Websites For Children

The librarians at E. G. Fisher have put together this list of websites for school age children. Here you’ll find websites for brain games, websites for learning to read, websites for homework help and websites that have really cool stuff. Parents, please be aware that the information found in these links may change without our notice. E. G. Fisher does not take responsibility for the content on these websites. The best way to keep your children safe on the Internet is to be involved in their web use. The Firefly browser, available through Luciboo, filters web content for child appropriate material. You can download it to your computer to help keep your children safe on the web.

AR BookFinder

Searching for Accelerated Reader books is fun and easy with this free online tool.


Tel4U is a resource for children in grades K-5. It has homework help, state information, coloring pages, games, activities and much more.

Summer Reading Lists

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released three Summer Reading lists to keep children engaged all summer. Lists are available for K-8 students. 

National Geographic Kids

Go here for games, blogs from kids all over the world, cool facts and photos of animals and all sorts of fun things to do. 


Starfall is great site full of games for the beginning reader.

PBS Kids

Find games and activities with all your favorite characters from PBS — Elmo, Martha Speaks, Arthur and more.

This is a great site for finding stuff you won’t find anywhere else. Check out the Geospatial Intelligence Kids Agency. This is also a great place to go to find facts about any of the 50 states.

Library of Congress – Kids and Families

From the Library of Congress, this site is full of information and fun for kids and parents alike.

Brain Pop

Find games and information on everything from the arts to the sciences to health and technology.

Liberty’s Kids

Associated with PBS, this is the website for the program Liberty’s Kids. It has games, activities and biographies from the show.


Websites For Teens

Please be aware that the information found in these links may change without our notice.  E. G. Fisher does not take responsibility for the content on these websites.

Teen Reads


More than 4,800 books are published a year for teens. With so many choices, it can be hard to sort the trash from the treasure.  YALSA’s list of award-winning books for teens as well as other recommended reading.

Tutoring Websites

 Khan Academy

With a library of over 3,400 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

Smart Thinking

With Smarthinking, students experience online tutoring that is simple, fast and always available. Students connect to live educators from any computer that has Internet access, with no special software installation or equipment required.

We provide online tutoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week enabling students to get the help they need when they need it.  Subjects include:  Writing, Reading, Math, Science, Business, ESL, Spanish, Nursing & Allied Health, Computers & Technology.

Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks offers printed books and CDs for tutoring Math grades 3rd – 8th, along with Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Pre-calculus.

Follow these links for help with your homework, papers or science fair projects.
This is the Science Fair Research Guide. It contains information and links to other resources.  Sections include Getting Started, Choosing a Topic, Completing the Project, and Displaying Your Project.    

Homework Help
This site is hosted by the state of Tennessee and contains helpful information about all aspects of Tennessee including state facts, school reports, and driver practice tests.

Presidential Timelines
This page links you to the Presidential Timelines website, an in-depth resource covering the office of The President in the Twentieth Century.


Be sure to search the online catalog and encyclopedia collection. The Tennessee Electronic Library provides access to print articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers. Pick up a free user guide near the Reference and Computer areas.

Citation Styles

Online Style Guides

American Psychological Association (APA)

American Psychological Association Style Page
Using American Psychological Association (APA) Format  from Purdue University

Modern Language Association (MLA)
Modern Language Association Style Page

MLA Formatting & Style Guide from Purdue University

Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)
Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago Manual Style from Purdue University

Citation and Style Guides Concordia University’s Guide to citation styles.

Further reading

Psychology with Style: A Hypertext Writing Guide

Guide to Citation Style Guides

Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals

Citation Machine

Bibliography generator

Easy Bib generator

Book Resources

Books For Free Download

  Project Gutenberg is the oldest producer of free ebooks on the Internet

Author/Series Book Finding Sites

  • Fantastic Fiction
    Fantastic Fiction groups books by author and series, making it easy to find the next book you need to continue your favorite series.
  • Good Reads
    Good Reads allows you to create a free, personal account to track the books you’ve read, leave reviews, and receive suggestions for titles and authors you may enjoy in the future.
  • Acclerated Book Finder
  • Students, teachers, parents, and librarians can search to see what AR Level a book is at. AR Level reading is a program that helps track your your independent reading level.

Book Collector Resources

The following list of resources will help you determine the worth of collectible books, and make informed purchases. Some items are for sale.
  • AbeBooks
    Collectibles : Search 13,500 booksellers selling 80 million books
  • Alibris
    See what some rare books are going for on the Alibris Rare Book Auction. Over 60 million new, used, and out-of-print books.
  • BookFinder
    This site searches across dozens of used/antique book web sites. You can get an idea of what pre-1960 books are worth. In addition to English, this site can be viewed in French, German, and Italian. Compare prices on over 100 million books for sale new, used, rare, out-of-print, international, and textbooks.
  • Guide To Rare And Old Book Values
    Over 40,000 titles are indexed at this site. Also available are links to author signature guides, other book price guides, how to identify a first edition, and other information.
    A huge selection of used books. Rare titles are available as well. Be sure to check out their selection of children’s books!

Local History & Genealogical Resources

E.G. Fisher Public Library currently has over 1,000 books for the local history researcher, including county histories, transcribed county records, family histories, military histories, and church records. McMinn County, in particular, is the focus of the collection; however, the collection includes material on other East Tennessee counties, general Tennessee history, and genealogical material of other southern states, particularly Virginia and North Carolina.


Vital Records

Birth and death records were not kept officially by the State of Tennessee until 1914. Our holdings include the microfilm death records for McMinn County from 1914 to 1925; the index to the death records for TN covers 1914 to 1942. Early death records are also on microfilm from 1908-1912. Transcribed death certificate records of McMinn County from 1914-1945 are also available. (publications of McMinn County Historical Society)

County Information

Material on individual counties in Tennessee is arranged alphabetically in the collection under the call # HIST 976.82 (name of county), i.e. HIST 976.82 MCMINN.Included in each county’s section are transcribed county records, city directories, cemetery records, county histories, and funeral home records. County records can include marriage, court, will and estate, and deed records.
The microfilm holdings for McMinn County include extensive county records dating back to the formation of the county in 1819 up into the present time.

Census Records

Federal Census records taken every 10 years exist for McMinn County from 1830 to1930; there is no 1890 census record.The original census record can be examined on microfilm and/or on Heritage Quest and Ancestry databases.There are also indices to the census records for Tennessee counties from 1830 – 1870; we also have census records on microfilm for many contiguous counties to McMinn County. Census records help establish many clues to an ancestor’s life – an age, the county of residence, how they made a living, who else lived in the household in the particular census year.

Family Histories/Family Files

The library houses much information on families in published works on particular families and in family files. Look for collective family histories under call #HIST 929.3 and for individual family histories under call # HIST 929.33, alphabetical by surname. The family file contains folders of information on particular surnames.This is housed at the Circulation desk with a surname index. These files often contain letters written to the courthouse or to the library requesting information, unpublished family histories, newspaper clippings, and sometimes photographs.


The library has newspapers of McMinn County on microfilm, some dating back into the 1800s; we maintain a continuous run of the Daily Post Athenian from its beginning in 1929 to the present. To find death notices in the DPA, we maintain an Obituary Index to the Daily Post Athenian.At present, it spans the years 1963 to 2004.

Bible Records

The library has three unpublished volumes of compiled Bible records of families from McMinn County. Housed in HIST 976.82 MCMINN.

Military Records

Military records can primarily be found in published books in the Historical Collection.Valuable research resources include but are not limited to:
HIST 973.7War of the Rebellion –Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.
The Tennessee Civil War Veterans Questionnaires.
Tennesseans in the Civil War.
HIST 973.3 Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution.
HIST 976.89 MCMINN World War Veterans and Ex-Service Men of McMinn County, TN

Athens Browning Circle Records

The Athens Browning Circle, a women’s federated club, existed in Athens from 1891-1994. E.G. Fisher Public Library came into being in large part because of the efforts of the Athens Browning Circle. The library was housed in their clubhouse from mid 1940s to 1969. When the Browning Circle ceased operation in 1994, the library became the recipient of their assets, including their yearly minute books and journals which recorded memberships and programs for each year.As part of the Historical Collection, the library maintains a permanent exhibit honoring the Athens Browning Circle.

Online Resources

Heritage Quest Online is available from home and in the library through the Tennessee Electronic Library

Genealogy Resources

The majority of the resources listed are free to the public.
Compiled Family Data
Historical Records
Census Records
Libraries and Archives
Tennessee History and Genealogy

Learning About Genealogy

  • Ancestors

    Under Helpful Resources, click “5-step process.”
    Useful on-line tutorial with built-in tests and answer keys. Free pedigree charts and group sheets.
    To print, locate “Online Tools” and click “Free Charts.”
    A link to Adobe Acrobat Reader is provided if needed.
  • Family Search
    Site of the LDS (Mormon) church. Use “How Do I Begin” for their 5-step process for beginning genealogy. Use “Search for Ancestors: Step-by-step Research Guidance” as a tutorial for using the LDS records on the web.
  • Family Tree Maker Online

    Commercial site from front-running genealogy software maker.
    Offers 1900 census with every-name index.
    Use the link, “Helpful Web Sites” to find How-To articles.
    Use the “Site Features” link to find Classes.

Compiled Family Data

  • Family Search
    Search the databases of the LDS church – free of charge.
    Use “Search for Ancestors” to search four different data sources: Ancestral File – compiled genealogical data from contributors.
    IGI – individual bits of data (birth, marriage, death) from many sources.
    Pedigree File – similar to ancestral file; only the index is on the web.
    Web sites – searches sites selected by LDS, very limited.
    Some entries allow user to contact original contributor.
    Use the “Share Information” option to upload your data.
  • Ancestry World Tree
    Part of Ancestry’s commercial site, but this database is free.
    Family data contributed by subscribers and users.
    Note various options of ways to view data: register style is most readable.
  • Rootsweb World Connect

    Free database using family information contributed by thousands of genealogists.
    Appears to be less comprehensive than Family Search or Ancestry World Tree, but can be used as an alternative search site.
    Some lineages appear on several sites; in other cases there will be discrepancies between sites, even about the same individual.

Mailing Lists & Bulletin Boards

  • Rootsweb Mailing Lists
    Accessible to anyone with e-mail address. Receive messages posted by everyone on the list.

    Lists are not moderated, but generally subscribers follow etiquette rules.
    Use “Browse Archives” to check number of subscribers; determine popularity of lists.
  • Genforum Message Boards
    Accumulated messages and responses by surname, locale or subject.

    Able to show an outline of all the “threads” of responses to a single message, and to trace up and down through them.
    Check total number of postings to determine popularity of list.
    Use “Forum Finder” to search for surname lists, lists by location or subject.
  • Rootsweb Message Boards
    Similar to Genforum with slightly different format.

    Check both Genforum and Rootsweb, different genealogists posts to each one.
    One surname may be more active on one or the other of them.

Historical Records

  • U.S. GenWeb
    Nationwide volunteer project, with a web site for every county in the US (there is also a world-wide site).

    County pages vary in usefulness, many contain some local record abstracts.
    Pages usually also contain references to local libraries and historical/genealogical societies.
    Each page also includes query service – links to post queries or view archived queries.
  • Ancestry’s Free Databases
    Commercial site with free access to selected databases.

    Select “List all Databases” to see what is available; most will be inaccessible without subscription.
    Caution: database titles often promise more than they deliver.
  • Freedmen’s Bureau
    Full text of many records, including marriages of former slaves.
    Reports of Klan activities and other harassment of freedmen.
    Labor contracts negotiated between former slaves and landowners.
  • Federal Land
    Search purchasers of Federal Lands beginning in 1820.
    Most lands in Alabama, Mississippi and the upper Midwest.
    View and print original land patent at no cost.
  • Social Security Death Index
    Records for deceased members of the SS system from about 1962.
    Useful for identifying strayed family members, finding death dates.
  • Vital Records

    Information for obtaining births, records, marriages in each state.
    Describes which records are available by year, where to request.
    Some states allow downloading of forms and online index searches.
  • Making of America

    Making of America is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum to reconstruction including the civil war correspondences found in War of the Rebellion Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.

Census Records

  • Heritage Quest
    Use “Census Research Headquarters” to find reel numbers for census by year and county.
    Membership is free, cost is $3.25/reel.
  • Census Microfilm Rental Program

    Your local library can borrow census microfilm through this service for patron use, or patrons can join as individuals.
    Fee is $7.50 per roll for first roll, with discounts on additional rolls.
  • Census Forms
    Forms for all census years, show all columns

    Very helpful when transcribing data – and free!
  • Soundex Converter

    Rootsweb site for determining Soundex code.
    Use in conjunction with Heritage Quests reel listings for Soundex.
  • Census Online
    Follow “Links to Online Data” and search by state/county.
    Very few full transcriptions are on the web; many partials or special census records.
  • Statistical Census Data
    Powerful search engine for census data including population, religion, manufacturing and agriculture, slavery, ethnic groups.
    Not for individual name searching; but to learn about ancestors’ locale.
    Search by census year for state summaries, then break down by counties.
    Match two or more variables for comparisons; use graphing function.
  • Clues in Census Records
    Quick reminder page for important changes in data collected by each census.

    Useful link to NARA’s naturalization page.

Libraries & Archives

  • LDS Library
    From the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) in Salt Lake.
    Under Family History Library, link to extensive catalog of books and microfilm.
    Note that these records include both original documents(microfilmed county records, for example) and published works.
    Microfilm (but not print materials) may be borrowed through their Family History Library System. Addresses and hours provided.
  • Library of Congress
    Massive catalog can be searched on line, beginning at their genealogy page.

    Limitation: a large database, so a high number of irrelevant hits is common.
  • LSG: Genealogy Libraries on the Web

    Not a comprehensive list, but a good way to find a genealogy library in a place you are not familiar with.

Tennessee History & Genealogy

  • Tennessee State Library and Archives

    Click on History & Genealogy.
    This site won an award for it’s content. Search vital records, Tennessee newspapers, county or census records. Special features include searchable military records, a manuscript guide, TN place names and maps, historical photos and images, and many services are available through the mail.
  • McMinn County Historical Society and Archives
    Major content includes Publications for Sale, Family Files, and Research Books.
    Additional links are provided.
  • Osiyo : McMinn County Tennessee Links
    Many local information sites.
  • Other State Libraries Links to all State Library web sites
    Many state libraries have large genealogical collections.

    Virtually all have on-line catalogs at these web sites. Some will have other genealogical aids.
  • Other State Archives Links to all State Archives web sites
    Many of these sites contain indexes to state records, information about how to request copies of records, and other genealogical aids.
  • National Archives
    Go to The Research Room, then History and Genealogy for great overviews and research tips on a variety of subjects.
    In the Research Room follow link to search the ARC catalog. ARC can be searched for surnames, but main use is for subjects.
    When searching ARC, always view the Series record for details.
  • My Tennessee GenealogyNew!

    Search via county for many resources.

People Searching & Maps

  • Switchboard
    Search for individuals, or to find everyone of a surname in a place.

    Must know the state, or search each one individually.
    Sites are very similar but different data is retrieved from each.
  • Yahoo Maps
  • MapQuest
    Both sites will provide maps of cities, streets, addresses.
    Use with old city directories to identify ancestor’s home or business location.
    Zoom in-and-out feature can be difficult to get used to.
    Can provide driving directions, but remember it is a computer and has never actually driven anywhere!
  • United States Geological Survey – Geographic Names Information System
    Detailed maps of the entire United States.
    Includes geographical features such as creeks, mountains, etc.
    Includes all incorporated and unincorporated towns.
    Includes many named man-made features such as schools, cemeteries.
    Powerful search engine can search by all of these features; links to map.

The resources listed above were reviewed and selected by Chuck Sherrill, Director of Brentwood Library, Brentwood, Tenn., for his workshop entitled, “Genealogy for 2003 and Beyond: A Solinet Workshop”.


Miscellaneous Sources

Updated August 2021

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Don’t remember whether you returned that book or video? Can’t remember if you have asked us to hold a book? Need to renew library materials and the library is closed? Now you can do so online.

Welcome to Verso!

Verso is your online access to the library. In Verso you can:

  • Search the library’s holdings from home
  • Place holds
  • View current check-outs and due dates
  • Check your account balances
  • Create lists of books to read
  • Keep track of what you have read ( library staff cannot see your history)
  • Review books you’ve read
  • Share books with your friends

In order to use these features, you will need to set up an account with you library card.

Account Set Up and Exploration:

  1. Go to our website. Click: Library Catalog.
  2. When Verso is loaded, look in the upper right corner for Login. Click Please Login. 
  3. Log in to your account using your library card number and  password. If this is your first time signing in, you will use the following as your password: USERPASS  You will then be prompted to create your own unique password. From here, you can explore your account.
  4. Click on My Account to see items checked out and due dates.  You may renew and see a list of reserved items on this screen. 
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