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Online Resources

Book Reviews & Booklists

Hennepin County Library “If You Like…” lists
Hennepin County Library has put online “a handy reference guide to authors and genres.” Users may browse all the subject categories, which range from Christian Fiction to techno-thrillers and horror. Search the database by author or theme, or view the links to other resources from Hennepin County Library. 
If you Like
 is a wonderful readers’ advisory resource for librarians and book lovers alike!

Goodreads is a great place to pick your next book. Find hundreds of book lists, quotes from your favorite authors, and the favorite books from the past year. Create a free account to have a custom made book list just for you, calculated by the preferences you give.

Indie Bestsellers
Indiebound.org is a list of independent book store sellers bestsellers.

The Kirkus Review
The Kirkus Review is a household name for a reason. Search book lists by genre, see which novels won awards, watch author interviews, and subscribe to their “Fully Booked” podcast which discusses newly released books. 

Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database
LITMED is an annotated bibliography of prose, poetry, film, video and art which was developed to be a dynamic, accessible, comprehensive resource in MEDICAL HUMANITIES, for use in health/pre-health and liberal arts settings.

New York Times Bestseller Lists
Find out who’s on and who’s off on the New York Time’s Bestseller Lists. 

Novelist is a subscription online readers’ advisory tool that helps readers find new books based on books they’ve read or topics in which they are interested.

Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists
Publisher’s Weekly includes bestselling titles in fiction AND nonfiction titles, as well as bestselling titles in audio, mass market, religion, and children’s books.

What’s Next: A Searchable Database of Novels in Series
What’s the right order for the Nevada Barr books? What’s Next is an up to date, searchable listing of adult fiction in series. A “series” is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits.
Information Links

Book Series in Order

The goal of this website is simple: to list the series of every book in order.

Genealogy Information Links

Ancestry Library Edition: This is available for in library use only, but it’s free!

FamilySearch:  https://familysearch.org/
FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations.

Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/ Search by name to find obituaries of relatives and ancestors, and the site of their burial.

Rootsweb: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
An ancestry.com community. The primary purpose and function of rootsweb is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.

US Gen Web: http://usgenweb.org/

World Gen Web: https://www.worldgenweb.org/
The goal of these organizations is to match you up with free genealogical information provided not by them, but through other websites and organizations. These two sites will help you find free census, marriage, military, birth, death, and local history records, along with other helpful information for your research. 

Government Information Links

City of Spooner: http://www.cityofspooner.gov Washburn County: http://www.co.washburn.wi.us/
State of Wisconsin: http://www.wisconsin.gov/
Wisconsin Statutes:  http://legis.wisconsin.gov/
Wisconsin Tourism: http://www.travelwisconsin.com/
Federal Government: http://www.usa.gov/
State Taxes: http://www.revenue.wi.gov/
Federal Taxes: http://www.irs.gov/
Social Security: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: https://www.va.gov/

Health & Medical Information Links

Indianhead Medical Center: https://indianheadmedicalcenter.com/
The Indianhead Medical Center houses Shell Lake’s clinic, hospital, and 24 hour Emergency Room. 

Spooner Healthhttps://www.spoonerhealth.com/
Spooner Clinic provides primary care services as well as a full array of specialty services to residents of Spooner, Wisconsin, and the surrounding area. The clinic is home to a Heart & Vascular Center, which is a satellite of Essentia’s world-class Heart & Vascular Center in Duluth, Minnesota.

Washburn County Health Department : http://www.co.washburn.wi.us/departments/health-human-services/​
Promoting health and well-being by providing education, intervention, and care coordination including home care and public health services throughout Washburn County .
American Cancer Society:  http://www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/index
Provides information and services for cancer patients and their families.

American Hospital Directory: http://www.ahd.com/
General characteristics, services provided, financial information, utilization statistics, and other useful information. 

Drug Rehabilitation : https://rehab.help.org/
From understanding addiction, to tools to help you find the right rehab facility for your, Help.org provides everything you or your loved one needs to start and succeed in recovery.

HealthFinder: http://www.healthfinder.gov/
Department of Health and Human Services site of online consumer health information

The Internet Drug Index: http://www.rxlist.com/script/main/hp.asp 
Information on over 4000 drugs.  Find brand names, generic names, side effects, and information on alternative medicines.

Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/
This website gives you access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 2,000 physicians and scientists of the Mayo Clinic. 

MEDLINEplus: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
The National Library Medicine offers this consumer health resource with topics including drug information, diseases, alternative medicine, and current medical news.

National Library of Medicine: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/mplusdictionary03.html
A comprehensive library of health information.  Includes Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary and Encyclopedia. 

PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
Access the 9 million citations in MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE (with links to participating on-line journals), and other related databases. 

Job Search Resources

Job Center of Wisconsin: https://jobcenterofwisconsin.com/
A resource for job seekers to create resumes and search jobs.  Employers can post jobs and search resumes as well.

Wisc.Jobs: http://wisc.jobs/public/index.asp
The official employment site of Wisconsin State Government.  Includes a job search function, veterans resources, state employment benefit information, and other resources.

Wisconsin Job Network: https://www.wisconsinjobnetwork.com/
A website in which job seekers can search for jobs and gain resources, including a career events calendar.

Live Career: https://www.livecareer.com/
Livecareer helps job seekers find success in their career with a world-class resume builder, updated database of resume and cover letter samples, and career/interview tips.

Indeed:  http://www.indeed.com/l-Wisconsin-jobs.html
A website where job seekers can search for jobs and employers can post jobs and find resumes.

Monster:  http://www.monster.com/jobs/l-wisconsin.aspx
A website where job seekers can search for jobs, post a resume, create a cover letter, and gain job hunting skills.

Begin your job search at your public library. Click to get started.

Library Catalogs

NWLN is the regional shared catalog of NWLS member libraries. With a library card patrons can directly request, renew, and can check the status of items either checked out or on hold.
WisCat is the Wisconsin library catalog and can be used to search for items outside the local system. To fill out a WisCat request, use Spooner Library’s ILL Request Form.
WORLDCAT is a worldwide catalog of library collections. A user-friendly search page is available for patrons searching the catalog from home.

Library Databases

The following online databases provide a wealth of information in a variety of formats. Some of the databases may require a password, available at the library, or access may be limited to in-library use.
BadgerLink offers Wisconsin residents access to business, health, literature, magazine and newspaper resources, and many are available in full-text.  The following databases are among the many resources available through Badgerlink:

  • Auto Repair Reference Center – Repair manuals for most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1954.
  • Consumer Health Complete – Includes more than 200 health and wellness reference books and encyclopedias, thousands of health reports, drug evaluation sheets, videos, pamphlets and other documents.
  • HeritageQuest – Research ancestors and historical sources dating back to the 1700s.
  • MasterFILE Premier– A general reference database with nearly 1,700 publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Accessed in BadgerLink’s Database List.
  • NoveList – A readers’ advisory database with over 150,000 fiction titles, and over 4000 custom created articles and lists. Access Feature Articles, BookTalks, and Book Discussion Guides along with Author Read-alikes, Readers’ Advisory training content and a variety of other reader materials.
  • NoveList K-8 – A readers’ advisory database for grades K-8 with collection of titles, BookTalks, Recommended Reads book lists and more.
  • TeachingBooks.net – Thousands of resources for k-12 multimedia fiction and nonfiction reading activities for educators, librarians, students and families supporting language arts, book clubs, art educators, social studies and much more.
  • EBSCOhost – A rich eBook collection of books, journals, and database content. Select the EBSCO Database List, then select the eBook Collection. Sign in at the top of the page.

*BadgerLink is a project of the Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning for the citizens of Wisconsin. Funding is provided through the Public Service Commission Universal Service Fund.

Library Digital Media

Wisconsin’s Digital Library catalog offers downloadable media (electronic books, films, music and audiobooks) to read on a pc or play on portable devices. For CD burning permission refer to the Digital Rights Information section at the bottom of each title page. Please review the Help Center to learn more.  To access Wisconsin’s Digital Library on your reading device and/or cell phone, download the Libby app.

Local Newspapers

Burnett County Sentinel: The Burnett County Sentinel was the county’s first newspaper when Matthew Westcott began publishing on Feb. 19, 1875. The Sentinel continued weekly until its building and presses were destroyed by fire in 1909. The business was sold to its competitor. The Journal changed its name to “Journal and Sentinel”, but later reverted to the Journal of Burnett County. When the Journal folded in 1962, Wilbur A. Nelson revived the Burnett County Sentinel. Following his death in 1975, his wife, Marjorie Nelson and son, Gary Nelson operated it until Feb. 1, 1994, when it was purchased by Mainstream Publications. It was then purchased by Eugene Johnson on Dec. 1, 1999 (website). The office is located at 114 W. Madison Ave., Grantsburg, WI 54840 and is open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Spooner Advocate: The Spooner Advocate, founded in 1901, is Washburn County’s leading source of advertising, news, and other information. Located at 251 E. Maple Street, the Spooner Advocate and its companion Total Market Coverage (TMC) product, The Weekender, serve all of Washburn County and parts of Burnett County, with a combined circulation of nearly 20,000 and a penetration rate of 99 percent of households in the area (Pulse Research Survey).
The Spooner Advocate office, located at 251 E. Maple St., Spooner is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Spooner Memorial Library
421 High Street
Spooner, WI 54801
Phone:  715.635.2792
Fax:  715.635.2147