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.

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:

Land of Lincoln
Caution: Readers at Work
Visit the Rainforest
Fun with Reptiles
Flat Stanley

Lewis & Clark: Preparing for Discovery in Illinois
Buggy About Books
Danger of Becoming Extinct
Treasures of the Seas
Wacky Weather

Blast off to Reading
Where’s Dewey?
Me on the Map
Read Around the World
My Amazing Body

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

National Book Awards
Newbery – Excellence in Literature for Children
Caldecott – Excellence in Illustration for Children
Michael Printz 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 Info

We are proud members of the Rockton community. Our history is rich, and our community spirit is strong. We encourage you to take a peek at the historical photos we’ve collected. Just visit our community page to see the photos. You will also find some links to other community organizations.Visit Our Community Page »