TOOLS FOR SCHOOL

Struggling with a class or homework? Get help from our Homework Helpers, high school students proficient in the academic subject you are struggling with.
 
Homework Helpers are available from 4–6 p.m. on the following days for the subjects listed:
Sundays: English, Foreign Language, History, Math and Science
Mondays: English, Foreign Language (French), History, Math and Science
Tuesdays: English, Foreign Language (Spanish), Math and Science
Wednesdays: English and Science
Thursdays: English, History and Science
 
Check back – additional times and subjects will be added!
 
Interested in becoming a Teen Tutor? More information on our Volunteer page.
 
 
Leverage your mobile device to work smarter and score better in school! Check out this handout - lots of great apps and research tips!
 
 
Call 847-392-0100 or chat with us now
 
 
This resource offers 1-on-1 online help with math, science, english, social studies and more from 3:00pm to 10:00pm daily. 
 

LIBRARY DATABASES FOR HOMEWORK & RESEARCH:

*Our top choice for homework and projects:
This resource is awesome with magazine, newspaper and reference articles for students, from middle schoolers to undergraduates. Also available through the Access My Library iPad app.
 
Other Helpful Resources:
 
Articles from thousands of magazines/journals, covering all topics. | Tutorial.
 
A very helpful database containing useful essays, background information, and articles on famous figures. Also available through the Access My Library iPad app.
 
Explore plant & animal life, evolution, genetics, ecology, scientists' biographies and more.
 
Explore chemistry, including atoms, molecules, chemical reactions and more, with easily-understood articles and interactive demonstrations.
 
Explore the elements and learn about their properties & uses.
 
Learn about customs, traditions, and daily life from around the world using this database. Get statistical information, maps, photos and more! Explore the 50 states or Canadian provinces too. 
 
Allows simultaneous searching of MasterFile Premier, Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier and ERIC, with additional browsing tools. | Tutorial
 
Young adult edition of the world's most famous encyclopedia. Includes a world atlasstate profilesbiographiesand more, as well as "how-to" guides for research projects, presentations, etc.
 
Magazine, journal and reference articles on all topics. | Tutorial.
 
Milestone Documents in American History
Famous documents from US History - speeches, treaties, etc.  Great for finding primary sources!
 
Full-text issues of National Geographic (1880- ) and  National Geographic Traveler (2010- ).  Hundreds of maps, videos and images.
 
Getting ready for a debate? Want to hear both sides of an issue? This is the tool for you.
 
Find the right words with this unique drag & drop language tool. Save lists of words to revisit later, or try the worldwide online spelling bee. Includes custom word lists for SAT prep. | Tutorial
 

SCHOOL LIBRARY DATABASES FOR HOMEWORK & RESEARCH:

Even more databases that you can access if you have a District 214 NetID!


LIBRARY DATABASES FOR LEARNING NEW SKILLS:

Learn a musical instrument! Ukulele, guitar, piano, drums, banjo, flute and dozens more. You can also borrow one of the library's ukuleles, so you can practice.
 
Instructor-led, six-week online courses on hundreds of topics, from computer/coding skills to creative writing to healthy cooking and more. Includes two "SAT/ACT Test Prep" classes.
 
In-depth video tutorials on popular technology, coding, web design, social networking, job & career skills, and financial literacy.
 
Language learning program offering instruction in practical conversation and cultural awareness; includes French, Italian, Spanish, German and more!
 
Prepare for standardized (ACT, GRE, SAT, etc.) and job-related tests by completing personalized coursework and more! AP exam prep materials are also available.
 
New user? Account needs reactivating? Use the account activation form. Learn web design, coding, mobile app development, and more! Earn points & badges to track your progress. For AHML cardholders only. Also available as an iPad app.
 
 
Looking for even more resources? Try here!