Contest

High School students are encouraged to write a 700-1000 word essay that describes an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level. See Contest Topic and Information and Helpful Tips for Writing Your Essay for more information.

Click here for past winning essays. First place prize is $10,000!

Contest Deadline: January 15, 2021

New York Times Review Contest

Middle school and high school students are invited to play critic and submit an original review about any kind of creative expression covered in The Times. Review a book, movie, restaurant, album, theatrical production, video game, dance, TV show, art exhibition or any other kind of work The Times critiques. Here are this year’s rules and guidelines. For some review ideas, take a look at the work of the 2019-20 winners.

Contest Dates: December 8, 2020 to January 26, 2021

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

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!

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, Jan. 15th 2021 at 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 Washington Black by Eli Edugyan and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. 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 December 14th to 18th 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!

Washington Black by Eli Edugyan

"Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born.

When his master's eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. But Christopher Wilde, or "Titch," is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist.

He initiates Wash into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky; where two people, separated by an impossible divide, might begin to see each other as human; and where a boy born in chains can embrace a life of dignity and meaning. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Titch abandons everything to save him.

What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic, where Wash, left on his own, must invent another new life, one which will propel him further across the globe.

From the sultry cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, Washington Black tells a story of friendship and betrayal, love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again--and asks the question, what is true freedom?" (GoodReads, 2020).

Listen to a sample here.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

"From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned--from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren--an enigmatic artist and single mother--who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood--and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster" (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, Mondays/Tuesdays and Thursdays/Fridays, from 1:45-4 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 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. No more than 15 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.