Online Databases

Talcott Free Library purchases access to these resources for the use of our patrons. To login to the databases from offsite, please have your library card barcode and PIN number available. See the help page if you do not have a PIN.

Heritage Quest – genealogy research tool which includes federal census records (1790 to last release) and full-text genealogy and local history books.
Ancestry Library Edition – Ancestry Library includes billions of digitized family history records of all descriptions from 40 countries reaching back to the late 1300s. AVAILABLE FROM HOME FOR A LIMITED TIME!
A to Z in the USA – Find general information about the states and territories of the United States including tourist and travel highlights, history, business, and economic information.
A to Z Maps Online – A comprehensive collection of royalty-free downloadable maps for use in school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects, and business reports.
A to Z World Culture – Information about world history, cultures, languages, foods, religions, and much more with 175 Country Culture Guides covering over 60 topics each.
A to Z World Travel – Find data for more than 200 world cities, frequent travel and business destinations. Includes business, economic, travel, and tourist information as well as local history and news summaries.
Biblioboard – A library of free e-books and other e-content that are available to any Illinois resident with many curated collections.
Chilton Library – Car Manuals – Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs, or check to see how much that repair should cost you at the mechanic. – a suite of resources – available to everyone in Illinois at no charge – that supports local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allows readers to access locally-produced content.
Mango Languages – Learn one of 70 offered languages with ease! From beginner to advanced lessons plus ESL courses as well. All ages language learning available for free.
Price It! Antiques and Collectibles – Search for current values of your antiques and collectibles. Also find articles in a wide array of subjects including repair, restoration and conservation of antiques, hiring an appraiser and many specific areas of collecting.
Illinois Legal Aid – Illinois Legal Aid’s mission is to increase access to justice for lower-income and vulnerable Illinois residents through the innovative use of technology to assist and educate the public and to train and support legal aid providers and pro bono attorneys.
AtoZ Databases – The premier databases for jobs, businesses, mailing lists, background & criminal search.
Literary Reference Center – Literary Reference Center™ (LRC) is a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing.
MasterFILE Elite – This database provides full text for more than 1,050 general reference publications with coverage dating as far back as 1984. It also includes 52 full text reference books and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps and flags.
OCLC FirstSearch Service – Connecting you to information in a wide range of subjects in 13 databases. Academic journal articles available here.
Virtual Reference – Easy to search reference eBooks for your research needs.
Brainfuse Help Now – One-on-one live chat online homework help. With HelpNow you are just a click away from expert tutors and a powerful suite of services. Includes practices tests for every important exam, plus resources for adult learners and help with resumes.
Free Driver Education – Check out this site for car, motorcycle, and CDL practice tests and manuals, as well as a FAQ page with answers to over 100 DMV-related questions!

Parent / Teacher Resources

AR Bookfinder – Searching for books with a corresponding Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360® quiz is easy with this website.
Biblioboard – A library of e-books that are available to any Illinois resident with curated kids collections.

Scholastic Bookwizard – Find and level books with Book Wizard. Plus, get book talks, lesson plans, author studies, videos, and discussion guides.
Tumble Books – An online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.

Teacher Resources

We have books and materials available to supplement your lesson plans. Click here to browse the catalog or stop in and browse in person in the Children’s department.

Talcott Traveling Tales

Complete self-contained theme units boxed and ready to go! Titles include:

Blast Off To Reading
Buggy About Books
Caution: Readers at Work

Danger of Becoming Extinct
Flat Stanley
Land of Lincoln
Treasures of the Sea

Visit the Rainforest
Wacky Weather
Wriggle, Slither, Crawl, and Wiggle

Talcott Reads

We have compiled lists of Talcott owned items for various topics that may be of interest to you. If there are any lists you would like us to create, please email us at

We have also included lists relevant to local school projects.

Local School Lists:
Mrs. B.’s Caldecott Book Club

Award Winning Reads

Illinois Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
Monarch – Kindergarten through Second Grades Book Award
Bluestem Book Award – Third and Fourth Grades Book Award
Rebecca Caudill – Fifth through Eighth Grades Book Award
Abraham Lincoln – High School book award

What to Read Next

Best Children’s Books – a compilation of the best children’s books put together by teachers from across the nation.
Book Spot – a free resource center that simplifies the search for the best book-related content on the Web.
Goodreads – the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.
Hello Sunshine – A community propelled by meaningful connections with stories, authors and fellow members
Oprah’s Book Club – Oprah’s book club brings passionate readers together to discuss inspiring stories.
What’s Next®: –  Books in Series Database of Kent District Library tells you what book comes next in the series you’re reading.

Community Information

Community Information – Links for the Rockton/Roscoe schools, villages and other community groups as well as historical photos of the area.