Library District Updates and Vital Community Resources
The Library District is fully open for in-branch services and activities while adhering to safe social distancing guidelines. 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 in our branch libraries:
- 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 of our locations here
- 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.
- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) - Read the latest COVID-19 reports.
Nevada Health Response
- Nevada Health Response
- Press Releases: COVID-19 in Nevada
- COVID Trace App
- Find COVID-19 Testing in Nevada
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- EPA.gov/coronavirus - Information on disinfectants and other key EPA resources on COVID-19.
World Health Organization (WHO)
- WHO Advice for the Public
- Travel Advice
- COVID-19 Mythbusters
- COVID-19 Vaccine
- 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
- Conversations with Dr. Bauchner (Podcast Series) - 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.
- Conversations with Dr. Bauchner (Video Series) - 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.
- Do Stay-at-Home Orders Reduce COVID-19 Infection Rates? (Video) - Recorded September 15, 2020.
- Answering Key Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines (Article) - Published online October 16, 2020
- Herd Immunity and Implications for SARS-CoV-2 Control (Article) - Published online October 19, 2020
- What Is Herd Immunity? (Article) - Published online October 19, 2020
- Preventing the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 With Masks and Other “Low-tech” Interventions (Article) - October 26, 2020
- Hospitalizations for Chronic Disease and Acute Conditions in the Time of COVID-19 (Article) - October 26, 2020
- Preparing for the 2020-2021 Influenza Season (Article) - November 2, 2020
- Findings Associated With Severe Illness and Mortality Among Hospitalized Individuals With COVID-19 (Video) - November 3, 2020
- Changes in Health Services Use Among Commercially Insured US Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Article) - November 5, 2020
- Herd Immunity as a Coronavirus Pandemic Strategy (Video) - November 6, 2020
- Coronavirus and US State Departments of Health (Video) - November 9, 2020
- Therapy for Early COVID-19 A Critical Need (Article) - November 11, 2020
- The Challenges Ahead With Monoclonal Antibodies From Authorization to Access (Article) - November 11, 2020
- Coronavirus Update With Nicholas Christakis (Video) - November 23, 2020: Yale Sterling Professor Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH returns to JAMA's Q&A series to discuss the surge in US cases and other recent pandemic developments.
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:
- COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults & Caregivers
- What Happens If You Get Coronavirus (Video) - This video 3D animation is a collaboration between Nucleus Medical Media and the What If Channel.
- 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.
- Coronavirus and Your Eyes (PDF) - American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Effects of COVID-19 on the Nervous System (PDF) - Cell Press October 1, 2020
- Eye Protection for Infection Control (PDF) - October 7, 2020
- Genomic evidence for reinfection with SARS-CoV-2: a case study (Article) - October 12, 2020
- Today Show: How Your Blood Type Could Affect Your Risk Of Coronavirus (Video) - October 15, 2020
- Covid-19 Leaves Behind a List of Lingering Symptoms: Johns Hopkins (Video) - October 22, 2020
- Study finds brain abnormalities 'common' in COVID-19 patients (Article) - October 30, 2020
- 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
- First Person Care Clinic - Committed to providing affordable, high-quality, and compassionate health care services to anyone in need.
- Nevada Health Link - Nevadans who have lost their job due to COVID-19 (or due to other circumstances) or experience a Qualifying Life Event (QLE) can newly enroll in a health plan through Nevada Health Link even outside the open enrollment period (Nov. 1 – Jan. 15). Currently, enrolled members who experience life changes can make changes to their health insurance or choose a new plan. This is known as a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).
- 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 for families, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions.
- Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Nevada
- File for Unemployment - Nevada’s unemployment insurance self-service website.
- IRS.gov - Coronavirus tax relief and information about the Economic Impact Payment.
- Social Security & Coronavirus
- Clark County CARES Housing Assistance Program
- FTC: Getting Stimulus Payments To Homeless Communities - Individuals now have until November 21, 2020 to claim their stimulus payment this year.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - Protecting your finances during the coronavirus pandemic.
- 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
- Helping Consumers Claim their Economic Impact Payment (CFPB)
- NV Energy - CARES Bill Payment Assistance
- Southwest Gas - Assistance Programs
- Cox Communications - Connect2Compete Affordable Internet Program
- Compare Internet Service Providers in the Las Vegas Area
Small Business Assistance:
- Employ NV Business Hub - Two locations: Sahara West Library & Vegas Chamber
- Urban Chamber of Commerce Las Vegas - Tri-Chamber Grant Program for Small 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
- Business Economic Recovery Grants
- 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.
- Nine Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Federal Financial Aid
- 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.
- FTC Coronavirus Scams - Tips from the Federal Trade Commission on how to avoid coronavirus scams.
Career & Employment Services:
- Business & Career Success Resources
- 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.
- Professional Institute of Technology (NVPITA.com)
- Nevada Public Radio - Tips on what to do once you've been laid off from work.
Educational and Stay at Home Resources:
- Tools For School Success
- Limitless Learning with the Library District
- 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!
- Y Cares – Educational Enrichment Program - The Y is committed to serving all participants engaged in full- or part-time distance learning, by providing high-quality full-day care in Las Vegas. Y Cares will combine fun, character-building activities with an educational enrichment component.
- Vegas Strong Academies - Programming will be provided through Jan. 1, 2021. The program provides the Las Vegas community a safe, caring and affordable childcare option, which will also provide academic and technical support for distance learning.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cyberbullying Resources from Security.org
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