All Kids’ Resources

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3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities. For ages 2-7. From Age of Learning, Inc. Apps are available for iPad and Android and Kindle tablets - for use at the library only.



Illinois residents have access to thousands of e-resources free of charge & no library card is required. Enjoy ebooks, images & videos – the collection includes classic fiction, children’s fiction, graphic novels, Chicago authors and much more. Download the BiblioBoard app (from the iTunes app store for iOS or from the Google Play Store for Android). Create an account profile and be able to access the collections while outside of Illinois. You will also have the ability to download content for offline reading, and to add bookmarks and notes.

Biography In Context

Meet someone new with Biography in Context Learn about people from all walks of life including athletes, entertainers, politicians, historical figures, authors and many others.



Explore a variety of classic video storybooks and related nonfiction eBooks in one of nine learning categories. Also includes Spanish titles and educational games. For grades Pre-K – 3.

Britannica Library for Children

Enhanced version of Encyclopedia Britannica geared to primary grades. Includes world atlas, primary source documents, and recommended web sites.

Britannica Library for Young Adults

Includes primary source documents and historical highlights among search results.



Chess Tutoring with Live Tutors from Brainfuse

Learn the basics of chess, strategies, tactics and maneuvers. Click on Expert Help, then Featured Service. Tutors available 3:00pm -9:00 pm

Contemporary Authors

Entries on thousands of authors with full text articles.


Des Plaines Memory

An online collection of photographs, postcards, letters and more all detailing Des Plaines' rich history. A great tool for doing historical and genealogical research.


Experiment Central

Detailed information on more than 300 science experiments for upper elementary and older students. Search by key word or by alphabetical list of science topics.

Explora Educator’s Edition

Lesson plans, curriculum standards, student tools and valuable sites for teachers.

Explora Primary Schools

An easy way to find out about everything from animals to current events. Search by keyword or topic. Perfect for research projects!



FREE online help for kids, teens, and adults. All core subjects offered (grades 3-12): math, science, social Studies, writing assistance, English/language arts, reading assistance & help filling out the FAFSA application for Federal Student Aid. Resume and cover letter review for job hunters too!

HelpNow (en español)

AYUDA GRATIS EN LÍNEA para estudiantes, Grados 3–12


Borrow digital movies, music and audiobooks with your Des Plaines library card. No holds, no fees. Stream through your internet.

Kanopy Kids

Includes Oscar® nominated family films, PBS kids favorites, literary classic adaptations: Where The Wild Things Are, Johnny Appleseed, Little Red Hen & more.



National Geographic

This searchable archive of over 100 years of National Geographic magazine (1888–present) includes every page and every photograph from the iconic, award winning magazine.

National Geographic Kids

Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Best for children aged 6–14.

NoveList Plus K–8

Helps you find new fiction books to read by searching favorite authors, titles, subjects, and genres. For children in grades K-8.


Pronunciator is a fun way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. ESL courses are available for speakers of several languages. For adults and children. Our subscription also includes free access to the Bluebird app!



Includes Earth Science, Space Science, Life Sciences, Health & Human Body, Physical Science, Technology & Engineering. For 4th – 9th grades.


Teachables from Scholastic

Printables, lessons, mini-books & more. Teaching resources for every subject K-8. Search by grade level, subject, state standards, theme and/or genre. Includes classroom management tools and clip art.

Teacher Reference Center

Indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.

TrueFLIX – People, Places, and History

Includes American Indians, Ancient Civilizations, The Civil War, Continents, U.S. Government, U.S. Regions, Westward Expansion. For 3rd – 6th grades.

TrueFLIX: Science and Nature

Includes Disasters, Earth Science, Ecosystems, Experiments, Extreme Nature, Human Body, Space. For 3rd – 6th grades.

TumbleBook Library

A collection of animated, talking picture books, puzzles and games. Includes books in Spanish and French. For best results, use Chrome on desktop computers.