New Year, New Events

It truly feels like Fall has arrived in the air, and that makes it a great time to return to the Gibbs Library and Media Center for exciting new titles and events happening in the Library!  Every new school year brings on some changes in how the Library works and operates, and our priority is to make the Library the best it can be for all students.

There are some changes to how the Library will operate this year to make the student experience better and more positive for everyone.

  1. Food and candy are no longer allowed in the Library.
  2. Drinks are welcome, as long as they have a lid.
  3. Loud talkers will be asked to leave the Library.
  4. Quiet study spaces are available to students who need to focus during busy times.  Please ask the Library staff for a Quiet Study Space during busy periods.
  5. The Library provides some supplies for projects, like scissors, staplers, hole punchers, rulers, etc… but does not provide markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, or other consumables.  Students can purchase these items at the Supply Shop in the cafeteria.

We are also very excited about new programs and events happening this year in the Library.  There are lots of activities on the calendar, so keep watching this site and the signs outside the Library for the schedule.  How do these things sound?

  1. Secure charging stations for laptops and phones
  2. iPads stations to easily look for a book without lots of website steps
  3. Laptops and iPads to check out for class if you forget yours
  4. More fiction, with newer titles!
  5. New magazine choices in print and accessible from home
  6. Workshop presentations on MLA format, bibliographies, study skills, and more
  7. Student and faculty art on display
  8. The return of BookLove
  9. HD display screen in ES203 for classes
  10. More tables and chairs for student groups to work and study
  11. Expanded database choices for research and information
  12. Increased technology help, including personal device assistance

The entire Library staff is here to help you succeed in your classes, learning, literacy, and assignments.  Let us be your first stop when you are seeking help with schoolwork or projects.

Summer Reading

“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”

 -from Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Now that summer is here, it’s time to get into a different rhythm and make time for the things we often neglect, such as reading for pleasure. Some Scots have a little assigned  reading, but others will have free choice of books as long as they read at least one before school begins in August. Whatever your grade, we at Scots library urge you to visit a library online or in person to get inspiration and ideas for summer reading. Summer school hours for HPHS are M-Th 7:30 am-1:00pm from June 5th-29th. Also, please visit our friends at Highland Park or University Park Public Libraries.

Here are the HPHS 2017-18 Required Summer Reading books by English course:

English 1 Standard: Free Choice
English 1 Pre-AP: Choice of  The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet OR The Secret Life of Bees
English 1 TaG: Choice of The Alchemist OR The Book Thief
English 2 Standard: Free Choice
English 2 Pre-AP and TAG: Lord of the Flies
English 3 Standard and AP: Outliers
English 3 TaG: Excellent Sheep
English 4 Standard: Grendel
English 4 AP and TaG: The Poisonwood Bible

March Madness for Books!

The brackets are up near the library entrance! Check out the Sweet Sixteen books that have a chance to win it all and vote for your favorites on this form. The round of 16 is as follows:

  • This is What Happy Looks Like vs. Tell me Three Things
  • Eleanor and Park vs. Looking for Alaska
  • Love & Gelato vs. Everything Everything
  • When vs. The Lost Hero
  • Throne of Glass vs. Firefight
  • Champion vs. Independent Study
  • The Catcher in the Rye vs. The Outsiders
  • The Things They Carried vs. Rapture Practice


Scot Studio Now Open

The Scots Library is proud to introduce a new creative space available for students. The room formerly known as the ‘Bound Periodical Room’ now contains everything needed for a quality multi-media production, including:

  • Macbook Pro with 27″ monitor
  • 2-channel sound mixer with condenser microphone
  • USB Keyboard
  • HD Camcorders with tripod and green screen
  • Intuos Pro drawing tablet

The Scot Studio may be reserved at the library front desk.


Reading for enjoyment


No, I am not kidding!  Having a great book while sitting on the beach, on a lazy Saturday afternoon, or trying to fall asleep at night is a great way to take a break from life.  There are a ton of choices and options in choosing a book for these times, kinda like finding that perfect ride or little black dress.

One great option is to checkout our new YA Choices program.  The books in this program are recent releases (some have not even been released yet!) that publishers want your opinion about.  Check them out on the dedicated YA Choices shelf near the circulation desk, and learn the details of the program here.

Project Pointers

There are always deadlines to projects, due dates for assignments and timelines for graded work that every student tries to meet.  Here are a few ideas from my experience to help keep your homework and assignments from overwhelming your schedule:

  1. Start Early – Avoid waiting until the last minute to begin, since you have many more obstacles in the way of your completion than if you worked through the obstacle before the due date.  You can eat an elephant, when you eat it one bite at a time over time.
  2. Involve your Library Staff – we are happy to help you find magazine articles, books, quotations, and other resources for your class assignments.  We are really, really good at finding information if you involve us early in the project.
  3. Follow the instructions – this is the biggest deduction overall in project grading.  Use the right number of references, exceed the minimum length/word count, select more quotations or citation sources than required, but at least follow the instructions.  Use Turabian formatting on pink card stock paper with wingdings font if that is the assignment instructions, but follow them to the letter.
  4. Read your writing back to yourself – when the wording sounds mechanical or confusing to you, your teacher will find it mechanical or confusing.  Write as though you are speaking to someone you admire about your project, and use your active voice in your writing style.
  5. Choose a proofreader (or two!) – when you are happy with your project, show it to a friend to let them find problems in it.  More sets of eyes reading critically  will  identify typos and other errors.
  6. Turn it in on time – deadlines exist for a reason.

We want to help you be successful in your work at HPHS.  Involve us early in your assignments, and avoid waiting until the day before to make projects a simple process!

A New Adventure

JCPsmGood morning, and thank you all for the warm welcome to Highland Park HS and the HP Scots library staff.  The library is a key element to every school experience, from elementary through graduate school.  We seek to be your guide in finding answers, information, knowledge and experience that broadens and deepens your learning.

As Mr. Krasnoff mentioned, I came to HPHS from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts here in Dallas, and my academic background is in the Fine Arts with experience in music, dance, visual art, film, and theatre.  I also love history, biographies, languages, researching, and graphic novels.  The library has a very diverse collection of resources, and we will continue to strengthen our collection and services this year both in print and digitally.  The staff and I are ready to guide you on your journey.

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” – Thomas Huxley

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