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Adult Learning Center

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Whether you are going back to school, switching jobs, or just want to brush up on academic skills, BrainFuse Adult Learning Center is here to help. Access practice tests, study materials, and live tutors who can help you prepare you for the GED, High School Equivalency, and Citizenship tests. Resources are available in English and Spanish. Live tutors are available for help in reading, writing, and math from 2-11pm daily. Online tutorials available. 


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African American Heritage

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Search primary sources devoted specifically to African American family history. This resource also includes exclusive partnership with AfriGeneas -- a popular networking site devoted to African American genealogy -- for direct access to expert advice, moderated forums, chats, mailing lists, surname registry, and more. For more information please view this video on African American Heritage by ProQuest.

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America's News

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Explore and stay informed about local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs, careers, political issues, social issues and more with America's News. This resource features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the United States, including The Pantagraph. Available remotely 24/7 on any device. For more information, please view this video on America's news


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Search for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives throughout the world with ArchiveGrid.

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AV2 World Languages eBooks

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With more than 100 fully digital titles, AV2 World Languages offers eBooks covering a vast amount of educational content. Titles are available in 12 languages with options for audio readings in the selected language.

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Access this collection of free eBooks for Illinois residents. Titles are always available, and there are no limits on checkouts. With Biblioboard there's no waiting, just reading! Biblioboard is also available as a mobile app. NO LIBRARY CARD NEEDED! Online tutorials available.

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Black Freedom Struggles in the United States

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This curated collection features open primary source documents such as historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom. This resource supports a wide range of students, from middle and high school to college, and anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing Black Freedom Struggle. No library card is required to access this collection.

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Black Life in America

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From Black-owned newspapers to mainstream publications, this primary source collection offers an expansive window onto centuries of African American history, culture, and daily life-as well as the ways the dominant culture has portrayed and perceived people of African descent. Packed with information unavailable elsewhere, Black Life in America is updated daily and sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 African American publications. Access is available 24/7. 


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Bloomington-Normal Local History

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Through Bloomington-Normal Local History, patrons can view selected images from Bloomington Public Library's Illinois Collection Picture File. These photos relate to the history of the City of Bloomington, the Town of Normal, McLean County, and the surrounding communities.

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These pairings of fiction and nonfiction children's titles are designed to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real world concepts. With colorful animation, rich audio, and interactive games, BookFlix is a perfect tool to engage and support beginning readers. Online tutorials available


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Brainfuse HelpNow

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Live homework help is available directly to students, as well as schools, libraries, businesses, and community colleges to help K-12 and adult learners succeed. Through Brainfuse HelpNow, live Homework help is available from 2-11pm every day in English and in Spanish. The Brainfuse Mobile App is available in both the iOS (Apple) and Google Play (Android) stores. Online tutorials available. 


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Brainfuse JobNow

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Brainfuse JobNow offers resume writing help, cover letter assistance, and interview tips -- including online mock interview practice, career coaching, and resume writing labs. Live help is available from 2-11pm daily in English and Spanish. The Brainfuse Mobile App is available in both the both the iOS (Apple) and Google Play (Android) stores. For more information please visit the video guide on Brainfuse JobNow.


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Consumer Reports

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Analyze unbiased reviews and comparisons of products and services using Consumer Reports. Since 1936, Consumer Reports has published reviews of products and services using results from its in-house testing laboratory and survey research center. The magazine accepts no advertising, pays for all the products it tests, and, as a nonprofit organization, has no shareholders. Access to the Consumer Reports database is free with your library card. Online tutorials available


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Digital Learn

Digital Learn logo is a hub from the Public Library Association of video-based tutorials to help beginners learn computing skills and increase confidence using the Internet. Digital Learn is a free resource.

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Digital Library of Illinois

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Browse and download best-selling eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines from Overdrive's collection in Digital Library of Illinois. Check out full-color, full-page issues of thousands of magazines. Use your computer, tablet, or mobile device to enjoy these titles. Set up an account and sign in with your Bloomington Library card. If you have questions, stop by the Adult Services Desk, call us at 309-828-6091, or email at Digital Library of Illinois can also be accessed through the app, Libby. Online tutorials available.

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