Evaluating Websites – Where we get our information is as important as what the information tells us.
MN Department of Employment and Economic Development – Find information relevant to employees, employers, and local governments regarding employment, businesses and economic activity throughout MN.
Reputation Management – Explains the best methods to protect and enhance your reputation online.
Choosing a Business Credit Card – Helps with the process of choosing a business credit card.
College Affordability Guide – Government collected data analyzed 5,000+ colleges and universities in the U.S. for financial accessibility and positive student outcomes.
DMV Practice Tests – Take a practice test to see if you are ready to take the real permit test. Every permit practice test contains a series of multiple-choice questions. After the learner answers the question, they immediately see whether the answer was correct or not. A hint is also provided (to be used before giving the answer) and the explanation (to check after you have provided the wrong answer).
Explore – Explore is a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Both educational and inspirational, explore creates a portal into the soul of humanity by championing the selfless acts of others.
Help Me Grow – Do you have concerns about your child’s development? This service provides information for MN families, early childhood care and education providers, and health care professionals in order to identify children who may benefit.
LendEdu – Student Loans almost always require a co-signer. If you are in a position where you need to get a loan without one, this resource can help you get started.
Minnesota Natural Resource Atlas – This website provides a basic set of GIS tools for viewing, searching, and manipulating mapped data. These tools allows users to measure, access attribute data, conduct basic summaries, query features, and view different combinations of spatial data. Information can be shared by exporting results and map images.
Minnesota Video Vault – Provides access to hundreds of videos and Twin Cities Public Television productions. Short clips as well as full-length shows are available. The site can be searched by broad educational areas and grade level or you can search by “interest area” buttons.
Open Ebooks – Is a partnership between Digital Public Library of America, The New York Public Library, and First Book, with content support from digital books distributor Baker & Taylor. Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from in-need households. These eBooks can be read without checkouts or holds.
Sparticl – What are you curious about? Sparticl is a collection of the very best the web has to offer in science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM
Think Small – Offers three quick texts per week to help promote your child’s learning. These texts are tailored to the age of your child and are designed to help get your child ready for Kindergarten.
Vroom – These texts have fun and quick ideas to boost your child’s learning.
This May, construction is scheduled to resume on Highway 53 in the City of International Falls. MNDot is attempting to keep people updates via this website, and through a weekly email. (Follow directions on website to sign up for Hwy 53 through International Falls project updates.)
2020 Minnesota Building Code (PDF) The Minnesota Building Code is no longer being published in paper. Here is a link to the most recent edition approved by the legislature.
LawHelp MN – Helps provide, create and distribute key legal information to the public through fact sheets, booklets, and manuals.
Lexis Nexis – Is a way to access primary law (cases, statutes, court rules, etc.) and secondary sources (commentaries on the law, legal journals, legal encyclopedias, etc.) by citation or search terms. This site is only accessible from the legal research computer at the library.
MN Law Libraries Reference Guide – Is the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries Internet reference guide.
MN Laws, Rules, and Statutes – Provides the latest editions of Minnesota Laws, Rules and Statutes. The library has paper copies of the 2009 editions.
MN Legal Reference – Serves lawyers, clients, large and small businesses, government workers, non-profit groups, legal referral sources and everyone interested in law and lawyers.
The Minnesota State Bar Association – Has a free online lawyer referral service for Minnesota. They also provide The Time’s Up Manual, which contains details on every statute of limitations for every type of lawsuit. Every type of lawsuit has a limit, called a statute of limitations, and a person must bring their claim within that time period, or their claim will be dismissed. Password: 9JzR5gEaHW
Minnesota State Law Library – Has a listing of Minnesota town, city and county ordinances and laws available online. Their site also has a searchable database which provides a full text search of archived Minnesota State Law Library documents.
Koochiching Aging Options – The mission of Koochiching Aging Options is to help Koochiching County’s older adults live independent, socially engaged and healthy lives in a supportive community.
New York Times – Click on link once you have copied this code: 4e7a883ab2a87a6c then paste in box if link doesn’t automatically populate access code. Once you have access you can use their apps for phones and tablets, but it appears that every 24 hours you have to go to the website and repeat.
Reading & E-books
ALA Award Winners – The American Library Association’s lists of best of and award winners.
Brightly – At Brightly, we believe reading has the power to illuminate kids’ lives. But we also know how hard it can be to connect kids with the right books at the right time and keep them engaged with reading as they grow. We want to make it a little easier, and a lot more fun, for parents to raise children who love to read.
Caldecott Winners – The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Free Book Spot – Online source of free e-books in categories like scientific, engineering, programming, novels and many other books. No registration is required to download.
Free E-Books – Discover all-new, rising authors. Independent writers offer both entertaining fiction/romance for your enjoyment and non-fiction to help you find info from self-help to biz growth. You need to become a Free-EBooks.Net member to access their library. Registration is free.
GetFreeEBooks – A site that brings both authors and readers into the world of free legal ebooks. Authors with their ebooks will benefit greatly from the large community of readers and the readers will in return, of course, will have lots of materials to read to their hearts’ content.
Graded Lists – This list of titles has been compiled by librarians at member schools of the Houston Area Independent School Library Network (HAISLN). ? It includes both fiction and nonfiction books by some of the best authors for children and young adults. Books on this list are evaluated annually by grade level committees.
Internet Archive – Is a non-profit library of millions of free books, software, movies, music and more.
Many Books – Contains more than 33,000 free e-books formatted for Kindle, Nook and most other e-readers. You can also access an HTML version of the books to read online.
Newbery Winners – The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Obooko – Provides an opportunity for new and established writers from all parts of the world to self-publish and promote their work free of charge.
Open Ebooks – Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning free titles. These eBooks can be read without checkouts or holds.
Project Gutenberg – Over 50,000 free e-books ‘previously published by bona fide publishers, digitized by us with the help of thousands of volunteers.’
Recommended Books from ALSC – The Association for Library Service to Children promotes reading and books through recommendations, compilations of lists, and related services.