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Services & Resources

Support Local Businesses
The following is a list of local small businesses offering delivery or no contact pickup during the NJ state lockdown. This list is by no means exhaustive and will likely change over time.  If you know of other businesses please email tmiller@chplnj.org for additions and updates to the list.

Help NJ Now
Help in the fight against COVID-19. If you would like to volunteer to help New Jersey through this crisis, your skills are most needed at present to assist in one of these three critical areas: home delivered meals for elderly or otherwise vulnerable people, food pantries, and administrative or logistical support of the healthcare system.  (Note: This form is to collect information for general volunteers who do not have prior medical training.  If you are a qualified health, mental health, or related professional and would like to volunteer, please sign up here).

Virtual volunteering opportunities will be available for anyone who is immunocompromised or at risk of COVID-19, but would still like to volunteer.

COVID-19 Related Employment/Unemployment Resources

New Jersey COVID-19 Information and Resources

New Jersey Department of Human Services - Resources for Seniors

COVID-19 Related Information about Student Loans

Census 2020

  • Job opportunities: The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Visit our Census 2020 Resources page or the 2020 Census Website for more information and to apply.​
  • The Census count is now live. You can complete your Census form online, by mail, or by phone (844-330-2020). Visit the Census website or our Census page for details including help lines for non-English speakers/ESL speakers.

Housing Protection

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Southern New Jersey

  • Cafe Connection: A Social Gathering for People Affected by Memory Challenges and their Care Partners - Held on the 2nd Thursday of each month via Zoom. To learn more or request the Zoom Meeting link, please contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at JFCS at (856) 424-1333 ext. 1184.​
  • JFCS Job Bank - An online job portal that is free for both employers and job seekers. Positions listed are located in Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties. Forward any questions to Lois Forman at LForman@jfedsnj.org
  • Services for Seniors (Ages 60+) - If you, or someone you know, may benefit from counseling services, call Director of 60+ Services, Rebecca Rosenau at (856) 424-1333 ext. 1702 or rrosenau@jfedsnj.org.
  • Telehealth Helpline: Book a 30-minute session to speak with a licensed JFCS Therapist. Email Kimberly Gerardi at kgerardi@jfedsnj.org. Sessions are $36 (pay by credit card) and available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Widow/Widowers Support Group - This group addresses practical decisions for the newly bereaved, rebuilding life without a partner, and rediscovering one's selfhood.​ Contact Mindy Elkins, MSW, LSW at (856) 424-1333 ext. 1013 or melkins@jfedsnj.org for more information.​

LGBTQ+ and COVID-19 Resources
LGBTQ-specific resources during COVID-19 including virtual community gatherings, webinars, story times and much more.

Local Food & Shelter Resources
This CHPL resource guide provides information about local food pantries, shelters, and domestic violence resources, including crisis helplines.

Managing Finances

  • A guide to COVID-19 economic stimulus relief (CFPB)updated April 30, 2020.
  • Online & Mobile Banking Tips for Beginners If you’ve been on the fence about doing your banking online or through a mobile app, now is a good time to get started as financial institutions change their branch hours during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online and mobile banking allow you to handle your finances from the comfort of home.
  • Tools to help when you can't pay your billsThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has compiled tools to help you take stock of your finances and make the hard decisions about which bills to prioritize as you deal with the financial impacts of the coronavirus.
  • Planning your finances for an uncertain future Tips from CFPB to help you talk with your spouse or other family members about putting plans in place if you become unable to manage your finances in an uncertain time.
  • Protect Your Identity - This handout from the CFPB offers guidance on how to practice online security and limit access to your personal information, such as financial records and spending.

Reopening Lives Academy
This free guide contains various resources providing information on a variety of lifestyle and work-related topics regarding COVID-19, including the 2020 Census, "Cleaning and disinfecting your facility," domestic violence, COVID-19 Testing Guidelines and more.

Virtual Cherry Hill Recreation Center
Digital resources from the Cherry Hill Recreation Center to help you stay active, stay connected, and stay informed while you're self-isolating.

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eBooks and More

BiblioBoard
This free, open-access platform includes an assortment of rich historical and carefully curated multimedia content, as well as high-quality open access journals, textbooks, and other open educational resources.

Harvard Book Store’s award-winning event series continues online!  Enjoy conversations with celebrated writers. Visit their events calendar for virtual events you can attend from home. Some are ticketed, but many are free!

Internet Archive
Find ebooks through the Internet Archive. All waiting lists are suspended. So if they have a book you want, you can borrow it!​

LibriVox Audiobooks
Enjoy a vast selection of free, public domain audiobooks which are read aloud by volunteers from all over the world.

OverDrive, Hoopla, RBDigital, oh my!
With your CHPL library card, you have access to all of our digital collections. Download ebooks, audiobooks, comics and so much more to your smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

Project Gutenberg eBooks
Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. No fees, registration, or special apps needed!

In each episode of this podcast, listeners rediscover one classic children's book, uncovering the unique story behind the story. Books explored so far include Charlotte's Web, Bridge to Terabithia, and Scary Stories We Tell in the Dark. Start listening on the Remember Reading Website or subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or SoundCloud.​

Research Databases
Use our subscription databases to research articles, discover your family history, explore archived newspapers and more. Make sure you have your library card handy for access.

The New York Times
Remote access: redeem code provided and create an account/sign in with an existing account for 3 days access; process may be repeated.

Free access for a limited time.
The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that for more than forty years has used words and photographs to evoke the splendor and heartache of being human. The personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs that appear in The Sun’s pages explore the challenges we face and the moments when we rise to meet them.​ During this time of isolation, The Sun has lifted its paywall.

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Virtual Book Clubs

CHPL Book Club

Check our Events Calendar for upcoming Virtual Book Clubs which take place through Zoom. To participate, contact Amanda Zuccarelli at azuccarelli@chplnj.org. Book selections can be borrowed in either OverDrive or Hoopla. Visit our ebooks and more page for details on how to get started with these digital libraries or email us at chplref@chplnj.org with questions. 
 

CHPL Adult Story Times
As part of our 2020 Adult Summer Reading Program, we will be releasing virtual adult story times read aloud by our Adult Services librarians throughout the summer. Below is the full playlist of story time videos from our YouTube Channel. Make sure to watch each story time carefully! There's a secret code hidden in each video which can earn you bonus summer reading points. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more Adult Story Times and other content!

 

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Free Online Courses

Presentation: Become A Citizen Scientist
Learn about citizen science through this Google Slides presentation created by Librarian and Adult Services Supervisor, Tierney Miller.

Center for Book Arts Online Classes
The Center for Book Arts is launching a series of online classes on the bookmaking arts that will include making botanical books, zines, artist books, and chapbooks. The classes start April 6 and are free (donations are optional and help to support the teachers).

Coursera: Free Courses
Coursera's free online courses cover a variety of topics including psychology, finances, American Law, and so much more.

edX Courses
Access 2500+ Online Courses from 140 institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and Boston University.

GED Test Prep Resources from EBSCO Learning Express
Free access through June 30, 2020.

Future Learn Courses
Choose from hundreds of short online courses from top universities and specialist organisations.

ESL Resources
Visit our ESL resources for online games and activities you can use to practice your English speaking and literacy skills from home.

Harvard University Online Courses
Harvard offers a variety of online courses both for free and at a certain prices. Course lengths range from 2 to 6 weeks. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, computer science, opera by century, religion and more!

MIT OpenCourseWare
OCW is a free and open publication of material from thousands of MIT courses, covering the entire MIT curriculum. That's every MIT department and degree program, and ranging from the introductory to the most advanced graduate level. Each OCW course includes a syllabus, some instructional material (such as lecture notes or a reading list), and some learning activities (such as assignments or exams). Many courses also have complete video lectures, free online textbooks, and faculty teaching insights.

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Health & Wellness

NJ Hope & Healing Free Virtual Support & Discussion Groups
The Mental Health Association of New Jersey, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, offers this Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) through a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant. The program includes a variety of virtual support and discussion groups that are available to provide emotional support. These groups are for people from all walks of life and address topics such as health care workers, caregivers, teachers, parents, adults, teenagers, Baby Boomers, Spanish-speaking, and many more. Click the link above for the full list of group meetings offered.

Notice and accept how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health during an emergency will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing. (Source)

Pay attention to how "panic scrolling" and watching the news on loop makes you feel and behave. Look out for these common signs:

  • Tightness in chest
  • Increased heart rate
  • Trouble sleeping (or sleeping too much)
  • Eating too much (or too little)
  • An increase in drug or alcohol use.

Limit your exposure for your wellbeing. Consider reading or watching the news only once a day, for a set amount of time. "Overexposure" can have detrimental effects on your sense of safety.​ (Source)

Things you can do to support yourself:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
    (Source)

Stay connected and maintain your social networks. Even in situations of isolations, try as much as possible to keep your personal daily routines. If health authorities have recommended limiting your physical social contact to contain the outbreak, you can stay connected via e-mail, social media, video conference and telephone. (Source)

Fitness Blender Free Workout Videos

Mental Health Resource Guide
Our compilation of reputable mental health resources including help lines and websites.

Spot-It: Breaking Free from Stress, Worry & Anxiety
(Coronavirus Special Edition Webinar)

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Entertainment

CHPL Virtual Puzzle Table
Check out our online collection of puzzles that you can relax with and complete from home.

Culture in Quarantine (BBC Arts)
Bringing arts and culture into your home. Virtually tour art exhibitions, discover some new creative activities to do from home, enjoy musical performances, and more.

Digital Escape Rooms
Have fun venturing through these librarian-created digital escape rooms which require puzzle solving and detective work.

Free Adult Coloring Book
Download and print out these free coloring pages from Flipster by EBSCO.

"How to play the best educational game classics of all time, from 'The Oregon Trail' to 'Number Munchers'" (Business Insider)
Get online access to play some of your favorite old-school educational games:

  • The Oregon Trail
  • Dinopark Tycoon
  • Lemonade Stand
  • Number Munchers
  • Word Munchers
  • The Secret Island of Dr. Quandary

Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

Virtual Tours
Visit these amazing museums and other great locations from the comfort of your own home! Locations are listed in alphabetical order.

Vulture: The Quarantine is Inspiring Some Intriguing Pop-Up Podcasts
Some highlight-worthy podcasts that were made in response to the quarantine.

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