What events are happening in the Library?
SBHS Library Reopens ...Again!
January 2020Our Barlow Library has reopened after moving for the third time! After Winter Break, all current Library operations were moved into our next temporary location in the back of our original Library. This is located across from the "stadium steps" and in the courtyard hallway.At the moment, we are tentatively scheduled to begin moving back into the entire Library space in mid-March 2020. This will cause another two week closure from mid-March on as we work to unpack and reestablish all Library functions. We hope to open the complete and newly refreshed Library sometime around Spring Break. Thanks in advance for your patience and please plan accordingly.
SBHS Library celebrates Veterans Day
November 2019 Display
The Barlow Library honors our veterans of the United States Armed Forces! This special display of books and service memorabilia celebrated Veterans Day and the contributions of those who served in the American military. See the photo below for details.
Temporary Library in Room 113 is finally open!!!
Our temporary Barlow Library in Room 113 is finally open! After literally a ton of work, our Library is ready for business and can now be accessed any time from 7:00AM to 4:00PM daily. Currently our fiction, graphic novels, test preparation/career books and some nonfiction are all available for student use. There are also six Mac computers for student use in this space. We are scheduled to be in this room through the end of December 2019 when we will move to another temporary set up in the back of our original Library after Winter Break. Our temporary Library computer lab will also be moving out of Room 111 and into the new temporary space at the same time.
Test Prep Guidebooks in our Library
Need help with studying for the PSAT, SAT, ACT or ASVAB tests? Our Barlow Library has many up-to-date test preparation books available for student use. We cover every major college entry test and we have 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!
Banned Books Week
Sept 23 - Sept 28 2018
September 22nd through September 28th is national Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of our freedom to read. Exercise your right to read by finding a great book today!
Temporary Library in Room 113/111
Our Barlow Library has begun the process of transitioning to its third version (All in one year!) during our school's remodel. In June, your Library Staff literally packed up the entire contents of the Library in preparation for moving everything to a new temporary space while the construction crews completely remodel our facility. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, that temporary Library space will now be in rooms 113 and 111. Room 113 will serve as the main Library and room 111 will be our temporary computer lab. We will be in these rooms until the end of December 2019.
We will be bringing as many of our resources as we can to this area, but there will obviously be some compromises due to the lack of space. In particular, we will have very limited seating and fewer books available for immediate student use. We are planning to bring our fiction, graphic novels, test preparation books and some nonfiction with us for student use, but the bulk of our materials will be in storage while we are in the 100 hall. There will also be delays and closures due to construction and our need to set up this space. We apologize in advance for these coming disruptions, but they can't be helped.
Of course, the pay off will be a big and brilliant newly remodeled Library by Second Semester! Stay tuned for updates as we evolve to the final Library Version 4.0!
Library eBooks - 24/7 Reading
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!
Green Science Display
Mrs. Anderson's Green Science students have created a wonderful display showcasing the environmental crisis surrounding plastic and straws in the ocean ecosystem. Look for the display in the Library and get educated about how these everyday throwaway items impact the natural world!
Mrs. Wilczewski's Book Group Promotion Project
If you haven't seen them yet, Mrs. Wilczewski's English Language Arts students have created some interesting and thought provoking displays to promote the books from their book groups. Check out the photos below for a preview or swing by the Library to admire them in person!
Great Books at the Movies 2018 Contest Winners
November 30th, 2018
The winners of the Great Books at the Movies 2018 contest have been chosen! From the many entries this year, these are the four lucky winners.
Graciela Baires - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Florencio Gonzalez - The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Kaleb Nicks - Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Biruktawit Rush - The Hate U Give by A.C. Thomas
Great Books at the Movies 2018 Contest!
To celebrate the 2018 releases of the big-screen adaptations of Ready Player One, The Hate U Give, The Darkest Minds and Black Panther, our Library will be holding a contest giveaway of the original novels from these four movies.
This year's four prizes include:
One special movie edition of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
One special movie edition of The Hate U Give by A.C. Thomas
One special movie edition of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
One copy of the graphic novel Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze
To enter the contest, you just need to checkout any print book or magazine from the Library during November. Each time you checkout items from the Library, you’ll get a chance to fill out an entry ticket for the contest. The official drawing for the prizes will be held on Friday, November 30th, so get down to the Library and checkout a great book today!
SBHS Library celebrates Barlow Veterans
November 2018 Display
Barlow staff and their relatives share their experiences as veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This special display of service memorabilia and photos was made possible by contributions from our wonderful staff. This year's contributors include Ms. Edens, Ms. Schacht, Mr. Stewart, Mrs. Nelms, Mr. Bailey and Mr. Wong.
Literary “Pun”-kins in the Library
October 2018 Display
Mrs. Wilczewski's AP Literature class display their handiwork with pumpkins carved in the images of famous literary characters and scenes! Check out the pictures below.
Literary Pumpkins 2018
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Altar de Muertos Display
MEChA Club advisor Karen Galicia Arroyo creates an outstanding El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) display in the Library. A Latin American holiday celebrated between November 1st and November 2nd, El Dia de los Muertos is a chance to remember departed friends and family members. Families typically set up altars decorated with photos and treasured objects of those who have passed and then gather at the cemetery to visit the graves of their loved ones in a happy celebration and renewal of loving ties with those who are gone. See below for a pictures of this year's display.
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept 15 - Oct 15 2018
Our Library is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with a display of books that highlight the impact and achievements of Hispanic Americans in the United States of America. For more information about this celebration, click on this link: https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/
Author Rick Riordan Came to Town!
October 9th 2017 - East Hill Church in Gresham
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?
Author Veronica Roth visits Sam Barlow High School!
February 29th 2016
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!
Ms. Roth in front of Sam Barlow High School
Ms. Roth answering student questions during the assembly
Welcome to Barlow Display
Educational Assistant Amy Fonken creates a We Are Barlow display in the Library display case for the month of September. Financed through a GBEF grant, this friendly and colorful display showcases the many different languages spoken at Barlow along with various fascinating tidbits of language related trivia. See below for pictures of the display.
Barlow History Display in the Library
Our Library maintained a wonderful display showcasing the history of Sam Barlow High School. See the photos below for a sample of what you could have seen in our original Library. New displays will go up in our new renovated Library in early 2020!