Media Center

Welcome to the The Great Southwest's Media Center page! 

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Mrs. Carrie Friday

Mrs. Carrie Friday

Carrie Friday is the Media Specialist at Southwest Middle School in Palm Bay, Florida and a former Language Arts and Reading teacher. She isn't afraid to take risks and will do just about anything to encourage the love of literacy in students and teachers. She is one of the co-founders of the #swms20bookchallenge and a total YA author fangirl. She is a chapter leader of our school Project Lit Community chapter, a committee member for the state SSYRA 6-8 selection committee, and on the FAME Nominations committee. She believes in innovation, collaboration, and the power of really good books.

She is also a wife to a Rocket Scientist and a mom to the sweetest two girls you'll ever meet. She loves Gilmore Girls, Pinterest, coffee, and porch swings. She is a proud graduate of Auburn University. War Eagle!

Our Mission

Media Center

The mission of The Great Southwest Media Center is to serve every student with excellence through developing the habits of critical thinking, active learning, skillful researching, and creative problem solving. Our Media Center also strives to provide materials that will instill a love of reading and learning into the lives of our students.

Our daily hours are 9 am to 4:15 pm. Students are welcome to come before school, with their class, or on a pass from class. We have a variety of incredible things your student can be involved with including our School-Wide 20 Book Challenge, makerspace activities, board games before school, computers for working on assignments, 2 Book Fairs each year filled with fun, and all kinds of other awesome activities. 

Have a question or need some help? Email Mrs. Friday

  • Library Orientation

    Check out our Orientation for the Media Center at the Great Southwest.

  • Want to suggest a book for purchase?

    Here's your chance to suggest what books are purchased for our collection! Fill out this form and Mrs. Friday and the Library Committee will look into it. 

  • Visit Our Public Library!

  • Florida Electronic Library

    Florida Electronic Library

    The Florida Electronic Library is a gateway to select Internet resources that offers access to comprehensive, accurate, and reliable information. Available resources include electronic magazines, newspapers, almanacs, encyclopedias, and books, providing information on topics such as current events, education, business, technology, and health issues. The Florida Electronic Library offers information for all age groups, including homework help for students and resources for teachers. (…from the ‘About  FEL ‘ page)

  • Gale Databases Grades K-8

    Gale Databases for students K-8

    These databases are suitable for grades K-8.  The Research in Context database is very user friendly.  See the  Using Research in Context link for tips for using this database.

  • Gale Databases Grades 7-12

    Databases for secondary students

    Find magazine and newspaper articles, as well as reference books, primary sources, and multimedia materials, on a wide range of topics in approximately 20 different databases.  Included are general databases such as the General OneFile and specific subject area databases such as the Science in ContextHealth and Wellness, and Informe (a Spanish language magazine database). If you are prompted for a password when using a computer off-site from the school, please e-mail Mrs. Friday for that information.  Use at school does not require a password.

  • Destiny Electronic Catalog

    Looking for a great book? Look no further!

  • 20 Book Challenge Google Classroom

    Need to join? Class code 7th grade: COMING SOON!   8th grade: pcb7fsx

  • 20 Book Challenge Video

    Check out our video on how our 20 Book Challenge got started and keep an eye out for a new, updated version of this.

  • Need Help With Google Apps?
    Are you or your student having some technical difficulties with Google Apps? Check out this super helpful sight from our BPS Tech Integrators.

  • Book Suggestion Form

    Want to suggest a book for Mrs. Friday to order? Fill out this Google form and recommend it to be added to our collection.

  • Brevard Public Libraries

    We love working with Brevard Public Libraries! If you can't find the book you are looking for with us, check out the Public Library. They are sure to have a copy for you!