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
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- Check out the National Emergency Library, a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.
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)**
- 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)
** 4-6 p.m. pick-up option too.
- Palm Palace is offering free kids meals to anyone who needs it, and parents don’t need to purchase anything separately. Click here for more information.
- 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/.
- 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 below for various provider information:
- 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.
Recreation close to home
- YDL’s Spring Challenge is here!
- Sign up for YDL’s TALK program!
- Ann Arbor Film Festival will be live streamed!
- Here’s some helpful advice on spending extended time at home with the whole family, and engaging productively with your kids!
- Ideas for being at home with kids, courtesy of the Princess Awesome & Boy Wonder community.
- Word games and reading activities for kids.
- Free virtual storytimes!
- Write to Pete the Cat! Author James Dean loves responding to mail…Send letters to:
- 2126 E. Victory Dr. #112, Savannah, GA 31404
- Audible is offering free audio books for kids and teens. Check out Audible Stories!
- #ReadTogetherBeTogether: A series of daily virtual story times with bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators, and celebrity readers.
- Virtually tour 12 famous museums from around the world!
- Virtually tour beautiful libraries from around the world.
- Enjoy these other virtual field trip opportunities!
- NPR Story Hour.
- Lunch drawings with Mo Willems.
- 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
- www.scholastic.com/learnathome has articles, stories, videos, and fun learning challenges free for up to 3 hours per day.
- www.storylineonline.net/ is a free literacy program where actors read to children.
- Rivet is a free app that families can download with thousands of leveled readers. You can download the app at Google Play.
- www.getepic.com/ is a digital library of books aimed at children under 12. It is free for educators, and you can join free for 30 days.
- www.learninga-z.com is offering free Raz-Kids and/or Headsprout through the end of the school year. Make sure to subscribe to Raz-Kids for the trial.
- The Florida Center for Reading Research has many free activities to do with children. https://fcrr.org/resources/index.html
- Khan Academy schedules for school closures has preschool to grade 12 activities. https://bit.ly/2UaBq1F
- http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/ has a Google form with a list of educational resources. They also have a Facebook page.
- Virtual Farm Tours!
- Detroit Symphony Orchestra educational concert series
- Actor Josh Gad is reading children’s books each night.
- Latest issue of BookPage to get reviews of recent books.
- From School Library Journal: For help talking to kids about COVID-19, Carolyn Foote has curated a related Wakelet collection of resources along with self-care tips for students and teachers.
- From School Library Journal: Want a little Pearl Jam to go with your media literacy lessons during the current crisis? Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins offer a mixtape for tough times.
- From School Library Journal: On the blogs, find timely resources curated by Joyce Valenza, Karen Jensen, and “The Classroom Bookshelf,” and the latest in graphic novels and comics. Meanwhile, Betsy Bird highlights the best of the 90-Second Newbery Festival and Tom Engleberger talks pizza with Travis Jonker.
- 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!
- Disney and the Kennedy Space Center are offering free online activities for kids.
- 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.