Spooner Memorial Library

421 High St., Spooner WI 54801 (715)635-2792



Library Catalogs


Merlin is the regional shared catalog of NWLS member libraries. With a library card patrons can directly request, renew, and can check the status of items either checked out or on hold.


WisCat is the Wisconsin library catalog. Contact the library to request items from WisCat that are not found in Merlin.


WORLDCAT is a worldwide catalog of library collections. A user-friendly search page is available for patrons searching the catalog from home.


Library Digital Media

Digital Books, Audiobooks, Music, Videos

Wisconsin's Digital Library catalog offers downloadable media (electronic books, films, music and audiobooks) to read on a pc or play on portable devices. For CD burning permission refer to the Digital Rights Information section at the bottom of each title page. Please review the Help Center to learn more.

Digital Magazines

Flipster offers digital magazines (current and back issues) to view online or to download with the free Flipster app to a mobile device to view offline. Weekly issues can be checked out for two days and monthly issues can be checked out for one week. There is no check out limit.  Once you log into Flipster, use the HELP link for further instructions or visit the Flipster FAQ

The current Flipster subscription includes:  • Clean Eating • Consumer Reports Buying Guide • Country Living • Dogs Life • Food Network Magazine • Good Housekeeping • HGTV Magazine, People • Prevention • Rolling Stone

Library Databases

The following online databases provide a wealth of information in a variety of formats. Some of the databases may require a password, available at the library, or access may be limited to in-library use.

ANCESTRY Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is an extensive library genealogy research tool. Access is limited to in-library use at any NWLS library. Promotional training materials are available.


BadgerLink* offers Wisconsin residents access to business, health, literature, magazine and newspaper resources, and many are available in full-text. Promotional materials are available. For more information visit the online support center. If you are unable to access any BadgerLink database, log in using the Library Card Access page. The following databases are among the many resources available through Badgerlink:

  • Auto Repair Reference Center - Repair manuals for most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1954.
  • Consumer Health Complete - Includes more than 200 health and wellness reference books and encyclopedias, thousands of health reports, drug evaluation sheets, videos, pamphlets and other documents.
  • HeritageQuest - Research ancestors and historical sources dating back to the 1700s.
  • MasterFILE Premier- A general reference database with nearly 1,700 publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Accessed in BadgerLink's Database List.
  • NoveList - A readers' advisory database with over 150,000 fiction titles, and over 4000 custom created articles and lists. Access Feature Articles, BookTalks, and Book Discussion Guides along with Author Read-alikes, Readers' Advisory training content and a variety of other reader materials.
  • NoveList K-8 - A readers' advisory database for grades K-8 with collection of titles, BookTalks, Recommended Reads book lists and more.
  • TeachingBooks.net - Thousands of resources for k-12 multimedia fiction and nonfiction reading activities for educators, librarians, students and families supporting language arts, book clubs, art educators, social studies and much more.
  • EBSCOhost - A rich eBook collection of books, journals, and database content. Select the EBSCO Database List, then select the eBook Collection. Sign in at the top of the page.
  • LearningExpress Library is a learning center for people of all ages and education levels interested in learning extra skills for school or work. Watch a video to learn how to take advantage of everything this database has to offer and to help you get started shows you .

*BadgerLink is a project of the Department of Public Instruction's Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning for the citizens of Wisconsin. Funding is provided through the Public Service Commission Universal Service Fund.

Web Sites for Book Lovers


Book Reviews & Booklists

The Beat
Previously known as Nancy Pearl's Picks, Ms. Pearl's book reviews on Seattle's KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, are mandatory for readers. The director of the Washington Center for the Book reviews a range of titles from children's literature to science fiction. (www.kuow.org/programs/thebeat_books.asp)
Bestseller Lists 1900-1995
An annual list of bestselling fiction and nonfiction books from 1900-1995. (www.caderbooks.com/bestintro.html)
Bibliography Index from Evanston Public Library
A great source of booklists on varied topics, such as "African-American Studies," "Europe," "Friendship," "Parents," and more. (www.evanston.lib.il.us/library/bibliographies/)
Book Sense Bestsellers
Weekly bestsellers based on sales from independent bookstores. (www.bookweb.org/booksense/bestsellers/)
The Booklist Center
Currently over 340 lists in over 80 categories (including anthropology, Jewish culture, westerns, literary fiction, sports, and many more). Please note that this site was last updated in July 2004. (home.comcast.net/~dwtaylor1/)
Diana Herald reads a book a day and collects her brief, lively reviews on this Web page, formerly known as Genreflecting. A great source for teen readers! (www.genrefluent.com)
Hennepin County Library "If You Like..." lists
Hennepin County Library has put online "a handy reference guide to authors and genres." Users may browse all the subject categories, which range from Christian Fiction to techno-thrillers and horror. Search the databse by author or theme, or view the links to other resources from Hennepin County Library. A wonderful readers' advisory resource for librarians and book lovers alike! (www.hclib.org/pub/bookspace/FindAGoodBook.cfm)
Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database
"The Literature, Arts, & Medicine Database is an annotated bibliography of prose, poetry, film, video and art which was developed to be a dynamic, accessible, comprehensive resource in MEDICAL HUMANITIES, for use in health/pre-health and liberal arts settings." (litmed.med.nyu.edu)
New York Times Bestseller Lists
Find out who's on and who's off on the NYT's weekly update of the nation's bestsellers. (www.nytimes.com/books/yr/mo/day/bsp/index.html)
Novelist is a subscription online readers' advisory tool that helps readers find new books based on books they've read or topics in which they are interested. (http://www.badgerlink.net/) Select NoveList from the EBSCO list of options.
A list of the Oprah's book club picks along with read-alike choices for each book from the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield, MA. Please note that this site has not been updated since April 2002. (www.wakefieldlibrary.org/zraoprah.htm#Oprahlikes)
A Website (formerly known as Book Links) for ravenous readers which specializes in literary and genre fiction information. Overbooked Originals include annotated lists of fiction and mystery books which received starred reviews, on-the-fly themed booklists, as well as hotlists of hardcover U.S. fiction releases. (www.overbooked.org)
Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists
In addition to fiction and nonfiction titles, bestselling titles in audio, mass market, religion, and children's books are listed. (www.publishersweekly.com/bestSellers)
What's Next: A Searchable Database of Novels in Series
What's the right order for the Nevada Barr books? Check out this up to date, searchable listing of adult fiction in series. A "series" is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits. (ww2.kdl.org/libcat/WhatsNextNEW.asp)

Information Links

Links To Government Information

City of Spooner: http://www.cityofspooner.org/

Washburn County: http://www.co.washburn.wi.us/

State of Wisconsin: http://www.wisconsin.gov/

Federal Government: http://www.usa.gov/

State Taxes: http://www.revenue.wi.gov/

Federal Taxes: http://www.irs.gov/

Wisconsin Statutes:  http://legis.wisconsin.gov/

Social Security: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/

Wisconsin Tourism: http://www.travelwisconsin.com/

Health & Medical Resources/Links

Spooner Health System
Offering a full range of services in an inpatient and outpatient setting as well as 24-hour emergency care, surgical, infusion services, diagnostic imaging, home care, laboratory, memory clinic, wound care, swing bed, respiratory therapy, and other specialty services.

Washburn County Health Department 
Promoting health and well-being by providing education, intervention, and care coordination including home care and public health services throughout Washburn County .
MEDLINEplus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
The National Library Medicine offers this consumer health resource with topics including drug information, diseases, alternative medicine, and current medical news.

PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
Access the 9 million citations in MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE (with links to participating on-line journals), and other related databases. 

Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.com/
This website gives you access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 2,000 physicians and scientists of the Mayo Clinic. 

American Hospital Directory http://www.ahd.com/
General characteristics, services provided, financial information, utilization statistics, and other useful information. 

The Internet Drug Index http://www.rxlist.com/script/main/hp.asp 
Information on over 4000 drugs.  Find brand names, generic names, side effects, and information on alternative medicines.

HealthFinder http://www.healthfinder.gov/
Department of Health and Human Services site of online consumer health information

National Library of Medicine http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/mplusdictionary03.html
A comprehensive library of health information.  Includes Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary and Encyclopedia 

Medfinds http://www.medfinds.com/
Find an alternative health care provider in this natural medicine directory.

American Cancer Society 
Provides information and services for cancer patients and their families.


FamilySearch:  https://familysearch.org/
FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations.

Rootsweb: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
An ancestry.com community. The primary purpose and function of rootsweb is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.

Job Search Resources

Live Career: https://www.livecareer.com/
Livecareer helps job seekers find success in their career with a world-class resume builder, updated database of resume and cover letter samples, and career/interview tips.

Job Center of Wisconsin: https://jobcenterofwisconsin.com/
A resource for job seekers to create resumes and search jobs.  Employers can post jobs and search resumes as well.

Wisc.Jobs: http://wisc.jobs/public/index.asp
The official employment site of Wisconsin State Government.  Includes ajob search function, veterans resources, state employment benefit information, and other resources.

Wisconsin Job Network: https://www.wisconsinjobnetwork.com/
A website in which job seekers can search for jobs and gain resources, including a career events calendar.

Monster:  http://www.monster.com/jobs/l-wisconsin.aspx
A website where job seekers can search for jobs, post a resume, create a cover letter, and gain job hunting skills.

Indeed:  http://www.indeed.com/l-Wisconsin-jobs.html
A website where job seekers can search for jobs and employers can post jobs and find resumes.

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