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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disruption

Library Services During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disruption

Financial Resources

Mental Health

  • BeWellIndiana -- a brand new website from the Indiana health department to provide help to Hoosiers struggling mentally and emotionally during COVID19

  • Mental Health apps -- a list of curated apps put together by Purdue University Fort Wayne

  • The Mindfulness app -- Free app (with ads) for iOS and Android; with introduction to meditation option, customizable sounds, and guided meditations of many different lengths

  • 211 Indiana – Connects you with services and resources in your community, especially if you are in need of financial or other assistance as a result of lost wages from business closures and quarantines.

  • Disaster Distress Helpline – Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

  • How To Get Therapy When You Can’t Leave The House – NPR article that offers ways to start or continue therapy right where you are.

  • Suicide Prevention Hotline -- Emotional wellbeing during the COVID 19 outbreak

  • LGBTQ Help -- How LGBTQ Youth can cope with stress and anxiety during the COVID 19 outbreak

Keep Up to Date

For the Kids

Things to Do at Home

  • Public Libraries--a lot of public libraries are offering digital library cards to use databases and eBooks/eAudiobooks as well as slowly opening for essential services

  • State/County parks--give them a call, but most state and county park trails are still open for walks.  Restrooms, nature centers, etc. remain closed, but entrance fees are almost always waived.

  • Boot Lake Nature Preserve: Located in Elkhart, there are a few miles of trails in the woods, and very few people who frequent this location (one of Kelsey’s personal preferences)

  • Book Passage’s Conversations with Authors – Live sessions with great writers and thinkers

  • Digital Escape Rooms – Created by librarians all around the world

  • INseparable Films – Indiana Humanities funded five short films exploring how Hoosiers experience and grapple with urban, suburban and rural divides. The films premiered in early 2020 and are now available to stream online, for free.

  • National Book Festival videos – Browse and view dozens of presentations by authors, poets, storytellers and illustrators at the National Book Festival.

  • Bite-Size Book Buzz & Library Love Fest – YouTube channels showcasing new book titles, authors, etc.

  • Indiana State Parks Virtual Programs – Topics include wildflower walks, nature talks, live captive animal feedings, history programs, craft tutorials, pre-school programs, and property tours.

  • Visit Indiana: Virtual Vacations – Museums, roller coasters, activities and more!

  • 10 Virtual Family Vacations – Virtual tours from around the country & the world.

  • The Shows Must Go On – Andrew Lloyd Webber is releasing a free, full-length, smash-hit musical each Friday.

  • National Theatre at Home – One National Theatre Live performance is available for free streaming each week.

  • The Social Distancing Festival – An online community for celebrating artists’ work that has been cancelled/delayed/disrupted due to the need for social distancing. Features visual arts and livestreams of dance, music, and theater.

  • Fender Play – 3 months of free guitar, bass, or ukelele lessons

  • Museum of Modern Art – Free online courses covering contemporary art, fashion, and photography

  • -- online courses and education to keep up to date in your field of expertise and/or interest.  See if your local library already has a free subscription to this database.

  • Metropolitan Opera -- Streaming a different opera, for free, every night

  • Open Culture -- Over 1,000 free & legal streaming movies

  • House Party app -- play a variety of games with friends on your phone! Make sure to enable your camera for maximum fun!


  • Cybersecurity -- how to keep your technology and information safe