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Data Bases

Whether you're looking for a magazine article, homework help, or home improvement guides, you'll find what you need on the MORE Online Catalog's Research Page with most being accessed through BadgerLink.  BadgerLink is Wisconsin's Online Library, providing Wisconsin residents with licensed content not available through regular search engines. Listed below is a small sampling of information found on the MORE Research page:

  • Being a history buff, you want to read a newspaper that was printed on the day you were born, or read the headlines and articles for memorable moments in history - even the ads are interesting! (Access  NewspaperARCHIVE on BadgerLink)
  • Deciding on a new refrigerator is easier after printing off the Consumer Reports ratings pages found in the 2015 issue. (Consumer Reports Magazine on BadgerLink)
  • Your doctor has prescibed a new medication, and you want more information on it.  (AHFS Consumer Medication Information on BadgerLink)
  • A class powerpoint presentation would be so much better with some sound effects - find downloadable sounds from a basketball being dribbled to an alien spaceship landing. (Soundzabound on BadgerLink)
  • Your son is a reluctant reader, and you are trying to find adventure books for boys. (Novelist K-8 on BadgerLink)

 

Driver's Education

Driving-Tests.org is a free driver education program that contains:  11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 10 CDL practice tests, 3 online driver's manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), a FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV related questions, and road sign practice.  Spanish versions are also included.

Learn a New Language

Rocket Languages is a free interactive, online language program that is accessed with an Ellsworth Public Library card.  Choose from 15 languages including English courses designed for Spanish speakers!

  • Language Lessons to help you speak naturally
  • Culture Lessons so you can understand the people
  • Hear It Say It!, Know It!, and Write It! self-testing technology, so you can test your new language skills
  • Rocket Record voice comparison technology for every word and phrase used in the course
  • My Vocab; a feature that lets you store words for future reference
  • My Notes; a feature that lets you add notes and reminders to a lesson
  • My Forum, the online space where you can interact with other learners and your Rocket Languages teachers
  • The Rocket Languages iOS and Android apps so you can use your course wherever you are

 

Discover the Past

Geneology and Local History

HeritageQuest (provided by Badgerlink) is accessed with a valid library card.

Ancestry Library Edition is free to patrons with a valid library card on library computers only.

Family Search is one of the largest collections of free family history, family tree and geneology records in the world, provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The National Archives has geneology information aids, guides, and research tools.

National Obituary Archive is the world's largest repository of obituaries and death records.

Wisconsin Geneology Index has records of obituaries published before 1999; births, deaths and marriages before September, 1907.

Pierce County Historical Association collects and preserves archival materials, sponsors and supports various programs, events, and activities of historical interest, and educates the public about Pierce County History.

Rootsweb at Pierce County is a source for local history and resources for Pierce County, Wisconsin.

Recollection Wisconsin is an expanding digital collection featuring thousands of historic photos, postcards, maps, letters, diaries, books, artifacts, oral histories and other digital collections from dozens of Wisconsin libraries, archives, museums and historical societies.

Wisconsin State Historical Society is a great place to start searching for Wisconsin state history and records.

Dan Geister's Area Voices is a blog from local historian Dan Geister focusing on Pierce County history.

UWRF University Archives and Area Research Center has access to historical materials, local government records, manuscripts, and special collections from four northwestern counties including Burnett, Polk, Pierce, and St. Croix. 

Local History Collections of Surrounding Counties

Found in Wisconsin is an index of bibliographic records to digital collections hosted by over 500 libraries, museums, historical societies, genealogical societies, schools, and various cultural organizations around Wisconsin.  Search or browse the 1.200+ index for links into websites containing historic photgraphs, video and sound clips, written documents, maps, newspapers, cemetery indexes, and much more.


Reader's Advisories

ALA Book Club Central is an online one-stop-shop for book clubs, featuring everything from author interviews to book recommendations and reviews, as well as discussion questions and tips about how to start and moderate a book club.

What's Next, Books in Series is maintained by the Kent District Library in Michigan.  This site allows the user to easily search  and print off lists for books in a series.

New York Times Best Seller List

Good Reads is a site for readers and book recommendations, helping people find and share books they love.

20SomethingReads is targeted to people in their 20s.

Bookpage is all about the best new books.

FaithfulReader brings information and features about Christian fiction authors, books, series, and characters.

ReadingGroupGuides has over 4,000 guides available for book discussion groups.

The following sites are maintained by Badgerlink and may be accessed using your library card:

  • NoveList provides access to information on fiction titles as well as feature content including author read-alikes, book discussion guides, reading lists and more.
  • Literary Reference Center site is a resource for poems, short stories, essays, speeches, and plays as well as criticism on all forms of literature.
  • TeachingBooks.net gives access to thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K-12 environment to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading activies.

 

Downloadables

Wisconsin's Digital Library offers free downloadable books, audio books, and magazines and streaming video of popular movies!  Search the ususal way or by featured collections including:  Most Popular Titles, Wisconsin Born and Read, Popular Series Titles for Kids,  New Streaming Video, Cooking and Baking, Book Club Picks, New Magazines, New eBooks, New Audiobooks, or Back to School.

 

Community Connections

Ellsworth Community School District 300 Hillcrest Street . PO Box 1500 . Ellsworth, WI  54011 . District Office 715.273.3900

Klaas-Jonas Community Pool  312 Panther Drive . Ellsworth, WI . 715.273.0754

Community Education provides educational, social, recreational, and cultural opportunities to all people and organizations in the district through the activities of the Community Education Program.  715.273.5724 or 715.23.6828

Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce 338 West Main Street . Ellsworth, WI  54011 . 715.273.6442

Pierce County Government  414 West Main Street . Ellsworth, WI 54011 . 715.273.3531

Senior Citizens Center . 312 West Main Street . Ellsworth, WI 54011 . 715.273.5873

Village of Ellsworth Offices 130 North Chestnut Street . Ellsworth, WI  54011 . 715.273.4742

American Legion Post 204

Pierce County ATV Association

Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service

Ellsworth Vounteer Fire Company, Inc.

Ellsworth Rod & Gun 

Hancock Lodge 229

Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County

Knights of Columbus 5456

Ellsworth Lions Club

 

Job Resources

Wisconsin Job Search Sites

Job Center of Wisconsinoperated by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Wisconsin Job Center system, is a Wisconsin-centered employment exchange, linking employers in all parts of the state and in communities that border Wisconsin with anyone looking for a job.  Visit your local Job Center for additional, in-person help!

Wisconsin Job Network is a compilation of Wisconsin job opportunities, created from Wisconsin LocalJob Network.

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation provides services to job-seekers who have disabilities. 

Wisconsin WORKnet has information about careers with the most job growth and other statistical information that may be helpful to job seekers, along with some job listings.

Wisconsin.gov Portal for Workers provides information for job seekers from Wisconsin.gov.

Pierce County Job Openings

Occupational Outlook Handbook is a guide to career information about hundreds of occupations.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is for job seeking in Minnesota.

Computer Skill Building

Tech Skills Help is the Indianhead Federated Library System's site to help connect you to libraries and other agencies that provide help with technology skills.

Goodwill Industries has a comprehensive, free online resource for learning software, typing and mouse skills.

Palm Beach County Library has some excellent and fun exercises to practice using the mouse.

Learning Express Popular Software Skills Center is available free to all Wisconsin residents through BadgerLink, and includes tutorials on the Microsoft Office suite and other tools.

Everyoneon is a part of a federal initiative that will allow you to get connected to Internet access at home, and find places to take classes or get help learning to use the Internet.

Northstar Digatal Literacy Project has basic computer digital literacy standards and self-guided modules and assessments in six main areas: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows, Mac, Email, and Word Processing.

Other Job Skills

Job Search Writing - Resumes & Cover Letters is from Purdue University.  Learn how to craft resumes and cover letters.

Learning Express Career Center is available free to all Wisconsin residents through BadgerLink, and includes occupation exploration resources and prep for career exams.

Learning Express Adult Learning Center is available free to all Wisconsin residents through BadgerLink, and includes practice for GED exams and other skill-building resources.

 

Vehicle Reference

Auto Repair Reference Center has repair information including printable instructions and schematics for vehicles from 1945 to the present.  Accessed at home through BadgerLink with a library card.

Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guide

Kelly Blue Book Prices

N.A.D.A. Price Guides represents the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Fuel Economy Guide features updated fuel economy data for new and used passenger vehicles dating back to 1984, allows side by side vehicle comparisons, and offers fuel-saving tips.  Also contains vehicle specific air pollution emissions information and safety ratings.

 

Government Sites

The Ellsworth Public library has a limited number of free Federal, Wisconsin, and Minnesota State Tax Forms from January-April.  Forms may be found on the following sites:

Federal tax forms

Wisconsin state tax forms

Minnesota tax forms

Voting

Where Do I Vote? finds your polling place in Wisconsin.

How Do I Register to Vote? has voter information for Wisconsin residents.

Elected Officials

Your Elected Officials uses zip codes to find and contact your federal, state, and local elected officials, from the League of Women Voters.

 

Not finding what you need?

WISCAT is a free online catalog of Wisconsin library holdings not in the MORE system.  Use this if you can't find what you are looking for in the MORE catalog. Print out what you want ordered and the librarians at your local MORE library will place the order for you.

Ask a Librarian  The librarians are happy to assist you in finding the resources you need.