For Adults from Home

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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.

New Jersey Covid-19 Jobs & Hiring Portal
The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community.

Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 at jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake.

Apply Online for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

NJDOL Benefits and the Coronavirus: What Employees Should Know

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.

Family Leave Insurance Information

Housing Protection

New Jersey State Library Covid-19 Resource Guide
Includes guidelines, help lines, and resources for dealing with stress and anxiety.

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.

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!​

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.

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Virtual Book Clubs

CHPL Adult Story Time

"Lusus Naturae," from Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales by Margaret Atwood

Enjoy a short story called "Lusus Naturae" from Margaret Atwood's short story collection called Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales, read aloud by Tierney, our Supervisor of Reference & Adult Services.

While following along, consider the following questions:
1. Do you think the narrator is reliable? Why or why not?
2. What similarities do you see between the narrator’s tale and the COVID-19 pandemic?
3. The narrator says, “When demons are required someone will always be found to supply the part.” Can you think of real-life examples where this
has been true?

4. Do you think the narrator is “a human being,” as her father insists? If not, what is she?
5. After her years of isolation, what finally led to the narrator’s demise?

Big Library Read

Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael Cleary
Program Running: March 23 - April 13

Big Library Read connects readers around the world with the same book at the same time without any waitlists or holds.

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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

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)

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

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.

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

Virtual Tours
Visit these amazing museums and other great locations from the comfort of your own home!

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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