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Digital Library

E-BOOKS AND DIGITAL AUDIOBOOKS

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD BEST-SELLING AND CLASSIC AUDIOBOOKS & EBOOKS ANYTIME, ANYWHERE.

Libby, by OverDrive

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app by OverDrive. You can even send and read your borrowed ebooks to your Kindle ereader (U.S. only)! It’s free and easy to get started for new users and a streamlined experience for current OverDrive app users.

To get started downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more, visit https://omnilibraries.overdrive.com/

Apps are available for the iPad/iPhone/iPod TouchAndroid devices, and the Kindle Fire (OverDrive App)

Need help? Find directions for your specific device here and here

 

eReadIllinois on Axis360

Download eBooks and eAudiobooks round-the-clock with eReadIllinois. Over 43,000 titles are at your fingertips with the Mobile Axis 360 app.

Apps are available for the iPad/iPhone/iPod TouchAndroid devices, and the Kindle Fire

How To Read On A Mobile Device

Need help? Visit the Axis360 Help Site for assistance.

 

 hoopla

Borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, graphic novels, and comics! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily.

Apps are available for iPad/iPhone, Android devices, and the Kindle Fire

Need help? Find directions for you specific device here

 

 

rbdigital Classics Library

The world’s greatest authors can be found on audio. From Mark Twain’s tales of the Mississippi to Ernest Hemingway’s stories of human struggles, rb digital’s Classics Library has the best of the best. Check out an e-audiobook classic today!

 

 

EMAGAZINES

  rbdigital eMagazines

Check out complete digital editions of popular magazines. Find HGTV magazine, Food Network magazine, National Geographic, and more! rb digital provides popular current and archived eMagazines all at your fingertips.

Apps are available for iPad/iPhone, Android devices, and the Kindle Fire

Need help? Visit the rbdigital site for assistance.

MUSIC AND MOVIES

Freegal Music

Freegal offers access to about 15 million+ songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 40,000+ labels with music that originates in over 100 countries You will need to enter your entire 14 digit Ella Johnson Library barcode and PIN (the last 4 digits of your Library barcode) in order to gain access.

Apps are available for iPhone/iPad, Android devices, and Kindle Fire.

 

 hoopla

Stream music, movies, and TV shows! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately on your mobile device or smart TV. There are hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily.

Apps are available for iPad/iPhone, Android devices, and the Kindle Fire

Need help? Find directions for you specific device here

 

DATABASES

REFERENCE RESOURCES

Gale Virtual Reference

Gale Virtual Reference Library provides access to a world of reliable information for students, academics, and the general public. This includes titles in areas such as arts, biography, business, history, law, literature, medicine, geography, religion, science, technology, and more. Gale Virtual Reference is available in the library or from any remote location. If asked to enter your password please use your entire 14 digit Ella Johnson Library barcode.

EBSCO Explora

Search Explora for reliable information on a variety of topics: art, music, literature, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, health, and more! Log in with your entire 14 digit Ella Johnson Library barcode.

 

EBSCO Home Improvement Reference Center

Your source for “how-to” information on a variety of home improvement and repair projects. Find information on maintenance, remodeling, and more! Log in with your entire 14 digit Ella Johnson Library barcode.

 

 

WorldCat Catalog

WorldCat is an online library catalog that searches for books, movies, audiobooks, music, eResources, and more available in libraries worldwide. Ella Johnson library cardholders can request that items found in WorldCat be borrowed through interlibrary loan. Requests can be made using an online form, in person, by telephone, or by e-mail.

 

 

Consumer Reports

ConsumerReports enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. In addition to product ratings and reviews, users will find in-depth advice, tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts. Frequently updated articles, blogs and video content allow consumers to peruse the latest consumer news. If asked to enter your Patron ID please use your entire 14 digit Ella Johnson Library barcode.

 

NoveList Plus

Looking for another author like your favorite? Have you read the last book in a series and are looking for a similar series? NoveList Plus read-alikes are the perfect solution. With recommendations for all ages in fiction, nonfiction, and even audiobooks consider NoveList your one-stop guide to great reading!

 

NoveList K-8 Plus

A NoveList just for kids! Use this resource to find another author like your favorite! Have you read the last book in a series and are looking for a similar series? NoveList Plus read-alikes are the perfect solution. With recommendations for fiction, nonfiction, and even audiobooks consider NoveList your one-stop guide to great reading!

BUSINESS AND LEGAL

AtoZdatabases

AtoZdatabases is a reference and marketing database including 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents.  Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more! If asked to enter your password please use your entire 14 digit Ella Johnson Library barcode.

 

 

 

EBSCO Small Business Reference Center:

Small Business Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text reference books and full-text magazines. This database provides the everyday user with the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide range of small business topics including buying/selling a business, managing employees, writing a business plan, understanding legal information, marketing a business, and much more! Log in with your entire 14 digit Ella Johnson Library barcode.

 

Illinois Public Records

Access Illinois public records through online databases. Look up real estate transactions, copies of mortgages, business licenses, and foreclosure records. These databases are great for getting an extra copy of mortgage or deed information, tracking down the status of a property in foreclosure, or looking up specific business information. Public records are provided by Record Information Services. If asked to enter your password please use your entire 14 digit Ella Johnson Library barcode.

 

 

LANGUAGE LEARNING

Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online offers unlimited access to more than 100 online language courses, packed with pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary-building lessons. Patrons have the ability to write or speak their answers, practice pronunciation by slowing down the on-screen examples, and converse with native speakers though interactive videos. Patrons can learn on their own time, at their own pace in the library, in the comfort of their own home, or on the go with the Transparent Language app.

 

ENRICHMENT

Creativebug:

Creativebug is the number one inspirational resource for DIY, crafters and makers. Creativebug.com has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. You’ll find projects for every occasion. Enjoy unlimited access to instructional videos and nourish your creative soul. Log in with your library card number and PIN.

EDUCATION AND LEARNING

HOMEWORK

Scholastic Teachables

Scholastic Teachables offers worksheets, lesson plans, learning games, and more! Find printable activities for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, and skills sheets for kids in any grade.

 

Testing & Education Reference Center

The Testing & Education Reference Center is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to succeed in education. There are over 300 practice tests and courses, dozens of ebooks with valuable material, information on over 4,000 accredited schools, a scholarship search, and even a resume builder! You can select help by your school level. If asked to enter your password please use your entire 14 digit Ella Johnson Library barcode.

 

Brainfuse HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow offers a comprehensive suite of online academic services designed to support many learning needs and styles. Providing live tutoring in our online classroom, the ability to upload assignments for review, and many more tools to help you master your classes To access Brainfuse from home just log in with your 14 digit Ella Johnson library card number.

 

EBSCO Explora

Search Explora for reliable information on a variety of topics: art, music, literature, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, health, and more! Log in with your entire 14 digit Ella Johnson Library barcode.

 

 World Book

World Book Online allows students the chance to access coursework and other educational materials anytime, anywhere. With three different levels: kids, student, and advanced, World Book offers age appropriate information and facts. The timelines resource offers in depth history information on countries, people, and more! Log in with your 14-digit library card number.

 

LearningExpress School Center 

The resources in the School Center provide skill-building for classroom and homework success. The school center helps students in elementary, middle, and high school prepare for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects. You can register by using your email and creating a password.

 

 

ADULT LEARNERS

LearningExpress Recursos en Español

Herramientas de aprendizaje, carrera y ciudadanía en español. Este centro ofrece a los adultos que están muy ocupados los recursos para mejorar sus habilidades básicas, ganar sus credenciales de GED® o ser ciudadano estadounidense. Puede registrarse usando su correo electrónico y creando una contraseña.

 

LearningExpress Adult Core Skills

The Adult Core Skills center helps adults achieve their personal, education and career goals by offering resources to help them improve their basic skills in reading, writing, and math, and prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam. You can register by using your email and creating a password.

 

LearningExpress High School Equivalency Center

Earning a high school equivalency credential can open the door to better income, a more fulfilling job, and a college education. If you are preparing for the GED® test, HiSET® or TASC exams, the High School Equivalency Center’s practice tests, interactive tutorials, and e-books will help you reach your goal. You can register by using your email and creating a password.

 

LearningExpress College Admissions Test Preparation

Getting into college is an important step to building a strong future. First, you must do well on your college admission tests and write a personal essay that highlights your special talents. Use this center to get the resources you need to achieve your college preparation goals. You can register by using your email and creating a password.

 

LearningExpress College Center

The College Center provides valuable resources that help college students strengthen their academic skills, prepare for placement tests, and get ready for graduate school entrance exams. You can register by using your email and creating a password.

 

CAREER AND JOB 

LearningExpress Career Preparation Center

Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? Choose the Career Preparation Center and begin your path to a bright future. You can register by using your email and creating a password.

 

LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator

Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in an exciting new industry, get detailed information on more than 1,100 occupations. Find careers that match your skills and interests. Access millions of current job and internship postings.  Create professional resumes and cover letters, master interviewing and networking techniques, and more. You can register by using your email and creating a password.

 

Testing & Education Reference Center

The Testing & Education Reference Center is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to succeed. For those searching for a job or transitioning careers it offers a resume builder and a cover letter builder! You can select help by your school level. If asked to enter your password please use your entire 14 digit Ella Johnson Library barcode.

 

GENEALOGY AND HISTORY

Ancestry Library Edition

Historical insights, photos, records, and more. The world’s largest genealogy site and connect to a deeper family story today. Start discovering today! This is the worldwide edition of Ancestry.com (in library use only).

 

HeritageQuest

This resource provides access to census, schedules, Freedman’s bank records and various other records. If accessing at home, the database may ask you to enter your library barcode to use it.

 

Hampshire Register Newspaper

The local newspaper ran from approximately 1884 through 2009 and has been digitized. It may be found at here. For added fun, make sure you use these Boolean operators when searching the newspaper:

  • AND—between two words includes both words
  • NOT—removes the word after it from your results
  • “Put parenthesis around all of your words” to find all of them.
  • CTRL F on your keyboard brings up a search & highlight feature

DIGITAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS

Digitization is a priority. To support increased historical and genealogical access to materials, the library maintains three digital archives and a historical map. The three Ella’s Historical Collections are available through the Illinois Digital Archives. They contain select materials from the Local Historical Collections as well as digital donations.

 

TECHNOLOGY HELP

LearningExpress Popular Software Skills

Video courses are the fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer. Use the materials in this center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design, and more. Skill level goes beyond basic to advanced.

GCF LearnFree.org- Technology

Intimidated by computers? New to email or the web? Want to stay safe online or understand how your operating system works? Learn all of this and more in our Technology section.

GCF LearnFree.org–Internet and Apps

Do you need help understanding how to use email and the Internet? Are you struggling to figure out which social media platform is most ideal for you? Are you intimidated by programs like QuickBooks, Google apps, Photoshop, and Microsoft products? Let us help!

GCF LearnFree.org–Microsoft Windows Basics 

In this free Windows Basics tutorial, you’ll learn all about navigating, finding and sending files, using shortcuts, and more.

DigitalLearn

DigitalLearn.org, is an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded project to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training. DigitalLearn.org is being undertaken in partnership with ALA’s Office of Information Technology Policy and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, as well as bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders including representatives from national agencies, state libraries, public libraries, community organizations, and many others. Included in DigitalLearn.org is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools and best practices.