Resources

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Reading Resources
  • Accelerated Reader Book Find – www.arbookfind.com
  • Online Dictionary and Thesaurus – www.merriam-webster.com
  • What Should I Read Next – www.whatshouldireadnext.com – Type in a book you like & this website will analyze the large database of readers’ favorite books to give book recommendations & what to read next
  • Find A Book – www.lexile.com/fab/illinois – “Find a Book” learning resource to encourage students to read, promoted by Secretary of State Jesse White and the Illinois State Library.
  • These sites are directories of websites which have been selected and recommended by librarians. They are excellent starting points when you need good information about almost anything.
For Kids
For Teens
Preparing For College
Job Resources
Health Resources

Reputable sources for information about health and medicine.

  • MedlinePlus: A medical super-site from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Includes extensive information and links on hundreds of conditions and health issues, drug descriptions, a medical encyclopedia, surgery videos, and more.
  • HealthFinder.gov: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ guide to health information.
  • NIH SeniorHealth: Information for older adults, from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Illinois Health & Wellness: Official guide to state government programs and resources.
Consumer Resources

Find product and auto reviews, shopping tips, information about recalls, and consumer-protection agencies.

Buying Guides & General Advice

  • Consumer Reports: A lot of free and useful information is available, but a paid subscription is required for product reviews and ratings.
  • ConsumerSearch: “Reviewing the reviews.” Compiles and analyzes product reviews from magazines and websites. Great starting point.
  • Epinions.com: Products rated by people who bought them.

Cars & Trucks

  • Car & Driver: Includes the magazine’s road tests and reviews, interactive vehicle comparisons, and Kelley Blue Book values.
  • Edmunds.com: Reviews, comparisons, price and value information, and tips for buying new or used vehicles.
  • The Truth About Cars: Detailed reviews, written with a sense of humor.

Consumer Protection & Complaints

Library Resources

If you have a South Beloit Public Library Card, we’ll borrow items from other libraries for you! Delivery from most Illinois libraries is free.

(Items marked with ** require a library card to login.)

  • PrairieCat: Catalog for approximately 200 libraries in northern Illinois and eastern Iowa.
  • www.arbookfind.com  Accelerated Reader Book Find
  • WorldCat via FirstSearch **: A catalog of more than a billion items in libraries worldwide.
  • WorldCat.org: An alternate way to search most of the WorldCat catalog, with no login required.
  • Every Library in ILLINET (ELI): Directory of hundreds of Illinois libraries, with links to many libraries’ websites and catalogs.
  • Digital Illinois: Catalog of electronic collections of documents, photographs, etc., made available online by Illinois libraries.
  • Open-Access Text Archive: Thousands of public-domain books and other free books, for online viewing or downloading in plain text or scanned formats. Part of the Internet Archive site.
  • Library of Congress Digital Collections: A large number of pamphlets, letters, historic documents, pictures, early films and recordings, and other items are available online.
  • National Jukebox: The Library of Congress has launched the National Jukebox, a collection of digitized music and spoken work recordings that includes tools for users to make and share their own playlists, also contains historical recordings.
Search Magazines and Newspapers

Online archives and search engines for finding articles from magazines and newspapers.

  • BNET Research Center: (Formerly called FindArticles.com.) Index of magazine articles which doesn’t require a login. Many articles are available online for free, but “premium” articles carry a pricetag. Subjects covered include: arts, autos, business, health, home and garden, news, sports, and technology.
  • Google News: Search for articles from newspaper, TV news, newswires, and other reporting websites.
  • Topix: Find local news published on websites and blogs.
Find Fast Facts

(Items marked with ** require a library card to login.)

  • WorldAlmanac via FirstSearch **: Includes Funk & Wagnall’s New Encylopedia, the World Almanac and Book of Facts, the World Almanac of the U.S.A., the World Almanac of U.S. Politics, and the World Almanac for Kids.
  • Infoplease.com: Information Please Almanac, atlases, and more.
  • Wikipedia: “The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.”
  • OneLook Dictionary Search: Look up words in almost 1000 online dictionaries at the same time.
  • IllinoisAtlas.com: A collection of Illinois and U.S. statistical maps.
  • World Factbook: The CIA’s book of country profiles.
Illinois and Local History

Online documents, photos, articles, and other information about the history of Illinois and the local area.

Encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, statistics, and other sites for quickly looking up facts.

Upcoming Programs

Aug
21
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11:30 am Solar Eclipse Celebration at Nat... @ Nature At The Confluence
Solar Eclipse Celebration at Nat... @ Nature At The Confluence
Aug 21 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Solar Eclipse Celebration at Nature At The Confluence @ Nature At The Confluence | South Beloit | Illinois | United States
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Because no other country will get to see this total eclipse, it’s being nicknamed[...]
6:00 pm Lego Club – Ages 6+ @ South Beloit Public Library
Lego Club – Ages 6+ @ South Beloit Public Library
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Lego Club – Ages 6+ @ South Beloit Public Library
Lego Club, Third Monday of the month at 6-7 pm for ages 6 and up
Aug
24
Thu
10:00 am Storytime for Littles @ South Beloit Library
Storytime for Littles @ South Beloit Library
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am
Storytime for Littles @ South Beloit Library
Bring your little ones for Story Time For Littles! This program is a time for rhymes, books and songs geared for those under 36 months of age.  This program is offered every Thursday at 10 am.
Aug
25
Fri
9:00 am Open House
Open House
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Open House
As part of the South Beloit Centennial celebration, the South Beloit Public Library will have an open house during library hours today.  Stop in for some refreshments and view the concept plans for our new[...]
10:00 am Preschool Story Time @ South Beloit Library
Preschool Story Time @ South Beloit Library
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am
Preschool Story Time @ South Beloit Library
Preschoolers! Join us for stories at the library. Come to hear stories, finger plays, songs, and do crafts! Held every Friday at the South Beloit Library from 10:00 am to about 11:00 am. Come with your[...]

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