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 and enjoy limited seating (to allow for social distancing). 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
- 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
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 content 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 disinfecting, opens 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)
- OpenWHO Free Online Courses:
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.
Journal of the American Medical Association
- Hypertension, Obesity, and COVID-19 (Video) - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Director Griffin P. Rodgers, MD, and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Director Gary H. Gibbons, MD, discuss the implications for COVID-19 outcomes and public health. Recorded September 10, 2020.
- Do Stay-at-Home Orders Reduce COVID-19 Infection Rates? (Video) - Song Gao, PhD and Ajay K. Sethi, PhD join JAMA Network Open Digital Media Editor, Seth Trueger, MD, MPH, to discuss a cross-sectional study using anonymous location data from 45 million mobile phones to determine if stay-at-home orders were associated with decreased median travel distance and slower COVID19 spread. Recorded September 15, 2020.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Approval and the FDA (Video) - September 18, 2020.
- Conversations with Dr. Bauchner (Podcast) - Join Howard Bauchner, MD, each week as he interviews leading researchers and thinkers in health care about their recent JAMA articles. Covering a broad range of practice-changing research and important innovations.
- Corticosteroids for COVID-19 (Video) - A conversation with Jonathan A. C. Sterne, MA, MSc, PhD of the University of Bristol, Todd W. Rice, MD, MSc of Vanderbilt University, and Janet V. Diaz, MD of the WHO on the latest research supporting the use of hydrocortisone and dexamethasone for treatment of COVID-19 ARDS.
- Coronavirus Update With Anthony S. Fauci, MD (Video) - September 25, 2020
- Coronavirus Update With Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH (Video) - Mike Osterholm returns to JAMA's Q&A series to discuss the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. He is Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at University of Minnesota and a veteran of pandemic planning. Recorded September 23, 2020.
- Gastrointestinal Complications in Critically Ill Patients With and Without COVID-19 (Article) - Published online September 24, 2020.
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.
- Use of masks helps slow the spread of COVID-19.
Additional COVID-19 Resources:
- What Happens If You Get Coronavirus (Video) - This video 3D animation is a collaboration between Nucleus Medical Media and the What If Channel.
- Infections Week by Week Animated Graphic (Video) - Charting the locations with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases over time.
- Osterholm Update COVID-19: Long-Haulers (Video) - Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the need for leadership moving forward, lingering symptoms and conditions among long-haulers, the latest on different SARS-CoV-2 strains, and the importance of getting a flu vaccine as the fall and winter approaches.
- Transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Article featured in Clinical Infectious Diseases and presented by Oxford Academic.
- Coronavirus Video Series by Dr. Mike Hansen - Doctor Mike Hansen, MD, is a medical doctor who is both an internist and an intensivist, as well as a pulmonologist. He specializes in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine.
- Upper respiratory viral load in asymptomatic individuals and mildly symptomatic patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection - Medical journal article from BMJ Journals.
- 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
- Hope For The City - Food Distribution and Food Pantries
- 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.
- Nevada Commercial Rental Assistance Grant (CRAG) - Coronavirus Relief Funds available for commercial rental relief for Nevada small businesses (including non-profits, sole proprietorships, independent contractors, and those that are self-employed) that have lost revenue as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the CRAG Program will open on Monday, August 24.
- Early effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on consumer credit (CFPB)
- Protections for Renters (CFPB): Steps renters can take, as well as many significant protections from eviction that apply in certain situations.
- CARES Act Mortgage Forbearance: What You Need to Know
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - Protecting your finances during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Helping Consumers Claim their Economic Impact Payment (CFPB)
- Rental and Eviction Resources - 8 News Now has compiled a list of resources aimed at helping those who are having trouble paying their rent and mortgage. This list includes free programs and grant applications.
- 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
- Tri-Chamber Grant Program Registration - a grant assistance program, born out of the Covid Cares Act and its purpose is to help small businesses who have been economically impacted by the pandemic. In a joint effort, the Latin Chamber of Commerce, the Urban Chamber of Commerce and the Asian Chamber of Commerce have come together in the spirit of Community, to provide real assistance to real businesses!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, opens 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
- FREE VIRTUAL Community Legal Education Classes - Offered as a free community service by William S. Boyd School of Law, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, and Nevada Legal Services.
- 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.
- Public Health Education Career Essentials - Explore a Career in Public Health Education
Educational and Stay at Home Resources:
- PBS Kids - How to talk to your kids about coronavirus.
- Healthy News Works: Health Beat Live Library - Work by kids and for kids about the coronavirus and other urgent topics.
- 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
- CCSD Family Guide - This website was created to provide information and resources for parents and students preparing for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents/guardians can find information about distance education, registration, food service, access to technology, Canvas, and a variety of other resources.
- Distance Learning Tips (blog)
- Cox Communications Tips - Internet access best practices for learning at home.
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