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HCPL Staff Lacy working on Covid-19 Support links

Lacy Laird, a library service specialist at our Northwest Branch Library has gone above and beyond in gathering a comprehensive list of helpful links for anyone seeking support through the Covid-19 crisis.

Please note that while we will actively update the links listed below, we can't ensure the long term validity of the information or offers on other websites.

Harris County Public Health Update, May 5: Now is NOT the Time to Stop Wearing Masks and Practicing Social Distancing
Information about free Covid-19 testing and staying safe as the reopening of local businesses begins

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

emergency response EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
 

  IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING LOSS OF JOB OR INCOME,
  PLEASE SEE THIS NEW YORK TIME'S ARTICLE FOR
  ASSISTANCE

 


healthcare worker assistance FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS:
 Our undying gratitude. You guys are heroes! 

 Companies offering free food to healthcare workers

​​​​ Ten Percent Happier is offering free accounts for healthcare workers

 McDonalds is offering free coffee to healthcare workers

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR WORKERS

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATIONS AND FUNDS

Helping hand  WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

   Sew face masks to donate to hospitals. Here is an additional article analyzing
   cloth material and what works best to block viruses. 
    
IMPORTANT INFORMATION IF YOU WANT TO SEW MASKS: People should
    remember to wash and dry the fabric at least once on the highest heat settings
    you can before you cut and sew to ensure your mask will not shrink later (as
    you'll want to wash and dry on high heat after each use to sanitize them)

FEELING LONELY?

STUDENT SUPPORT

Family support  K-12 STUDENTS

    Free K-5th Grade educational worksheets for printout

    Fiveable provides resources for AP students and is making special
    efforts during the CoVid outbreak

COLLEGE STUDENTS

  • Modern States is offering "Freshman Year for Free". Take tuition-free, high quality courses online from top institutions for college credit.
  • At-Home Solution for TOEFL iBT ® Test and GRE ®General Test Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
  • covintern.com tracks internship cancellations and those still avaliable to students affected by the crisis.

FUN ONLINE

VIRTUAL TOURS AND LIVE WEBCAMS

HOBBIES, LEARNING, TIME PASSERS, AND EXERCISE

WATCH, READ & PLAY

BOOKS, AUDIOBOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, MAGAZINES

  • Overdrive Your HCPL library card allows you to check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital comics, manga, newspapers, magazines and stream movies and television shows for free. Don’t have a card with us yet? Sign up for an online card today
  • The whole Tumblebooks Suite is free online at hcpl.net through August 31, 2020. Interactive books for kids, Romance and more for adults and a stuff for Teens, too!
  • Standardebooks.org has free e-books for download that are high-quality
  • https://openlibrary.org for tons of book options.  
  • You can now download over 300,000 books from the NYPL for free
  • 2,780+ free ebooks and 100 free audiobooks that are sorted into lists by topic.

STREAMING FOR MOVIES, DOCUMENTARIES, AND TELEVISION

  • Kanopy is a free streaming video service provided by HCPL. It offers classic movies, critically-acclaimed documentaries, foreign films and access to the Great Courses catalog.
  • Crunchyroll offers many, many anime free without an account (mostly subtitled). 
  • Watch Netflix with your fellow quarantined with this Chrome Extension
  • Watch all local television channels for free with this not-for-profit service

For the kids  STUFF FOR KIDDOS

  Harris County Public Librarians are providing online programming through our
  social media platforms and Youtube. Find your favorite librarian on
  Instagram and Facebook or Twitch 

 

  •  Watch our YouTube Channel for crafts, story time, author chats and how to videos!
  •   Lunch doodles with Mo Willems every weekday at 1PM ET. Recorded drawing sessions for kids, about 20 min each.
  •   The whole Tumblebooks Suite is free online at hcpl.net through August 31, 2020. Interactive books for kids in English, Spanish and French.
  • Spider-Man will send your child a free voice message
  • McHarper Manor is offering free daily arts and crafts classes
  • Apparently your family can Skype a scientist? And like... ask them stuff?
  • GoNoodle has free games for kids to keep them moving and thinking. Great for indoor recess, home school, etc.
  • Storytime! From Spaaaaace!
  • Space Racers was created by NASA to teach kids STEAM things

VIDEO GAMES

OTHER MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT

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