Read-along audio and colorful pictures help beginning readers go on adventures with their favorite animals, famous people, and important topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Animals (available in English and Spanish) can be easily filtered by geography, habitat, and classification. Biographies cover a diverse list of important figures from yesterday and today, including inventors, explorers, entertainers, athletes and activists. STEAM looks at everything from our bodies to outer space. Teacher resources suggest activities to use Abdo Zoom in the classroom or for extra learning at home.
Enjoy thousands of videos with no checkout limits or waitlists! AVOD provides streaming access to a wide variety of videos, from travel and fitness programming, to home and how-to videos, indie films, TV shows, popular music performances and documentaries, curriculum-based educational videos, and more.
Access an unprecedented online collection of information about individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more! Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian—inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. (Note: Ancestry LE is normally available only within the library. Access from home is being provided for a limited time.)
Online access to nearly a million descriptions of archival collections owned by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide. ArchiveGrid is an important destination for searching for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives.
Children, parents, and caregivers can enjoy thousands of kid-safe, advertisement-free videos with no checkout limits or waitlists! AVOD Just for Kids provides streaming access to a wide variety of videos, from ABCs and 123s to languages and math, sports and stories, and much more.
Through Biblioboard, you can access a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction ebooks with no waiting lists or holds! You can even access Biblioboard without a login (although if you create one, you can access the collection outside the state of Illinois.) Find everything from children’s and young adult fiction to educational resources to classics.
Britannica Library brings a wealth of information right to your computer, with comprehensive, in-depth articles and multimedia on a wide variety of subjects. Britannica Library: Reference Center is perfect for high school students, college students and adults, but you can access all of Britannica Library here.
Your library card is your ticket to the award-winning Encylopedia Britannica, where you’ll find encyclopedia articles, multimedia, e-books and other learning resources, with a kid-friendly, easy-to-navigate interface. The links above are perfect for elementary and middle-grade students, but you can access all of Britannica Library here.
Known as the most trusted source for information and advice on consumer products, this website contains information on making better buying decisions. Users will find advice on saving money, home improvement, personal finances, improving health and more.
The Education Resources Information Center, or ERIC, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, is the most complete bibliography of educational materials available. This database of peer-reviewed journals and professional magazines is the perfect place for education students to start their research on a new subject.
Learn about new people, places, and ideas with Explora! This is a great place to discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects. You’ll find full-text articles and illustrations from popular magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, as well as book chapters, reviews, and more. Use the tools in the detailed record for each article to save, print, or cite it for reports. You can also listen to any article with the built-in text-to-speech function, or have it automatically translated into dozens of different languages.
Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. With content from the Revolutionary War onward, this continually-growing collection is an invaluable research resource for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families, teachers, and battle reenactors. The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.
Freading is a fun new way to download eBooks in EPUB or PDF format. Freading is a great resource for nonfiction and children’s books.
GreenFILE is a research database of peer-reviewed journals and popular articles on all aspects of ecology. Learn more about humanity’s impact on the environment by searching through almost 5,000 full-text articles.
HelpNow offers personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) from kindergarten through college. Students can communicate with live, online tutors (in English or Spanish) using an interactive, virtual whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images, and graph homework problems. HelpNow also offers skills building and test preparation where after taking a quiz, the user can then connect directly to a live tutor to review the topics and questions covered in the quiz. Users can submit papers and other assignments through the Writing Lab and Send Question Center for detailed feedback without a live tutor.
For students who prefer to work independently and form their own online study group, HelpNow offers a set of collaborative tools – Meet and Brainwave. Meet allows students to schedule their own online sessions using the Brainfuse Meet whiteboard, which is specifically designed for a group setting. Brainwave is a recordable whiteboard where students can draw, write and chat, and send it to others for feedback.
The Adult Learning Center is the adult learners’ version of HelpNow where patrons access GED prep, U.S citizenship test prep, resume assistance, Microsoft Office support, and Career Resources. Microsoft Office support allows patrons to ask questions about Excel, Word and PowerPoint. The Writing Lab, Send Question Center and the Skills Building are also included in the Adult Learning Center suite.
Discover the amazing history of you with this comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more. With more than 4.4 billion records, it delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
Stream movies, TV episodes, music, e-books, e-audiobooks and digital comic books…all for free with your library card! When you register for an account with hoopla, you’ll be able to borrow up to 4 titles per month. Best of all, there are no holds, no waitlist, and no fines with this exciting new service! Just visit waukeganpl.org/hoopla to create an account with your library card and PIN, then download the free hoopla apps for your smartphone, tablet, or smart TV to get started.
JobNow features live online coaches who, among other things, assist in resume/cover letter preparation, and help patrons prepare for job interviews. In addition, patrons have 24/7 access to interview tips and career resources.
Read today’s news, explore local history, and catch up on current events with the digital archive of Lake County News-Sun! You can search it from a computer in the library or remotely through the library website – all you need is your library card! Choose from the full-color digital archive, which covers 2018 through the current issue, or the text-only archive which goes back to 1997.
Mango is an online language learning system that teaches English speakers real conversation skills for practical communication in 38 languages (from Arabic to Vietnamese). Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective. Those interested in learning English are taught in 15 languages.
Access 3,500 professional medical journals. This database covers all areas of medicine and includes journals from 1965 to the present.
Niche Academy has online tutorials on a wide range of topics. You can learn how to use many of the resources on this page, sign up with Facebook, learn the ins and outs of Pinterest, and much more! Tutorials are added and updated regularly.
NoveList is a resource that provides book recommendations based on appeal factors, curated lists, and read-alikes for titles you enjoy. Learn how to use NoveList to find new books you might like based on books you’ve already read.
OAIster is a union catalog of more than 19 million digital resources from over 1,000 organizations developed by the University of Michigan and harvested using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting).
The Library’s collection of best-selling and classic eBooks is growing every month, so you can recommend an eBook for purchase or sign up to be notified of the newest additions to our catalog. In just a few taps, you can start reading or listening instantly on your phone or tablet. The digital library is available 24/7 without leaving home and is free from our library. Choose from bestsellers, fiction, nonfiction, books for kids, and more. Download the Libby app to get started. Click here to view step-by-step directions for downloading eBooks to your Kindle, EPUB eReader, smartphone or tablet. Click here to see the Library’s collection of OverDrive eBooks.
Find information about assessment, best practices, curriculum development, and much more related to teaching, from over 200 peer-reviewed journals.
Animated storybooks, read-alongs, graphic novels, games, and more for children in Kindergarten through grade 6. Includes some books in Spanish and French.
VetNow provides information and assistance about VA benefits and community resources for veterans and their families. In addition to veteran-specific information, VetNow has many of the job-hunting and college tools from HelpNow and JobNow.
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Information about history, people, government, economy, and other facts about nearly every country in the world.
Use these when writing research papers to make sure your citations and format style are correct. For MLA or APA citations.
Search over 10,000 scholarly, peer-reviewed articles covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science, and humanities.
Driving-tests.org has information about Illinois driver’s licenses and permits, and several practice tests for the Illinois car, motorcycle, and CDL tests. The CDL section includes practice tests for hazardous materials, school buses, double/triple trailers, tankers, and other endorsements. Illinois DMV handbooks for cars, motorcycles, and CDL are also available. Road sign practice tests and a copy of the Illinois DMV handbook for cars are available in Spanish, and a practice test of the rules of the road is available in Russian.
Local teachers and students use this site to do practice exercises and view instructional videos in math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. The personalized learning dashboard allows learners to track their progress and study at their own pace.
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
Enjoy great children’s stories read by some of your favorite actors! Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Stories range from 5 minutes to 21 minutes long. Storyline Online features books for children in kindergarten through 3rd or 4th grade.