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Karl, Retired Pastor

The West Des Moines Library has empowered retirement days for me in two ways. One, I am able to read extensively in the newspaper and magazine sections. Two, I am able to borrow books to read rather than to purchase and keep in my now limited home library. An added feature is borrowing audiobooks to savor while I drive to visit family in other states. 

 

Databases – Skill Building

 

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Brainfuse JobNow and VetNow

 

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Brainfuse JobNow and VetNow is a multi-faceted resource, offering Skill Building, Job and Resume Coaching, College Skills and more.

Prep for college-oriented skills, get your resume reviewed by a professional and more!

Their VetNow service has targeted resources for Veterans looking to re-enter the job force or update skills.

Check out the SkillsSurfer, where you can do test prep, skill-building and more!  Computer skills, professional exam prep and more.

During certain hours, you can get LIVE resume help, job coaching/resume/interview help and veteran resource help.

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Brainfuse HelpNow

Tutoring and Homework Help

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Brainfuse HelpNow is a separate service from Brainfuse with LIVE tutoring help, skill building, and more for students in K-12 and college, including tutoring done in Spanish.

Check out the SkillsSurfer, where you can do test prep, skill-building and more!  Study for your ACT, SAT or other skills test.

Taking a foreign language?  Check out the Language Lab to build your vocabulary or connect with a language tutor!

Submit your work to the Writing Lab for professional feedback (free registration required).

Here’s a Video Overview of the HelpNow service.

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Hoonuit

 

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Hoonuit offers online how-to training on hundreds of common software applications and devices, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Docs, and iPad.

Each online training course is made up of short one- to three-minute video segments, so you can learn at your own pace.

You’ll create a FREE login to track your training.

All training is online and on-demand, available anywhere with internet access, with no need to download software.

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Learning Express

 

A popular resource for many years:  Job prep, career prep, resume writing assistance, improve your writing, grammar, speaking and more!

Do practice tests on a wide variety of skills:  SAT, ACT (college prep), civil service, postal, AP tests, general skills, elementary and middle school skills, real estate, and more.

Download FREE eBooks for offline study for skills exams.

Create a free login, which allows you to stop and start your tests at your convenience and keep a record of what you’ve done, and how you scored.

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Universal Class

 

Universal Class offers lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs).

More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter.

Includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners.

You may take multiple classes and learn at your own pace.

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