As a community resource, we understand the difficulties we are all facing at this time. In addition to electronic resources from YDL, we wanted to make sure you know what other community resources were available to you and your family during this period of extended closures of schools and other facilities. We will plan to update this as we find more information, and welcome comments from you if you know of anything we didn’t include. Please reach out on Facebook or our Contact Us page via the Community Relations category with anything you think we should add.
Health Resources and general assistance
- U-M’s Poverty Solutions developed this Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide specific for people living in Michigan. This guide will be updated as things evolve and is meant to help those who need the resources the most access them. It is available in English, Spanish and Arabic.
- Get current information about cases from the Washtenaw County Health Department, including resources.
- Covid-19 Essential Services list (includes childcare information, medical, utilities, and more)
- St. Joseph Mercy is offering Curbside COVID Screening.
- Essential Workers Child Care Request form
- MDHHS has launched a statewide helpline to field questions about Covid-19.
- Our friends with Engage @ EMU have created a comprehensive list, full of incredible suggestions, some of which we mention here separately, and many more that we hadn’t!
- Access a list of fact sheets and other information available in other languages here.
- Wurst Bar offering free Steramine mix to help combat the coronavirus, while supplies last, according to their Facebook page.
- Helpful resources on helping young children cope with the stress of coronavirus.
- Resources from the Small Business Association of Michigan
- MEDC Small Business Relief Program (Applications due dates vary depending on location)
- Keep on top of statewide announcements and information here.
- NewsGuard has now made their service available for free to users outside the library! Click here to access this free service, which helps you feel confident that the information you read is accurate and factual. Get the facts about the coronavirus!
- Washtenaw Small Business Resiliency Fund
- Coronovirus Toolkit from the MI Chamber of Commerce.
- Small businesses dealing with the fallout of Covid-19
YCS is offering breakfasts and lunches for students during the closure at no charge. Click here for more information. They’re also looking for volunteers to help with the program. Click here to find out more about volunteering. Details about the food pickups are:
- Distribution days are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- 7 breakfast and lunch meals will be provided each distribution day.
- Food will be distributed while supplies last.
- Drive-Up or walk-up only.
- Prepare for long lines and be kind to the volunteers.
- If you are interested in volunteering, please arrive at the sites at least 30 minutes prior to the distribution start time of 11:00 am or 4:00 pm.
- All volunteers must be 18 years or older. Please no minors at the distribution sites for safety reasons.
- Dress warmly as the distribution setup is out side!
- Please visit www.ycschools.us for updates on the emergency closure.
The sites for meal distribution have been identified and are listed below:
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- A.C.C.E. (1076 Ecorse Road, Ypsi)
- Community Family Life Center (1375 S. Harris Rd., Ypsi)** **The Community Family Life Center at 1375 South Harris Road will no longer be a distribution site as they have officially closed. The closure includes the evening distribution for Food Gathers.
- Strong Tower Ministries (134 Spencer, Ln., Ypsi)**
- Parkridge Community Center (591 Armstrong, Ypsi)**
- CRC Community Resource Center (2057 Tyler Rd, Ypsi)
- Christian Love Fellowship (1601 Stamford Road, Ypsi)**Christian Love Church is closed. Food distribution is at the old Cheney Elementary (1500 Stamford) parking lot across the street from Christian Love.
** 4-6 p.m. pick-up option too.
- TeaHaus is offering free lunches to any school-aged child between 11-1 pm starting Monday. Here’s their Facebook post announcing the initiative: “I know Ann Arbor Public Schools are working hard on a plan to make sure kids can still get school provided lunches while they are closed. I know this is a challenge. Therefore, starting next Monday, TeaHaus-along with many generous neighbors and friends- will be handing out free boxed lunches to any school aged child from 11am-1pm at our sister location EatMoreTea, just around the corner, at 211 E. Ann St. I am so inspired by all the help people have offered us with our free boxed lunches. Thank You! Now, more importantly, we need to get the message to the families who may need lunch the most. Please let families in the Ann Arbor area know we will be there. Thank you.”
- Food Gatherers has a of food pantries and meal distribution locations on their website.
- Hope Clinic has groceries available every day as well as meals 4 days a week, pantry & produce appointments, baby items and free laundry services. They also offer free mental health, medical care and dental care to uninsured. For more information visit https://thehopeclinic.org/.
- Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels: Making food deliveries to people with a medical need and may not receive immediate deliveries due to high volume of requests.
- Washtenaw Community College’s Learning Commons has a computer lab and other available materials open to the public. You can find more information and their operating hours on their website.***Update***WCC has closed the lab as of 3/18.
Many internet providers are offering low-cost options, free wifi access, and not disconnecting for non-payment. See this article from PC World for information about various providers, as well as more information at the links below:
- Comcast Internet Essentials – Comcast is allowing free access to Xfinity’s wifi network,
- Spectrum Internet Assist
- Access from AT&T
- FCC’s Lifeline Program: Put in your zip code and find low-cost options from providers in your area
- Charter will be offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who do not currently have service. It will start Monday, March 16, and be available for 60 days. You must call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. It will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.
- Additionally, many media companies have signed a pledge to maintain connectivity without people enduring unnecessary hardships. Please see the press release for details on the pledge and the participating companies.
Reading, writing, and learning from home
- Virtual Storytimes and Resources for Little Ones
- Educational Resources and Websites for Parents and Teachers
- Latest issue of BookPage to get reviews of recent books
- YDL Staff Picks for the Best on Hoopla
- Log your reading and earn prizes when the library reopens with the YDL Spring Challenge
- YpsiWrites has a number of great prompts and challenges to keep you engaged. Visit their page for writing resources, journaling and nature writing prompts, and Linette Lao’s Zine Challenge
- 826michigan is posting fun weekly Dr. Blotch writing challenges
Recreation and culture
- Virtually tour 12 famous museums from around the world!
- Virtually tour beautiful libraries from around the world.
- Enjoy these other virtual field trip opportunities!
- Virtual Vitamin Z from the Detroit Zoo!
- NPR Story Hour.
- Beginning March 16, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will live stream Home Safari once each day from its Facebook page. Check the page for details. https://www.facebook.com/cincinnatizoo
- Virtual Farm Tours!
- Detroit Symphony Orchestra educational concert series
- Teddy Bear Scavenger Hunt: For the next few weeks, individuals and businesses are invited to put a teddy bear on display somewhere visible from a car on the street. Displays can be creative or simply placed in a front window – even a paper teddy bear taped to a window works! To submit your home or business address or latitude/longitude (for added privacy) as a teddy bear location, visit: https://forms.gle/VTJTd5CKYcaLmyja8. To view locations in Washtenaw County that have opted into a teddy bear scavenger hunt visit: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GR2p-JCOmOhwTXJDCoewRvKrXb9qWV6w&usp=sharing.
- Aerial America, From Smithsonian Channel Plus is available to stream for free!
- The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) is opening their Michigan History for Kids website to EVERYONE for FREE for a limited time. Visit www.michigankids.org and login with username: MHK and the password: 1234.
- Ancestry offering free access to National Archive records.
- MSU’s Cooperative Extension Service is offering Cabin Fever Conversations, lighthearted and
educational gardening conversations held virtually each week, starting Friday, April 3, 2020 at 10 a.m. and occurring indefinitely every Friday at 10 a.m. Each Cabin Fever Conversation will feature one guest with a different specialty, allowing them a space to share their passion and expertise. Conversations will include seed saving, cultivating indoor houseplants, flower bulbs and others.