Join us for the 3rd annual Battle of the Books! We will be competing in a virtual trivia competition against other schools in our conference this February! You can find more about the competition and books here.
Letters about literature contest
The Illinois Center for the Book is sponsoring a Letters About Literature in Illinois contest, which is a statewide reading and writing competition.
This contest is a chance to polish up your writing skills and write a letter to an author—living or dead—explaining how his or her work changed your life or view of the world.
Helping your Students Evaluate Sources
Have you tasked your students with finding reliable sources for a research project? In response, you may have students ask what is a reliable source or cite a questionable source in their research. Your students need guidance on what reliable internet sources are and how they can evaluate sources when you find them. Click “read more” to find out how the ILC can help you guide your students to reliable sources and teach them how to evaluate the sources they do find.
Celebrate your freedom to read with the ILC! During the week of September 27 - October 3, we will be celebrating Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is a way to highlight books that are often challenged and banned from schools and libraries, and speak out about ways to prevent censorship in our communities.
The ILC will be sponsoring four different activities during Banned Books Week. For each activity you complete, you will be entered into a raffle to win a prize! Students who participate in all four activities will be entered into a raffle to win a banned book of their choice!
You can find out more about our Banned Books Week activities here! With the exception of the book talk/trivia contest, you will have until midnight on Saturday, October 3, to complete the activities. Be sure to submit your entry via this google form.
Antioch public library resources
Gain access to helpful student resources with a card from the Antioch Public Library
Welcome back to school! The Antioch District Library is here to support you through this unusual school year. The library is currently open, but we are still encouraging users to sign up online for a temporary digital library card. This library card will be your ticket to access our extensive online research tools and downloadable content that can be accessed 24/7.
Also, the library offers printing and scanning services which are currently free of charge. You can send documents to be printed here.
Some of the online resources the library offers include:
All of us continue to look for ways to increase reading and writing in our classrooms — specifically, the use of non-fiction, informational texts. To that end, we thought you’d be interested to know that free digital access to The New York Times is now available to high school students and teachers through September 1, 2021.
Are you looking for a good book to read for the upcoming Labor Day holiday? If so, check out Axis360, which offers 24/7 availability to over 47,000 ebooks and audiobooks. Whether you like graphic novels, fiction, cooking, or healthy living, Axis360 has it all.
Instructions on how to check out an ebook can be found here.
If you prefer to read a print book, instructions for checking out a book during remote learning can be found here.
If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Stewart.
remote learning book checkout
Tired of reading the same book over and over again? Don't worry, we got you covered! During remote learning, you can still check out books from the ILC. All you have to do is request the book you'd like to read, and we will bring it to the front office for you to pick up.
E-Books and Audiobooks
Looking for a way to keep reading over the summer? We curated a list of some of our favorite e-book and audiobook platforms on our Online Teaching and Learning LibGuide. All services are free to use at this time. Some may require you to download an app or create an account. Need a suggestion of what to read next? Check out the Abe 2021 book list or the the Illinois State Library's Read for a Lifetime book list.
What will you do this summer? Although most of us will want to read, travel, visit family and friends, many of us will eventually work on curriculum. As you work, have you ever wondered when, or if, you would be moving from a traditional textbook to a digital textbook?
How cool would it be to design a textbook that is more than just a print resource, but an interactive one as well? A textbook that can be updated when the content changes.
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