COVID-19: Updates

The Royal Oak Public Library is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Oakland County and will be CLOSED until further notice. The building was closed following Governor Whitmer’s executive order to close places of public accommodation, but 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. No late fines will be assessed during closure. Please do not return materials to the book drops. We have changed all due dates to April 30, 2020 for everyone’s items and will re-evaluate as necessary. We will provide updates on any changes to the library’s operations as they occur.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention Strategy

  1. Library of Michigan Federal and State resources about COVID-19 provided by the Library of Michigan.
  2. Oakland County Health Division
    Details health information and advisories. Contains a list of exposure sites in the county.
  3. State of Michigan
    Details what Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state officials are doing. Updates provided.
  4. 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.
  5. U.S. Department of State
    Shares advisories for global travel and rules for U.S. citizens returning to America.
  6. 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)

In response to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on society, 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.

  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.
  7. PCWorld listing of ISP providers lifting data caps while people are working from home.
  8. Spectrum Internet Assist

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. We have changed all due dates to April 30 for everyone’s items and will re-evaluate as necessary.

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

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 April 30, 2020 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.
  • PBS.org Topical source covering current events; includes resources for teaching.

Adults

  • CFPB is committed to providing you with up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage your finances during this difficult time.
  • Michigan.gov How to apply for unemployment amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • NASP A parents resource - talking to children about COVID-19.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TumbleBooks, a world leader in online children’s book databases, announced today it will make its family of online libraries available for free to all public libraries until August 31, 2020.
  • 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.