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.
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.
  • NIH SeniorHealth: Information for older adults, from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Illinois Health & Wellness: Official guide to state government programs and resources.
  • Senior Guidance:  an organization dedicated to providing senior living assistance to the elderly.
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

Jul
23
Mon
9:00 am Summer Reading Club Week 9 @ South Beloit Library
Summer Reading Club Week 9 @ South Beloit Library
Jul 23 @ 9:00 am
Summer Reading Club Week 9 @ South Beloit Library
Week 9 of summer reading.  It’s not to late to sign up and be reading for fun and prizes. The travel destination for the week is Africa.  The STEM activity at the library for school[...]
Jul
24
Tue
9:00 am Summer Reading Club Week 9 @ South Beloit Library
Summer Reading Club Week 9 @ South Beloit Library
Jul 24 @ 9:00 am
Summer Reading Club Week 9 @ South Beloit Library
Week 9 of summer reading.  It’s not to late to sign up and be reading for fun and prizes. The travel destination for the week is Africa.  The STEM activity at the library for school[...]
Jul
25
Wed
9:00 am Summer Reading Club Week 9 @ South Beloit Library
Summer Reading Club Week 9 @ South Beloit Library
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am
Summer Reading Club Week 9 @ South Beloit Library
Week 9 of summer reading.  It’s not to late to sign up and be reading for fun and prizes. The travel destination for the week is Africa.  The STEM activity at the library for school[...]
Jul
26
Thu
9:00 am Summer Reading Club Week 9 @ South Beloit Library
Summer Reading Club Week 9 @ South Beloit Library
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am
Summer Reading Club Week 9 @ South Beloit Library
Week 9 of summer reading.  It’s not to late to sign up and be reading for fun and prizes. The travel destination for the week is Africa.  The STEM activity at the library for school[...]
10:00 am Storytime for Littles @ South Beloit Library
Storytime for Littles @ South Beloit Library
Jul 26 @ 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.

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