COVID-19 Response & Available Online Resources
JMRL is currently observing Tier 2 of the Library's COVID-19 response.
JMRL branches (with the exception of the Bookmobile) currently offer limited physical visits up to a per-branch capacity threshold, with no appointments required. Contactless curbside and drive-through service continues at all locations. See the COVID-19 Response page for more details and check your branch page for specific procedures. *If you need assistance, chat, email, text, or call JMRL using Ask a Librarian. You can still request personalized reading recommendations through What Do I Read Next?
- Is your card expired? Contact your local branch or firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and birthdate and we can renew it the same day.
- Don’t have a JMRL library card? Sign up online for a temporary elibrary card or apply for a card at any JMRL location!
- For more information and to keep updated with future changes, visit jmrl.org/covid19 and follow JMRL on social media.
- 1 Online Resources from JMRL
- 2 Other Free Online Resources
- 3 Community Resources
- 4 COVID-19 Information
Online Resources from JMRL
Download audiobooks, ebooks, magazines and comics and stream movies with your JMRL card.
- Overdrive/Libby OverDrive offers both eBooks and downloadable audiobooks compatible with many different devices with the Libby app.
- RBdigital RBdigital now offers a single platform for ebooks, audiobooks and comics. Free account signup required.
- Freading Freading offers a selection of eBooks available at all times: no holds, no waiting. Free account signup required.
- Kanopy and Kanopy Kids Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema. Free account signup required.
- New Downloadable EBooks
- New Downloadable Audiobooks
These online resources provide access to full-text articles from newspapers, magazines, and a wide range of standard library reference sources. We pay for these great resources so you don't have to. You can access all of these databases with a library card!
- Universal Class Access to online courses in over 30 subject areas.
- Rocket Languages An awarding-winning interactive system to learn at your own pace.
- Transparent Language Online An online language program offering over 80 languages.
- eBook History Collection Full text of eBooks about history.
- Access Video On Demand: Master Collection Includes content from A&E,BBC, PBS and HBO as well as videos for exercise, craft and tech skills. Username: 1741221-user Password: digital
Newspapers & Magazines
- Daily Progress 2019-present' 1893-1964
- SIRS Discoverer Provides high interest relevant non-fiction newspaper and magazine articles as well as graphs, tables and political cartoons that are easily accessible through both search and browse functions. Includes access to Compton's by Britannica Encyclopedia, a dictionary, and thesaurus.
- RBdigital Current magazine issues
News and Science
- SIRS Discoverer
- Ebsco MasterFILE Complete
- World News Digest, the exclusive, authoritative archive of world news coverage featuring 300,000+ original articles. Username: 1741221-user Password: digital
Kids & Teens
- Cricket Media Collection from EBSCO
- Early Learning by World Book
- Kids Infobits
- Explora Resources
- SIRS Discoverer
- SIRS Issues Researcher
- 1000 Books Before Kindergarten sheets available to download
- The World Almanac for Kids Username: 1741221-user Password: digital
- Just for Kids offers a kid-safe, advertisement-free, media platform. Just for Kids has the educational videos that children want to watch—from Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Franklin, Arthur, to The Berenstain Bears, and more! Username: 1741221-user Password: digital
- Today's Science science news written especially for students. Username: 1741221-user Password: digital
- Virtual Storytimes and more by JMRL librarians on YouTube
Other Free Online Resources
Kids & Teens
- Storyline Online
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- World Book eLearning
- Free Stories from Audible
- Smithsonian Distance Learning Resources
- International Children’s Digital Library
- Amazon free streaming of children’s shows for customers
- Abdo Zoom Databases for beginning readers are available for free through June 2020. Username: abdo zoom Password: 2020
- Breakout EDU offers free games for kids, teens, and families.
- Kennedy Space Center is shut down, and is now posting videos from staff, scientists, and astronauts on their Facebook page covering science, experiments, and space.
- DocsTeach - National Archives Education Division thousands of primary source documents along with activities created by the National Archives
- Free comic-based books, activities and lesson plans from Toon Books
- Free ebook Coronavirus: A Book for Children
- GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story with Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He offers a monthly newsletter for parents and educators focused on relevant topics of the day and a biweekly video series intended to inspire creativity in young people, titled “Write. Right. Rite.”
- My Hero is You: How Kids can Fight COVID-19: a free online book by for children from the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
- Community Coloring Book from The Bridge PAI
- Free activity packs and teacher guides from DK Publishing
- Through EduHam, students study primary source documents from the Founding Era, learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda used such documents to create the musical Hamilton, and finally create their own original performance pieces based on the same material.
- Free Spanish-language Family Activity packs delivered by Creciendo Juntos
- Library of Congress: Engage! has collection-based activities for families and weekly videos by Dav Pilkey
- We’re Going to be Ok, a free printable children’s book featuring local doctor Leigh-Ann Webb
- Scientific American’s Daily Science podcast episode on taking care of your mental health while social distancing
- Audio Book Cloud Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6
- Romance Book Cloud Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6
- New Dominion Bookshop is offering curbside pickup & home delivery while their store is closed
- NASA astronauts have built a list of advice for living in confined spaces with other people for long periods.
- Ten Free Ebooks from Haymarket Books.
- National Emergency Library from the Internet Archive
- The Macaulay Library of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers a free digital library and identifier app.
- Assorted special offers, events, news and updates from library vendors, publishers, online services and others.
- Transcribe, tag, and review Library of Congress documents from home.
- Sign up for 30 free days of Acorn TV using special code: FREE30
- YMCA 360 on demand exercise videos.
- Live Virtual Concerts via NPR
- Shine has built a toolkit of materials for dealing with stress, anxiety, fear, and depression specifically geared towards the current situation. It is open to the public and includes advice, meditations, and exercises covering everything from xenophobia to financial fear.
- The Google Chrome browser has an extension called Netflix Party which allows groups to sync their Netflix viewing and talk back and forth in an included chat. Good for those stuck in quarantine or staying at home to keep in touch for a family or friends movie night.
- New York Public Library's Virtual Book Club
- Free DIY, cooking and exercise activity sheets for adults from DK Publishing
- Shelf Life is the Virginia Festival of the Book's new twice-weekly series of one-on-one author discussions.
- Beyond the Screen is a new virtual conversation and online film screening from the Virginia Film Festival
- JSTOR has expanded its free online reading program until the end of 2020: You can read 100 articles for free online every month, without institutional affiliation.
Resources for National Poetry Month and Beyond
- Academy of American Poets National organization promoting poetry, organizes National Poetry Month; site includes poet biographies, text of many poems, and numerous other resources.
- Dear Poet An annual multimedia education project that invites kids and teens in grades 5-12 to watch videos by contemporary poets reading their work and write to them about their poems. Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Deadline April 30.
- Poetry Foundation Literary organization promoting poetry and publisher of Poetry magazine; site includes poet biographies, text of many poems, and other resources.
- Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools A Library of Congress website hosted by former Poet Laureate Billy Collins; contains text of 180 poems, along with permissions contact information.
- American Life in Poetry A collaboration between the Poetry Foundation and the Library of Congress, initiated by former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser; creates columns featuring poems to share with newspapers and other online publications.
- Where to Find Free Poetry Resources for Kids Online An article in Book Riot listing websites that provide free access to poetry for kids.
- Support Cville lists ways to give and get help in the Charlottesville area.
- PACEM’s street sheet of resources for those in need has been updated for those seeking help during the COVID-19 crisis. Printable Street Sheet Updated Google Doc
- Street Sheet from Albemarle County
- Coronavirus Business Assistance via the City of Charlottesville
- Goodwill Jobseeker/Unemployment Virtual Resources
- Local, State & Federal Resources & Financial Relief Available to Nonprofits to Manage Through COVID-19 Crisis from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence
- Virginia Humanities to Award CARES Act Funds to Virginia Nonprofits in Need Submit applications from April 20 through April 30. Awards will be announced in May.
- Business Recovery Fund microloan program for businesses in Charlottesville and Albemarle County from The Community Investment Collaborative
- Text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 for information about free food for students.
- Free or low-cost option internet via Comcast's Internet Essentials.
- Free and Low Cost Internet Plans
- The FCC's Lifeline provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone service, broadband Internet access service, or voice-broadband bundled service purchased from participating providers
- Public WiFi Hotspots in Virginia
- Wifi accessible in some Albemarle County parking lots.
- Charlottesville Area Transit is providing fare-free transportation and using rear doors only to maintain social distancing.
- The Virginia Department of Elections encourages voting absentee in local May elections, according their statement. Click here to apply online for a Virginia absentee ballot.
- Tools to Cope with the Coronavirus via Virginia Public Media/PBS
- UVA medical researchers: Pioneering a new method to detect coronavirus quickly using common lab equipment via NBC29
- Charlottesville Business Innovation Council list of area businesses pledging to #FlattenTheCurveCville to slow the spread of COVID-19
- Census 2020 submission deadline extended to October 31, 2020.
- The Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA): providing advocacy and support to survivors of sexual violence as well as support and education to community partners. SARA's 24-hour hotline (434) 977-7273 and office phone (434) 295-7273 remain available.
- The Shelter for Help in Emergency: providing emergency services for victims of domestic violence and their children. 24-hour hotline (434) 293-8509
- Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance: provides statewide support for sexual and domestic violence survivors. The Action Alliance 24-hour hotline (800) 838-8238 and text line (804) 793-9999 are available. As well as Chat Support (confidential instant messaging).
- The Women's Initiative: providing vital mental health services to women. Call-in Clinics are available— click here to learn more.
- Ready Kids: provides the Charlottesville area with counseling, family support, and early learning opportunities. Ready Kids 24-hour Teen Counseling Hotline (434) 972-7233 is for teens to share worries or concerns and for parents and concerned adults to seek support for teens in crisis.
- Peer Support and SMART Recovery online meetings through Own Our Own of Charlottesville
- Free telehealth sessions with licensed mental health therapists for frontline health care workers, first responders, their spouses and significant others from Virginia Community Response Network
- Mental Health Resources and Tips from the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition
- Mental health tips for teens from Ready Kids
- Zyahna Bryant's Recommended Readings
- The Virginia COVID Support Warmline supports those struggling with distress, grief or trauma caused by the COVID-19 virus. Call 877-349-6428.
- The Institute on Aging's Friendship Line is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for non-emergency emotional support calls. Call 800-971-0016.
- Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline To report incidents of domestic violence or sexual assault, please call 1-800-838-8238.
- Adult Protective Services (APS) Are you or someone you know experiencing neglect or abuse? Call Virginia's 24-hour, toll free hotline at 888-832-3858.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as prevention and crisis resources. Call 1-800-273-8255.
- VirginiaNavigator.org Visit to find mental health resources and other supports. Just enter your ZIP code and search for what you need.
- The Activists’ Guide provides information of interest to activist organizations in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area.
- VA COPES has COVID information from the state health department. Crisis Counselors are available Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 5-9 p.m.. Call or text at 877-349-6428. Spanish speaking counselors are available.
- Cville Education Equity is an active resource full of ways that community locals, students, teachers, and faculty can come to give and get education-related support . Families, this resource will provide you with information about virtual learning, after-school care, mental health resources and more.
- The Albemarle County Public SchoolsCOVID-19 hotline is 434-972-1618 and the email address is SupportForFamilies@k12albemarle.org. They can connect you to non-emergency help like for mental health, financial, or food services.
Información en Español
- COVID-19 Apoyo e Información University of Virginia (Charlottesville)
- COVID-19 Apoyo e Información Virginia Tech (Blacksburg)
- CDC: COVID-19 Information
- WHO: COVID-19 Information
- Mayo Clinic: COVID-19 Information
- Virginia Department of Health: COVID-19 Information
- Virginia Department of Health Testing and Public Health Monitoring Map
- New York Times: COVID -19 US Case Tracking Map
- Daily Progress coverage on local coronavirus-related stories (paywall removed)
- Washington Post’s Coronavirus Simulator
- NARC (National Association of Regional Councils)
- Cvillepedia COVID-19 Emergency page
- The Covid Tracking Project
- Medline Plus
- The Human Diagnosis Project has designed a self-assessment questionnaire to help judge whether an illness is COVID-19 before going to seek medical help. It also provides directions for further action with a positive answer.
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