AnHS Library News and Resources

January 2021

Parent Newsletter January 2021

Click here for student contest opportunities and library resources and events that you can share with your students.

Library Happenings

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!

Textbook Checkouts January 6-8th

Times are being offered every five minutes on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, January 6-8, 2021 for on-campus students/classes. Sign up your classes for a time slot here. Students will enter through the main Library doors.

Also, please encourage your "Learn at Home" students to sign up ( for a time on January 6-8th to check out their materials, textbooks and library books during off-campus hours from 1:30-6:00 pm. Students and parents have been sent the signup link, but please post it in your Google Classroom as well!

Complete Poem & Book Readings

Want to easily share an audiobook with students? Set up your Teaching Books account, filter by grade level, and then browse the following collection for some excellent titles. Once you select the book you are interested in, secure a share link and send to students.

To set up your Teaching Books account, see the instructions in our Teacher's Lounge.

Want to preview a YA title? Check out the over 14,000 Google Preview books on Teaching Books here. Remember to filter by grade level.

Want to build a diverse reading list for students? Access the Diverse Books Toolkit here.

Curriculum Corner

Learning Activities with Google Drawings

From magnetic poetry, memes, and math to green screen, games, art, and interactive drawings, these activities tap into visual literacy and creativity. Click here for all of the templates and for instructions on how to use Google Drawings to create your own Google Docs activty.

Fire Up Your Students with a Campaign Project

Campaign projects relate to real-life situations and problems, integrate critical pedagogy, help students use their voice, incorporate collaborative learning, allow for differentiation, and allow students to practice writing in different formats and genres (Gonzalez, 2020). Click here to read more.

Want to Get Students Blogging?

Take a listen or read about these six blog ideas:

  1. The Single Project Blog
  2. The Special Interest Blog
  3. The Portfolio Blog
  4. The Journalistic Blog
  5. The Review Blog
  6. The Advice or How-To Blog

Historically Responsive Literacy: A More Complete Education for All Students

Reach all students with four layers of instruction or "learning pursuits" in your classroom:

  1. Identity
  2. Skills
  3. Intellect
  4. Criticality

Identity: “Identity is who you say you are, who others say you are… (and) who you desire to be. The curriculum and the pedagogy should be an opportunity for students to know themselves” (Muhammad, 2020).

Skills: "Abandonment of skills is a common problem when new approaches to schooling are introduced," but skills should not be thrown out. "You can have voice and fun and engagement and skills" (Muhammad, 2020).

Intellect: "Muhammad urges us to ask What do we want our students to become smarter about?" (Gonzalez, 2020). Intellectualism is not just about collecting facts, it is "when you do something with [your] knowledge, where you apply it somehow, in your discussion, in your activism, in your actions. We need to treat young people as if they are scholars and intellectuals and thinkers” (Muhammad, 2020).

Criticality: “Criticality is helping students to read, write and think in active ways. We don’t want them to be passive consumers of knowledge. We want them to question what they hear on the news." Criticality is also more than just critical thinking. "Criticality is deep and analytical thinking to understand power, equity, anti-racism and other anti-oppressions. This is where we help students to be woke” (Muhammad, 2020).

According to Muhammad (2020), criticality is essential “because oppression exists in the world. Period. We want students to leave our schools not contributing to more oppression or wrongdoing and hurt in their relationships and with strangers. We also don’t want them to be silent. If they see oppression, we want them to actively respond to it.”

For what these layers look like in the classroom, read the full blog at Cult of Pedagogy.

Technology Tips and Tools

Google Tools You've Probably Never Heard Of

Take a deep dive into some innovative Google tools. Some of my favorites on the list are Groove Pizza (math/music), Just a Line (3D art), Tune (reduce your SM toxicity levels), and Data GIFMaker (anminate data). Want to see even more awesome Google experiments. Check them out here.

Diverse Learner Tools

For some excellent tools, see the links below. Want to access additional information on these tools and other technology tips from the ITSE Conference? Click here.
Accessibility Flashcards

Visual flashcard summaries for how to enable each accessibility tool.

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 The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang and A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. 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 January 18! Our next Book Club Zoom meeting is on February 26 from 3-4 pm.

Library Books

On-campus students can check out books from our Library on Monday-Friday from 7:15 am to 3:30 pm. Off-campus students can come to campus from 1:30 to 3:30 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 Monday-Friday, from 1:30-3:30 pm for off-campus students, and from 7:15-3:30 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

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.