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Welcome to East Gadsden High School
Library Media & Technology Center

 "Free people read freely."  American Library Association

"The cost of libraries is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." Walter Cronkite

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 Library Hours: Monday-Friday--7:30-2:30 

East Gadsden High School Library Media & Technology Department strives to ensure that all students and staff members have regular, ready access to media services, materials, and equipment.

 The mission of the East Gadsden High School Library Media Center is to teach students to be effective users of information and to encourage and prepare students to be life-long learners.  This mission is accomplished by:

  •  providing instruction in information literacy
  • providing intellectual and physical access to informational materials in a variety of formats and media
  • stimulating interest in reading 
  • promoting the use of the media center by students and faculty
  • working with teachers to develop educational strategies to meet the information needs of students and to augment teaching
  • supporting the school's curriculum and reading initiatives

Library Etiquette

Following simple rules makes everyone's visit to the media center more enjoyable and more productive. Here are the basic rules for the library:

  • Students entering the media center during class time must have a hall pass to the media center with name and date.
  • Be QUIET--the library is a place of quiet study.
  • No food, drinks, or gum.
  • No sitting on the floor.
  • Push in your chairs and pick up after yourself before you leave.


What is Plagiarism?
This ten minute tutorial from Acadia University (Canada)  on plagiarism will give all the basic information on what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Writing, Research and Evaluation

OWL: Online Writing lab - From Purdue University, with lots of great information about writing, creating a thesis statement, creating citations, etc.

Web information sites:

ICYouSee: Everything you wanted to know about the Web (Ithaca College)

Evaluating Web Sites: Techniques and how to apply them to evaluating Web Sites (U.C. Berkeley)

Web Glossary: What do all those Web terms mean? Also (U.C. Berkeley)

Handouts and Materials for Students and Teachers: Great site for information and handouts on writing concepts, research, how to get started and information literacy (U.C. Berkeley)


More Helpful Links!

Student Resume Template         Some of today's Best Selling Books
      Mirriam-Webster Online
  Internet Public Library
Lots of good information here.  Check out the Teen Page!  
     Safe Florida: CyberSafety


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Links for English Language Arts

Writing and Grammar

          Guide to Grammar and Writing:  From Capital Community College, CT, help for composition, paragraph construction and research papers (interactive)

          Writer's Web:  From Writing Center, Univ. of Richmond, help getting started, focusing, editing first drafts.

          Owl: OnLine Writing Lab:  From Purdue University, with lots of great information about writing, creating a thesis statement, creating citations, etc.

          Chomp Chomp Grammar Bytes : Interactive grammar with handouts, quizzes, and more.

           Grammar girl: fun site with "Quick and dirty tips for better writing." 


 Brief biographies of poets from classical to contemporary plus samples of works.

          American Verse Project:  Public domain poetry: American poets before 1920, including Dickinson, Sanburg, James.

          International Poets by region:  Links to international poets organized by regions of the world.

          Poetry 180:  Daily poems for high school students, from the Library of Congress.

          Representative Poetry Online:  Indexed by title, author, date, keyword and first line. 


         Shakespeare's Best Sites:  Collection of good websites on the Bard.

          Shakespeare Web: More on Will.

                  Literature in Latin America (LANIC): Exhaustive source of links to authors, biographies, journals and magazines.

         General resources

          Literary resources:  International literature and drama.

          Literary Collection:  Internet Public Library online literary criticism collection and links.

          English Scholar:  Links to all kinds of English resources, from literary criticism to research


National Humanities Center Toolbox Library:Primary sources in U.S. History and Literature



          Encyclopedia Mythica:  Information on world mythology, including Greek, Roman, gyption, Chinese and Japanese. This site also has information about the Arthurian legends.

          Theoi Greek Mythology:  Free reference guide to ancient Greek mythology and religion

         Greek Mythology: Information on all aspects of Greek mythology, from gods and goddesses to myths to heroes; full texts of some Greek mythology and literature books








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Research & Reference 



Meet the Media Specialist


Peggy Simmons has worked at EGHS since it opened in 2003 and in the Gadsden County School District for a total of 16 years. She is now a media specialist at EGHS.

What book are you currently reading and why did you choose it? A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. I was browsing the library shelves and noticed this book with an interesting drawing on the cover and then saw it won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction 10 years after the author’s death. Then I read it was the only book this author wrote before he committed suicide. When I read it was set in New Orleans it clinched the reading choice. Also it had never been checked out—a beautiful brand new book!

What are you planning to read next? Last year I read The Poinsonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver about a missionary family who move from Georgia to the Congo in 1959. Kingsolver is a genius and a friend just gave me another of her books, The Lucuna.  I plan to read that next.

What was your favorite book when you were in school? In middle school it had to be Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and Treasure Island and Kidnapped. I loved Robert Louis Stevenson and his pirates! Also J. R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and theLord of the Rings. Tolkien was the Rowlings of my generation. Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre were also favorites. There are so many!

What magazines and newspapers do you read? The Tallahassee Democrat daily and the NY Times on Sundays. The Sunday Times comes with a magazine which is great and they often have two magazines one on a special topic like Spring Design. When you subscribe to the Sunday NYT you also get unlimited online access. I read The Washington Post online which is still free online. I don’t subscribe to any other magazines or newspapers but read the Gadsden County Times, Havana Herald and the magazines that come to the media center.

What fiction & non-fiction genres do you like to read? I love mysteries and thrillers in fiction and for nonfiction give me a newspaper! I'm also reading Young Adult literature to stay abreast of my patrons. The Graceling is a recent favorite.  (We have 3 copies in the library!)

How do you choose the books you read? I’m always looking at books and reading the jackets and if they look interesting I will try reading them. Also the NY Times book review ( always has the best sellers and reviews!

What kind of reader are you now? I read for information and entertainment. I usually opt for reading rather than TV for entertainment. I enjoy mysteries, thrillers, and detective stories. Authors like James Patterson may write with a formula but, to me, it’s better than watching Dexter or CSI on TV.

Who were your reading role models when you were growing up? My father who read incessantly all his life until age 92 when macular degeneration robbed him of his sight; he was my role model. I must have learned my cherished morning ritual of coffee and newspaper from him. I remember he recommended books he liked as a teenager and I loved them as well.

Can you describe an important library experience? My father attended summer science institutes in various college towns when I was a teenager. My mother, sister, and I went with him. My mom took us to local libraries every week and I read so many great books during those summers. I remember one neighborhood library that was in a huge old house with lots of stairs, it was wonderful.  I will always associate the smell of books with old houses.

Any staff member may submit their questionnaire to be posted as a reading role model!