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Brainfuse Help Now

Free expert tutoring, proofreading for essays and more.

Peterson's Career Prep

Provides guidance and essential activities for job-seekers and those exploring career options.


Rocket Languages

Learn a new language at your own pace! Includes downloadable lessons, games, and much more. Languages include: American Sign Language, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Hindi, German, Arabic, English as a Second Language and more.

MasterFile Complete

MasterFILE Complete offers the largest collection of popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world’s leading publishers. This is the best place to start your research project.

Ebsco eBooks High School Collection

Designed specifically for high school students and their educators. Enjoy casual fiction, literature, and scholarly works–reading for every purpose. 

Ebsco eBooks History Collection

This collection features more than 17,000 world history e-books for all your researching needs! Titles encompass a variety of subjects, including medieval history, history of music, history of science, law in history, history of philosophy, art history, history of technology, history of business and economics, history of religion, military history and more.

Explora High School

A database of basic research and current events articles for Secondary school-age patrons.

Universal Class

A lifelong learning site with instructional videos facilitated by instructors on different vocational, career, personal finance, and self-improvement topics.

Can You Escape? Virtual Escape Rooms

Hansel and Gretel: Kitchen Countdown

Abandoned deep in the forest, you have become lost and hungry. You happen upon a quaint little cottage made of the sweetest sweets anyone could ask for. Invited in by a kind-hearted woman, things suddenly turn very GRIMM. You quickly recognize that you are locked inside a witch’s kitchen. You have not been invited for dinner, but to become dinner instead!! Quickly race to complete all four of the witch’s puzzles and free yourselves from the flames before it is too late. Hurry, before you become the final ingredient!!!!!

Digital Escape Room by the Osceola Library System in Central Florida.

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Escape from Wonderland

Try this Digital Escape Room by Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System in Moultrie, Georgia.

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Can you escape the Rhymes?

You’ve fallen asleep reading again! But this time, when you wake, you seem to have been transported INSIDE the book. Luckily you’ve read this one before – it’s a book of nursery rhymes. You’re sure if you make it through the book, you’ll be back in your own room before you know it!

Digital Escape Room by the Bay County Library System.

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Can You Escape the Minotaur’s Labyrinth?

The monstrous Minotaur – part man part bull – terrorizes the people who dwell on the Island of Crete. Good King Minos has promised his daughter Ariadne’s hand in marriage to anyone who can slay the beast. You are a mere mortal who has accepted the king’s challenge. Are you prepared for such a daunting task? If so…..then begin the challenge. If you lose you will be devoured by the Minotaur – becoming just another victim to his insatiable appetite for human flesh! Oh! And there’s one more thing – he lives in the center of a labyrinth! You’ll have to be careful or you’ll get lost – or worse – you’ll be found and devoured by the Minotaur!

Try this Digital Escape Room by the Osceola Library System in Central Florida.

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Star Wars Digital Escape Room

Another bounty hunter has gotten the jump on you. She’s taken the Child and is planning to the collect the reward. The bounty hunter is apparently bored (or crazy) though, because instead of simply killing you and leaving as quickly as possible, she is giving you an hour from the time the holocube was activated to come and find her and the Child.

Can you Escape?

Digital Escape Room by Hillsdale Free Public Library in Hillsdale, NJ

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Can you escape the chocolate factory?

Golden tickets have been hidden inside chocolate bars and the lucky people who find them will get to visit the chocolate factory!

It isn’t quite as simple as that though, once you find a ticket you must also decipher the secret code…

Try this Digital Escape Room by the St Albans Library.

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Real World Basics

MPCL is here to help navigate the life skills, activities, and events that you might want a little extra help with. Each week we’ll cover a new topic and explain or demonstrate it, so that you feel confident when it’s your turn to do it in the real world! Posted to Facebook, Youtube, and here on our website! Ages 13-21.

Resources & References - Episode 1: Nutrition

Food pyramids-




Kubala, J. (October 14, 2018). How to count macros: A step-by-step guide. Retrieved July 30, 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-count-macros

U.S. Department of Agriculture. (n.d.). A brief history of USDA food guides. Retrieved July 31, 2020, from https://www.choosemyplate.gov/…/brief-history-usda-food-guides

Resources & References - Episode 3: Recipe Upgrades

1. This website will help you put together recipes based on what ingredients you already have in your kitchen.


2. This spice and herb guide can help you spice up your meal depending on the type of cuisine you’re making.


Resources & References - Episode 2: Kitchen Basics

Resources & References - Episode 4: Grocery Shopping

Check out these resources with today’s video:

1. Guidlines for cleaning produce from the FDA – https://www.fda.gov/…/co…/7-tips-cleaning-fruits-vegetables…

2. Healthy grocery shopping tips from the American Heart Association – https://www.heart.org/…/healthy-eat…/cooking-skills/shopping

Resources & References - Episode 5: Doing Laundry

Check out these resources to go along with the video:

1.) How to read laundry symbols

2.) Stain removal guide

Resources & References - Episode 6: Mending Clothes

Check out these resources to go along with today’s video:
1.) Repairing seams
2.) Darning a sock
3.) Reattaching a button

Resources & References - Episode 7: DIY Cleaning Products

Check out the resources to go along with today’s video:

1. PDF print out for the cleaning product recipes shown in today’s video: https://manassasparkcitylibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/DIY-Cleaning-Product-Recipes.pdf

2. PDF conversion sheet for castile soap uses: https://www.lisabronner.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Castile-Dilution-Cheat-Sheet-v1.pdf

Resources & References - Episode 8: Keeping Things Clean

Resources to go along with today’s video:

1.) PDF cleaning schedule – https://manassasparkcitylibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Cleaning-Schedule.pdf

2.) PDF cleaning supplies – https://manassasparkcitylibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Cleaning-Supplies.pdf

Resources & References - Episode 11: Headlights

Resources & References - Episode 10: Flat Tires

Check out these resources to go along with today’s video:

Filling up tires with air:

Changing a tire – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq5To-ZH160

Resources & References - Episode 12: Basic Maintenance

Resources & References - Episode 13: Monthly Budget

Minimalist budget advice – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVcwvCL2C2c

Getting started with a budget – https://youtu.be/3Q5Wqtw9co0

Budgeting in excel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPNjJLARxNo

Resources & References: Episode 17 - Writing a Resume

Resume writing master list- https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/how-to-write-a-resume

Passive vs active words – https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/resumes-cover-letters/active-verbs

CV vs Resume – https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/resumes-cover-letters/what-is-a-cv

Cover letter- https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/resumes-cover-letters/how-to-write-a-cover-letter

Resources & References: Episode 18 - Applying For A Job

Tailoring your application

– https://www.themuse.com/advice/what-it-really-means-to-tailor-your-resume#:~:text=There’s%20no%20rule%20that%20says,catch%20a%20hiring%20manager’s%20eye.

– https://www.jobscan.co/blog/tailor-resume-job-description/#:~:text=Tailoring%20your%20resume%20is%20about,stated%20in%20the%20job%20description

Resources & References: Episode 19 - Professional Presentation

Here are some links to previous RWB videos to help you prepare for your interview outfit:

Doing laundry – https://youtu.be/E_-7t1FkCkI

Mending clothes – https://youtu.be/jGJc4ZENg38

Resources & References: Episode 20 - The Interview

Keeping interviews legal – https://hiring.monster.com/employer-resources/recruiting-strategies/interviewing-candidates/legal-job-interview-questions/

ADA hiring practices – https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/ada-your-responsibilities-employer

Sample interview Q&A – https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/top-interview-questions-and-answers

Sample interview Q&A – https://www.themuse.com/advice/interview-questions-and-answers

Resources & References - Episode 21: Fitness Basics


Exercise intensity – https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise-intensity/art-20046887#:~:text=You%20can%20calculate%20your%20maximum,beat%20per%20minute%20during%20exercise.

Myths about body mechanics – https://gmb.io/body-mechanics/

Foundational body movements – https://www.asirecreation.org/recreport/ask-trainer/63-ask-a-trainer-archive/302-the-fundamental-human-movements#:~:text=There%20are%20seven%20basic%20movements,muscle%20groups%20in%20your%20body.

Stretching – https://www.uwhealth.org/health-wellness/dynamic-stretching-versus-static-stretching/47947#:~:text=Static%20stretching%20is%20probably%20the,muscle%20group%20with%20each%20stretch.

Resources & References - Episode 23 - Making A Plan


SMART goals https://www.atlassian.com/blog/productivity/how-to-write-smart-goals https://www.smartsheet.com/blog/essential-guide-writing-smart-goals

Free workout program resources https://www.muscleandstrength.com/ https://humanfitproject.com/fitness-workouts/aesthetics/30-free-workout-plans-for-different-goals-and-abilities/

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