COVID-19 Community Resources

Listed below are resources to help you stay informed about COVID-19; stay connected with free internet access; find financial, food, and social services assistance; keep busy while homebound during this time; and protect your mental health.  This list will be updated regularly, so continue to check back.  We’re also sharing resources on our Facebook page.

COVID-19 Information

Michigan statewide hotline: 1-888-535-6136 – will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CDC – national information and guidelines
Michigan.gov – what’s happening in our state
WHO – international updates
WKAR – Lansing-area live updates
Hospital information from McLaren and Sparrow
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Fact Sheet – from MDHHS, available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Burmese
Find Your Local Health Department
Lansing State Journal – free content provided as a public service to readers during the coronavirus outbreak
New York Times – free access to important news and useful guidance on the coronavirus outbreak to help readers understand the pandemic
Washington Post – free access to daily live updates, comprehensive guide to the pandemic and Coronavirus Updates newsletter
Ready.gov – Pandemic preparedness for your family and your community
AARP Live Q&A – weekly live Coronavirus Information Tele-Town Hall on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Participate by calling toll-free 1-855-274-9507, or listen to the live audio stream on the website.

Low-Cost Internet Access for Qualified Households

Comcast Internet Essentials – 2-months free for new users
Access from AT&T
FCC’s Lifeline Program – Put in your zip code and find low-cost options from providers in your area
EveryoneOn – Low-Cost Internet Service Programs Tool Kit

Financial, Food & Social Services Assistance

Michigan 211: visit website or call 211 to connect with thousands of nonprofit and government resources in your area
Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency – Michigan recently extended unemployment benefits from 20 weeks to 26 weeks
MDHHS by County Map – available to provide assistance including food, emergency relief, and housing services
City Pulse Restaurant Directory – list of Greater Lansing restaurants that are open for pickup, curbside carryout and delivery

School-Provided Meals
Grand Ledge Public Schools
Waverly Community Schools
Michigan Dept. of Education Map – find locations where meals are being provided during this period

YMCA Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen Bus – visiting seven locations Monday -Friday, during the time off of school due to the Coronavirus.  The Mobile Kitchen is at each site for 20 minutes providing FREE healthy meals to kids and adults.

Small Business Resources

Supporting Your Small Business during COVID-19 – from the Michigan Small Business Development Center
LEAP Survey – LEAP is collecting information from small business owners in the Lansing tri-county region (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham) to identify the areas of most critical need, and to help bring awareness to existing relief assistance you may not be aware of.
U.S. Small Business Administration – Disaster assistance for small businesses
SBA Disaster Loan Assistance
Resources for Michigan Businesses During COVID-19 – from Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Emergency Small Business Relief – from LEAP

Homebound Activities

Digital Entertainment
DTDL’s Digital Resources – digital materials for reading, watching & listening, creative classes, language learning
Michigan eLibrary’s eResources – includes educational resources, free ebooks, and more
Free Digital Stories, Books & Readalouds & Free Video & Film Resources
Free Online Concerts – Glamour’s list of artists offering streaming music performances
Audible Stories – free streaming collection of stories for kids, including titles across six different languages
Scribd – digital books, audiobooks, magazines, and more (free 30-day trial)
Streaming Services that offer free content or free trials
Amazon Offering Free Streaming Kids’ Shows
Ranger Rick – free digital access to the kids’ nature magazine
National Emergency Library – access to the 1.4 million (and growing) books in the Internet Archive’s lending library
International Children’s Digital Library – access to over 4,000 titles in 59 languages representing some of the best children’s books from cultures around the world

Virtual Tours & Live Streams
Virtual Museum Tour – tour 12 famous museums
Detroit Zoo – offering educational videos and live streams on their social media channels
Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari – videos each weekday highlighting their amazing animals and an activity
Explore.org – live cams of all different kinds of animals
20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids – from Adventures in Familyhood
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) list of activities, including virtual tours and live streams of music and animals
Museums, Theater, Symphonies, and Other Culture to Consume From Home – from Glamour

Virtual Storytimes, Sing-Alongs & Drawing Sessions from Authors, Actors & Librarians
Mo Willems’ Lunch Doodles – weekdays at 1 pm
Peter Reynolds – daily at noon
Jarrett J. Krosoczka – weekdays at 2 pm
Oliver Jeffers – daily at 2 pm
Mac Barnett – each day at 3 pm
James Dean – daily at noon (Pete the Cat)
Emily Arrow – sing-alongs daily at 1 pm
Kids Ask Authors with Grace Lin 
#GadBookClub – Josh Gad performs children’s books
#WritewithKate – weekly writing lessons from author Kate DiCamillo
Laurie Berkner Breaks – join Laurie at 10 am most weekdays for singing, stories, moving our bodies, and more
Storyline Online – streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books
Authors Everywhere! – YouTube videos from youth authors offering read alouds, book talks, art demos, etc.
Mr. Jon & Friends – livestream music for toddlers & preschoolers, mornings at 10:30 am
Story Time from Space – books read in space by astronauts
Read Together, Be Together – series of daily virtual story times with bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators, and celebrity readers, plus reading tips for caregivers and recommended age-appropriate books
Penguin Kids – live picture book reading and kid challenge, weekdays at 11 am
Brightly Storytime – live picture book readings, weekdays at 2 pm
#SaveWithStories – live picture book readings from celebrities
Circle Round Podcast – adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10.
Story Pirates Podcast – a story podcast for kids, by kids, with famous special guests
Storytime Seedlings – podcast to grow young readers from newborn to five, featuring books, fingerplays, rhymes, stories and songs for a screen-free storytime experience, anytime
Phone-a-Story – from Denver Public Library, call 720-865-8500 and listen to stories, songs and rhymes in English, Spanish, Amharic and Vietnamese, 24/7

The above list is just a sampling – see links below for more!
Children’s Author Read Alouds & Other Facetime Live Events – from Deschutes Public Library
The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities – from We Are Teachers
Virtual storytimes from libraries and songs, rhymes & movement – from Jbrary
Free Drawing Classes from Famous Illustrators
#OperationReadAloud – collection of authors reading aloud and other learning resources

DTDL Storytime Blog – host your own storytime at home using ideas from our past storytimes

Fun Reading Activities for Adults
Reading Group Choices Book a Day – one new or classic book each day for your reading pleasure and morale, plus free live author chats and interviews.
Sir Patrick Stewart Reads Shakespeare’s Sonnets – daily on Twitter

Education at Home
GLPS Academic Resources – additional supplemental resources for GLPS students 
Scholastic Learn at Home – 20 days’ worth of active learning journeys
Amazing Educational Resources – huge list of education companies offering free subscriptions
Resources for Learning @ Home – resources to keep students engaged and learning
Rivet – free app with thousands of leveled readers
K5 Learning – offers free worksheets in a variety of subject areas
Khan Academy – free online practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard
Code.org – free program for learning computer science and how to code
Wow in the World – NPR podcast that guides curious kids on a journey into the wonders of the world around them
PBS Learning Media – FREE, curated standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans
Nuclear Science at MSU – YouTube videos from the FRIB at MSU
9 Fun Sight Word Games for New Readers – from Book Riot
Smart Fun for Kids – online resources and fun ideas from the Library of Congress
Time for Kids – offering free digital access for rest of school year
Online Science Classes – daily 2-hour show featuring science and math lessons, crafts and games, hosted by Science Mom and Math Dad
Imagineering in a Box – free online program that brings together the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience
GreatSchools – resources to help your child learn from home including worksheets by grade level
Rosetta Stone – language learning program, free for 3 months for students
Kid’s Korner – learning all about energy with fun experiments from Apogee Interactive Inc.

Art Activities
Art for Kids Hub – YouTube art videos teaching drawing and other art lessons
Deep Space Sparkle – short and fun art videos
Creating Comics activities – from Jarrett Lerner
Live Cartooning Classes – from internationally syndicated cartoonist Joe Wos of MazeToons
12 YouTube Channels with Free Art Lessons – from Homeschool Hideout

Activities for Kids & Families
Lansing Family Fun – list of activity ideas and resources including a 21-Day Challenge
25 Fun Things to Do With Babies and Toddlers – from The Bump
30 Days of LEGO Play – calendar of fun LEGO challenges from That Brick Life
Notable Children’s Digital Media 2020 – top picks of apps and websites for kids from the Association for Library Service to Children

Activities for All Ages
Online Cooking Classes – free from Milk Street Cooking School through April 30.

Outdoors
DNR is waiving their Recreation Passport fee – get some fresh air with tips from the DNR

Mental Health & Managing Stress

Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 – from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters
Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief – from Harvard Business Review
Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource – National Association of School Psychologists
Resources for Talking to Students about Coronavirus & Self-Care for Adults
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus – from PBS Kids