Your Library at Home

The Royal Oak Public Library is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in Oakland County and will be offering contactless pickup until further notice. The building was closed following Governor Whitmer’s executive order to close places of public accommodation, but items are available for pickup by appointment and most library resources and services are available remotely. The library catalog and account information plus its digital offerings (RBDigital, Kanopy and hoopla) will still be available on this website. Returned items are quarantined for four days before check-in. No late fines will be assessed during closure. We will provide updates on any changes to the library’s operations as they occur.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention Strategy

  1. ACL The Administration for Community Living website, part of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, includes information on what to know during the pandemic for seniors and people with disabilities.
  2. Beaumont Hospital
    Provides numbers/statistics once-a-day on their Heath & Wellness resources page.
  3. Library of Michigan
    Federal and State resources about COVID-19 provided by the Library of Michigan.
  4. Oakland County Health Division
    Details health information and advisories. Contains a list of exposure sites in the county.
  5. State of Michigan
    Details what Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state officials are doing. Updates provided.
  6. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    A comprehensive roundup of health information and more, with regular updates.
    a. Stress and Coping Detailed section about how to cope with anxiety and stress due to the pandemic.
  7. U.S. Department of State
    Shares advisories for global travel and rules for U.S. citizens returning to America.
  8. WHO (World Health Organization)
    Detailed information about the virus and tips for protection, emphasizing the global view of the outbreak. Live video updates and regular press conferences.

Being Mindful of Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak

  1. NAMI The National Association for Mental Illness guide containing resources and information.
  2. The National Institute of Mental Health has posted helpful information on how to handle the stress that comes with the pandemic. Visit the agency director’s message. There you will find advice for all families and those with mental health challenges. The site offers a link to live online chat.
  3. NPR A comic exploring the new coronavirus just for kids.
  4. Psychology Today 19 Ways to support your mental health during the pandemic.
  5. SAMHSA Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for information about how to handle emotional stress from any natural or human-caused disaster, including infectious diseases. The site offers 24/7, 365-day help. National hotline for immediate crisis counseling: 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 67746. See site for numbers for non-English speakers and anyone hard of hearing.

Low Cost Internet Service Offers in Response to COVID-19
(Internet Access Resources to Michigan Residents)

Multiple Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have made updates to their low-cost internet service programs to ensure individuals and families stay connected to the internet during this challenging time.

Keep Americans Connected Pledge
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the challenges that many Americans have faced, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the Keep Americans Connected Initiative. In order to ensure that Americans do not lose their broadband or telephone connectivity as a result of these exceptional circumstances, he specifically asked broadband and telephone service providers, and trade associations, to take the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. So far, more than 700 companies and associations have signed the Chairman’s pledge to Keep Americans Connected.

  1. Access from AT&T
  2. Charter Communication is offering free Wi-Fi for students for 60 days, plus free installation. Those interested in enrolling are asked to call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  3. Comcast Internet Essentials
  4. EveryoneOn
  5. FCC’s Lifeline Program
  6. NDIA has compiled a list of current offers from ISPs that will help low-income households to acquire service at low or no cost.

How to Access the Library’s Digital Resources 24/7

Discover the Library’s wide range of digital resources — including e-books, databases, our digital collections, and more.

Manage Your Account Online
Need to manage your account remotely? Use your unique library card number, plus your four-digit PIN, to log in to your account online. You can renew books and more. Please renew your items online, whether they are local or borrowed via interlibrary loan. In any case, you won’t be penalized for late returns.

E-Books & E-Audiobooks
Explore more than 300,000 e-books and e-audiobooks available for free from children’s books to bestsellers.

Apply for a Library Card
During our period of closure in response to the novel coronavirus, you can apply for a library card and gain access to an array of digital resources—including e-books, audiobooks, databases, and more.

Email Updates
Stay up-to-date with the latest news from the library by subscribing to our newsletters.

Additional E-Materials
Discover bestselling magazines, newspapers, streaming classical and world music, movies and more from home with your library card.

Services & Resources While We Are Closed

Local Services

  • The Daily Tribune Free 30-minute parking in Royal Oak to help carry-out restaurants, other businesses. 
  • Feed Our Kids Royal Oak Schools program offering curbside meal pickup.
  • Lighthouse - Royal Oak Emergency Food Delivery
    If you are in need of an emergency food box in Royal Oak, please visit us ONLINE to request a porch delivery. If you are unable to request online, please give us a call at (248) 920-6000 ext. 2. We will contact all clients directly for screening information.
  • Royal Oak Business Resources Lists resources and information for Royal Oak businesses during the outbreak.
  • Royal Oak Schools District news and announcements.
  • The City of Royal Oak, Michigan recommended budget for FY 2020-21 is available at this LINK.

All Ages

  • Feeling boxed in while social distancing? Escape with these free opportunities. Included are links to virtual literacy and educational resources, as well as curated spreadsheets with free resources available from various vendors in the library world and beyond. You can access this resource list by visiting this LINK.
  • Ancestry Library Edition Remote access available through March 31, 2021 for Royal Oak cardholders.
  • Art CANVAS 19 immersive museum exhibits you can visit from your couch.
  • BookPage will be pausing the shipment of the April issue until at least the first week of April. In the meantime, they have lifted restrictions on the sharing and viewing of their digital issues while library closures are in effect. Please feel free to use this link to their online issue for continued access to BookPage.
  • DSO Replay Free streaming of archived live Detroit Symphony Orchestra performances.
  • Poets.org More and more people are turning to poetry at this moment, because amid fear and uncertainty, poetry can help bring needed strength. At a time of anxiety and alarm, poetry can help bring tranquility. Poetry has the power to bring us together: Poems for Kids; Poetry for Teens; Materials for Teachers.
  • PBS.org Topical source covering current events; includes resources for teaching.
  • 101+ VIRTUAL TOURS of Popular Tourist Attractions Around the World
  • Virtually Visit 8 World-Class Libraries Eight of the world’s most beautiful, as well as a few of the most out-there libraries, are a click away for now and a bucket list destination for the future.
  • Are you joining a ZOOM call for the very first time? Take a look at this VIDEO for a step-by-step explanation to help ease any fears you may have about trying out this app.

Adults

  • CFPB is committed to providing you with up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage your finances during this difficult time. The Prioritizing bills tool from our Your Money, Your Goals financial empowerment toolkit can help you consider the impact of your choices when money is tight.
  • The Daily Tribune, Royal Oak, MI Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of The Daily Tribune. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.
  • Michigan.gov How to apply for unemployment amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • NASP A parents resource - talking to children about COVID-19.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts is offering COVID-19 resources for artists and arts organizations.
  • The New York Times Enjoy complimentary access to NYTimes.com. Redeem 72 hours of full off-site access. To activate your subscription, you’ll need to log in or register first. Access is available to patrons age 18 or over or age 13-17 with parent/guardian permission. Patrons under the age of 13 are prohibited from using this resource.
  • TED Talks are often intriguing and cover a wide range of topics. With more time due to social distancing, it might be a good time to explore the offerings.
  • United States Census 2020 The U.S. Census Bureau continues to accept applications for temporary part-time positions with the 2020 Census. Although many job offers have been made, there is still an opportunity for jobs to be offered. Start HERE.
  • Value Line Research Center Look here for online information about stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks. Accessible at home for Royal Oak cardholders.
  • Use Weiss Financial Ratings to find information about budgeting, investing in stocks and mutual funds, and managing debt. Check the financial strength of your bank, credit union, or insurance company. Explore the Financial Literacy Tools section for valuable tips and information on buying a home, saving for your child’s education, planning for retirement, protecting yourself from identity theft, and more. Sign In with your library card and explore.
  • Yoga with Adriene Guides you through a simple at home meditation to provide relief from anxiety, stress and energetic imbalance. Find a comfortable seat, tune into your breath and soften. Return to this practice regularly for preventative care. Great for beginners!

Youth
Many people, companies, and organizations are offering free resources for families in order to help students continue learning while schools and libraries are closed. Here is a list of just a few of the resources:

  • Adventures in Familyhood identified 20 virtual field trips that you can take with your family.
  • Amazing Educational Resources has a Google form with a list of educational resources.
  • Audible For as long as schools are closed, Amazon’s Audible is open. Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.
  • AWE Learning is offering a free 30-Day trial of their popular child-safe web browser.
  • BrainPop is a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12, together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.
  • Learn civics with the help of iCivics. An engaging resource for teachers that helps them present core principles in an engaging way. Want to plan your own campaign for the White House? Learn how.
  • Coronavirus: A Book for Children is aimed at five to nine-year-olds and hopes to simply answer key questions they may be asking their parents or carers about the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Epic! is a digital library of books aimed at children under 12. It is free for educators, and you can join free for 30 days.
  • 4th Wall Theatre Company Online Live virtual theatre classes twice a week. Gather the whole family for a half hour of fun every Monday and Thursday from 10:00-10:30am EST. All you need is a Facebook account and you are good to go!
  • GoNoodle Get kids moving with plenty of yoga, dance and mindfulness videos. Lots of other indoor activities are available, including recipes, writing letters and family games.
  • The Henry Ford is offering all four courses of its Innovate Curriculum (grades 6-12) for FREE. Discover 20 hours of self-paced learning experiences that connect the core disciplines of STEAM and humanities through digital content and activities.
  • Khan Academy is offering daily schedules for Pre-K - Grade 12. They are designed for homeschoolers and now parents quarantined at home who want a structured day for children learning at home. While at the site, explore the learning tools arranged by grade across a wide range of subjects.
  • Mel.org (Michigan eLibrary) offers a listing of Learning in Place resources at this link. Websites with login and password details are provided.
  • Michigan History for Kids FREE access to Michigan History for Kids website! Username: MHK Password: 1234
  • The Nonfiction Minute Standardized testing test prep with nonfiction articles for kids by award winning childrens authors with author-recorded readings to increase accessibility.
  • PBS Education provides news and tools for students and teachers, grades 6-12. It is a wealth of information, including lesson plans, videos and blogs. While much of the content is tied to current events, there is a wide range of subjects.
  • Random House List of resources for educators, librarians, and parents who are putting together plans for teaching remotely or homeschooling your children.
  • Ranger Rick With schools and daycare’s closing across the country, Ranger Rick wants to help your family stay entertained and engaged in the natural world. We are making all digital editions of our magazines free to the public through the end of June.
  • Read Together, Be Together Originally slated to launch in summer 2020 is kicking off now, in light of the current COVID-19 situation, with a series of daily virtual story times with bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators, and celebrity readers. 
  • Rivet is a free app that families can download with thousands of leveled readers.
  • Scholastic.com has articles, stories, videos, and fun learning challenges free for up to 3 hours per day.
  • Smithsonian Institute Learning Lab Take advantage of 6,214 collections you can explore online. The free, interactive platform offers millions of authentic digital resources such as images, recordings, texts and videos in history, art and culture, and the sciences.
  • STEM-Shorts It's a challenging time for parents and caregivers. Looking for new STEM content and creative activity ideas for elementary aged kids? Check out the new content posted this month - click the link below. As always, no spam or advertising - everything is free.
    Learn how llamas are helping scientists develop treatments for COVID-19, get fun llama craft ideas and more!
  • Storyline Online is a free literacy program where actors read to children.
  • Teen Health and Wellness site provides middle and high school students with up-to-date, nonjudgmental, straightforward curricular, and self-help support. Articles are correlated to state, national, and provincial standards, including Common Core Health and Science. Topics covered include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, LGBTQ+ issues, and more.
  • Time for Kids Launches free digital library for those affected globally by school closures during the pandemic.
  • Tutor.com is a fully online tutoring service. You can get a tutor 24/7 in more than 40 subjects including Math, Science, Social Studies, English, AP ® Support, Foreign Languages and Business. Tutoring sessions take place in our easy-to-use online classroom, which runs in your web browser.
  • Virtual Vitamin Z The Detroit Zoo’s virtual offerings, including a brief video of a penguin walking zoo grounds.
  • Here is a list of over 30 Virtual Field Trips.
  • World Book is providing distance-learning resources for parents, caregivers, and teachers.