Web Resources

These online resources are available for use with a valid Northlake Public Library District library card. Log on from home or from the library.

World Book Online for Kids

Specially designed for younger patrons. Offers articles, games, activities and science projects.

Tumblebook Library for Kids

An online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they’ll love.


ABCmouse.com helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. For kids aged 2-6.


Below you can find links for information on a number of topics across the web.

ReligionSocial SciencesLanguagesScienceTechnologyArts and RecreationHistory and Geography
U.S. Government
World Government
Outer Space
  • Biomes of the World – What’s it like where you live? Find out what it is like to live in a desert, a rainforest, and more!
  • Weather Wiz Kids – Find plenty of information, pictures, and diagrams of all kinds of weather, including tornadoes and thunderstorms.
  • EPA Climate Change Website – What’s global warming? What’s the greenhouse effect? Find out at the Environmental Protection Agency’s website for kids.
  • AAA Math – Practice your math skills! This site has lessons for grades Kindergarten through Eighth.
  • Cool Math – Helpful math practices and a math dictionary, plus math games and puzzles!
  • Math Slice – Lots of fun games and activities to help you practice math skills.
General Science
Plants and Animals
  • Biology4Kids – Learn about cells and organisms at this website.
  • Kids’ Planet – Play wild animal games and learn about endangered species.
  • My First Garden – Would you like to start growing some of your own flowers or vegetables? You can learn how here!
  • Robots – You can learn about the history of real robots, look at robot art, and even steer a remote controlled robot!
Make Things!
How Things Work
  • Internet Basics – Some information about how to best use the internet, including searching online and using email.
  • How Computers Work – Find out how all the parts of a computer work together.
  • Animated Engines – These animations show you how all different types of engines work.
Arts and Recreation
  • National Gallery of Art Kids – You can create online artwork in all the styles of master painters.
  • Art Games – Join Arty in lots of fun games about works of art.
  • Smart Kids – Chicago’s SMArt Museum of Art has a website just for kids to learn about art and discover their own artistic talents.
  • Cartoonster – Have you ever wanted to create your own cartoons? This website will teach you how.
  • The Artist’s Toolkit – There are tools that artists use, like lines, colors, and balance, to make beautiful works of art. Learn how to use them, too!
  • The Imagination Factory – You can create art and recycle at the same time. This website will show you projects that transform trash into treasure.
Women’s History
  • Distinguished Women – Learn about famous women, from Joan of Arc to Hilary Rodham Clinton, and how they changed to world.
  • First Ladies – Tthe White House website has information on all the U.S. Presidents’ wives.
African-American History
Hispanic History
  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage – Meet famous latinos throughout history. Learn Hispanic history in the Americans. Connect with your heritage. Maya and Miguel will help!
General History
  • America’s Story – Meet amazing Americans, jump back in time, and explore the United States.
  • Biography Channel Website – Want to find out about the life of a famous person? Look up their name on the Biography website.
  • Gallery of Achievers – Here you can find a role model is just about any career you dream of.
  • History Channel – The History Channel website has games and information on history topics.
  • Presidents – The White House website has information about all the U.S. Presidents.


Below are useful links for caregivers and educators of children.

Health & SafetyReading ReadinessHomeschoolingRecreationLocal SchoolsSpecial Needs
Health & Safety
    • CDC – Vaccines & Immunizations – The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on recommended immunization schedules, practices, and issues to consider for parents.
    • Food Allergy Network – Find resources for education, advocacy, and research on many specific food allergies.
    • Kids Health – Articles on many health issues regarding children and their families, including emotions and behavior, first aid, nutrition, and medications. There is also a site for kids and for teens.
    • Mayo Clinic – Mayo Clinic’s web site provides specific information for children’s health.
    • Prevent Child Abuse Illinois – Discover child abuse prevention programs, events, and resources for parents.
    • Bullies – This article called “Bullying: More Than Sticks, Stones, and Name Calling” describes how bullies behave, how bullying victims suffer, and how to prevent and correct bullying.
    • Get Net Wise – Details safety tips for many different age levels, up to 17 years.
    • Children and Safety – The University of Michigan Health System provides information on how to keep infants and children safe as well as the major risks to children.
    • OnGuard Online – Offers several short videos that address different internet safety issues, like cyberbullies and internet scams.
    • Zero to Three – The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families offers resources on raising very young children.
Reading Readiness
  • Born to Read – The Association for Library Service to Children’s web site for the Born to Read initiative. This program helps expectant and new parents learn the importance of reading to children at a very young age.
  • Colorín Colorado – A bilingual web site for families and educators of young English language learners.
  • Reading is Fundamental – A nonprofit organization that helps motivate children to read by providing resources to underserved children and families. Their web site offers much information on choosing books and cultivating a literacy-rich home for your child.
  • Songs for Teaching Children – This for-profit company, in addition to selling music products, offers many children’s song lyrics and sound clips for free.
  • Zero to Three – The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families offers resources on raising very young children.
  • Harris Loans from the Field Museum – The Field Museum in Chicago has in-depth educational materials including exhibit cases, audiovisual materials, and even “experience boxes” to enhance a classroom or home-schooling experience. The website describes how to become a borrower and allows you to search its catalog for materials.
  • Home Educators Resource Directory – Find global and local resources and support for home educators.
  • Homeschooling A to Z – This site offers comprehensive resources for all philosophies of homeschool education.
  • HSLDA –Illinois – The Home School Legal Defense Association provides resources for parents, including information on Illinois’ state laws pertaining to homeschooling.
  • Illinois Christian Home Educators – Information about Illinois education law, local conventions and events, and more.
  • Illinois H.O.U.S.E. – Illinois H.O.U.S.E., Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience, provides a network of support groups for parents and families involved in homeschooling.
  • What About Socialization? – A blog about homeschooling in the Chicago suburbs.
  • Chicago ParentChicago Parent Magazine offers a local perspective to parenting and family resources. Their website features blogs, a calendar of things to do, coupons, birthday party ideas, and other articles for local families.
  • Chicago Kids – A website with things for kids and their families to do in the Chicago Area. There is a special section for deals and coupons.
  • Kids in Mind – This organization creates special ratings for parents based on a movie’s sex and nudity, violence and gore, and profanity, in an effort to help families choose appropriate films for their young ones.
  • Parent Previews – This website has reviews written specifically for families with children.
  • Things to Do – A website that offers information on many Illinois attractions, programs, and events for all ages.
  • Memorial Park District – Find information on the parks and programs in Bellwood, Hillside, Melrose Park, Northlake and Stone Park.
  • Veterans Park District – Find information on the parks and programs in Franklin Park, River Grove, and Northlake.
Local Schools
  • School District 83 – Website for Illinois School District 83, including information for Enger School, Mannheim Middle School, Roy School, Scott School, and Westdale School.
  • School District 87 – Website for Illinois School District 87, including information for Northlake Middle School, J. W. Riley Elementary School, Sunnyside Elementary School, and Whittier Elementary School.
  • School District 88 – Website for Illinois School District 88, including information on Grant Primary School, Grant Elementary School, Lincoln Early Childhood Center, Lincoln Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, and Roosevelt Middle School.
  • St. John Vianney – Website for St. John Vianney School in Northlake.
  • PTA – The national PTA website. Resources and information for members of Parent Teacher Associations.
Special Needs
  • American Sign Language University – Lesson plans, learning tools, and other resources are available on this website for teaching and learning American Sign Language (ASL).
  • ASL Pro Video Dictionary – A comprehensive dictionary of video clips that demonstrate letters, words, and phrases of the American Sign Language.
  • Aspire of Illinois – Apsire Children’s Services, a metro Chicago organization that provides early intervention services, offers resources and services to help children up to three years old reach important developmental milestones.
  • The Autism Program of Illinois – This web site is a large network of organizations and services for families and children with autism.
  • Autism Society of America – A grassroots organization whose goal is to improve the lives of all those affected by autism. They work to do so through increasing public awareness of autism issues and advocating for autism services, education, and resources.
  • Cerebral Palsy Guide – A national organization that provides families with information on cerebral palsy causes, symptoms, and support options.
  • Early Intervention – The Illinois Department of Human Services web site, with information on services to help children three years old and under with disabilities or developmental delays.
  • Food Allergy Network – Find resources for education, advocacy, and research on many specific food allergies.
  • Lekotek – The National Lekotek Center provides information and resources about toys and play for children with special needs.
  • LD Online – A web site with topics and advice on learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities – Find information on a child’s rights and options in education and employment.
  • Stuttering Foundation – An organization that supports those who stutter with free online resources. Information is available for parents, teachers, kids, and teens.


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