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Author Rick Riordan Came to Town!

October 9th - 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?



Sam Barlow High School/Gresham High School Book Fair!

Oct 7, 2017 - Clackamas Town Center Barnes & Noble Bookstore

On Saturday, October 7th Sam Barlow High School and Gresham High School held a book fair fundraiser for our libraries at the Clackamas Town Center Barnes & Noble bookstore. Customers who voiced their support for either school at the registers earned our schools a percentage of that purchase! Our library programs received 25% of all proceeds during the fair to purchase books and needed resources for the students of Barlow High and Gresham High. A SBHS and GHS student art show was also featured during the event. Thanks to all who supported our efforts to bring more resources to our high school students!


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 + Marine Biology Club
Earth Day Display

April 2017

Mrs. April Anderson's Green Science students and Mr. Eckrich's Marine Biology Club members create an informative and entertaining display that showcases the issues surrounding plastic pollution in our oceans. Check out their handiwork in the Library display case today!


Adaptive Learning Technology Display

February 2017

Ms. Zimmerman and her staff create a fascinating display of adaptive learning technologies and explanatory pieces that highlight some of the efforts of our Barlow Special Education/Special Services Department and the students they serve. Check out the photo below for a preview of the display in the Library!



Great Books at the Movies 2016 Contest Winners

November 30th 2016

The winners of the Great Books at the Movies 2016 contest have been chosen! From the hundreds of entries this year, these are the four winners:

Kaylynn Crouse - The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Cody Macias - Divergent by Veronica Roth

Gabriel Pettis - A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Jacob Riggs - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Thanks to everyone who participated this in this year's contest. Keep your eye out for other Library contests in the future!

Great Books at the Movies 2016 Contest!

November 2016

To celebrate the release of the big-screen adaptations of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, The 5th Wave and A Monster Calls, our Library will be holding a contest giveaway of the original books that these three block-buster movies are based on plus one special prize.
The four prizes include:

One special movie edition of Ransom Rigg's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

One special movie edition of Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave

One copy of Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls


One autographed hardback copy of Veronica Roth's Divergent signed by Ms. Roth herself!
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 Wednesday, November 30th, so get down to the Library and checkout a great book today!

SBHS Library celebrates Barlow Veterans

November 2016 Display
Barlow staff and their relatives share their experiences as veterans of the United States Armed Forces and Allied nations. This special display of service memorabilia and photos was made possible by contributions from our wonderful staff. This year's contributors include Mrs. Molony, Mrs. Ferron, Mrs. Ferguson, Mrs. Traxler, Mrs. Edens, Mrs. Nelms, Mr. Corkett and Mr. Wong.

Literary “Pun”-kins in the Library

October 2016 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 2016

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

All My Sons by Arthur Miller

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

El Dia de los Muertos Display

October 5th - November 1st 2016
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 on November 1st, 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.

Banned Books Week Display

September 25th - October 1st 2016

For those of you who don't know, this Sept 25th through Oct 1st is national Banned Books Week. Begun in 1982, this is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read and calls attention to the attempts to deny access to books at libraries around the nation. You can see the display created by Mrs. Molony and pick up your own "I Read Banned Books" pin in the Library during this week. For more information on Banned Books Week and the issue of intellectual freedom, go to www.bannedbooksweek.org.


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

September 2017

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 maintains a wonderful display showcasing the history of Sam Barlow High School. This is a permanent display of Barlow’s past and current glory!


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