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  • ABC Mouse
    ABCmouse.com curriculum is designated to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success.  There are over 3,500+ learning activities across major subject areas- reading, math science, social studies, art and music.  There are fun-filled activities and games about plants, music, numbers, planets and more.  Children can also read books, take virtual tours, complete puzzles, do art activities and explore the interactive zoo.  The site can be used as a guest, but you have to create an account to save any progress.  To access this resource from an iPad or Android Tablet while in the library, search for the Early Learning Academy App in your devices' app store.  For in-library use only.
  • America's Obituaries and Death Notices
    As the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices, this database contains a collection of over 22 million recent records from hundreds of U.S. newspapers. It also incorporates over 75 million records from the Social Security Death Index (1937-present), organized by state.  The obituaries go back to 1977, but it also contains the Tribune obituaries from the Archives back to 1849.  This database has an easy-to-use interface that allows searching by name, date range, or text, and is updated daily.

  • Ancestry Library Edition
    Search vital and public records including census records, marriage records, property records and more.  This database is for in-library use onlyVideo Tutorial.

     

  • AtoZ the USA
    Find information specific to each of the U.S. states, or find general information on the USA as a whole. Within each state, you can find information on demographics, education, parks and energy, use and print pictures for projects, view maps (with a zoom feature) and more.

  • AtoZ the World
    With over eight million words of content on 175 countries, AtoZ the World gives in-depth country cultural information. Find traditions, habits, and social norms of people around the globe. From cultural stereotypes and superstitions, to social and business etiquette, to women's role in society - everything from music, dating rituals, holidays and festivals, to traditional recipes, flags, and national symbols for each country. All the images in AtoZ the World can be used without copyright restrictions, so you can use them in school projects.

  • AtoZ World Food

    This food resource contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. AtoZ World Food also covers food culture, including National Cuisine, Regional Cuisine, Dining Etiquette, Food Trivia and more.

  • AtoZ World Travel

    Continually updated and currently featuring over 180 city guides, AtoZ World Travel provides the low-down on city neighborhoods and districts, in-town excursions and day trips, major attractions, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and insiders' tips on navigating the city and culture.
    The site also arms travelers with all the information necessary to make travel as safe and stress-free as possible. Each city guide features detailed accounts of any health advisories, travel essentials like passport and visa information, and even lists of local embassies and consulates.

  • AtoZdatabases
    AtoZdatabases is a directory of information that allows you to search millions of businesses, residents, home owners, healthcare professionals and more. This resource allows you to save and print records or create mailing lists. There is also a job search option and resume templates to utilize. Use this resource additionally via the iPad & iPhone app. Video Tutorial.
  • Axis 360 (eRead Illinois)
    In addition to our collection of eBooks you can find through our OMNI digital media selection, there will be an extra way for you to have access to more digital titles!  Axis 360 (eRead Illinois) is an eBook collection supported by the Illinois Secretary of State through the Illinois State Library.  There are new popular titles in fiction and non-fiction,  for adults, teens and kids.  Download audiobook and eBook titles to your computer and transfer to your mobile devices, 24/7.  Choose from thousands of popular and educational titles in virtually every subject. 

    You will need to download software to get started.  For more information, visit our eBooks and Digital Downloads page or the Axis 360 App ZoneVideo Tutorial.

  • BookBrowse
    Find your next great read with BookBrowse.com. Reviews, recommendations, read-alikes, author bios and interviews, resources for book clubs, and much more.  Video Tutorial.

  • BookFlix
    Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks for grades Pre-K through 3rd.  Features allow you to watch a video of the story, read the book, puzzler games and biographies about the author. Video Tutorial.

  • Brainfuse- HelpNow
    Get homework help from live tutors every day from 2pm to 11pm. HelpNow is also a comprehensive suite of services designed to accommodate a range of homework needs, including live Illinois-aligned skills building (includes Common Core where appropriate), test preparation, a foreign language lab and comprehensive writing assistance.  You can visit the Brainfuse help page for more information on all of the services for this resource and a listing of subject areas that help will be provided for.  HelpNow is also available from mobile devices, and the App is avaliable through Google Play.  

  • Brainfuse- JobNow
    JobNow consists of a unique suite of resources for job seekers, including on-demand access to trained career experts who provide live, one-to-one interview coaching and resume assistance.  Also included is a resume lab, live career assistance and an adult learning center, with test preparation, an academic skills center and computer literacy and basic software assistance.  You can visit their help page to find more information on the services provided through JobNow. 

  • Chilton Library
    An online version of Chilton's vehicle repair manuals, comprising all the data of the Chilton Total Car Care line in a Do-It-Yourself format.  You can find information to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicles. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, along with coverage for specialty vehicles.  Video Tutorial.

  • Consumer Reports
    Find access to 1,000+ ratings of products, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews, product video clips and more.  Video Tutorial.

  • Credo Reference
    Credo provides reference and non-fiction eBooks, along with topic pages.  It's an easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.  You can also get citations, print or email information, create crossword puzzles, get pronunciations and find out about holidays and festivals around the world.
  • Driving Tests
    Driving-Tests.org is a company dedicated to driver safety and education, offering free practice tests written based on the state DMV materials.  This site includes accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text and more.  Tests and information include: 
    • 11 car practice tests
    • 8 motorcycle practice test
    • 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
    • 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
    • An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions
    • You can also access a Vin Decoder from this site, when looking into used car options.
  • EBSCOHost

    EBSCO Host includes a wide variety of topics and solid, full-text, authoritative resources for researchers from elementary school through professional level. Find magazine and newspaper databases, medical, business, academic, and other reference collections here. Many articles are available in full text with images, and all can be printed, downloaded, or e-mailed.  Video Tutorial.  Research databases found here include:

    • Explora Primary Schools (Resource for early and middle school students)
    • Explora Public Library (High School Students)
    • Explora Educator's Edition (for Teachers)
    • General Science
    • Newspaper Source (full cover to cover text for 35 national and international newspapers and selective text for 375 more)
    • Topic Search (full text articles from newspapers and more)
    • Professional Development Collection and ERIC (for educators)
    • Health Source (Consumer Health Education)
    • Business Source Premier
    • Legal Information Database
    • And more!

  • FreedomFlix
    Read digital books about historical topics. FreedomFlix includes embedded popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos and audio clips that bring history to life.  Books are aligned with common core standards, and features include read-along option, project ideas and quizzes.

  • Freegal
    Download 5 free MP3s a week from the Sony Music Entertainment Catalog.  Compatible with all devices, you keep the music you download, without needing to install any software to your computer.  For use outside the library.  For a free app for iPad and iPhone, go here, and for Android, visit here *NEW*  Freegal now has streaming.  You can stream up to 3 hours per day of single songs or whole albums.  Please note that the song samples are no longer avaliable.  If you play a song, it will count towards your streaming for the day.  To see the new streaming option, make sure you have logged out of your account and log back in to accept the streaming agreement.  Video Tutorial.

  • Heritage Quest Online
    Complete US census records from 1790-1940.  The site includes maps, research aids, will and probate records, Military records and more.

  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
    This resource offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Articles from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more, are included.  

  • Home Improvement Reference Center
    Find "how to" home improvement and repair assistance, including DIY information on maintenance, remodeling, wood projects, electrical work, plumbing, decorating, outdoor projects, home & garden and more. This resource includes step-by-step instructions, images and videos to take you through the process.

  • Hoopla
    Find thousands of digital movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks & eAudiobooks, comics and more through Hoopla, all you need is a library card!  You can download the free Hoopla app on your mobile devices and tablets, to stream or checkout materials, or visit hoopladigital.com.  You will need to create a brief account before accessing the collection.  Video Tutorial.

  • Legal Information Reference Center
    Find legal information and forms on topics such as adoption, child custody, criminal law, divorce, estate planning, family law, property and real estate, rights and disputes, and small claims court.  This resource contains full text books from publishers like Nolo, with detailed how-to instructions covering a wide-range of legal issues.  There is also a ‘Legal Forms by U.S. State’ feature, where users can search thousands of state-specific legal forms, searchable by top subject areas.

  • Mango Languages
    Do you want to learn a new language, or practice a language you know?  Choose from 22 languages as well as 14 English as a second language lessons.  Video Tutorial.  Download the Apple App or Android App.

  • Novelist
    Looking for something new to read? NoveList helps you search for books based on your interests, find authors' additional works, readalikes, award winning books and more! To view tutorials on how to use Novelist, visit here.  For Novelist Mobile, visit hereVideo Tutorial.

  • Novelist K-8
    Novelist K-8 helps parents, teachers, and librarians improve literacy, connect reading across curricular areas and teach reading and writing concepts.  You can search for kids books designed especially for elementary and middle schools, based on your input, as well as finding authors' other works, readalikes, award winning books and more! 

  • Overdrive (OMNI)
    Through the Online Media of Northern Illinois (OMNI), download audiobook and eBook titles to your computer or device, 24/7.  Choose from thousands of popular and educational titles in virtually every subject.  For kid's only content, go to the Kid's eReading Room.  For teen only content, go to the Teen eReading Room

    You will need to download software to get started, and some eReaders are not compatible with OverDrive consule.  To see if your device is library compatible, visit OverDrive's list of Compatible eBook Devices. For more information, visit our Downloadable Media Page or the Overdrive Digital Downloads Help Page and FAQ.

    New Overdrive Libby Tutorial.

  • Public Records
    This site includes a wide variety of public record information of interest to new homeowners and new business owners. Also included are public records on bankruptcies and foreclosures. Use this link outside of the library: Remote Access to Public Record

  • RBdigital
    RBdigital contains full digital magazines.  Included are subscriptions to various publications, such as Better Homes and Gardens, American Girl, Men's Health, Martha Stewart Living, HGTV Magazine and more!  This service can be viewed on any internet-enabled device, including laptops, smartphones, and tablets.  Magazines are interactive, have the ability to zoom in an out, and once you download an issue of a magazine, it is yours to keep!  Video Tutorial, please note we just have magazines with this resource.

    **You will have to login with your library card and create a RBdigital account.  Please follow the step-by-step instructions here that includes screenshots, or visit the RBdigital help page.  This is a free service, and magazines provided by our library are of no charge.  If you see a request for payment or subscription, it is not a magazine the library has provided.   

     

  • Select Reads
    Find book eNewsletters such as New & Upcoming DVDs, New Fiction & Non-Fiction and lots more, available through our Select Reads newsletter service.  You can sign-up for the newsletters or click on each to view them online.  New book alerts can be found here.  There is also a new award lists page and author spotlights, where you can get notifications when our library adds new titles by your favorite author.  Video Tutorial.

  • TrueFlix
    Allows students to read Scholastic science and social studies books online, including content on the human body, space and ancient civilizations.  All of the titles are supported with related content featuring videos, audio, images, text, lesson plans and activity centers. 

  • TumbleBooks
    TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.  Video Tutorial.

  • Universal Class
    Universal Class is a continuing education database, offering over 540 courses, with real instructors guiding the learning.  Additionally, there are engaging video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests, certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units available for selected courses.  Some of the courses include cooking, home and garden, computers, homeschooling, photography and exercise.  Video Tutorial.

  • World Book Web
    The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, educator tools (including games and a World of Animals feature), student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.  For more information on mobile access, visit here.

    • Credo Reference
      Credo provides reference and non-fiction eBooks, along with topic pages.  It's an easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.  You can also get citations, print or email information, create crossword puzzles, get pronunciations and find out about holidays and festivals around the world.
    • Axis 360 (eRead Illinois)
      In addition to our collection of eBooks you can find through our OMNI digital media selection, there will be an extra way for you to have access to more digital titles!  Axis 360 (eRead Illinois) is an eBook collection supported by the Illinois Secretary of State through the Illinois State Library.  There are new popular titles in fiction and non-fiction,  for adults, teens and kids.  Download audiobook and eBook titles to your computer and transfer to your mobile devices, 24/7.  Choose from thousands of popular and educational titles in virtually every subject. 

      You will need to download software to get started.  For more information, visit our eBooks and Digital Downloads page or the Axis 360 App ZoneVideo Tutorial.

    • Hoopla
      Find thousands of digital movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks & eAudiobooks, comics and more through Hoopla, all you need is a library card!  You can download the free Hoopla app on your mobile devices and tablets, to stream or checkout materials, or visit hoopladigital.com.  You will need to create a brief account before accessing the collection.  Video Tutorial.

    • Overdrive (OMNI)
      Through the Online Media of Northern Illinois (OMNI), download audiobook and eBook titles to your computer or device, 24/7.  Choose from thousands of popular and educational titles in virtually every subject.  For kid's only content, go to the Kid's eReading Room.  For teen only content, go to the Teen eReading Room

      You will need to download software to get started, and some eReaders are not compatible with OverDrive consule.  To see if your device is library compatible, visit OverDrive's list of Compatible eBook Devices. For more information, visit our Downloadable Media Page or the Overdrive Digital Downloads Help Page and FAQ.

      New Overdrive Libby Tutorial.

    • Chilton Library
      An online version of Chilton's vehicle repair manuals, comprising all the data of the Chilton Total Car Care line in a Do-It-Yourself format.  You can find information to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicles. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, along with coverage for specialty vehicles.  Video Tutorial.

    • Driving Tests
      Driving-Tests.org is a company dedicated to driver safety and education, offering free practice tests written based on the state DMV materials.  This site includes accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text and more.  Tests and information include: 
      • 11 car practice tests
      • 8 motorcycle practice test
      • 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
      • 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
      • An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions
      • You can also access a Vin Decoder from this site, when looking into used car options.
    • Credo Reference
      Credo provides reference and non-fiction eBooks, along with topic pages.  It's an easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.  You can also get citations, print or email information, create crossword puzzles, get pronunciations and find out about holidays and festivals around the world.
    • BookBrowse
      Find your next great read with BookBrowse.com. Reviews, recommendations, read-alikes, author bios and interviews, resources for book clubs, and much more.  Video Tutorial.

    • BookFlix
      Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks for grades Pre-K through 3rd.  Features allow you to watch a video of the story, read the book, puzzler games and biographies about the author. Video Tutorial.

    • Novelist
      Looking for something new to read? NoveList helps you search for books based on your interests, find authors' additional works, readalikes, award winning books and more! To view tutorials on how to use Novelist, visit here.  For Novelist Mobile, visit hereVideo Tutorial.

    • Novelist K-8
      Novelist K-8 helps parents, teachers, and librarians improve literacy, connect reading across curricular areas and teach reading and writing concepts.  You can search for kids books designed especially for elementary and middle schools, based on your input, as well as finding authors' other works, readalikes, award winning books and more! 

    • Select Reads
      Find book eNewsletters such as New & Upcoming DVDs, New Fiction & Non-Fiction and lots more, available through our Select Reads newsletter service.  You can sign-up for the newsletters or click on each to view them online.  New book alerts can be found here.  There is also a new award lists page and author spotlights, where you can get notifications when our library adds new titles by your favorite author.  Video Tutorial.

    • AtoZdatabases
      AtoZdatabases is a directory of information that allows you to search millions of businesses, residents, home owners, healthcare professionals and more. This resource allows you to save and print records or create mailing lists. There is also a job search option and resume templates to utilize. Use this resource additionally via the iPad & iPhone app. Video Tutorial.
    • Brainfuse- JobNow
      JobNow consists of a unique suite of resources for job seekers, including on-demand access to trained career experts who provide live, one-to-one interview coaching and resume assistance.  Also included is a resume lab, live career assistance and an adult learning center, with test preparation, an academic skills center and computer literacy and basic software assistance.  You can visit their help page to find more information on the services provided through JobNow. 

    • Public Records
      This site includes a wide variety of public record information of interest to new homeowners and new business owners. Also included are public records on bankruptcies and foreclosures. Use this link outside of the library: Remote Access to Public Record

    • AtoZdatabases
      AtoZdatabases is a directory of information that allows you to search millions of businesses, residents, home owners, healthcare professionals and more. This resource allows you to save and print records or create mailing lists. There is also a job search option and resume templates to utilize. Use this resource additionally via the iPad & iPhone app. Video Tutorial.
    • Brainfuse- HelpNow
      Get homework help from live tutors every day from 2pm to 11pm. HelpNow is also a comprehensive suite of services designed to accommodate a range of homework needs, including live Illinois-aligned skills building (includes Common Core where appropriate), test preparation, a foreign language lab and comprehensive writing assistance.  You can visit the Brainfuse help page for more information on all of the services for this resource and a listing of subject areas that help will be provided for.  HelpNow is also available from mobile devices, and the App is avaliable through Google Play.  

    • Brainfuse- JobNow
      JobNow consists of a unique suite of resources for job seekers, including on-demand access to trained career experts who provide live, one-to-one interview coaching and resume assistance.  Also included is a resume lab, live career assistance and an adult learning center, with test preparation, an academic skills center and computer literacy and basic software assistance.  You can visit their help page to find more information on the services provided through JobNow. 

    • World Book Web
      The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, educator tools (including games and a World of Animals feature), student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.  For more information on mobile access, visit here.

    • AtoZ World Food

      This food resource contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. AtoZ World Food also covers food culture, including National Cuisine, Regional Cuisine, Dining Etiquette, Food Trivia and more.

    • Consumer Reports
      Find access to 1,000+ ratings of products, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews, product video clips and more.  Video Tutorial.

    • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
      This resource offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Articles from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more, are included.  

    • Home Improvement Reference Center
      Find "how to" home improvement and repair assistance, including DIY information on maintenance, remodeling, wood projects, electrical work, plumbing, decorating, outdoor projects, home & garden and more. This resource includes step-by-step instructions, images and videos to take you through the process.

    • Public Records
      This site includes a wide variety of public record information of interest to new homeowners and new business owners. Also included are public records on bankruptcies and foreclosures. Use this link outside of the library: Remote Access to Public Record

    • ABC Mouse
      ABCmouse.com curriculum is designated to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success.  There are over 3,500+ learning activities across major subject areas- reading, math science, social studies, art and music.  There are fun-filled activities and games about plants, music, numbers, planets and more.  Children can also read books, take virtual tours, complete puzzles, do art activities and explore the interactive zoo.  The site can be used as a guest, but you have to create an account to save any progress.  To access this resource from an iPad or Android Tablet while in the library, search for the Early Learning Academy App in your devices' app store.  For in-library use only.
    • Axis 360 (eRead Illinois)
      In addition to our collection of eBooks you can find through our OMNI digital media selection, there will be an extra way for you to have access to more digital titles!  Axis 360 (eRead Illinois) is an eBook collection supported by the Illinois Secretary of State through the Illinois State Library.  There are new popular titles in fiction and non-fiction,  for adults, teens and kids.  Download audiobook and eBook titles to your computer and transfer to your mobile devices, 24/7.  Choose from thousands of popular and educational titles in virtually every subject. 

      You will need to download software to get started.  For more information, visit our eBooks and Digital Downloads page or the Axis 360 App ZoneVideo Tutorial.

    • BookFlix
      Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks for grades Pre-K through 3rd.  Features allow you to watch a video of the story, read the book, puzzler games and biographies about the author. Video Tutorial.

    • FreedomFlix
      Read digital books about historical topics. FreedomFlix includes embedded popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos and audio clips that bring history to life.  Books are aligned with common core standards, and features include read-along option, project ideas and quizzes.

    • Hoopla
      Find thousands of digital movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks & eAudiobooks, comics and more through Hoopla, all you need is a library card!  You can download the free Hoopla app on your mobile devices and tablets, to stream or checkout materials, or visit hoopladigital.com.  You will need to create a brief account before accessing the collection.  Video Tutorial.

    • Overdrive (OMNI)
      Through the Online Media of Northern Illinois (OMNI), download audiobook and eBook titles to your computer or device, 24/7.  Choose from thousands of popular and educational titles in virtually every subject.  For kid's only content, go to the Kid's eReading Room.  For teen only content, go to the Teen eReading Room

      You will need to download software to get started, and some eReaders are not compatible with OverDrive consule.  To see if your device is library compatible, visit OverDrive's list of Compatible eBook Devices. For more information, visit our Downloadable Media Page or the Overdrive Digital Downloads Help Page and FAQ.

      New Overdrive Libby Tutorial.

    • TrueFlix
      Allows students to read Scholastic science and social studies books online, including content on the human body, space and ancient civilizations.  All of the titles are supported with related content featuring videos, audio, images, text, lesson plans and activity centers. 

    • TumbleBooks
      TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.  Video Tutorial.

    • World Book Web
      The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, educator tools (including games and a World of Animals feature), student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.  For more information on mobile access, visit here.

    • ABC Mouse
      ABCmouse.com curriculum is designated to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success.  There are over 3,500+ learning activities across major subject areas- reading, math science, social studies, art and music.  There are fun-filled activities and games about plants, music, numbers, planets and more.  Children can also read books, take virtual tours, complete puzzles, do art activities and explore the interactive zoo.  The site can be used as a guest, but you have to create an account to save any progress.  To access this resource from an iPad or Android Tablet while in the library, search for the Early Learning Academy App in your devices' app store.  For in-library use only.
    • AtoZ the USA
      Find information specific to each of the U.S. states, or find general information on the USA as a whole. Within each state, you can find information on demographics, education, parks and energy, use and print pictures for projects, view maps (with a zoom feature) and more.

    • AtoZ the World
      With over eight million words of content on 175 countries, AtoZ the World gives in-depth country cultural information. Find traditions, habits, and social norms of people around the globe. From cultural stereotypes and superstitions, to social and business etiquette, to women's role in society - everything from music, dating rituals, holidays and festivals, to traditional recipes, flags, and national symbols for each country. All the images in AtoZ the World can be used without copyright restrictions, so you can use them in school projects.

    • BookFlix
      Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks for grades Pre-K through 3rd.  Features allow you to watch a video of the story, read the book, puzzler games and biographies about the author. Video Tutorial.

    • Brainfuse- HelpNow
      Get homework help from live tutors every day from 2pm to 11pm. HelpNow is also a comprehensive suite of services designed to accommodate a range of homework needs, including live Illinois-aligned skills building (includes Common Core where appropriate), test preparation, a foreign language lab and comprehensive writing assistance.  You can visit the Brainfuse help page for more information on all of the services for this resource and a listing of subject areas that help will be provided for.  HelpNow is also available from mobile devices, and the App is avaliable through Google Play.  

    • Credo Reference
      Credo provides reference and non-fiction eBooks, along with topic pages.  It's an easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.  You can also get citations, print or email information, create crossword puzzles, get pronunciations and find out about holidays and festivals around the world.
    • EBSCOHost

      EBSCO Host includes a wide variety of topics and solid, full-text, authoritative resources for researchers from elementary school through professional level. Find magazine and newspaper databases, medical, business, academic, and other reference collections here. Many articles are available in full text with images, and all can be printed, downloaded, or e-mailed.  Video Tutorial.  Research databases found here include:

      • Explora Primary Schools (Resource for early and middle school students)
      • Explora Public Library (High School Students)
      • Explora Educator's Edition (for Teachers)
      • General Science
      • Newspaper Source (full cover to cover text for 35 national and international newspapers and selective text for 375 more)
      • Topic Search (full text articles from newspapers and more)
      • Professional Development Collection and ERIC (for educators)
      • Health Source (Consumer Health Education)
      • Business Source Premier
      • Legal Information Database
      • And more!

    • FreedomFlix
      Read digital books about historical topics. FreedomFlix includes embedded popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos and audio clips that bring history to life.  Books are aligned with common core standards, and features include read-along option, project ideas and quizzes.

    • Universal Class
      Universal Class is a continuing education database, offering over 540 courses, with real instructors guiding the learning.  Additionally, there are engaging video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests, certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units available for selected courses.  Some of the courses include cooking, home and garden, computers, homeschooling, photography and exercise.  Video Tutorial.

    • World Book Web
      The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, educator tools (including games and a World of Animals feature), student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.  For more information on mobile access, visit here.

    • AtoZ World Food

      This food resource contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. AtoZ World Food also covers food culture, including National Cuisine, Regional Cuisine, Dining Etiquette, Food Trivia and more.

    • America's Obituaries and Death Notices
      As the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices, this database contains a collection of over 22 million recent records from hundreds of U.S. newspapers. It also incorporates over 75 million records from the Social Security Death Index (1937-present), organized by state.  The obituaries go back to 1977, but it also contains the Tribune obituaries from the Archives back to 1849.  This database has an easy-to-use interface that allows searching by name, date range, or text, and is updated daily.

    • Ancestry Library Edition
      Search vital and public records including census records, marriage records, property records and more.  This database is for in-library use onlyVideo Tutorial.

       

    • Heritage Quest Online
      Complete US census records from 1790-1940.  The site includes maps, research aids, will and probate records, Military records and more.

    • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
      This resource offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Articles from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more, are included.  

    • Universal Class
      Universal Class is a continuing education database, offering over 540 courses, with real instructors guiding the learning.  Additionally, there are engaging video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests, certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units available for selected courses.  Some of the courses include cooking, home and garden, computers, homeschooling, photography and exercise.  Video Tutorial.

    • Home Improvement Reference Center
      Find "how to" home improvement and repair assistance, including DIY information on maintenance, remodeling, wood projects, electrical work, plumbing, decorating, outdoor projects, home & garden and more. This resource includes step-by-step instructions, images and videos to take you through the process.

    • Universal Class
      Universal Class is a continuing education database, offering over 540 courses, with real instructors guiding the learning.  Additionally, there are engaging video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests, certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units available for selected courses.  Some of the courses include cooking, home and garden, computers, homeschooling, photography and exercise.  Video Tutorial.

    • ABC Mouse
      ABCmouse.com curriculum is designated to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success.  There are over 3,500+ learning activities across major subject areas- reading, math science, social studies, art and music.  There are fun-filled activities and games about plants, music, numbers, planets and more.  Children can also read books, take virtual tours, complete puzzles, do art activities and explore the interactive zoo.  The site can be used as a guest, but you have to create an account to save any progress.  To access this resource from an iPad or Android Tablet while in the library, search for the Early Learning Academy App in your devices' app store.  For in-library use only.
    • AtoZ the USA
      Find information specific to each of the U.S. states, or find general information on the USA as a whole. Within each state, you can find information on demographics, education, parks and energy, use and print pictures for projects, view maps (with a zoom feature) and more.

    • AtoZ the World
      With over eight million words of content on 175 countries, AtoZ the World gives in-depth country cultural information. Find traditions, habits, and social norms of people around the globe. From cultural stereotypes and superstitions, to social and business etiquette, to women's role in society - everything from music, dating rituals, holidays and festivals, to traditional recipes, flags, and national symbols for each country. All the images in AtoZ the World can be used without copyright restrictions, so you can use them in school projects.

    • Axis 360 (eRead Illinois)
      In addition to our collection of eBooks you can find through our OMNI digital media selection, there will be an extra way for you to have access to more digital titles!  Axis 360 (eRead Illinois) is an eBook collection supported by the Illinois Secretary of State through the Illinois State Library.  There are new popular titles in fiction and non-fiction,  for adults, teens and kids.  Download audiobook and eBook titles to your computer and transfer to your mobile devices, 24/7.  Choose from thousands of popular and educational titles in virtually every subject. 

      You will need to download software to get started.  For more information, visit our eBooks and Digital Downloads page or the Axis 360 App ZoneVideo Tutorial.

    • BookFlix
      Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks for grades Pre-K through 3rd.  Features allow you to watch a video of the story, read the book, puzzler games and biographies about the author. Video Tutorial.

    • Brainfuse- HelpNow
      Get homework help from live tutors every day from 2pm to 11pm. HelpNow is also a comprehensive suite of services designed to accommodate a range of homework needs, including live Illinois-aligned skills building (includes Common Core where appropriate), test preparation, a foreign language lab and comprehensive writing assistance.  You can visit the Brainfuse help page for more information on all of the services for this resource and a listing of subject areas that help will be provided for.  HelpNow is also available from mobile devices, and the App is avaliable through Google Play.  

    • Credo Reference
      Credo provides reference and non-fiction eBooks, along with topic pages.  It's an easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.  You can also get citations, print or email information, create crossword puzzles, get pronunciations and find out about holidays and festivals around the world.
    • FreedomFlix
      Read digital books about historical topics. FreedomFlix includes embedded popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos and audio clips that bring history to life.  Books are aligned with common core standards, and features include read-along option, project ideas and quizzes.

    • Novelist K-8
      Novelist K-8 helps parents, teachers, and librarians improve literacy, connect reading across curricular areas and teach reading and writing concepts.  You can search for kids books designed especially for elementary and middle schools, based on your input, as well as finding authors' other works, readalikes, award winning books and more! 

    • TrueFlix
      Allows students to read Scholastic science and social studies books online, including content on the human body, space and ancient civilizations.  All of the titles are supported with related content featuring videos, audio, images, text, lesson plans and activity centers. 

    • TumbleBooks
      TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.  Video Tutorial.

    • World Book Web
      The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, educator tools (including games and a World of Animals feature), student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.  For more information on mobile access, visit here.

    • Legal Information Reference Center
      Find legal information and forms on topics such as adoption, child custody, criminal law, divorce, estate planning, family law, property and real estate, rights and disputes, and small claims court.  This resource contains full text books from publishers like Nolo, with detailed how-to instructions covering a wide-range of legal issues.  There is also a ‘Legal Forms by U.S. State’ feature, where users can search thousands of state-specific legal forms, searchable by top subject areas.

    • Freegal
      Download 5 free MP3s a week from the Sony Music Entertainment Catalog.  Compatible with all devices, you keep the music you download, without needing to install any software to your computer.  For use outside the library.  For a free app for iPad and iPhone, go here, and for Android, visit here *NEW*  Freegal now has streaming.  You can stream up to 3 hours per day of single songs or whole albums.  Please note that the song samples are no longer avaliable.  If you play a song, it will count towards your streaming for the day.  To see the new streaming option, make sure you have logged out of your account and log back in to accept the streaming agreement.  Video Tutorial.

    • Hoopla
      Find thousands of digital movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks & eAudiobooks, comics and more through Hoopla, all you need is a library card!  You can download the free Hoopla app on your mobile devices and tablets, to stream or checkout materials, or visit hoopladigital.com.  You will need to create a brief account before accessing the collection.  Video Tutorial.

    • RBdigital
      RBdigital contains full digital magazines.  Included are subscriptions to various publications, such as Better Homes and Gardens, American Girl, Men's Health, Martha Stewart Living, HGTV Magazine and more!  This service can be viewed on any internet-enabled device, including laptops, smartphones, and tablets.  Magazines are interactive, have the ability to zoom in an out, and once you download an issue of a magazine, it is yours to keep!  Video Tutorial, please note we just have magazines with this resource.

      **You will have to login with your library card and create a RBdigital account.  Please follow the step-by-step instructions here that includes screenshots, or visit the RBdigital help page.  This is a free service, and magazines provided by our library are of no charge.  If you see a request for payment or subscription, it is not a magazine the library has provided.   

       

    • America's Obituaries and Death Notices
      As the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices, this database contains a collection of over 22 million recent records from hundreds of U.S. newspapers. It also incorporates over 75 million records from the Social Security Death Index (1937-present), organized by state.  The obituaries go back to 1977, but it also contains the Tribune obituaries from the Archives back to 1849.  This database has an easy-to-use interface that allows searching by name, date range, or text, and is updated daily.

    • AtoZ the USA
      Find information specific to each of the U.S. states, or find general information on the USA as a whole. Within each state, you can find information on demographics, education, parks and energy, use and print pictures for projects, view maps (with a zoom feature) and more.

    • AtoZ the World
      With over eight million words of content on 175 countries, AtoZ the World gives in-depth country cultural information. Find traditions, habits, and social norms of people around the globe. From cultural stereotypes and superstitions, to social and business etiquette, to women's role in society - everything from music, dating rituals, holidays and festivals, to traditional recipes, flags, and national symbols for each country. All the images in AtoZ the World can be used without copyright restrictions, so you can use them in school projects.

    • AtoZdatabases
      AtoZdatabases is a directory of information that allows you to search millions of businesses, residents, home owners, healthcare professionals and more. This resource allows you to save and print records or create mailing lists. There is also a job search option and resume templates to utilize. Use this resource additionally via the iPad & iPhone app. Video Tutorial.
    • Credo Reference
      Credo provides reference and non-fiction eBooks, along with topic pages.  It's an easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.  You can also get citations, print or email information, create crossword puzzles, get pronunciations and find out about holidays and festivals around the world.
    • EBSCOHost

      EBSCO Host includes a wide variety of topics and solid, full-text, authoritative resources for researchers from elementary school through professional level. Find magazine and newspaper databases, medical, business, academic, and other reference collections here. Many articles are available in full text with images, and all can be printed, downloaded, or e-mailed.  Video Tutorial.  Research databases found here include:

      • Explora Primary Schools (Resource for early and middle school students)
      • Explora Public Library (High School Students)
      • Explora Educator's Edition (for Teachers)
      • General Science
      • Newspaper Source (full cover to cover text for 35 national and international newspapers and selective text for 375 more)
      • Topic Search (full text articles from newspapers and more)
      • Professional Development Collection and ERIC (for educators)
      • Health Source (Consumer Health Education)
      • Business Source Premier
      • Legal Information Database
      • And more!

    • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
      This resource offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Articles from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more, are included.  

    • Home Improvement Reference Center
      Find "how to" home improvement and repair assistance, including DIY information on maintenance, remodeling, wood projects, electrical work, plumbing, decorating, outdoor projects, home & garden and more. This resource includes step-by-step instructions, images and videos to take you through the process.

    • World Book Web
      The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, educator tools (including games and a World of Animals feature), student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.  For more information on mobile access, visit here.

    • AtoZ World Food

      This food resource contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. AtoZ World Food also covers food culture, including National Cuisine, Regional Cuisine, Dining Etiquette, Food Trivia and more.

    • AtoZ World Travel

      Continually updated and currently featuring over 180 city guides, AtoZ World Travel provides the low-down on city neighborhoods and districts, in-town excursions and day trips, major attractions, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and insiders' tips on navigating the city and culture.
      The site also arms travelers with all the information necessary to make travel as safe and stress-free as possible. Each city guide features detailed accounts of any health advisories, travel essentials like passport and visa information, and even lists of local embassies and consulates.