Prairie Cat Card Catalog Online library card catalog.

Internet Guidelines Rules and regulation for internet usage.

NetCetera Chatting with kids about being online.

DeKalb Community Unity School District #428 Information portal.

Sycamore Community Unit School District #427 Information portal.


New Releases Cortland Library's new releases list.

Omni Downloadable e-books and audio books for checkout.

New York Times Best Sellers List Various lists of best selling books for the week.

Notable adult books The American Library Association page of award-winning and other notable books for adults. Guide to cozy mystery (and other favorite) books and DVDs.


DeKalb County Courthouse Website for all information regarding Dekalb County legalities.

DeKalb County Legal Self-Help Center Provides legal information in a number of areas of civil law to individuals who are not able to obtain the services of an attorney to represent them in court.

Illinois Public Record Search IL for free public records, criminal records and court records

Illinois Sex Offender Website The Illinois State Police provides an online listing of sex offenders required to register in the State of Illinois.


Heathy Minds: Nurturing Your Child’s Development Handouts produced by the Zero to Three organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Ages & Stages for Caregivers Handouts from the University of Ohio Extension website; written by Kathy L Reschke, Mary F. Longo, and Cheryl Barber.

Important Milestones Checklists from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website; information from Caring For Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, by Steven Shelov and Robert E Hannermann (American Academy of Pediatrics).

How Kids Develop A readable site geared for parents answering these questions: What is child development? What are developmental delays? How can I help my child get ready for kindergarten? Checklists are here.

GCF Learn Free Free training and tools to help you study for your GED.

Kishwaukee College Kishwaukee College website.

ESL Program at Kishwaukee College Information on classes offered to learn English as a second language.

Kishwaukee College Library Resources via Kishwaukee College.

Northern Illinois University Northern Illinois University Website.

World Cat authorization: 100-207-953, password:are4xapex

Academic Info Online degrees, subject guides & video lectures.

Raising Readers Video Series The NIU Literacy Clinic, a service of the Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University has produced these short, informative videos.

Literacy Development with Babies You are your child’s first and most important teacher. You can help foster your child’s love of books and reading by simply encouraging your child to play with and interact with books. This page from the ALSC website has information on the importance of making daily reading a healthy habit for you and your baby as well as practical tips on doing so.  

Health and Safety

DeKalb County Health Department

Illinois Asthma Program

American Lung Association

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Information on Asthma.

Illinois Department of Heath Mold information.

Safer Pest Control Project

U.S. Fire Administration Focus on fire safety & children.

U.S. Fire Administration Resources

National Fire Prevention Association

Fire Safety Activities for Families

Home Safety Council

Home Injury Prevention

Home Safety Fun & Games

Illinois Poison Center

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Accidental poisonings.

Illinois Emergency Management Radon Program.

U.S. EPA Radon information.

American Modern Insurance Group, Inc. Radon tips.

Illinois Lead Program

U.S. Centers for Disease Lead information.

U.S. EPA Lead information.

Links For Military Families

VA Kids Helping kids understand what it means to be a veteran

Deployment Health and Family Readiness Library

National Mental Health Information Center Source for information on the resources available to those who serve, and those who have served in the US Armed Forces.

Mental Health America

MilitaryHOMEFRONT The Department of Defense Web site for official Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information, policy and guidance designed to help troops and their families, leaders, and service providers. Whether you live the military lifestyle or support those who do, you’ll find what you need!

The National Military Family Association Fights for benefits and programs that strengthen and protect uniformed services families and reflect the Nation’s respect for their Service.

Tool Kit for Military Teens

Tool Kit for Military Kids

The Spouse and Family Benefits & Resources: Know your benefits as the spouse or family member of a military service member or veteran—keep up with benefits and resources in the Insider’s Spouse and Family Benefits & Resources section, and find useful guides on deployment, careers, relocation, and more.  A site for and about military families written by military family members. Mission is to inform and support military families during the difficult time of deployment.

The Military Family Research Institute One of the leading organizations in the nation with the mission of conducting research about, with, and for military families.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

United States Department of Veterans Affairs Resources, bibliography and Web links.

The Armed Forces Legal Assistance A joint initiative of the Armed Forces legal assistance offices that aims to provide general legal information to the military community to enhance its readiness.

Defense Centers of Excellence Assesses, validates, oversees and facilitates prevention, resilience, identification, treatment, outreach, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs for psychological health and traumatic brain injury to ensure the Department of Defense meets the needs of the nation’s military communities, warriors and families.

Defense Centers of Excellence for Families Brings together a variety of interdisciplinary resources and centers of excellence that can help family members identify community and military resources to help better understand and cope with psychological health and traumatic brain injury concerns affecting them or the warriors they love.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress —an NCTSN member site—and FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress)—a project co-sponsored by the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress—perform research on, develop resources about, and provide assistance to military families.  Videos for children about coping with deployments, homecoming, changes and grieving.

Military Child Education Coalition

Army Well-Being: Sustaining the All-Volunteer Force

U.S. Army Child, Youth & School Services

Military Impacted Schools Association

Military Youth on the Move

Joining Forces National initiative by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden that mobilizes all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned” (from Web site). It promotes ways for individuals to get involved, including activities that could be hosted by libraries. an initiative of Military Child Education Coalition A compilation of school requirements and resources for all 50 states, DoDEA and Washington, D.C. Resources to answer questions about educational transitions, college and workplace readiness, special needs, and many other subjects.

National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Lists the NACCRRA (National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral)accredited child care programs for each branch of the military.

Military-Connected Students and Public School Attendance Policies

National Guard Bureau Joint Services Support

National Guard Family Program

National Guard Child and Youth Program

Educator’s Guide to the Military Child During Deployment



Marine Corps

Air Force


Department of Defense Education Activity

Department of Defense Educational Opportunities

National Military Families Association

National Children, Youth and Families at Risk Initiative

National Guard & Reserve

Air National Guard

Army National Guard

Air Force Reserve

Army Reserve

Coast Guard Reserve

Marine Reserve

Naval Reserve

National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve