Over the next few days/weeks, Library staff will be curating and posting resources geared towards helping you and your family cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Posts will include health information, government resources, as well as educational materials for you and your child - if it's out there, we'll find it! Please check back often and let your friends and neighbors know that the Palm Beach County Library System is here for the community!

Coronavirus Advice for Consumers from the FTC The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides advice for consumers and businesses about COVID-19 related scams, assistance programs, treatment claims, and more.
Prime Time Palm Beach County Virtual Summer Camp Keep your children learning and having fun this summer with new sessions every week that will include live interactive programming and hands-on learning activities provided by local content experts. All sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is not required to attend.
Tutor.com Free online tutoring, test prep and practice tests for K-12, college and adult learners. Resources for job seekers, including resume and cover letter templates, interview guidelines and much more. Live one-to-one help is available every day from 12:00 pm-12:00 am. Assistance provided in Spanish every day from 2:00 pm-12:00 am.
Palm Beach County CARES for Business Restart Business Grants Palm Beach County is offering up to $25,000 to county businesses affected by COVID-19. The program is funded by the county's $261 million allocation from the federal CARES Act.
Can You Be Evicted During Coronavirus? Propublica created a database of rental properties nationwide that may qualify for eviction protection, along with updates on Florida eviction protections and resources for tenants in Florida.
Free and Low-Cost Internet Plans From the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, a list of low- or no-cost Internet plans for low-income households. Most have eligibility limitations linked to income or program enrollment.
Free Meals for Kids and Teens Click on the link to see a map of food pickup locations, or call 2-1-1 or text FOODFL to 877-877. Grab and go meals and social distancing measures are in effect at all sites.
Free Childrens eBooks About COVID-19 Dozens of free eBooks about the coronavirus and COVID-19, in multiple languages and for kids, provided by the New York City School Library System.
ABCmouse The Palm Beach County Library System has partnered with Age of Learning to provide free home access to ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ during the period of our library closure due to COVID-19.
Unemployment / Reemployment Fact Sheet Guide to navigating Florida's unemployment assistance system, with the latest news from the Department of Economic Opportunity, helpful phone numbers, and other information resources.
COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Relief Guide The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau answers questions about economic impact payments issued by the Internal Revenue Service.
Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Seniors 60+ can call the ADRC Helpline for assistance with food, food stamps, covid-19 information such as testing sites, and Medicare or Medicaid. Call 866-684-5885 Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm. Assistance available in English, Spanish and Creole.
IRS Economic Impact Payments Stimulus payments are automatic for most taxpayers and retirees. Update your address and direct deposit information and get more information at irs.gov/coronavirus, or call 800-919-9835.
Virtual Science Fair Series The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is hosting four two-week virtual science fairs for K-8 students beginning April 6. No charge for participation. Donations are accepted.
Coronavirus: A book for children Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school-age children, free for anyone to read on-screen or print out.
Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County Extended learning opportunities from the Early Learning Coalition on Facebook, including storytimes, learning activities, Facebook Live events, and more.
Virtual Palm Beaches: Virtual Tours and Experiences From Discover the Palm Beaches Virtual tours of Palm Beach County destinations, online classes from arts, science and cultural organizations, a virtual craft fair, and more.
Sesame Street and Autism: Coping with Covid-19 Parent Resource Guide Tips and resources for parents of children on the autism spectrum.
Palm Beach Zoo TV & Activities Videos and other activities featuring some of the most colorful and animated characters at the Palm Beach Zoo.
Palm Beach County School District Distance Learning Information and resources for students and parents, including general and technical helpline and hotline phone numbers, links to student logins, television instruction and more.
Access from AT&T: Free Internet Service for 2 Months AT&T is offering two months of free service to eligible new customers who order by April 30, 2020. After two months, cost is $5/month or $10/month depending on speed.
Unemployment Compensation and Reemployment Assistance Resources for individuals and employers affected by the state’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including unemployment benefits for jobless workers and loans and short-time compensation programs for small businesses.
Palm Beach County Food Bank Lists food distribution sites and locations for the Benefits Outreach Program where Palm Beach County residents can get assistance with food stamp applications and other benefits.
Virtual Cultural Experiences, Tours & Classes in Palm Beach County From the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, a list online dance classes, science lessons, museum tours, film & theatre experiences, and more. Updated daily.
Beyond Fake News: COVID-19 Edition Learn how to identify false and misleading information related to the coronavirus outbreak and how to prevent the misinformation from spreading.
Gale Open Access to Resources for Teaching and Learning Learning-focused resources to maintain academic continuity from home and credible research on timely topics related to health and global issues. Coming soon: Lesson plans, activities, and more helpful materials.
Great Courses: Free Video Lectures Free full-length video lectures on current events, history, philosophy, science, literarture, art and more from The Great Courses.
Recursos para las familias durante la pandemia del Coronavirus Utiliza la tecnología, los programas televisión y las películas para ayudar a tus niños a aprender en casa y a entretenerse con el mejor contenido.
Common Sense Media: Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic Resources for understanding COVID-19 news coverage and links to quality media and at-home learning opportunities for kids.
Homeland Security Digital Library: COVID-19 Reports Documents from federal government agencies relating ot the Coronavirus Disease 2019 outbreak.
Florida Short Time Compensation Program for Employers The Short Time Compensation program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff.
Adobe Creative Cloud Tutorials Learn the basics or refine your skills with tutorials for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AfterEffects, DreamWeaver and other Adobe products.
Sesame Street: Caring for Each Other Tips and resources to help families and children cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
DiscoverE: Engineering Activities For K-12 Includes instructions for activities, videos, interviews with engineers and more.
Science Buddies: How Well Do You Wash Your Hands? Try this activity to find out if there are hard-to-wash parts of your hands where germs might be hiding.
Employ Florida Disaster Recovery Jobs Portal Resources for job seekers and employers
SBA Disaster Assistance The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Features websites, competitions, apps, and career resources for K-12 students.
Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls Interactive learning, STEM and craft activities for kids from age 2 to 11+.
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium: Virtual Science Live Facebook events (science demos, aquarium programs, exhibit tours, etc.) and links to educational resources.
Brightly’s Book Club for Kids Includes book-themed activities, printable discussion questions, interviews with authors, and more.
Science Matters: Let's Talk About COVID-19 Free online course hosted by Coursera and presented by the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA) at Imperial College London.
IRS Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15 The federal income tax filing due date is extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
Palm Beach County Community Action Program (CAP) Apply for assistance paying utility bills and other assistance via the Community Action Program's Online System for Community Access to Resources and Social Services (OSCARSS).
Census 2020 The public is strongly encouraged to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet, and can also respond by phone or mail. Click here to respond online or for more information about responding by phone or mail.
Ask a Librarian Palm Beach County Library staff are available by text or chat during library hours or email anytime and staff will respond during library hours.
Palm Beach County Government County government news and information, including testing sites, cancellations and closures.
211 Helpline Palm Beach County Coronavirus and COVID-19 information and referrals from 211, including health, mental health, food, utilities, and transportation assistance.
El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Palm Beach The School District of Palm Beach County
Story Time from Space Videos of astronauts reading books from the International Space Station. A project of the Global Space Education Foundation.
HathiTrust Digital Library HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
Internet Archive Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
Digital Public Library of America E-Learning Resources DPBLA's primary source sets are helpful resources for educators preparing to teach remotely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Each set contains a variety of primary sources, context, lesson plans, discussion questions and student activities.
Coronavirus Research Database The latest scientific findings and knowledge on coronavirus disease (COVID-19), compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO)
CDC: Manage Anxiety & Stress A guide to managing anxiety and stress during, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Free Typing Test Improve and practice typing skills
Worldometer Coronavirus Data Detailed data on coronavirus cases, deaths, mortality and transmission rates, and more.
The Metropolitan Opera: Free opera streaming online Every day for the duration of the Met’s closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, a different presentation is available for free streaming. Each performance is available for a period of 20 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 3:30 p.m. the following day.
Palm Beach County Schools Coronavirus Information Updates & Hotline The school district's coronavirus information hotline is open weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm at 561-969-5840. English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole
Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns Watch Ken Burns' baseball documentary on PBS.org for free.
My Free Taxes United Way partners with H&R Block to provide free online tax preparation software to every household with a simple return.
Learning Chocolate: A Vocabulary Learning Platform Vocabulary exercises in English, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin), German and Spanish. Exercises use pictures, sounds, and games to make learning a new language as fun as enjoying a piece of chocolate.
Ten Percent Happier: Coronavirus Sanity Guide Practical ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety with meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks.
TechSmith Remote learning and working software offered for free through June 2020.
Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) from National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled BARD is accessible to anyone who is receiving the recorded digital books from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Members who do not want to receive physical digital books can use BARD to listen to books on a mobile device or laptop.
Stuck Inside Facebook Group A public Facebook group created by members of a story time group for librarians and educators created to share free (even if just for the duration of the current pandemic) online educational and entertainment resources.
Storyline Online Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and more.
Florida Department of Health: COVID-19 Information and news from the Florida Department of Health
Stimola Live Live streamed events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio.
SkillBlox Provides access to free learning materials from textbook publishers, open source education resources, and teacher-created materials and aligns content to the College & Career Readiness Standards and TABE 11/12 .
Sifting Through the Coronavirus Pandemic Learn skills that will help you to sort fact from fiction on the web.
LitLovers: A Well-Read Online Community The website for all things literary — book club ideas, reading guides, reviews, recipes, literary news, and more.
KidLit TV Videos, podcasts, crafts, activities and more from a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
keybr.com Typing tutorial and practice
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus NPR asked experts to answer questions kids may ask about coronavirus and made it into a comic. Includes a link to a printable zine-style template and instructions on how to fold the template into a small zine.
Draw Everyday with JJK: Videos author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka Live webcasts every weekday at 2pm ET for parents and kids, and other videos from author Jarrett J. Krosoczka
IRS Free File: File Your Taxes Online for Free Includes a lookup tool to choose the free-filing service that matches your specific needs.
100+ Free Video Read Alouds from the Indianapolis Public Library More than 100 read along videos, from old classics like Where the Wild Things Are to newer favorites like Little Jumbo.
PBS: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus Collection of resources for parents, including links to PBS KIDS videos, games and activities all about handwashing and staying healthy.
Neil Gaiman Reads The Graveyard Book Return to the sprawling graveyard in this classic novel or discover Bod's boyhood adventures anew, read by master storyteller Neil Gaiman himself one chapter at a time.
Florida 15th Judicial Circuit Court updates Court updates concerning coronavirus
CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC: Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID‑19) Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) están vigilando de cerca un brote de enfermedad respiratoria causada por un nuevo coronavirus. Esta es una situación emergente que está cambiando rápidamente y los CDC continuarán brindando información actualizada a medida que esté disponible.
Reading Counts Database of books supported by Reading Counts! quizzes and guided level reading
W3Schools Web development tutorials and references on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, Python, jQuery, Java, C++, C#, React, XML, W3.CSS, and Bootstrap.
Scholastic Learn at Home: Free Resources for School Closures Scholastic Learn at Home provides 20 days’ worth of active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for those students who are unable to attend school.
Mystery Science Mystery Science is offering access to their most popular science lessons for anyone to use for free.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Williems Popular children's author Mo Willems is offering a daily video series for readers, artists, and makers. Videos are posted at 1 pm ET each day and can be viewed later as well.
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center Includes interactive world map and data, daily situation reports, podcasts with public health experts, and other useful resources, information, and analysis about the spread and impact of COVID-19.
Headspace Headspace is offering free access to meditations, sleep, and movement exercises.
GCFAprendeLibre.org GCFGlobal es un espacio virtual creado para ti. Por más de 10 años hemos trabajado en crear oportunidades para una vida mejor a través de la educación para todas aquellos que deseen mejorar su calidad de vida.
FloridaDisaster.biz Coordinates local, state and federal agency actions to provide immediate and short-term assistance to businesses and industry.
Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program Emergency Loans for Florida small businesses impacted by COVID-19
Florida League of Cities Coronavirus Resources State and federal resources, emergency declarations, and other resources
NewsGuard Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center NewsGuard's list of news and information sites in the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, and Germany that have been identified as publishing materially false information about the virus.
CDC: Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children Short FAQ from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention regarding the coronavirus and children.
Our World in Data: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Statistics and research, including explanations of statistics and interactive charts
Children's Musicians Across the Globe Perform Online Concerts Listing of free daily live streams from children's musicians.
Authors Everywhere! YouTube channel created children's book writers and illustrators with workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more.
Amazing Educational Resources An expanding list of education companies offering free subscriptions and resources due to school closings
Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource From the National Association of School Psychologists, includes a list of additional resources and is available several languages.
Free WiFi and Internet Essentials from Comcast Xfinity WiFi hotspots available to anyone who needs them for free, and 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service for new customers
New York Times coronavirus coverage Access to coronavirus coverage is free. Sign up with an email address.
ABCya Educational games for kids
AARP Games Fun, free online games to help unwind and distract.
Google Arts and Culture Virtual tours and information about art, architecture, history and more.
Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard Data from the Florida Department of Health, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection
Protecting your finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic Resources from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
#OperationStorytime Use the #operationstorytime tag to find authors offering video readings of their books. This blog post has a list with links to several authors using the tag.
DigitalLearn.org Basic computer skills tutorials
Meals for children during school closures Palm Beach County School Food Service is providing 'Grab and Go' bags filled with breakfast, lunch, supper, and a snack. Boxes of food from Feeding South Florida will also be available on specific dates per location.
GCFLearnFree.org From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.
Technology and computer skills tutorials Technology and computer class presentations and handouts from Denver Public Library