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AP Test Prep Guidebooks in Our Library

Spring 2024
 

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Need help with studying for the upcoming AP tests? Our Barlow Library has test guidebooks for every AP course offered at Barlow. Why buy a guidebook when you can borrow one for free? Check out one of these test prep guides today!
 

 


SBHS Library Celebrates National Arab American
Heritage Month

April 2024
 

April is National Arab American Heritage Month! To find out more about this official month long celebration of the history and contributions of Arab Americans to the development of our nation, you can click on this link: https://www.history.com/topics/21st-century/arab-american-heritage-month

 

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Check out some great books from Arab American authors from our Library today!
 

 


SBHS Library Celebrates National Poetry Month

April 2024
 

April is National Poetry Month! To find out more about this official month-long celebration of poetry and poets, you can click here for more information: https://poets.org/national-poetry-month
 

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Check out a few great poetry compilations from our Library today!
 

 


SBHS Library Celebrates National Women's History Month

March 2024
 

March is National Women's History Month! To find out more about this official month-long celebration of the history and contributions of women to the development of our nation, you can click on this link: https://womenshistorymonth.gov/
 

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For more great reads, check out this reading list from Multnomah County Library - National Women's History Month
 
 
 

SBHS Library Celebrates National Music
in Our Schools Month

March 2024

March is National Music in Our School's Month! To find out more about this official month-long celebration of music and music education in our nation's schools, you can click on this link: https://nafme.org/programs/miosm/
 

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Want to learn to play the guitar? Learn about the history of jazz? Read a great music related novel? Check out these great music books from our Library display today!

 


SBHS Library Celebrates African American
History Month

February 2024

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February is National African American History Month! To find out more about this official month long celebration of the history and contributions of African Americans to the development of our nation, you can click on this link: https://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/

Our Barlow Library also has some great books about African American experiences that you can pick up in our Library. Check out our African American History Month display in our Library for some great novels and nonfiction titles today!

Check out this list of 50 YA Books You Need to Read - Especially During Black History Month from Epic Reads!
 
 
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Check out some great African American history books, biographies and novels
from our Library today!
 

 

Great Books on Screen 2023 Contest Winners

December 13th, 2023


The winners of the Great Books on Screen 2023 contest have been chosen! From the many entries this year, these are the four lucky winners.
 

Kya Anderson - The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Brenden Hale - The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon
Nina Bilenko - The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Student - Marvel-Verse: Captain Marvel graphic novel

 
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Photo of SBHS 2023 Library Contest Winner
Photo of SBHS 2023 Library Contest Winner
 
 
 

Great Books on Screen 2023 Contest!

November-December 2023
 

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To celebrate the 2023 big-screen and streaming adaptations of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, The Marvels, Five Nights at Freddy's  and Lockwood and Co., our Library will be holding a contest giveaway of the original books that these four productions are based on.

This year's four prizes include:

One copy of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

One copy of the graphic novel Marvel-Verse: Captain Marvel

One copy of Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes by Scott Hawthon

One copy of The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co.) by Jonathan Stroud

To enter the contest, you just need to checkout any print book or magazine from our Library during November/early December. Each time you checkout items from our Library, you’ll get a chance to fill out an entry ticket for the contest. The official drawing for the prizes will be held December 13, so get down to our Library and checkout a great book today!

 


SBHS Library Celebrates Veterans Day

November 2023


During the month of November, the Barlow Library recognizes our staff and their family members who have served in the United States Armed Forces with a Veterans Day display. Come by the library to see the contributions of some of our SBHS staff or to check out a great military history title. Thank you to Mrs. Adams, Mr. Toth, Ms. Spencer and Mrs. Ferron for participating in this year's celebration.
 

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Photo of 2023 SBHS Veterans Day display

 

Photo of 2023 SBHS Veterans Day display



It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories From the American Revolution to Afghanistan edited by Jerri Bell and Tracy Crow - This inspiring anthology is the first to convey the rich experiences and contributions of women in the American military in their own words - from the Revolutionary War to the present wars in the Middle East. 

Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II by J. Todd Moye - In this inspiring account of the Tuskegee Airmen - the country's first African American military pilots - historian J. Todd Moye captures the challenges and triumphs of these brave aviators in their own words, drawing on more than 800 interviews recorded for the National Park Service's Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Project. Denied the right to fully participate in the U.S. war effort alongside whites at the beginning of World War II, African Americans - spurred on by black newspapers and civil rights organizations - compelled the U.S. Army Air Force to open its training programs to black pilots, despite the objections of its top generals. Thousands of young men came from every part of the country to Tuskegee, Alabama, to enter the program. By the end of the war, Tuskegee Airfield had become a small city populated by black mechanics, parachute packers, doctors, and nurses. Together, they helped prove that racial segregation of the fighting forces was so inefficient as to be counterproductive to the nation's defense.

Patriots From the Barrio: The Story of Company E, 141st Infantry: The Only All Mexican American Army Unit in World War II by David Gutierrez As a child, Dave Gutierrez hung on every word his father recalled about his cousin Ramon, "El Sancudo", and his service in World War II, where he earned a Silver Star, three Purple Hearts, and escaped from the Germans twice. Later, Dave decided to find out more about his father's cousin, and he discovered that Ramon Gutierrez was a member of Company E, 141st Infantry, a part of the 36th "Texas" Division that was comprised entirely of Mexican Americans - the only such unit in the entire U.S. Army.

War by Sebastian Junger - Junger, author of "The Perfect Storm," turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat in this on-the-ground account that follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

Just Americans: How Japanese Americans Won a War at Home and Abroad by Robert Asahina - An excellent history that chronicles the Japanese American combat participation in World War II in the segregated US Army infantry units of the 100th Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. In time these units merged and, exhibiting formidable mastery of infantry combat, compiled a combat record in Italy and France that it would be an understatement to call distinguished. 

Navajo Code Talkers by Nathan Aaseng - A concise history of how a group of Navajo Indians were recruited by the United States Marines Corps to create and employ an unbreakable secret code on the battlefields of the Pacific during World War II. Based on their own Navajo language, this code frustrated every effort by the Japanese to break it and helped the United States to secure victory in the Pacific.

 


SBHS Library Celebrates National Native American
Heritage Month

November 2023

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November is National Native American Heritage Month! To find out more about this official month long celebration of the contributions of Native Americans to the development of our nation, you can click on this link: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/native-american-authors
 
 
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Check out some great Native American history books, biographies and novels from our Library today!
 

 

Banned Books Week

October 1 - October 7 2023
 

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October 1 through October 7 is national Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of our freedom to read. Exercise your right to read by finding a great book today or pick up a Banned Books Week button at our Barlow Library! Check out the Banned Book Week website for related virtual events with popular authors and reading activists.

Which books were most challenged in 2022? Check out this list of the Ten Most Challenged Books of 2022 from the American Library Association.

 


SBHS Library Celebrates National Hispanic American Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15 2023

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September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month! To find out more about this official month long celebration of the contributions and cultures of both Hispanic and Latino Americans you can click on this link: National Hispanic American Month or this link: Hispanic Heritage Month - National Archives

We currently have a display of related books to honor this month in our Library. See the photo below and check one out today!

 
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Our Barlow Library also has many great novels from Hispanic and Latino American authors that you can check out. These novels include such titles as All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil, The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez, Don't Call Me Hero by Ray Villareal, Gabi - A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero, Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena, Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall and many more. You can find them in print and eBook form in our Destiny Catalog.
 
 
 

SBHS Library eBooks = 24/7 Summer Reading
 

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If you are looking to do some after-hours or summertime reading, our Barlow Library has great eBooks available all-year-round! Through a grant from the Gresham Barlow Education Foundation, our SBHS Library has over 600 eBook titles available for student and staff use. Just use your school Google login and password to check out eBooks any time you want!

For more information on how to download these eBooks you can click on this link: Library eBooks

To go directly to our eBook resources or log-in to your Barlow eBook account click on this link: MackinVIA

Our eBooks are available for use 24/7, 365 days a year, so check one out today!

 


SBHS Library Celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month

June 2023

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June is LGBTQ Pride Month! Find out more about this month long commemoration and celebration of LGBTQ activism and culture by clicking on this link: https://people.com/human-interest/pride-month-explained-pride-month-facts/
 
Check out these great topical Barlow Library books! You can learn more about them in our Destiny Catalog.

LGBTQ: The Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens by Kelly Huegel Madrone
LGBTQ in America by Barbara Sheen
What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan (eBook)
We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds
Ask the Passengers  by A.S. King

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt (eBook)
Release by Patrick Ness

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (eBook)
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
Girls Like Me by Tanya Savory (eBook)

For more great reads, check out this reading list from Multnomah County Library - Multcolib Pride: LGBTQ Teens
 

 

SBHS Library Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 2023

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May is National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! To find out more about this official month-long celebration of the history and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the development of our nation, check out this link Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month or this link History Channel: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
 

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Check out some great AAPI history books, biographies and novels from our Library today!

For more great reads, check out this reading list from Multnomah County Library - We Only Had the Yellow Ranger: 14 Books on the Asian-American Experience
 
 
 
 

Barlow CTE Display in Library

Spring 2022

Examples of some of the great work and accomplishments of the Barlow CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs were on display in the Library display case the Spring of 2022. Be inspired by the work of the students from Ms. Pate, Mr. Ingoglia, Mr. Holzbach, Ms. Lamoureux, Ms. Mann and Mr. Toth's classes! Also featured were informative SBHS Library books on careers in various CTE fields.

 

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Ms. Wilczewski's Book Project

February 2022

Students from Ms. Wilczewski's classes shared their book project creations in our Barlow Library during the month of February 2022. See the attached photos to appreciate their creative projects!
 

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Image of Ms Wilczewski book project.


 


Lightbox Art in Our Library

January 2022

Our Barlow Library has a new Bruin lightbox art piece on display! Created by former principal, Mr. Schmidt and student Gavin Schmidt in January of 2022, this display is a permanent addition to our Library. See the picture below for a view of the box or swing by the Library to see it in action!
 

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Ms. Wilczewski's Fahrenheit 451 Display

October 2021

If you haven't seen them yet, Ms. Wilczewski's English Language Arts students created some interesting and thought provoking displays that highlighted themes found in Ray Bradbury's landmark novel Fahrenheit 451. Check out the photos below to see their inventive creations!
 

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Image of Fahrenheit 451 display

 

 

 


Barlow Library version 6.0 Finally Opened!!!

September 2021

After many trials and tribulations, our newly renovated Barlow Library finally opened to students! On September 13, 2021 our library opened for business, but with some restrictions due to COVID 19 precautions.

Some significant "firsts" for our new Library

Senior Judy Sorokina became the first student to officially check in and stay in our new Library and Senior Andrea Rhodes was the first student to come in and physically check out a book from us!
 

 


Library eBooks - 24/7 Reading
 

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If you are looking to do some after-hours reading, our Barlow Library has great eBooks available all-year-round! Through a grant from the Gresham Barlow Education Foundation, our SBHS Library has over 600 eBook titles available for student and staff use. Just use your school Google login and password to check out eBooks any time you want!

For more information on how to download these eBooks you can click on this link: Library eBooks

To go directly to our eBook resources or log-in to your Barlow eBook account click on this link: MackinVIA

Our eBooks are available for use 24/7, 365 days a year, so check one out today!

 


Author Rick Riordan Came to Town!

October 9th 2017 - East Hill Church in Gresham
 

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On October 9th, 2017 at the East Hill Church in Gresham, best selling author Rick Riordan came to speak about his writing career and his many successful book projects. Brought here by the Clackamas Barnes & Noble book store, students, parents and staff of the Gresham-Barlow School District were able to attend this major author event and fourteen Barlow students volunteered to help out with issuing autographed books, directing people to seats...etc... See below for photos of the event and our students in action!

- Of the eight cities that comprised this tour that started at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, Gresham was the only city on the entire West Coast where he spoke.

- Mr. Riordan started writing in order to satisfy his son's desire for Greek mythology after he ran out of actual Greek mythology to share with him.

- Mr. Riordan worked as a middle school English teacher for fifteen years.

- Mr. Riordan used kids and staff from his own classes and school as characters in his first novel.

- Mr. Riordan was rejected by 13 of 14 publishers.

- Mr. Riordan has approximately 35 million copies of his books in print in America alone.

- His advice to young writers: Write a lot, read a lot and be persistent... If he had stopped writing after the first publisher rejection, or the fifth, or the tenth, where would he be now?
 

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Author Veronica Roth visits Sam Barlow
High School!

February 29th 2016
 

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New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth visited Barlow High School on February 29, 2016! Creator of the wildly popular Divergent series of young adult novels, Ms. Roth held a presentation/Q&A session in our auditorium with our students and staff. Ms. Roth shared her insights on the writing process and the need to be persistent in pursuing your dreams and aspirations. See below for images of Ms. Roth's visit to Barlow!
 

Author Veronica Roth in front of Barlow High School


Ms. Roth in front of Sam Barlow High School

Author Veronica Roth answering Barlow student questions


Ms. Roth answering student questions during the assembly 
 

 


Barlow History Display and the Library

Our Library maintains a wonderful display showcasing the history of Sam Barlow High School. See the photo below for a sample of what can be seen in our display case outside of our Library.
 

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