People and Places

Databases & eBooks

Digital library resources. Log in using your library card number.

Information about different countries and the way people live all over the world.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Biographies and essays on all aspects of the African-American experience, 1619-present.

Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
Everything you wanted to know about clothing around the world.

Encyclopedia of Religion
Articles about world religions and important religious figures in history.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Click "Biography" in the left-hand menu to search biographical resources.

Trace your family history and American culture using information from the U.S. Census, magazines, and books.

New Catholic Encyclopedia
Articles about Catholicism and the Saints.

An encyclopedia with audio options, especially for emergent readers.

World Almanac Kids: Famous PeopleDetailed biographical sketches of over 700 celebrities and historical figures.


Useful, librarian-reviewed websites from around the Internet.

Career Information for Kids
Kid-oriented career information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Catholic Online Saints and Angels
Information on saints and angels.

Costume Page: Costuming Resources Online
Find information about ethnic and folk costumes all over the world.

Earth Calendar
Learn about holidays celebrated around the world.

Flags of the World
Read all about flags from all over the world.

Portals to the World (from Library of Congress)
Find information about the nations of the world. Good for middle school and high school students.

We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
Virtually tour historic places of the Civil Rights Movement.

World Fact Book
Information on countries and territories around the world, compiled by the CIA.

WPL Local History Collection
Photographs, books, documents, oral histories, and newspapers related to the history of the Village of Wilmette and New Trier Township.

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