AnHS Library News and Resources

December 2020

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Library Happenings

Textbook Returns December 14-18th!

Please do everything you can to encourage your Cohort A and B students to bring back their textbooks and library books on time and with your classes. Times are being offered every five minutes on Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday for on-campus students/classes. Sign up your Cohort A and B classes for a time slot here.

Also, please encourage your Cohort C students to sign up ( for a time to bring back their textbooks and library books during off-campus hours from 1:30-6 pm. Cohort C students and parents have been sent the signup link but please post it in your Google Classroom as well!

On-time returns are extra important this year because we must quarantine all books before we can check them back out again in January. If we don't have enough students returning books before they leave for Winter Break, we will be short books in January.

Thank you for your help in having enough sanitized textbooks for next term.

Curriculum Corner

Build Empathy through an Inquiry Based Curriculum

Using the following UN Sustainable Goals as empathy hooks and real-world application, have students learn about serious problems in our world and then address them through a project connected to your curriculum. When students understand the why behind an issue, they develop empathy for the people impacted by the problem and will take a deeper dive into their own learning as they research solutions to collective problems.

According to Andrew Arevalo (2020) from the OneEducation Podcast with Dave Blanchard, STEMpathy projects "allow students to recognize how science, technology, engineering, and math intersect in meaningful ways to transform their world into a better place for everyone [...] while internalizing the design-thinking process so that the empathy comes naturally."

I just worked with our very own English 10 team on a similar type of project surrounding human rights. Shout out to Moreno, Shakespeare, and Chronister for challenging our Titans and having them engage with global issues.

Technology Tips and Tools

GSuite Technology Training Modules from CUE

Interested in learning more about Google Drawings, Forms, Slides, etc.. Check out the following tech training videos from the CUE Conference.

Sharing Student Pics Safely

Obscure students' faces with artistic flair using the Prisma App. Prisma lets you take your classroom photographs and apply filters linked to famous paintings. Note: some filters obsure their faces more than others.

One Google Doc All Year!

Want to save hours of your time? Have your students use one Google Doc all year long for small assignments. Then use the Google Eye to quickly preview each student's newest entry. Click here for details!

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.

Student Info for Your Google Classroom - Please Post!

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Our next two book selections 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 the books takes place Mondays/Tuesdays and Thursdays/Fridays from 7:45 am to 3:45 pm for on-campus students. Off-campus students can come to campus from 1:45 to 3:45 pm on those same days. Students should pick up their books the week of December 14th! Our next Book Club Zoom meeting is on January 15 from 3-4 pm.

Library Books

On-campus students can check out books from our Library on Mondays/Tuesdays and Thursdays/Fridays from 7:45 am to 3:45 pm. Off-campus students can come to campus from 1:45 to 3:45 pm on those same days. We have sanitation stations set up so they can browse the shelves and choose a book safely. Students can also place holds on books through our online catalog and then pick them up in the Library. This screencastify on how to log in to their library accounts and place a hold on a book was sent out to students and parents, but you can also post it in your Google Classroom for them.

Library Updates

Materials are still being distributed in the Library 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. If students are still in need of textbooks, class materials, library books, Chromebooks, etc., please have them 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 through Calendly.

Please Promote the Library Website

Please encourage your students to access my website and the resources that are found there. I have recently reorganized the website to streamline the navigation.

Under Search and Research, students have access to several wonderful databases, including Cameron’s Collection (Health and Wellness ebooks), Gale, ABC-Clio, SIRS Issues Researcher, ProQuest, and more. They also have access to our online library catalog and WebPath Express, which allows them to search vetted websites.

Many student tutorials on how to research, evaluate sources, identify misinformation, access apps and e-texts, and use our online catalog already exist under the Student Help tab in order to help students find information, achieve, and be successful.

Encourage your students to bookmark the Library website and follow me on Instagram @librarygirl7801 and/or Twitter @anhs_lib. You can also post the link in your Google Classroom! Thanks for your support!

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 campus and turn in their CBs. They will be given loaners to use until their CBs are repaired.

Teacher's Lounge

Teacher and Librarian Collaboration

Remember that I am here to help you with anything from curation, literacy instruction, and lesson collaboration to literature circles. book clubs, book talks identifying misinformation, technology help, student tutorials, and more. 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, that is fine too!

Password Resets

If students are having problems with their passwords, please email Amanda Scuka at 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 me at or as a backup. Students can also directly email to have their password reset.

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.

Culturally Responsive Reads: A Curated Google Site

Click here for a curated list of excellent, culturally responsive titles, to share with your students or incoporate into your curriculum. All types of cultural and gender experiences are included.

Cameron's Collection

Recommend these wonderful resources (library id = ante 588) to students who need access to 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 and use the password, titans, to access the eBooks, or they can access them through the Library webpage. Thank you for promoting these important resources!


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.

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.


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.