Literacy & Education

Any person living or owning property within DeKalb’s city limits pays taxes to support the library and is eligible for a library card at no additional cost. There are additional options for people living outside the city limits.

ABC Mouse

ABC Mouse is an effective learning tool that will guide your little ones through ten levels of learning, from Pre-K through 2nd grade.  Subjects span the regular school curriculum and include reading, math, science, and art.  This tool is self-guided as children are led down a rewards path that keeps them engaged and focused as they learn while having fun.  


NoveList is the premier database of reading recommendations. It provides intuitive book suggestions that inspire adult and young readers’ love of the written word. The link takes you to the library’s EBSCO hub. Click NoveList to access this title.

Poisson Rouge

This site is unlike anything you have ever experienced before… a site where kids can safely explore a world that is sometime bizarre, absolutely adorable, and                  always interesting and enriching.  From Queen Victoria declaring the famous, “I am not amused”, to adjustable Andy Warhol paintings, to learning basic vocabulary in multiple languages, this site is a nearly endless expanse of learning opportunity.  We are quite sure your little ones will love it!  


TumbleBook Library is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world.

Over 1100 titles for grades K-6, including unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, graphic novels, math stories, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French.

Tumblebook Cloud

eBooks and educator resources for middle schoolers and high schoolers.

FirstSearch Databases

FirstSearch is a group of thirteen databases, some of which are available in full-text with images. The most popular of these is WorldCat, used for searching library materials worldwide. Searchable among some of the other databases are scholarly journals and Latin American journals in science and the humanities, government documents, papers and dissertations from worldwide conferences and the educational articles of ERIC.

Other Resources

Cambridge Dictionary
Look up spelling and definition of words, as well as translating to a variety of different languages. A grammar guide and thesaurus are included.

Search publications for information on education at every level. Full-text is available for some publications.

Google Scholar
Search for academic articles on a wide variety of topics. Full text is available for some publications.

Illinois Authors Directory
Browse or search the Illinois Authors Directory for information about published authors, poets, photographers, and illustrators who have lived in Illinois or created content about Illinois.

Library of Congress Digital Collection
View digital documents, art, audio recordings, videos, and maps collected on a wide variety of topics.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Get everything from general writing tips to style guides for MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual of Style. searches over 60 databases and over 2,200 scientific websites to provide users with access to more than 200 million pages of authoritative federal science information including research and development results.

An online visual dictionary, thesaurus, and lexicon, assisting users with better understanding words and how words are related to each other. This may be very helpful to writers and English language learners.

Word Hippo
An all-in-one reference tool, Word Hippo defines a word, provides a meaning, provides a word that is opposite, pronounces the word, provides rhyming words, places the word in many different contexts, and translates the word.

Accessibility Toolbar