Online Resources & Databases

Online Resources And Databases For Pre-K And Up

Reading Resource

Grades PreK-3

A very special digital literacy tool and resource for young children with colorful animation, rich audio, and interactive games. BookFlix is a perfect online tool to help support beginning young readers.

Reading Resource

Grades 3 and Up

TrueFlix is the only online resource that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century skills through the inquiry process.


History Resources

Grades 4 and Up

FreedomFlix is an exciting digital resource that includes an introductory video, a dynamic ebook, related articles, primary sources, and vetted weblinks that expose students to a range of subjects.


Grades 4 through 9

ScienceFlix combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9.

Grolier Online

America The Beautiful

Encyclopedia Americana is appropriate for high-school students and beyond. See America like never before.

Book of Knowledge

The New Book of Knowledge is a comprehensive database and is suitable for elementary-school and middle-school students.

Book of Popular Science

The New Book of Popular Science, which is appropriate for both middle-school and high-school students.

Lands and People

Lands and Peoples is an encyclopedia of countries, and cultures for middle-school and high-school students.

SAT, ACT, PSAT, and PLAN Test Preparation Courses

ePrep’s innovative online video platform – combined with expert instruction – rapidly increases the rate of student learning. ePrep is available by computer 24/7 and is extremely easy to use.

NoveList Plus: The Secret To Finding A Great Book To Read

Want to find a new author? Can’t remember all the titles in a series? NoveList Plus is a great resource for readers. Available from the library website, simply search it to find books that match your reading style.

Free Mango Languages Online Courses

Mango utilizes an engaging interface, and easy, intuitive interactive tools to deliver practical conversational skills and valuable cultural insight for new languages. Lessons include strategically placed memory-building exercises.

Business Reference, Resources And Databases


The premier source of business and residential information for reference and research. Used by entrepreneurs, businesses, students, or anyone wanting access to information on millions of businesses and hundreds of millions of consumers in an easy to search format.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a partner to libraries and businesses looking to deliver educational content, tools and services to support entrepreneurship, encourage self-directed learning, and aid in research and instruction.

Value Line: Invest Smarter

Whether you’re a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can position you for financial success quickly and easily. The uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased information. Make smarter, more profitable decisions with Value Line.

Local School Library Catalogs And Check Out A Nook

Local School Library Catalogs

When most people think “library” they think books. And while that is certainly true, these days books take different shapes, such as e-books and audio books. More than just books, libraries are places of information, offering people free access to a wealth of information.

Local School District Libraries

Check out a NOOK today!

Take home your own mini library today. We are offering eReaders to our patrons to bridge the digital divide and provide everyone in the community access to this technology.  Providing the eReaders allows the library to add books to its collection, thereby extending our collection and our services.

Online History & Genealogy Resources

FamilySearch.Org houses the largest library of free genealogy records with over 3.3 billion records and over 12 billion names.

Fold3 Historical Military Records

Fold3 features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and documents of those who served in the military.


GenealogyBank’s 7,000+ historical newspapers include letters, speeches, opinion pieces, advertisements, hometown news, photographs, illustrations and more. These unique primary documents go beyond names and dates, providing first-hand accounts that simply aren’t available from census or vital records alone.

Findmypast: Build Your Family Tree

With Findmypast you’ll gain access to our ever-expanding collections of over 2 billion historical records from around the world, including US censuses from as far back as 1790, the largest collection of Irish records anywhere online, and US military records from the Revolutionary War up to World War II.

FamilySearch: It’s all about family.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services each year to learn more about their family history. FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. FamilySearch believes that families bring joy and meaning to life.

HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more. 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.

Historic Map Works

A map collection database that numbers over 1,662,956 individual images for you to explore. Track your ancestors to their homes; see the roads they traveled on, and the names of the neighbors they talked with. Multiple layers allow you to see an area change through time, and a Geocode feature allows you to compare historical and modern maps.

Historical Elburn Newspapers

Searching Elburn newspaper records can be done at no charge at your local library. Search, read and print historical articles from Elburn newspapers. Elburn newspaper records data is provided by and is intended to be a complete resource about Vital Record Locations and Public Record Locations throughout the U.S.

Kane County Chronicle

This convenient, unlimited online access to local news provides patrons with an extensive, relevant record of emerging and ongoing Kane County issues, unmatched by any other media source. This online subscription allows patrons and library staff to save time and find the information they need, as well as browse, print, save and email articles.

What To Read Next

NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through Town and Country Public Library. Want to find a new author? Can’t remember all the titles in a series? NoveList Plus is a great resource for readers. Simply search it to find books that match your reading style. Browse by book genre, browses by book appeal.


Goodreads users can add books to their personal bookshelves, rate and review books, participate in discussion boards and groups on a variety of topics, and get suggestions for future reading choices based on their reviews of previously read books.

    New Book Alerts

    Wouldn’t it be great if you were notified when Town and Country Public Library received new books? New Book Alerts is a free online service that showcases the newest titles purchased by Town and Country Public Library. If you see a new title that you are interested in, just click “check catalog” to place a hold on the item right away.

    Shoutbomb Text Alerts

    Shoutbomb Text Alerts will text you about holds, renewals and almost overdues. In addition, Shoutbomb Text Alerts will allow you to renew eligible items with a simple return text message. Send a text to In the body of the message type SIGNUP and send… follow the instructions after that. If you have trouble call Town and Country Public Library at 630-365-2244.

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