Helpful Links

Helpful Links

e-Book and e-Audio Access

Project Gutenburg: Download over 33,000 free eBooks.

Library of Congress Digital Collection: Access to print, pictorial and audio-visual collections and other digital services from the Library of Congress.

Find your next book

First SearchA collection of databases including Worldcat, the OCLC catalog of books and other materials located in libraries worldwide. Provided by the Illinois State Library. To log onto FirstSearch, use the Authorization: 100110246 and Password: sycamore.

What’s Next: The “What’s Next” site has fiction series listed in order of the series. It is great for a person who wants to read a series of books in order and can’t remember which book comes next.

Lexile Help: Need a book based on your Lexile Score? Enter in your Lexile Measure and get Lexile Range and book recommendations or use the Quick Book Search to find a specific title’s Lexile Score.

Bluestem Award: The award is designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles. Named in honor of Big Bluestem which is the state prairie grass, the award may include both timeless classics and current titles, as well as books that have appeared on Monarch and Rebecca Caudill lists.

Monarch Award: The name Monarch was chosen because of its familiarity to K-3 children and to symbolize the growth, change and freedom that becoming a reader brings. The Monarch is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators. The program is open to all K-3 age children in Illinois.

Rebecca Caudill Award: Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.

Abraham Lincoln Award: The award is named for Abraham Lincoln, one of Illinois’ most famous residents and himself an avid reader and noted author. The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) sponsors the award. The Abraham Lincoln Award is designed to encourage high school students to read for personal satisfaction and become familiar with authors of young adult and adult books.

Tax Information

DeKalb County Property Tax: Use the Property Tax and Assessment Search to view information based on Parcel Number, Name, or Address. 

DeKalb County Property Tax Exemptions:  Use this link to find information regarding Homestead Exemptions available to DeKalb County Residents. 

Illinois Tax Forms: Tax forms are available online for download or print. You may need to download adobe acrobat to view and print the forms. 

Federal Tax Forms: This link goes to the most popular and requested forms and publications. 

Sycamore and DeKalb County Links

City of Sycamore: Official Website of the City of Sycamore. 

Sycamore Chamber of Commerce: An established community organization since 1915, the Chamber is 450 members strong, representing over 5,000 individual employees in the Sycamore area. Provides information and links to member organizations and events in the city of Sycamore.

Discover Sycamore: Discover all that Sycamore has to offer with link to tourism information as well as upcoming events and programs held in the city of Sycamore. 

Sycamore Pumpkin Fest: The Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Committee is responsible for coordinating the annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival, a family oriented festival, to be held in the fall of each year. Information on the festive, contact details, and parade results can be found here. 

Sycamore Park District: Learn more information on how to experience the joy of learning and sharing along with the thrill of adventure and discovery. People of all ages are encouraged to enjoy their local parks and participate in a variety of social and educational programs.

Sycamore School District: The school districts web resource for parents, students, and staff. 

Sycamore History Museum: The Sycamore History Museum includes exhibits, research archives, and a collection dedicated to preserving Sycamore’s past; sharing our history with current residents and visitors; while looking to the future by serving as caretakers of the collection and by offering educational programs that help people realize their impact in our community.

Midwest Museum of Natural History: An environmental and cultural learning resource with information about programs, events, and exhibits. 

DeKalb County Community Foundation(DCCF): DCCF enhances the quality of life in DeKalb County, IL by proactively addressing community needs and expanding, managing, and distributing philanthropic resources. A major supporter of the Sycamore Public Library. 

DeKalb County: Main resource for DeKalb County including property tax information, contact information, forms and publications, and tourism information. 

United Way 211: DeKalb County. 211 connects people in need with social service organizations providing health and human services assistance.


Government Links

State of Illinois: Official website of the State of Illinois. 

Illinois Sex Offenders Register:  The Illinois State Police (“ISP”) establish and maintain a statewide Sex Offender Database, accessible on the Internet, identifying persons who have been convicted of certain sex offenses and/or crimes against children and must register as a Sex Offender.

National Sex Offender Register: The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)  provides the public with access to sex offender data nationwide. NSOPW is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice and state, territorial, and tribal governments.

United States Census Information: The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years.

United States Government Printing OfficeThe Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government.

Student School and Financial Aid Resources

FAFSA on the Web: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid (including the Pell Grant, Federal student loans and Federal Work-Study).

FAFSA Publications: The office of Federal Student Aid ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education or training beyond high school. This order site gives you access to a wide range of publications and resources for you or the students you serve. Straightforward and easy to understand information about planning and paying for college.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission: Information for parents, students, and educators to help make college accessible and affordable for Illinois students.

Drivers Education Assistance: Thanks to a partnership with, we are able to provide this free resource contains 11 car practice tests, 8 motorcycle practice tests, 3 CDL practice tests, as well as online manuals and DMV information.

Job and Career Support

CareerOneStop: A detailed source of employment information and inspiration for job seekers including career counseling, occupation outlook handbooks, wage information, resume assistance and job searching.  

Illinois Department of Employment Security: Register and file an unemployment claim, certify for benefits, search for a job, and find information regarding unemployment benefits in Illinois. 

Illinois WorkNet Center: Utilizes partnerships and technology to expand seamless and real-time access to workforce development resources aimed at individuals, businesses, and workforce professionals.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Detailed information including duties, salaries, educational requirements, and projected outlook for many career paths.