Library District Updates and Vital Community Resources
Starting June 24th, the Library District has fully reopened our in-branch services and activities just in time for summer reading and enjoyment, while adhering to safe social distancing guidelines. You told us that you missed browsing, and it’s back! You can also use our study rooms, enjoy limited seating (to allow for social distancing), and children and families are invited to join in the annual Summer Challenge program, where little ones, kids, and teens can earn points for prizes. We are so happy to serve you again in person! For all the details, go to LVCCLD.org/open, or check out our overview, below.
We know that you come to our libraries to learn, to grow, to find community, and to pursue your dreams, and we are here to help! We just want you to be aware that because of COVID-19, this will be a very different kind of library experience than you are used to.
Let's start with the things you will find starting today:
- Browsing & borrowing
- Meeting Room Rentals
- Study Rooms
- Art Galleries
- Summer Challenge
- Print, copy, and fax
- Access to free Wi-Fi
- Use library equipment: Computer Centers, Tech Labs, Makerspaces, Youth and Adult PCs are available, but limited, as social distancing must be enforced, plus laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, and other devices
- Enjoy Curbside Service; find a listing at https://lvccld.org/curbside-locations/opens a new window
- Retrieve items that you have placed on hold, either through Curbside Service or by entering the branch
- Receive phone and in-person reference assistance from our library staff
- Ask questions and request materials
- Live performances
- Magazine/Newspaper browsing
Safety & Social Distancing:
Part of what will feel different in this "new normal" are the steps that we have taken to ensure your health and safety. Computers, tech center equipment, and other materials will be available under strict social distancing guidelines.
Our buildings have undergone a deep cleaning and treatment with a hypoallergenic antimicrobial spray. We have installed hand sanitizing stations, social distancing signs, sneeze guards, and your returned items will be quarantined for four days before they are checked in. Our dedicated staff will wear face masks, and also gloves for certain transactions; and our volunteer program is on hiatus until further notice.
So Many Ways To Connect:
If you are still concerned about coming into our buildings, that's ok. We offer so many ways to connect with us.
You can stream and download from our website at LVCCLD.org; enjoy our entertaining and educational library programs at YouTube.com/TheLibraryDistrict, and take advantage of our new Curbside Pick-Up Service.
This streamlined Curbside Service allows you to pick up your holds, and drop off your returns, which can be deposited in the outside Book Returns box. (The exception to this is special items such as toys, dolls, and electronic devices, which you must bring to the Customer Service Desk.) You can reserve your holds online (or by phone) and call your nearest branch to make an appointment for pick up. Then drive, bike, or walk up to the designated curbside area, and take home a bit of normalcy! Go to https://lvccld.org/locations-hours-curbside/ for our library locations, hours, & Curbside Pick-Up services.
However you decide to connect with us, we will be there for you! Questions? Please email us at Ask@LVCCLD.org.
Take care and be well friends!
Where to Turn for Information & Support
For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 outbreak, please refer to the following trusted sources:
Southern Nevada Health District
Centers for Disease Control
- Guidance for cleaning and disinfectingopens a new window
- Cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19 - The following information has been provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The Library District is posting it as a public service.
Nevada Health Response
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus - Information on disinfectants and other key EPA resources on COVID-19.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Managing Coronavirus Stress and Anxiety
- CDC - Center for Disease Control's guide to coping with stress and anxiety
- ADAA - Anxiety and Depression Association of America
- Psychology.org - Dealing with coronavirus anxiety: Expert tips
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)- Family-to-Family is an 8-week course, starting on June 1, for families, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions.
Additional recommendations from the SNHD and the CDC include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- United Way Resources - Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund and COVID Resources.
- CCSD Food Distribution Information - CCSD will continue providing breakfast and lunch to students during the closure.
- Three Square Emergency Food Distribution Plan - Three Square Food Bank Implements Emergency Food Distribution Strategy in Response to COVID-19.
- Nevada211 - COVID-19 Southern Nevada Updates and Resources
- Nevada Health Link - Exceptional Circumstance Special Enrollment Period.
- FirstMed Health & Wellness - provide efficient, quality, and affordable health care services in a holistic, caring, and compassionate environment that is accessible to all, regardless of ability to pay. The staff is fluent in English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Visayan.
- Veteran Resources - VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans in the face of this emerging health risk.
- Asian Community Development Council - The ACDC Navigator Program provides state-licensed Health Navigators who speak different languages and can help facilitate enrollment in qualified health plans.
- Grant a Gift Autism Foundation - GGAF Case Management Team is serving as a support line to provide information regarding childcare, food, basic needs, medical care, government services/aid. If you or your family needs help, please call GGAF at 702-564-2453 and a care coordinator will assist you.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Family-to-Family is an 8-week course, starting on June 1, for families, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions.
- File for Unemployment - Nevada’s unemployment insurance self-service website.
- CARES Act Mortgage Forbearance: What You Need to Know
- IRS.gov - Coronavirus tax relief and information about the Economic Impact Payment.
- Social Security & Coronavirus
- Las Vegas Utilities Assistance - Las Vegas utilities are working with those who cannot make payments.
- Cox Communications - Cox expands coronavirus relief offerings for residential customers
- Urban Chamber of Commerce Las Vegas - COVID-19 Community Updates
- SBA Disaster Loan Assistance - Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters. Applicants may also call SBA's Customer Service Center at 800.659.2955 or email email@example.com a new window
- Bank of America Announces Additional Support for Consumers and Small Business Customers Affected by Coronavirus Impact.
- Business Protection Program - City of Las Vegas to offer up to $2K to help businesses secure buildings.
- COVID-19 Resources for Artists - Meow Wolf has put together resources for artists around the country who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Artist Relief - Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.
- Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada - COVID-19 Legal & Financial Toolkit
- Nevada Legal Services - Offering free legal assistance to eligible clients including free Ask A Lawyer workshops over the phone. April 14: Statewide Tenants' Rights
- FTC Coronavirus Scams - Tips from the Federal Trade Commission on how to avoid coronavirus scams.
Career & Employment Services:
- Professional Institute of Technology (NVPITA.com) - Free virtual computer workshops every Friday.
- One-Stop Career Centers - Join a career coach for VIRTUAL career coffee hour every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
- Nevada Public Radio - Tips on what to do once you've been laid off from work.
Educational and Stay at Home Resources:
- PBS Kids - How to talk to your kids about coronavirus.
- Stay at Home Resources - While you are practicing social distancing, use your free library card to access these fun, educational, and FREE online resources to help pass the time, teach you something new, and keep your skills sharp!
- CCSD Reopening Plan
- Distance Learning Tips (blog)
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