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Beanstack Reading App logo

GO TO BEANSTACK.

What you can do with it

Log your reading, complete activities, and win prizes while participating in Library programs including Summer Reading, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, and more!

How to access

App available, search for "beanstack" in your app store
Works on iOS, Android, smartphones, tablets ... just install the app
Works in computer browser
Booklist Online

GO TO BOOKLIST ONLINE.

What you can do with it

Access the best book reviews for public libraries and school libraries, and the best books to read for your book club, brought to you by the ALA.

Booklist Reader

GO TO BOOKLIST READER.

What you can do with it

Access quality book and audiobook recommendations, author interviews, original features, and more for readers of all ages, provided by the Lake Forest Library.

While supplies last, print copies of Booklist Reader are also available to take from the "Read Me Next" displays at the Library.

Current issue

BookPage logo

GO TO BOOKPAGE.

What you can do with it

Discover this month’s most exciting new books in the current digital issue of BookPage, provided by the Lake Forest Library. You can also subscribe to a weekly email with personalized recommendations in your favorite genres.

While supplies last, print copies of BookPage are also available to take from the "Read Me Next" displays at the Library.

Current Issue

EBSCO Core Collections

GO TO CORE COLLECTIONS.

What you can do with it

Patrons can find recommended titles and librarians can build and maintain well-rounded collections using these impartial, authoritative guides of the most highly recommended reference, nonfiction, and fiction books.

Creativebug logo

GO TO CREATIVEBUG.

What you can do with it

Choose from more than 1,000 award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

User Guide

Get started with the Creativebug app

How to access

App available, search for "creativebug" in your app store
Works on iOS, Android, smartphones, tablets ... just install the app
Works in computer browser
CultureGrams

GO TO CULTUREGRAMS.

What you can do with it

Explore cultural information including videos, recipes, customs, and lifestyles from other countries in the world and states in the U.S.

Ethnic Diversity Source logo

GO TO ETHNIC DIVERSITY SOURCE.

What you can do with it

Research and explore the culture, traditions, social treatment, and lived experiences of ethnic groups in America using full text from peer-reviewed journals, magazines, Associated Press videos, biographies, speeches, interviews, and letters. Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of high-quality eBooks on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

EXPLORA General Search logo

GO TO EXPLORA GENERAL SEARCH.

What you can do with it

Simultaneously search a topic across any combination of EBSCO databases available through Lake Forest Library.

inkie logo

eBooks

GO TO INKIE.ORG.

What you can do with it

Explore a suite of free resources that supports local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allows readers to access locally-produced content.

For authors

  • Create an eBook from your manuscript
  • Share your eBook through libraries
  • Enter your work in the Inkie annual contest

For readers

Free eBooks on ...

Indie Illinois

Indie Author Project Select

Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project

Arcadia Publishing / The History Press featuring history and culture enthusiasts who write local stories for local audiences

Literary Reference Center logo

GO TO LITERARY REFERENCE CENTER.

What you can do with it

Find thousands of full-text classic novels, short stories and poems, plus summaries, critical essays, literary journals, author interviews and biographies, and over 1 million book reviews and school curriculum support.

Mango Languages logo

GO TO MANGO LANGUAGES.

What you can do with it

Learn a wide variety of languages more effectively through real-life situations and actual conversation.

User Guide

Get started with the Mango app

How to access

App available, search for "mango languages" in your app store
Works on iOS, Android, smartphones, tablets ... just install the app
Works in computer browser
Middle Search Plus logo

GO TO MIDDLE SEARCH PLUS.

What you can do with it

Access popular middle school magazines, reference eBooks, and thousands of primary source documents and videos on subjects including history, current events, science, and sports. Publications include Cobblestone, Ranger Rick, Scholastic Science World, Time for Kids, US News and World Report, and more. Compatible with Lexiles reading measures.

Muzzy

GO TO MUZZY LANGUAGES ONLINE.

What you can do with it

Children can learn languages including English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

NextReads

GO TO NEXTREADS.

What you can do with it

Sign up for email reading lists in 20 different subjects and genres. Find your next read.​​​​​​

NoveList K-8 Plus logo

GO TO NOVELIST K–8 PLUS.

What you can do with it

Find fiction and nonfiction recommendations for grades K–8 based on your interests and preferences.

NoveList Plus logo

GO TO NOVELIST PLUS.

What you can do with it

Find fiction and nonfiction recommendations based on your interests and preferences.

User Guide

Watch a tutorial

Weiss Ratings Financial Ratings Series

GO TO WEISS RATINGS.

What you can do with it

Access financial strength ratings for banks, credit unions, and insurance. Get investment ratings for stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs. Also included is the Customized Medicare Supplement Insurance Buyer's Guide.