Reference Websites

These sites are free to use and do not require your Fox Lake District library card. All links are presented in alphabetical order. External links may be used as starting points in your research and are not intended to be exhaustive lists of all available external sites related to these topics. The library does not endorse or profit from these websites and external links are provided for use at your own discretion.

If you need further assistance or encounter a broken link, please contact the Adult Reference Desk at 847-587-0198 or here.

Adult Learning & ESL
  • CLC Adult Education
    • The College of Lake County offers free ABE, GED, and High School completion instruction, as well as one-on one literacy programs for adults looking to build their skills.
  • CLC ESL
    • The College of Lake County offers free ESL classes from beginner to advanced for adults whose native language is not English.
  • Lake County Adult Learning Connection
    • A consortium of organizations that offer adult and family literacy programs
 
Community Resources
  • Administer Justice
    • Provides free civil legal assistance to low income individuals and families while also strengthening the local community through educational and outreach programs.
  • Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lake County
    • Offers weatherization assistance to reduce energy costs and financial support to help those in need pay their utility bills
  • Find Help Lake County
    • Find Help is the only single point of access that connects Lake County, IL residents with local, non-profit health and human service providers that address the physical, emotional, mental, economic, social well-being, and educational needs of individuals in our community.
  • Grant Township Services
  • Mano y Mano
    • Mano a Mano's mission is to empower local immigrant families to become full participants in American life.
  • McHenry County Resource Directory - English
  • McHenry County Resource Directory - Español
  • Pioneer Center for Human Services
    • Pioneer Center for Human Services serves persons with developmental disabilities, mental illness, traumatic brain injury and provides early intervention therapies for children from birth to age five. It also serves victims of sexual assault through the VOICE program and homeless men, women and children through the PADS program.
  • TLS Veterans
    • Transitional Living Services of McHenry is dedicated to helping veterans find a job, reintegrate into society and assisting them with finding affordable housing.
  • Veterans Assistance Commission - McHenry County
  • YWCA Lake County
    • The YWCA of Lake County offers childcare assistance programs, free health screening clinics, and many other important services that enrich our community.
Consumer Information
 
Elections & Voting
  • Factcheck.org
    • A nonpartisan, nonprofit resource for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
  • Federal Voter Assistance Program
    • Federal voting assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens. Provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process.
  • Illinois Online Voter Registration
  • Lake County Voter Information
    • Voting FAQs
  • Lake County Voter Power
    • View a copy of your ballot, list of districts, polling place, and a copy of your voter registration card by providing some basic information (i.e. name, date of birth, etc.)
  • Lake County Voting Options
    • Information on voting in person on election day, early, or by mail.
  • McHenry County Polling Locations
  • Registration & Polling Place Lookup
    • Verify that you are registered to vote, as well as check your polling location, and see what districts you are eligible to vote for.
  • Special Voter Circumstances
    • Useful information on how to vote in a variety of circumstances including from a hospital and nursing home
  • Vote Smart
    • A non-profit, non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.
Environment & Recycling
 
Genealogy
Health & Mental Health Resources
 
Health Information
Housing & Food Support
 
Jobs and Employment
Law & Legal Information
 
Local History
Resources for the Vision Impaired
  • Bookshare
    • Bookshare® is an online library of digital books for people with print disabilities. It operates under an exception to U.S. copyright law which allows copyrighted digital books to be made available to people with qualifying disabilities.
  • Chicago Lighthouse
    • The Chicago Lighthouse is a not-for-profit agency committed to providing the highest quality educational, clinical, vocational and rehabilitation services for children, youth and adults who are blind or visually impaired, including deaf-blind and multi-disabled.
  • Illinois Talking Book and Braille Service
    • TBBS supports the activities of the Illinois Network of Libraries Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The network includes a regional center at the State Library, three library sites throughout the state known as Talking Book Centers, and an Illinois Machine Lending Agency. Collectively, all of these centers circulate unabridged books in audio format.
 
Senior Resources
Tax Forms and Information