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. Only available on library computers.
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.
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.
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.
Legal Forms – Thousands of legal forms available with more forms being added daily. Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.
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.
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.
Popular Magazines – Full-text access to the most searched magazines focusing on current events, sports, science and health issues.
Virtual Reference – Easy to search reference eBooks for your research needs.
Testing and Education Reference Center – A start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life. Includes practices tests for GED, ACT, SAT, Postal, Real Estate, ASVAB and many more!
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.
Scholastic Bookwizard – Find and level books with Book Wizard. Plus, get book talks, lesson plans, author studies, videos, and discussion guides.
Story Cove – Explore folktales from a variety of cultures & places through movies and games. It also includes teacher lesson plans and activities.
Slimekids – Check out this excellent library website containing book trailers, book reviews, author sites and more!
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.

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.
Novelist – a helpful resource to help readers match up with the books that are right for them.
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 »