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Book Links

TeachingBooks – A resource page for K-12 teachers who are planning library and reading activities for their class.

Good Reads – Find your next favorite book.

Fantastic Fiction – Information on over 350,000 books & 30,000 authors.

NovelistPlus – Provided by BadgerLink.

Open LibraryOver 1,000,000 free ebook titles – the world’s classic literature at your fingertips

Book Collection NonfictionSearch a collection of Non-fiction books or articles, and read them online.

Guys Read  –  Books for guys…

Graphic Novel Reporter  – Find out what’s hot in the world of graphic novels. Check the Manga glossary or current reviews for recommended reading. Read creators’ biographies or interviews. Check out “best-of” lists. Find out what books are being turned into movies. Join book clubs and read or post on blogs. Receive newsletters or RSS feeds.

DC Comics – Batman, Green Lantern, Justice League & much more.

Marvel ComicsThe world of Marvel Comics


Literary Reference Center Provided by BadgerLink. A comprehensive, full-text database providing a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

LitFinder – Search for media by year created, name, author, or type.

Employment Resources

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Tech Skills Help is the Indianhead Federated Library System’s site to help connect you to libraries and other agencies that provide help with technology skills.

Goodwill Industries has a comprehensive, free online resource for learning software, typing and mouse skills

Palm Beach County Library has some excellent and fun exercises to practice using the mouse

Learning Express Popular Software Skills Center is available free to all Wisconsin residents through BadgerLink, and includes tutorials on the Microsoft Office suite and other tools.

Everyoneon is a part of a federal initiative that will allow you to get connected to Internet access at home, and find places to take classes or get help learning to use the Internet.

Northstar Digital Literacy Project has basic computer digital literacy standards and self-guided modules and assessments in six main areas:  Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows, Mac, Email and Word Processing.

Other Job Skills

Learning Express Career Center is available free to all Wisconsin residents through BadgerLink, and includes occupation exploration resources and prep for career exams.

Learning Express Adult Learning Center is available free to all Wisconsin residents through BadgerLink, and includes practice for GED exams and other skill-building resources.

Wisconsin Job Search Sites

Job Center of Wisconsin, operated by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Wisconsin Job Center system, is a Wisconsin-centered employment exchange, linking employers in all parts of the state and in communities that border Wisconsin with anyone looking for a job.  Visit your local Job Center for additional, in-person help!

Wisconsin Job Network is a compilation of Wisconsin job opportunities, created from Wisconsin LocalJob Network.

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation provides services to job-seekers who have disabilities.

Wisconsin WORKnet has information about careers with the most job growth and other statistical information that may be helpful to job seekers, along with some job listings.

Newspaper Resources

County Ledger Press – Polk County, WI

Inter-County Leader – Serving Northwest WI

New Richmond News – New Richmond, WI

Newspaper Source Plus – A searchable online newspaper (provided by Badgerlink)

Pioneer Press – St Paul, MN

The Sun – Serving Polk County, WI

Genealogy Resources

HeritageQuest Online – An online genealogy site. Your ID for this site is your library card number.

Ancestry Library Edition (In-Library Use Only)

Polk County – Family Search

Polk County Genealogical Society

Polk County History Links

Polk County Museum, Balsam Lake, WI

Polk County WIRoots.org

Wisconsin Historical Society’s Genealogy Resources – The Wisconsin Historical society’s Genealogy page

Wisconsin Historical Society’s Historical Image Search – Find old images. This helps when doing genealogy.

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society – Polk County

Ellis Island Archives

County Clerks.comCounty-Clerks.com is a directory of every single county clerk’s office in the United States.

Reference Links

American FactFinder – The U.S. Census Bureau created this site to distribute census information from around the country. You can search by area or subject.

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations – “A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature.” Although published in 1919, this resource can still help you with your English homework!

Earth Calendar – This calendar details holidays, events, and celebrations around the world.

Merriam-Webster Online Search – Online dictionary, thesaurus, Spanish-English dictionary, and a new medical dictionary.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac – The original resource for weather, astronomy, and gardening advice.