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Library Learning Commons

Welcome to the Central High School Library Learning Commons!

The Central High School Library Learning Commons is your gateway to information literacy. Our goal is to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere where staff and students are able to access information for educational and personal growth both individually and in a collaborative setting.The library offers a wealth of resources in both print and electronic format and is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Your library is staffed by Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Halter and assistants Mrs. Lanzel and Mrs. Baumler. We are here to serve our students and staff.

Bloom’s Literature

Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.

CQ Researcher Plus Archive

A full range of political and social-policy issues extending back to 1923. Each report is footnoted and includes an overview, background section, chronology, bibliography and debate-style pro-con feature, plus tools to study the evolution of the topic over time.


Full-text sources, that includes magazines, newspapers, books, television/radio transcripts, maps, pictures, and audio/video clips.

Gale Databases

Includes eight databases:  Student Edition, Student Resources in Context, Biography in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Science in Context, Gale Interactive: Science, LitFinder as well as GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library).

Biography in Context (Gale)

Information on the world’s most influential people. Easy to use portal with periodicals and multimedia that allows users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.

GVRL – Gale Virtual Reference Library

A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These resources are specifically purchased for La Crosse Central High School.

Gale Interactive: Science (Gale)

Users can manipulate and explore 3D interactive models, allowing students to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science. Reference and periodical content provide additional context for further understanding.

LitFinder (Gale)

Access to literary works and authors throughout history and includes full-text poems and poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. The database also includes secondary materials like biographies, images, and more.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)

Information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues.  Easy to use portal features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

Science in Context (Gale)

Information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. This easy to use portal includes reference sources with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

Student Edition (Gale)

Provides access to magazines, newspapers, books, and other reference content. The database offers audience-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

Student Resources in Context (Gale)

Offers contextual information on a wide array of subjects.  Has authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

Salem Press – Health, History, Literature

Reference ebooks – Health: Genetics; History: Decades (from 1920’s to the 2000’s), Milestone Documents, Great Events and Great Lives in History; and Literature: Critical Survey of Graphic Novels.


Issues Researcher is a Pro/Con site with hundreds of topics to browse.  All results are full-text.

The World Almanac Online

Offers access to essential statistics on hundreds of topics in a searchable format with a lot of content not available anywhere else.

The Outsiders

The chapters each have their own link.

This free Youtube link is most of the book in one continuous audio file. Time markers for each chapter are listed below:

Chapter 2 begins at 32:40

Chapter 3 begins at 1:03:41

Chapter 4 begins at 1:31:01

Chapter 5 begins at 1:55:46

Chapter 6 begins at 2:24:24

Chapter 7 begins at 2:49:05

Chapter 8 begins at 3:22:44

Chapter 9 begins at 3:43:15 (Cuts off early; no audio for the last 3-4 pages of the chapter.)

Chapter 10 begins at 4:09:08

Chapter 11 begins at 4:26:01

Chapter 12 begins at 4:35:14 (Cuts off early; no audio for last half-page of the chapter.)

Recommended sites for finding images

MLA 8 Citation Guide

Primary Sources on the Internet

Reputable sites that link to primary sources.

Digital Public Library of America:  explore topics in history, literature, and culture through primary sources. Draws from online materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States, the sets use letters, photographs, posters, oral histories, video clips, sheet music, and more. https://dp.la/primary-source-sets

National Archives:  U.S. Historical collection of documents, photographs, records and military records  http://www.archives.gov/

Library of Congress: Digital Collection – digitized photographs, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, and books.

The Smithsonian:  Digital collections page offers a variety of research resources from the Smithsonian.

Young Adult Goodreads recommendations

Rich in Color recommendations

Rich in Color – people who read and review diverse YA books

Battle of the Books

Central Battle of the Books Team will compete at the state level the last week in February. To learn more about Battle of the Books (BOB) click here.

The Battle of the Books booklist can be found at this site.

Contact Information:
Circulation Desk:  608.789.3017
Mrs. Halter:  608.789.3091

Cindy's bookshelf: read

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
Piecing Me Together
The Book of Unknown Americans
The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father
Little Fires Everywhere
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us
Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice
For Every One
And the Mountains Echoed
Ready Player One
The Poet X
Station Eleven
Exit West
Akata Witch
The Neighbors
The Great Alone
All the Truth That's in Me
This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
The War that Saved My Life
American Panda

Cindy's favorite books »

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Staff image credit to Troy McDonald.