Winifred Knox Memorial Library
Catalog and Information Resources

Library Catalog

Prairie Cat
Holdings of 200+ libraries in Northwest Illinois and Eastern Iowa including Franklin Grove. Franklin Grove Library cardholders may place holds, renew materials and check their account. Default pin setting is the last four digits of your library barcode.


In-depth study guides on a variety of contemporary novels including many newer books that aren't covered by the older study guide sites


Information Resources

eRead Illinois Youtube channel

eRead Illinois Axis 360 Help Page


Scholarships: What Students Need to Know

How to Find Scholarships

Financial Aid for College Students

Reading Related Links

Google Books


Homework & Home Schooling Links

  Find A Topic

Automatic Bibliography & Citation Maker
The fastest way to create accurate, comprehensive works cited lists.

Fantastic Fiction

First Search
First Search offers electronic access to abstracts of journal articles and scholarly publications, Internet resources, index to journal articles. In addition there are more than 10 million full-text and full-image articles available. To access First Search an authorization and password are required. These may be obtained by contacting the library.

Gale Virtual Reference Database
Gale Virtual Reference Library provides access to a world of reliable information for students, academics, and the general public. Nearly 300 works of reference material in e-book format can be accessed through this link. Each one is fully searchable. This includes titles in areas such as arts, biography, business, history, law, literature, medicine, geography, religion, science, technology, and more. A password is required for access. This may be obtained by contacting the library.

Home Schooling
Resources and information on home schooling.

Access World News with Sauk Valley News & Rockford Register Star
Search local, state, national and international full-text articles including print and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos.  Explore a specific issue or event or compare a wide variety of viewpoints on topics such as business, health, education, government, politics, sports and more including the Sauk Valley News, Chicago Sun-Times and USA Today.  Also includes Acceda Noticias and Access Military, Government and Defense.

Access World News Research Collection
Explore and stay informed on local, national and international topics, in areas related to business, education, health, jobs and careers, politics and more. Features a variety of credible, vetted news sources from around the world including Chicago Sun-Times, Rockford Register Star, Sauk Valley News and more. Available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Chicago Sun-Times Collection
Explore Chicago area history through local news, events and people with the Chicago Sun-Times Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Rockford Register Star Collection
Explore Rockford area history through local news, events and people with the Rockford Register Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

 Read Kiddo Read
Great site dedicated to helping make children readers for life. Suggestions on books and more information for anyone with a child in their life.







College Links

Comprehensive College Guide

Student Loan Report
Guide to paying for college - financial aid, scholarships, savings, & student Loans

How to consolidate student loans Video course
Choosing an online school

Zip Recruiter
Currently works with more than 800 colleges & universities, providing Free Career Development content for their students

Illinois Business Degree Schools List
Illinois college database
Online Teaching Degrees

Refinance Student loans


Local Links

Franklin Creek Park

Lee County Genealogical Society

Lee County Historical Society

Lee County Tourism Council

Nachusa Grasslands

State and Local Government

A directory of official state, county and city government websites.

Village of Franklin Grove

Lee County Health Department

Legal Self Help Center


Illinois Route 66

Illinois Tourism Office


Governmental Links

Free Application for Federal Student Aid



US Fire Administration

Food Safety

Online Tax Software (not related to the IRS official website)


Law Related Links

Illinois Public Records
Search IL for Free Public Records, Criminal Records and Court Records

Law - Criminal, Family, Labor Laws and more is extremely dedicated to stop crime and award heroes. is a firm believer in providing the public with a free flow of information, especially, in the area of crime prevention.

Site for law students, future lawyers and lawyers. Reliable information about law schools.

Legal Zoom

Legal Self Help Center


Other Links

Angie's List

Annual Credit Report
Help finding top apartments to rent

Best Trade Schools

Best Trade Schools Programs

Digital Librarian
A librarian's choice of the best of the Web

Kelley Blue Book
Trusted source for vehicle valuation.

Physicians Desktop Reference
Resources and information on health topics, prescription drugs and more.

Health Information for the whole family.

Illinois Hospital Report Card
Consumer guide to health care.

Grocery Coupons

Apartment finder

Green Home Guide

Planet Green

Earth 911

Appliance 411

Jigsaw Puzzle Games

Games For The Brain

Online Manuals

Recipe Source

Kids Recipes

Recipe Goldmine

Pet Finder

Traffic & Road Information

Mom's Minivan
Car Games, Travel Games, Etc.



Frommer's Travel Guide

Pet Travel Guides

Public Records Resource
Aggregates billions of public records into one easy-to-use interface and manages the information with cutting-edge privacy technology

Self Storage

Cheap Flights

Info Please
All the knowledge you need.

Fact Checker for the Internet

Presidential History

Online Reputation Checker

Refinance Student Loans – 15 minutes & 3 Simple Steps an inclusive city and cost of living guide highlighting information from multiple states

Energy Usage Calculator

STD PREVENTION AND TESTING: HOW TO TALK TO YOUR TEEN is a nonprofit that provides free immigration services for Work Permits, DACA, and Citizenship.

Job Hunting


Jobs on Jobfox

The Riley Guide


Career Profiles


Resume Builder

Cost of Living Calculator (MoneyGeek)


Retirement Simulation by RetirementSimulation



Important Local Numbers & Information


Emergency ..................................... 911
Fire & Ambulance ........................ 911

Franklin Grove Township Supervisor ................................ 815-456-3400
Franklin Grove Township Road Commissioner ................ 815-535-1688
Franklin Grove Village Hall ................................................... 815-456-2131
Lee County Sheriff ................................................................ 815-284-6631 


Schools     Ashton - Franklin - Center

Elementary ..................... (815)456-2325
Middle ............................ (815) 456-2323
High ............................... (815) 453-7461
AFC Boosters ................ (815) 456-2846
PTO................................ (815) 456 4278



Trash Pickup is every Tuesday & Friday. 


Community Resources and Contacts


David Atkinson, Mayor   (815)456-2584

Lori Smith, Village Clerk/Treasurer (815)456-2131

Keith Roop, Water & Sewer Chair (815)456-2289

Ron Miller, Water & Sewer Supervisor  (815)440-4631

Tony Schaneberg, Streets & Alleys Chair  (815)456-2125

Don Fore, Streets & Alleys Supervisor (815)440-4632

Ed Uphoff, Finance Chair (815)456-2234

David Atkinson, Community Development Chair (815)456-7028

Milton Wilcox, Zoning Chair (815)456-2202

Disposal Plant (815)456-2501

American Legion Post #497
(815) 456-2446

Chaplin Creek Muzzle Loaders
(815) 498-2969

Franklin Grove Area Business
(815) 456-3030

Franklin Grove Area
Historical Society

Franklin Creek State Park
(Preservation Committee & Shelter Reservations)
(815) 456-2718

Franklin Grove Summer Harvest
Festival Committee
(815) 456-2584 or (815) 456-3030

Franklin Grove Township Office
(815) 456-3400

Franklin Grove Woman's Club
(815) 456-3400

Illinois Atlatl -Association
(815) 456-2305

Kreider Services Group Home
(815) 456-2708

Lee County 4-H Club
(815) 456-2531

Lee County Homemakers
Education Association China Unit
(815) 456-2477

Lee County Tourism Council
(815) 288-1840
(Toll Free: 877-833-8687)

(815) 456-2335

(815) 456-2519



Church of the Brethren
121 West North Street

First Congregational UCC of Lee Center
(815) 456-8804

First Presbyterian Church, USA
106 S. Walnut Street
(815) 456-2462

St. Paul's Lutheran Church (ELCA)
107 W. Lahman
(815) 456-2457 or (815) 732-1405

United Methodist Church
223 Middle Street
(815) 456-2379


Village Services


Franklin Grove Cemetery Association                     (815) 456-2400

Fire Department          (815) 456-2350

Park Board                  (815) 456-2850

Public Library             (815) 456-2823
                                       fax: (815) 456-2823

Public Library Board (815) 456-2546
meets the 1st Tues of each month

Road Commissioner    (815) 456-2854

Township Supervisor  (815) 456-2348

Village Board               (815) 456-2516
Meets the 2nd Monday of each month

Village Hall                  (815) 456-2131

Lee County Sheriff      (815) 284-6631


Historic Sites


Chaplin Creek Village Sponsored
by the Franklin Grove Area
Historical Society
1715 Whitney Rd
PO Box 20
(815) 456- 2382
Open to the public from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend from 12 - 4PM on Sat & Sun. The site can be open by appointment at other times & is
available for special events.

Franklin Creek State Natural Area & Grist Mill
1893 Twist Rd.
(815) 456-2718
The Grist Mill is open for tours April through Oct:
Sat & Sun: 12 - 4 PM
Other time by appointment.

Lincoln Highway Association
National Tourism Headquarters
136 N Elm St
(815) 456-3030
Open Mon - Sat: 10 AM - 4 PM
Sun: 12 - 4 PM

Living History Antique Machine Association

Nachusa Grasslands
8772 S. Lowden Road
Phone: 815-456-2340
The Nature Conservancy Open Year Round.




Library hours:
Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

112 S. Elm St., PO Box 326
Franklin Grove, IL 61031
Phone: 815-456-2823
Fax: 815-456-2619

2000-2021 Winifred Knox Memorial Library

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