Resource Information

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Video tutorials, login information, and instructions for the library's online resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies & TV, virtual learning, online job help, language tutorials, reference materials, and more—all free with your library card.

Ancestry Library Edition is a key resource for anyone doing genealogical or historical research. Ancestry Library Edition includes census information, vital records, immigration and military records, photos, maps, and gazetteers (geographical indexes). Coverage with this resource includes Canada, the US, and the UK, dating back in some instances to the early 13th century.

Logging In

Ancestry Library Edition is accessible at library branches only.

  • Login does not require a library card
  • Find a link on the RESOURCES page on BPL website
  • No Ancestry app is available

Browsing & Research

You can search using a person’s name in the Family History Search, or explore databases of photos, maps, birth records, and more.

New databases and collections are constantly being added, and many of the sources are digitized for easy access. Bring a USB flash drive to download your records.

Rules & Help

Get started with a video tutorial from Niche Academy.

Visit the website’s Learning Centre for tips on how to use their different research tools. If you want to take a deeper look through history, you can contact our Local History & Digital Archive Coordinator.

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Brainfuse HelpNow is a virtual tutoring and learning resource for students in Kindergarten though postsecondary and aligns with Ontario Academic Standards. HelpNow connects students to live, qualified virtual tutors who can help them in an online classroom.

Brainfuse HelpNow also offers study aids like tutorial videos, practice tests, and flashcards, and a collaborative workplace where students can meet virtually to work on assignments. There are sections for career prep/exploration (What Colour is Your Parachute), Adult Learning (including Citizenship test prep), standardized tests (including EQAO), University applications, ESL, and computer and technology competencies.

Logging In

Enter your library card number and PIN to log in.

You have to set up an account in a web browser before logging into the app. Once you’ve logged in on the web using your barcode and PIN, click on your name in the top right corner, and select “My Account.” Here you will see an automatically generated username and password you can use to log into the app. Use these on the app home screen to log in, or edit your username and password in the web version and use the new login you’ve created.

Resources & Study Help

Live tutoring is available for students from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Students can submit questions or writing assignments any time of day, and they’ll be reviewed within 24 hours. Self-help resources like practice tests and video tutorials are available any time. Brainfuse’s other service, JobNow provides similar resources for career support.

Rules & Help

Get started with a video tutorial on Niche Academy.

Watch how to use the Brainfuse app.

You can also use the Send Question feature in the website footer.

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This resource offers live resume help, resume templates, resources, a live interview coach, interview tips, career exploration resources, and more. JobNow also offers expert job matching, career assessments, and a skills bank with lessons, videos and tests. Use eParachute (What Colour is your Parachute) to discover the college majors and careers that match your skills and interests. Brainfuse also offers a tutoring service called HelpNow.

Logging In

Enter your library card number and PIN to log in.  

You have to set up an account in a web browser before logging into the app. Once you’ve logged in on the web using your barcode and PIN, click on your name in the top right corner, and select “My Account.” Here you will see an automatically generated username and password you can use to log into the app. Use these on the app home screen to log in, or edit your username and password in the web version and use the new login you’ve created.

Browsing & Job Help

You can access local job resources 24/7. Live, virtual JobNow Coaches are available every day from 2pm to 11pm.

Rules & Help

Get started with a video tutorial on Niche Academy.

Watch how to use the Brainfuse app.

You can also use the Send Question feature in the website footer.

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Developed specifically for public libraries, CBC Corner is a digital portal that brings together the wide variety of CBC and Radio-Canada digital content and resources into a single experience. CBC Corner provides a unique, free digital collection that includes local and surrounding are news, audio (radio and podcasts), video, children’s content (CBC Kids), a language learning app (Mauril), and much more.

The content of the portal is personalized to the library’s location. Burlington Public Library’s news is coming from the three CBC stations located nearby: Toronto, Hamilton and Kitchener. And the CBC Radio One shows featured on the portal are coming from the two CBC Radio One stations located in Toronto and Kitchener. Available in English and French.

Logging In

No login is required when viewing content on CBC Corner. Login may be required when navigating away from the CBC Corner portal.

Browsing & Reading

CBC Corner provides easy searching and browsing. To search or access the different subjects and services provided, use the drop down filter options at the top of the page.
By selecting one of the stories or resources on CBC Corner the user will be navigated away from the library page and brought to a CBC page.

Rules & Help

BPL provides access to the CBC Corner digital portal and its free content. Through this portal, you can also access CBC Gem (free and has ads) and CBC Gem Premium (paid subscription), which require you to create an account with CBC.

Use of CBC Gem and CBC Gem Premium are strictly up to the user and accounts are not associated with Burlington Public Library or your library card number.

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Downloadable directory information on more than 2.3 million Canadian businesses, primarily in the wholesale, retail and manufacturing sectors. Great for Small Business Entrepreneur market research and sales prospecting. Includes consumer database for Canadian White pages with information on 11 million Canadian households. Also provides a search database for jobs and internship in the US.

Logging In

A Burlington Public Library card required for remote access. Accessing from within the library does not require a log in.

  • Read online
  • Information is available for download
  • Terms & Conditions has to be accepted  

Browsing & Researching

Search for Canadian businesses. Use this information to create marketing plans, create analysis, locate people or businesses.

Search by Company name, Executive name, or City and province. Advance search options available.

Provided information includes business name, address, contact information, as well as an Industry Profile, geographic information, business demographics, management directory, and business expenditures.

Search for jobs and internships opportunities in the US.

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Find out how much your car is worth in the Canadian Red Book valuation guide, powered by CARFAX Canada. Searches are done by library staff based on the vehicle information you provide on our online form. We will reply to you by email within three working days.

What It Covers

This service covers cars and trucks model year 2008 or later. It does not provide information for RVs, motorcycles, boats, or other recreational vehicles such as sea/ski-doos, ATVs etc.

Submitting a Request

Accurately complete all fields on the online form. A BPL card number is NOT required.  

Rules & Help

You can call the library during open hours at 905.639.3611 if you would like help filling out our form or don't have an email address.

Customers must provide the following information: Model Year, Manufacturer, Model, and Trim.

Go to our vehicle information form

ConsumerReports.org provides unbiased ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice from expert Consumer Reports testers. It covers thousands of products and services, such as cars, electronics, and appliances. Frequently updated articles, blogs, and video content allows consumers to find the latest consumer news, such as product recalls.

Logging In

  • Use the database inside BPL branches without logging in
  • Access from home requires your 14-digit BPL card number
  • No app available  

Browsing & Reading

Browse reports and recommendations on different product categories using the main menu at the top of the page. You can find ratings, buying guides, and price comparisons.

The News tab will take you to a section containing in-depth advice, tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts. You can also sign up to receive Consumer Reports news, including safety recalls, via email by adding yourself to their mailing list.

Rules & Help

Get started with a video tutorial from Niche Academy.

Consumer Reports is a membership-based service, but your library card gives you access to a free membership. If you’re prompted to pay to sign up, make sure you are logged in with your BPL card number.

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FamilySearch International, a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the largest genealogical organization in the world. BPL is an affiliate library, which means you can access FamilySearch services and resources FREE online plus gain access to 400 million records with multiple names on each record. Everyone must have their own Family Search account and be logged in AND physically in our library to access them. These are ‘locked’ records that are automatically unlocked when at Burlington Public Library.

Logging In

Find the resource link on our Genealogy web page. Family Search accounts can be created by entering your first and last name, birth date, and sex.

Rules & Help

Get started with a video tutorial from Niche Academy and by visiting the FamilySearch website.

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Frontier Life is an online collection of primary resources which captures the lives of people living on the edge of European settlements across the various frontiers of North America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Bringing together documents from 16 archives and libraries around the world, this material allows users to take a comparative approach on a particular region, making it ideal for teaching and student projects, as well as more in depth scholarly research. This is a collection of primary documents such as photographs, letters, diaries and maps.

Logging In

Find the resource link on our Genealogy web page and click enter to have access to this database.

The Globe and Mail Historical (1844-2019) provides access to full-page reproductions of the complete Globe and Mail newspaper from its inception until 2019.

Logging In

  • If you’re on library WiFi, or at one of our public computers, you don’t need to log in to access this resource.
  • If you’re outside of the library on your own computer, you’ll need to input your library card number to gain access.

Browsing & Reading

Enter any search term into the text box to begin the search. You can use the filters on the left side of the screen to narrow down results. You can also use the “Advanced search” feature to look for specific publication dates.

Rules & Help

In the top right corner of the webpage, there is a question mark in a circle. Use this icon for help, support, and videos on searching skills.

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Search the Halton Community Services Directory online from your home or office 24/7.

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Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, television series, full music albums, audiobooks and comics, and Masterclass courses, Hoopla is a revolutionary digital streaming service. It offers content for all audiences in a wide variety of genres, and is available 24/7 with your library card.

Logging In

On the Web
  • Select Login on the Hoopla hope page, and then click Sign Up.
  • Select Burlington Public Library from the list of options.
  • Create an account using your library card number, PIN, and email address.
On the App
  • Search for Hoopla digital in your device’s app store and download the app.
  • Click on sign up, tap on Burlington Public Library, and follow the steps to sign up.
  • After you have signed up your login will work on all your devices. Please remember your email address and password.

Browsing, Watching, Listening & Learning

Available titles can either be streamed or downloaded. If using a smartphone or tablet/iPad it is possible to download for offline use. It is recommended to use a Wi-Fi connection for downloading. Hoopla Kids is also available for children 12 and under.

Rules & Help

Get started with a video tutorial from Niche Academy.

Maximum of 10 titles can be borrowed every month.

  • Movies and television shows are signed out for 3 days
  • Music for 7 days
  • Audiobooks for 21 days
  • Comics for 21 days

Important! When your loan is due, access to the item will end at the precise time it was borrowed, for example, a movie borrowed at noon will expire at noon three days later, even if you are actively watching it. Please note the time of your loan to avoid unwelcome surprises!

Hoopla help

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Over 30,000 films and television shows are entirely FREE with your library card. Kanopy offers high-quality films and documentaries from art-house classics to world cinema. Stream content from producers such as The Great Courses, PBS, the Criterion Channel, BBC, and many more. Family-friendly movies and TV series are available on Kanopy Kids.

  • Closed captioning and transcripts are available.
  • General site content is intended for viewers ages 18 years and older.

Logging In

On the Web
  • Create an account using your library card number and PIN
On the App
  • Search for kanopy in your app store and download the app to your device or smartTV
  • Click Sign Up, then Find Library and select Burlington Public Library – Ontario
  • Create an account using your library card number and PIN

Once you’ve created an account, you can use your email and password to log in. You can also “cast” or connect your device to your television via HDMI cable. It is recommended to use WiFi for this streaming service.

Browsing & Watching

Browse genres or search topics that interest you. Save content for future viewing by adding it to your Lists. At the top right-hand side of page, you will see a “play credit tracker” that will alert you of how many play credits you have remaining in the current month.

Kanopy Kids is available with curated children’s content aimed for ages 2-8, and is accessible from the top right corner of the homepage.
 
Rules & Help

Get started with a video tutorial from Niche Academy

BPL cannot access personal accounts. For account issues, customers must contact Kanopy

Streaming limits:

  • Stream up to 10 films per month
  • Most films have a 48- or 72-hour loan period. The title will automatically expire.
  • BBC seasons or movies are 48-hour loans.
  • There are unlimited plays for videos in the Kanopy Kids section.
  • The Great Courses series don't use play credits.

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LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform that offers a large video library of 3,500+ high quality courses, which include more than 144,000 video tutorials. These courses are taught by industry experts in the areas of business, software, technology, and creative skills to help achieve personal and professional goals. Courses are labeled by skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, or appropriate for all) and vary in length. Some are quick introductions or tips on a topic, and some courses have multiple videos spanning several hours.

Logging In

On the Web
  • Log in online using your BPL library card number and PIN (by default the last four digits of your phone number, unless you've changed it).
On the App
  • When using the LinkedIn Learning app, the library ID is "burlonlibrary."

Browsing & Learning

Select Browse to view different learning categories and discover courses that support your goals. Over 20 languages are available and new courses are added regularly.

Once you’ve started a course, you can track your progress and access links in the My Learning section. Help yourself stay on track by setting a learning goal of how many minutes of learning you’ll complete each week!

Rules & Help

Get started with a video tutorial from Niche Academy.

Access the Help tab on bottom of LinkedIn website.

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Mango Languages is a language-learning website and mobile app that offers 71 language courses, English lessons in 17 languages and specialty courses to teach cultural differences. Mango adapts to your unique learning style, so you pick up on new vocabulary, learn unfamiliar grammatical structure, and train your pronunciation, all while boosting your cultural IQ. 

Logging In

On the Web
  • Create an account using your library card number and PIN 
  • Log in to your account and start learning
On the App
  • Search for Mango Languages in your app store and download the app
  • Create an account using your library card number and pin or login using your existing account

You can also learn without an account, but your progress will not be saved. If using Mango as a Guest on public computers or online, you will still have to input a library card number and PIN.

Browsing & Reading

In the “Find a language” text box, enter the language you are looking for, or select “See all.” Follow the prompts to start learning. You can also use the service’s excellent translation feature.

Rules & Help

  • For help, click the SUPPORT button on the top of the page on the web browser version, and then click VISIT OUR SUPPORT PAGE.  
  • You must consent to Mango Languages’ Data Consent Form to start using the service.

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You can access The New York Times with your library card for a 72-hour period as frequently as you want. Once you’re logged in, you can read The New York Times online. This notable news source provides global news, analysis, pop-culture coverage, recipes, and more.

Logging In

You only need to create your NYTimes account once; however, you will need to visit BPL's Resources page every 72 hours to re-activate ongoing access to your New York Times account.

First time:

  • Click on the REDEEM link for a 72-hour NYTimes access code. Use this link only when activating an access period.
  • Create an online account. You need to do this only on your first visit.
  • Follow the links to login to your account and start enjoying NYTimes.

All subsequent times within the 72-hour access period:

Browsing & Reading

Your library card gives you complete access to the New York Times newspaper online except for The New York Times crossword puzzle and e-reader editions.

Rules & Help

Once your 72-hour code has expired, you will need to get a new one. Click on the REDEEM link to get a new 72-hour code.

NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.

You'll also find professional resources such as Grab-and-Go Book Lists, vetted lists of high-interest titles on a variety of curriculum-based topics and segmented by grade level. Use BookTalks to generate enthusiasm about reading, or peruse the Curricular Connections to find resources to help lead kids to books.

Logging In

  • No library card number is required when accessing from within the library.
  • For remote use, enter your library card number for access.

Rules & Help

Get started with a video tutorial from Niche Academy.

Ask staff for assistance if you need more help.

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NoveList Plus is a complete readers' resource with information on more than 250,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles, and feature content including lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, Book Talks, Recommended Reads and more.

Novelist K-8 provides reading lists and recommended titles for readers ages 0-8, 9-12, and teens.

Logging In

  • No library card number is required when accessing from within the library.
  • For remote use, enter your library card number for access.

Browsing & Reading

Users can find their next favourite read by browsing various genres, subjects, audience levels and award winners. Novelist uses story elements, like themes, genres, and appeals to help match readers with their next book. Find out information about the characters, writing style, pace, popularity and read-alikes for titles you love.

Novelist also provides literary reviews and will identify whether books featured in your search are available in BPL’s catalogue.

Rules & Help

Get started with a video tutorial from Niche Academy.

Ask staff for assistance if you need more help.

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OverDrive gives customers access to our largest collection of eBooks, audiobooks and magazines, free from our library website or on the Libby app 24/7.

Libby is an OverDrive product and is the app available for all mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. It can be found in your app store. The OverDrive website and the Libby app provide the same content in different views. If you borrow an item through Libby, it will show up in your OverDrive account, which you can access through the OverDrive website, and vice versa.

Logging In

You can login to OverDrive in your web browser through library website’s RESOURCES page. Once you’re on the OverDrive website, sign in using your Burlington Public Library card number. Then you can browse and borrow titles. You can read/listen to your books in your web browser, sync them with your eReader, or view them in the Libby app.

To use the Libby app, download it from your app store onto a mobile device. Once the app is open, select Burlington Public Library and enter your library card number. Customers can browse eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines on Libby, and can download/play materials directly from their mobile device.

Browsing & Reading

Both OverDrive and Libby offer easy, simple browsing either by title, author, or keyword, or through categories and genres. In addition to browsing titles directly on OverDrive or Libby, you can search in our catalogue. If an eBook or audiobook in our catalogue is part of OverDrive, that will be noted in its record.

The default loan period for BPL’s OverDrive collection is 21 days, or you can choose to borrow for 7 or 14 days. Titles will automatically be removed from your account when the loan period has elapsed. Lucky Express titles are popular titles that are available for 7-day loans.

Partner Libraries

Expand your OverDrive/Libby experience by adding our partner libraries (Hamilton Public Library, London Public Library, Mississauga Public Library, Ottawa Public Library) to your Libby account, to have access to more eBooks and audiobooks. You will need to visit the partner library’s OverDrive site, select Burlington Public Library and enter your BPL library card number (PIN is required for some libraries).

In the Libby App, you will need to select ‘Add a Library’ and then enter your BPL library card number.  

Rules & Help

Borrowing limits:

  • Borrow up to 10 items for up to 21 days.
  • You can have 20 items on your BPL OverDrive holds list at once.
  • Digital magazines are available instantly, for immediate borrowing.  
  • There is no limit to the number of magazines you can borrow at one time.

Placing a hold on a Burlington Public Library item (not a partner library item) will ensure BPL customers receive the title before any partner library customer.

If you change/update your library card number, please contact us so that we can merge your two accounts for a seamless experience.

Get started with a video tutorial from Niche Academy.

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Libby offers OverDrive users the best digital borrowing and reading experience. All you need is your library card to install and use this app. The app gives you full access to Burlington Public Library's OverDrive collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines that you can download for offline use. Libby is compatible with both android and Apple devices. Apple devices require an iOS of 10+ and Android devices require an iOS of 5+. If you use a device with an earlier iOS, you will need to upgrade the operating system or browser to use the Libby app.

Get Help

Get started with a video tutorial from Niche Academy.

Libby Support

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PressReader provides instant online access to today's newspapers and magazines from around the world in full-colour, full-page format. The collection currently includes most major Canadian publications and nearly 1,000 US and international titles. You can browse articles and other key content, such as pictures, advertisements, classifieds, and notices. The service also provides up to a 60-day backfile and the option to perform keyword searches across all titles and the entire backfile.

Logging In

You can login to PressReader in your web browser or on the PressReader app with your BPL card number. To download the app, search for PressReader in the app store on your smartphone or tablet.

  • Click Sign in in the upper right corner. ** Do not select the free trial option. **
  • Click the blue "Library or Group" button, choose Burlington Public Library from the menu.
  • Enter your library card number and pin (last four digits of your phone number, unless changed).

Browsing & Reading

Select Catalogue (called 'Browse' in the app) to browse newspapers and magazines that interest you. You can open and "flip through" them like you would a physical magazine. Click 'For You' to browse and read individual articles on subjects that interest you based on your favourite publications.

Rules & Help

Get started with a video tutorial from Niche Academy.

Once you're logged in, you'll have 30 days of access before you need to log in again. If you log in inside the library, you will have 48 hours of access before you need to log in again.

The Globe and Mail is only available on PressReader when you are inside the library.

Click the three dots in the upper right corner to turn on accessibility features or listen instead of read.

For help, click 'More' at the top of the page on the web browser version, then click 'Help Center.'

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Road to IELTS is a digital resource designed to help people prepare and study for the IELTS, a testing system used to help newcomers work, study or migrate to Canada. Download the study planner and track your progress. Road to IELTS offers two practice test modules. Both modules provide preparation for all four aspects of the IELTS: listening, reading, writing and speaking: 

  • Academic module: for users wishing to enter an academic environment (study)
  • General Training module: for users wishing to work or obtain citizenship to Canada 

Logging In

  • Begin by selecting either Academic or General on the Road to IELTS link
  • Upon entering, type in your library card number and then Sign in/Register or Continue as a Guest. You will then be prompted to either Sign in/Register (which will create an account and keep track of and save progress) or Continue as a guest (account not created, progress not saved). 
  • To register for an account with Road to IELTS, you will need to “Register” with an email address and password.

Browsing & Reading

Once signed in to an account or as a guest, you can browse the four study areas, see practice questions, receive advice and tutorials and even download a study planner. Test practice is also an option.

Rules & Help

Get started with a video tutorial from Niche Academy.

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TeenBookCloud offers a collection of digital graphic novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources and audiobooks, perfect for middle school and high school students. It features adjustable online text and complete audio narration. Sentences are highlighted as they are being read and the pages turn automatically. These read-along books are great for reluctant readers and also help English as a Second Language (ESL) students develop language skills.

Logging In

All BPL customers have unlimited access to this fantastic collection. You can find a link to TeenBookCloud on our RESOURCES page. You do not need to log in with a library card number when using this service in a BPL branch.

You can also download the TeenBookCloud app in your app store. To log in create an account by selecting Burlington Public Library as your library, and entering your library card number.

Browsing, Reading & Listening

You can browse for books that interest you by age range, format, and genre.

Reading on the web browser will not bookmark your place, to use bookmarks download the app. When you are logged in, you can add books to your favourites list and track your reading progress.

Rules & Help

Ask staff for help with this resource.

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This collection of online books was created by adding animation, sound, music, and narration to existing picture books from major children's publishers. It is designed to stimulate a love of reading in children. The books can be read by children or their caregivers. The platform also includes games, quizzes, and other activities to develop reading skills.

TumbleBookLibrary can be used in English, French and Spanish.

Logging In

All BPL customers have unlimited access to this fantastic collection. You can find a link to TumbleBook Library on our RESOURCES page. You do not need to log in with a library card number when using this service in a BPL branch.

You can also download the Tumblebook Library app in your app store. To log in, first create an account by selecting Burlington Public Library as your library, and entering your library card number.

Browsing & Reading

Browse, listen, read and play. Reading on the web browser will not bookmark your place. To use features like bookmarks, download the app. When you are logged in, you can add books to your favourites list, create themed playlists, and track your reading progress.

Rules & Help

Get started with a video tutorial from Niche Academy.

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