Resources for Adults During Coronavirus Closures

Links and information about resources for adults during this period of Coronavirus closures and service changes.

Emergency Resources / Recursos de Emergencia
Addiction / Adicción
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Addiction CampusesInforms people about the seriousness of addiction in our community and provides any information they might need to get help.Informa a las personas sobre la gravedad de la adicción en nuestra comunidad y proporciona cualquier información que puedan necesitar para obtener ayuda.
Alcoholics AnonymousWestern MA AA Online Meeting ListLista de Reuniones Semanales AA de Massachusetts Occidental
Cocaine AnonymousOffers online support and services.Ofrece apoyo y servicios en línea.
Gandara CenterA list of residential recovery homes.Una lista de casas de recuperación residenciales.
The Massachusetts Substance Use HelplineThe Helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services. Helpline services are free and confidential. Our caring, trained Specialists will help you understand the treatment system and your options.The Helpline es el único recurso público en todo el estado, que puede encontrar tratamiento para personas que sufren abuso de sustancias. Los servicios de la línea de ayuda son gratuitos y confidenciales. Nuestros especialistas capacitados y atentos lo ayudarán a comprender el sistema de tratamiento y sus opciones.
Narcotics AnonymousNarcotics Anonymous is a 12 Step Recovery Program helping addicts find recovery from the disease of addiction. Originally based on the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, they have broadened their approach from alcohol to the disease of addiction to obsession and compulsion. This is a spiritual, not religious, program.

Phone meetings: www.nabyphone.com or Online meetings: https://virtual-na.org/
Narcóticos Anónimos es un programa de recuperación de 12 pasos que ayuda a los adictos a recuperarse de la enfermedad de la adicción. Originalmente basado en los 12 Pasos y las 12 Tradiciones de Alcohólicos Anónimos, han ampliado su enfoque del alcohol a la enfermedad de la adicción a la obsesión y la compulsión. Este es un programa espiritual, no religioso.

Reuniones telefónicas: www.nabyphone.com o reuniones en línea: https://virtual-na.org/
Nicotine AnonymousOnline and telephone meetings available.Se ofrecen reuniones en línea y por teléfono.
Phoenix HouseProvides residential substance use disorder treatment for men and women. Clients receive drug or alcohol addiction treatment – including treatment for co-occurring mental health needs – in a highly structured setting where they can develop the social and emotional capital required to live positive and independent, drug-free lives.Esta organización brinda tratamiento residencial para hombres y mujeres que sufren abuso de sustancias. Los clientes reciben tratamiento de adicción a las drogas o al alcohol - incluyendo tratamiento para necesidades de enfermedades mental - en un entorno altamente estructurado donde puedan desarrollarse el capital social y emocional requerido para vivir una vida independiente, positiva, y libre de drogas.
Recovery SpeakersListen to recovery speakers from many different 12 step groups.Escuche a los oradores de recuperación de muchos grupos diferentes de 12 pasos.
Sober MommiesOnline support group for moms in recovery.Grupo de apoyo en línea para madres en recuperación.
Women for SobrietyHelps women gain hope and encouragement with other women in similar circumstances.Ayuda a las mujeres a ganar esperanza y aliento con otras mujeres en circunstancias similares.
Businesses / Los Negocios
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Disaster Loan AssistanceThe U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital for small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Hampden County has been identified as an eligible region.La Administración de Pequeñas Empresas de EE. UU. Ofrece préstamos federales por desastre a bajo interés para capital de trabajo para pequeñas empresas que sufren daños económicos sustanciales como resultado del Coronavirus (Covid-19). El condado de Hampden ha sido identificado como una región elegible.
Small Business Recovery Loan FundA loan fund of $10 million has been created to provide financial relief to Massachusetts businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) will receive and process all applications for this fund.Se ha creado un fondo de préstamos de $ 10 millones para proporcionar ayuda financiera a las empresas de Massachusetts que han sido afectadas por COVID-19. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) recibirá y procesará todas las solicitudes para este fondo.
Clothing / Ropa
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Essential Thrift StoreDistributes clothes, shoes and toilet articles to those in need. Open  Monday-Friday 9 A.M.-12 P.M. Operated by Friends of the Homeless in partnership with Bay Path University.Distribuye ropa, zapatos y artículos de tocador a todos aquellos que lo necesitan. Abierto de  Lunes a Viernes de 9 A.M. a 12 P.M.  Operado por Friends of the Homeless en colaboración con la Universidad de Bay Path.
Community Meals / Comidas Comunitarias
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Christ Church Cathedral
 Wednesday 
Lunch 12-1 P.M. and Dinner 5-6 P.M
35 Chestnut Street


 Miércoles 
Almuerzo 12-1 P.M. y Cena 5-6 P.M
35 Chestnut Street
Clinical Support Options (Friends of the Homeless) Daily: 
Breakfast - 8-9 a.m.
Lunch 12-1 p.m.
Dinner 4:30- 5:30 pm.
755 Worthington Street
 Diariamente: 
Desayuno - 8-9 a.m.
Almuerzo - 12-1 p.m.
Cena - 4: 30- 5:30 pm.
755 Worthington Street
The Community Survival Center Food PantryAt 240 Main Street, Indian Orchard will be open  Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9 A.M. –3 PM and Thursday 9 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.  They serve Ludlow, Wilbraham, Hampden, Sixteen Acres, Indian Orchard and Pine Point. Please contact (413) 543-3930.Esta despensa de alimentos está en 240 Main Street, Indian Orchard estará abierto los  Lunes, Martes y Viernes de 9 A.M. a 3 P.M. y los Jueves de 9 A.M. a 4:30 P.M.  Sirven a Ludlow, Wilbraham, Hampden, Sixteen Acres, Indian Orchard y Pine Point. Comuníquese con (413) 543-3930.

The Food Bank's Emergency Feeding Program Network
Find a food pantry or free meal during Covid-19 crisis.Encuentre una despensa de alimentos o comida gratis durante la crisis de Covid-19.
The Gray House Food PantryAt 22 Sheldon Street, Springfield will be open  Thursdays, 9 AM-12 PM; 2nd & 4th Friday of the month from 4 PM-6 PM (ID, proof of income and address needed-intake form to complete).  Please contact (413) 734-669Esta despensa de alimentos está en 240 Main Street, 22 Sheldon Street, Springfield y estará abierta los  Jueves, de 9 A.M. a 12 P.M.; y el segundo y cuarto Viernes del mes de 4 P.M. a 6 P.M. (Identificación, comprobante de ingresos y dirección del formulario de ingreso necesario para completar).  Por favor, póngase en contacto con (413) 734-669.
Lorraine’s Soup KitchenIn efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 Lorraine’s Kitchen will not serve dinner inside their dining room area. They will be providing “To Go Meals” at the door. Pantry intake will take place at the door and a Lorraine’s staff member will deliver groceries to you at the door. En los esfuerzos por frenar la difusión de COVID-19 Lorraine's Kitchen no servirá la cena dentro de su comedor. Estarán proporcionando "To Go Meals" en la puerta. La entrada de la dispensa se realizada en la puerta y un miembro del personal de Lorraine’s le entregará comestibles en la puerta.
MLK Food PantryThe MLK Food Pantry is on 3 Rutland Street in Springfield and it will be open on  Thursdays from 6 A.M. – 11 A.M.  Please contact (413) 746-3655.La despensa de alimentos MLK está en 3 Rutland Street en Springfield y estará abierta los  Jueves de 6 A.M. a 11 A.M.  Por favor contacte al (413) 746-3655.
Open PantryCurrently providing take-out meals at our Loaves & Fishes Kitchen at  noon and 5 P.M  They are also providing groceries at their Emergency Food Pantry from  9 A.M. -3 P.M. (M, T, W and F)  with a limited number of people allowed into the pantry at one time. If you have any questions please call at (413) 737-5354.
Actualmente ofrece comidas para llevar en nuestra Cocina Loaves & Fishes al  mediodía y a las 5 P.M.   También están proporcionando comestibles en su despensa de alimentos de emergencia de  9 A.M.- 3 P.M. (Lunes, Martes, Miércoles y Viernes) con un número limitado de personas permitidas en la despensa a la vez. Si tiene alguna pregunta, llámenos al (413) 737-5354.
The Salvation Army Emergency Food PantryAt 170 Pearl Street in Springfield. This pantry will be open  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 A.M. - Noon.  Please call (413) 733-1518.En 170 Pearl Street en Springfield. Esta despensa estará abierta los  Martes, Miércoles y Jueves de 9 A.M. al mediodía. Por favor llame al (413) 733-1518.
South Congregational Church Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 
 Lunch 12-1 p.m. and Dinner 5-6 p.m. 
45 Maple Street
 Lunes, Martes, Jueves, Viernes, Sabado 
 Almuerzo 12-1 p.m. y Cena 5-6 p.m. 
45 Maple Street
Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist Church Sunday 
 Lunch 1-2 P.M. and Dinner 5-6 P.M 
797 State Street
 Domingo 
 Almuerzo 1-2 P.M. y Cena 5-6 P.M. 
797 State Street
Covid-19 Information / Información Sobre Covid-19
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Centers for Disease Control & PreventionHandouts in various languages.Folletos en varios idiomas.
Covid-19 Printable Fact SheetsMaterials related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Available in various languages.Materiales relacionados con la enfermedad por coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Disponible en varios idiomas.
Masshealth and Covid-19Guidance for patients and applicants, including info for those lacking insurance; note that Connector enrollment has been reopened through April 25.Orientación para pacientes y solicitantes, incluida información para quienes carecen de seguro; tenga en cuenta que la inscripción de Conector se ha reabierto hasta el 25 de Abril.
Switchboard Roundup of Multilingual ResourcesThis blog post contains fact sheets, posters, multimedia resources, and links to live updates in multiple languages about COVID-19, its symptoms, and how to prevent it; and about handwashing.Esta publicación contiene hojas informativas, carteles, recursos multimedia y enlaces a actualizaciones en vivo en varios idiomas sobre COVID-19, sus síntomas y cómo prevenirlo; y sobre el lavado de manos.
Domestic Violence / La Violencia Doméstica
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Springfield Police Department Emergency Number911
Police Department Domestic Violence Coordinator413-735-1519
Police Department Domestic Violence Advocate413-735-1520
Domestic Violence Shelter ServicesYWCA ARCH
(Abuse & Rape Crisis Hotline), Springfield: 413-733-7100
YWCA ARCH
(Línea directa de crisis de abuso y violación) , Springfield: 413-733-7100
The National Domestic Violence Hotline800-799-7233
National Sexual Assault HotlinePlease call all 800-656-HOPE (4673) to connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services. Crisis chat support is available at Online Hotline. Free help, 24/7.Llame al 800-656-HOPE (4673) para comunicarse con un miembro del personal capacitado de un proveedor de servicios de agresión sexual en su área que ofrezca acceso a una gama de servicios gratuitos. El soporte de chat de crisis está disponible en la línea directa en línea.
Womenshelter CompanerasHolyoke
As of Friday, March 13, 2020 anyone who wishes to access domestic violence services will first need to call our emergency hotline number at 413-536-1628. A domestic violence Advocate will be available by phone to conduct an intake assessment and determine the next steps for services.
Holyoke
A partir de Viernes 13, de Marzo de 2020, cualquier persona que desee acceder a los servicios de violencia doméstica primero deberá llamar a nuestra línea directa de emergencias al 413-536-1628. Un defensor de violencia doméstica estará disponible por teléfono para realizar una evaluación de admisión y determinar los próximos pasos para los servicios.
Emergency Assistance / Asistencia de Emergencia
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Springfield Partners for Community Action
Staff are committed to the community and want to be able to help if they can, which would include referring you to local community resources. They will be available by phone at 413-263-6500 x6500 or x6501.El personal está comprometido con la comunidad y quiere ser capaz de ayudar si puede, lo que incluiría referirse a los recursos de la comunidad local. Estarán disponibles por teléfono al 413-263-6500 x6500 o x6501.
ThriveThrive, a program of United Way of Pioneer Valley, provides one-to-one free and confidential financial coaching. Our highly trained financial coaches work with clients by appointment on a monthly basis and help them identify financial goals and take the necessary steps toward financial wellness. All services at Thrive are free and confidential.Thrive, un programa de United Way of Pioneer Valley, proporciona asesoramiento financiero gratuito y confidencial de uno a uno. Nuestros entrenadores financieros altamente capacitados trabajan con los clientes con cita mensual y les ayudan a identificar objetivos financieros y tomar a tomar los pasos necesarios hacia el bienestar financiero. Todos los servicios de Thrive son gratuitos y confidenciales.
Mass 2-1-1A free referral hotline providing access to services such as emergency assistance and real-time COVID-19 information.Una línea directa gratuita de referencia que proporciona acceso a servicios como asistencia de emergencia e información COVID-19 en tiempo real.
Western Massachusetts Community Mutual Aid NetworkWestern Massachusetts Community Mutual Aid Network helps Western Massachusetts residents connect to each other to provide direct assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak.

We provide:

- Support network of local residents requesting and offering aid

- Neighborhood pods: local text groups for support

If you are in need, please add your information directly to the spreadsheet found on our website. If you would like to remain anonymous, please email us instead, or have a friend put in the request for you. If you can offer any assistance to the community, please add those offerings the same way.
La Red de Ayuda Mutua de la Comunidad del Oeste de Massachusetts ayuda a los residentes del oeste de Massachusetts a conectarse entre sí para proporcionar asistencia directa durante el brote de COVID-19.

Proporcionamos:

- Red de apoyo de residentes locales que solicitan y ofrecen ayuda.

- Grupos de vecinos: grupos de texto locales para apoyo

Si lo necesita, agregue su información directamente a la hoja de cálculo que se encuentra en nuestra página de red. Si desea permanecer en el anonimato, envíenos un correo electrónico o solicite a un amigo que lo solicite. Si puede ofrecer asistencia a la comunidad, agregue esas ofertas de la misma manera.
Health / La Salud
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Caring Health CenterProvides primary, preventive care, and dental. Help with WIC, medication, refugee services and more, for children and adults on a sliding fee scale or for free if you qualify. Urgent care is provided at the Main Street clinic. For locations and hours call 413-739-1100.Proporciona atención primaria, preventiva y dental. Ayuda con WIC, medicamentos, servicios para refugiados y más, para niños y adultos en una escala móvil de tarifas o de forma gratuita si califica. Se brinda atención urgente en la clínica de Main Street. Para ubicaciones y horas llame al 413-739-1100.
Clearway ClinicProvides free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, nurse consultation and STD testing for women. Parental consent or insurance not required. At this time they are only accepting appointments via phone. They will not be seeing any STI patients at this time. Please call the clinic to speak with a nurse today, they will be scheduling appointments on a case by case basis.Proporciona pruebas de embarazo gratuitas, ultrasonidos, consulta de enfermería y pruebas de ETS para mujeres. No se requiere el consentimiento de los padres o seguro médico. En este momento sólo están aceptando citas por teléfono. En estos momentos, no se verán a ningún paciente con STI. Por favor llame a la clínica para hablar con una enfermera hoy, estarán programando citas caso por caso.
Familywize Prescription CardFamilyWize, a partner of United Way Worldwide, offers a free prescription drug savings card. When getting a prescription filled or refilled, you can ask your pharmacist to apply the FamilyWize discount and present them with a printed card or by using the FamilyWize app.FamilyWize, socio de United Way Worldwide, ofrece una tarjeta de ahorro para medicamentos recetados gratuita. Cuando surta o reponga una receta, puede pedirle a su farmacéutico que aplique el descuento de FamilyWize y que le presente una tarjeta impresa o mediante la aplicación FamilyWize.
Medline PlusMedlinePlus is an online information service produced by the United States National Library of Medicine. The service provides curated consumer health information in English and Spanish with select content in additional languages.MedlinePlus es un servicio de información en línea producido por la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina de los Estados Unidos. El servicio proporciona información curativa de salud del consumidor en inglés y español con contenido selecto en idiomas adicionales.
The National Alliance on Mental IllnessOffers a 24/7 Crisis Textline. Text NAMI to 741741. For mental health resources that are not urgent, contact the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-6264.Ofrece una línea de texto de crisis 24/7. Envíe un mensaje de texto a NAMI al 741741. Para obtener recursos de salud mental que no sean urgentes, comuníquese con la línea de ayuda de NAMI al 800-950-6264.
National Suicide Prevention LifelineIf you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.Si usted o alguien que conoce está en crisis, ya sea que estén considerando suicidarse o no, llame a la línea gratuita Lifeline al 800-273-TALK (8255) para hablar con un asesor de crisis capacitado las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana.
Planned ParenthoodAt this time Planned Parenthood is only accepting appointments via phone, please call at 1-800-258-4448.

In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 Planned Parenthood is limiting schedules and appointment types across health centers until further notice. Additionally, it will not be accepting walk-ins for the time being.
En estos momentos, Planned Parenthood solo aceptara citas por teléfono, por favor llame al 1-800-258-4448.

En un esfuerzo por contener la propagación de COVID-19 Planned Parenthood está limitando los horarios y los tipos de citas en los centros de salud hasta nuevo aviso. Además, no aceptará walk-ins por el momento.
Postpartum Support InternationalFor those pregnant or postpartum seeking support and not in crisis or an emergency, call 1-800-944-4773 or text (English) 503-864-9453 or (Spanish) 971-420-0294.Para aquellas embarazadas o posparto que buscan apoyo y no están en crisis o en una emergencia, llame al 1-800-944-4773 o envíe un mensaje de texto (inglés) 503-864-9453 o (español) 971-420-0294.
Talkspace Online counseling via text, audio, or video messaging. At any time, from anywhere. Flexible plans to meet your needs and your lifestyle at an affordable cost. Secure & Confidential. Instant Access To Therapy.Asesoramiento en línea a través de mensajes de texto, audio o video. En cualquier momento, desde cualquier lugar. Planes flexibles para satisfacer sus necesidades y su estilo de vida a un costo asequible. Seguro y confidencial. Acceso instantáneo a la terapia.
Housing / Alojamiento
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Mental Health AssociationIn Western Mass, MHA was the first provider of housing services to use a Housing First model in our approach to chronic homelessness. We also created the first Tenancy Preservation Program, now a statewide model, to serve eligible individuals with a disability who are at risk of eviction.

MHA combines rental assistance that gets people housed with supportive services that keep people housed. It works: 95% of chronically homeless individuals we place remain housed after a year.

For more information, please call 413-734-5376.
En Western Mass, MHA fue el primer proveedor de servicios de vivienda en utilizar un modelo Housing First en nuestro enfoque de la falta de vivienda crónica. También creamos el primer Programa de Preservación de Tenencia, ahora un modelo estatal, para atender a las personas elegibles con una discapacidad que están en riesgo de desalojo.

MHA combina la asistencia de alquiler que brinda alojamiento a las personas con servicios de apoyo que mantienen a las personas alojadas. Funciona: el 95% de las personas crónicamente sin hogar que ubicamos permanecen alojadas después de un año.

Para obtener más información, llame al 413-734-5376.
Springfield Rescue Mission Regarding the Covid-19 virus, the Springfield Rescue Mission is open and will continue its services to the homeless population in Greater Springfield.En cuanto al virus Covid-19, la Misión de Rescate de Springfield está abierta y continuará sus servicios a la población sin hogar en Springfield.
Immigrants & Refugees / Inmigrantes y Refugiados
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Mental Health AssociationIn Western Mass, MHA was the first provider of housing services to use a Housing First model in our approach to chronic homelessness. We also created the first Tenancy Preservation Program, now a statewide model, to serve eligible individuals with a disability who are at risk of eviction.

MHA combines rental assistance that gets people housed with supportive services that keep people housed. It works: 95% of chronically homeless individuals we place remain housed after a year.

For more information, please call 413-734-5376.
En Western Mass, MHA fue el primer proveedor de servicios de vivienda en utilizar un modelo Housing First en nuestro enfoque de la falta de vivienda crónica. También creamos el primer Programa de Preservación de Tenencia, ahora un modelo estatal, para atender a las personas elegibles con una discapacidad que están en riesgo de desalojo.

MHA combina la asistencia de alquiler que brinda alojamiento a las personas con servicios de apoyo que mantienen a las personas alojadas. Funciona: el 95% de las personas crónicamente sin hogar que ubicamos permanecen alojadas después de un año.

Para obtener más información, llame al 413-734-5376.
Springfield Rescue Mission Regarding the Covid-19 virus, the Springfield Rescue Mission is open and will continue its services to the homeless population in Greater Springfield.En cuanto al virus Covid-19, la Misión de Rescate de Springfield está abierta y continuará sus servicios a la población sin hogar en Springfield.
Legal Help / Ayuda Legal
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Community Legal AidCan assist with state benefits (TAFDC, EAEDC, food stamps, MassHealth, unemployment), federal disability benefits, elder law (for those above 60), family law in cases of DV, eviction defense and homelessness prevention, education law, civil legal aid for victims of crime and more. To apply by phone, call 855-CLA-LEGAL (855-252-5342) during the following hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30-12:15; Wednesday 1:30-4:15. Because of the large number of calls we receive, the caller may be on hold for longer than 15 minutes.Puede ayudar con los beneficios estatales (TAFDC, EAEDC, cupones de alimentos, MassHealth, desempleo), beneficios federales por discapacidad, ley de ancianos (para los mayores de 60 años), derecho de familia en casos de DV, defensa de desalojo y prevención de la falta de vivienda, ley de educación, asistencia jurídica civil para víctimas de delitos y más. Para presentar la solicitud por teléfono, llame al 855-CLA-LEGAL (855-252-5342) durante las siguientes horas: Lunes, Martes, Jueves, Viernes 9:30 A.M. -12:15 P.M. ; Miércoles 1:30 P.M. - 4: 15 P.M. Debido a la gran cantidad de llamadas que recibimos, la persona que llama puede estar en espera por más de 15 minutos.
Mass Legal ServicesThis section focuses on legal issues related to COVID-19 that are of particular relevance to lower income people in Massachusetts.Esta sección se enfoca en asuntos legales relacionados con COVID-19 que son de particular relevancia para las personas de bajos ingresos en Massachusetts.
LGBTQ
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Family EqualityActivities from toddler dance parties to creative writing workshops for teens.Actividades desde fiestas de baile para niños pequeños hasta talleres de escritura creativa para adolescentes.
Gender SpectrumHelp for Coping with Social Isolation – Staying connected and providing spaces for you to connect with others is our foundation, and has never been more important than now.Ayuda para hacer frente al aislamiento social: mantenerse conectado y proporcionar espacios para que se conecte con los demás es nuestra base, y nunca ha sido más importante que ahora.

Transgender Law Center
TLC Launches Virtual Community Gatherings to Address Coronavirus Pandemic – Using this opportunity to provide a space of solace, political education, and resource sharing.TLC lanza reuniones de la comunidad virtual para abordar la pandemia de coronavirus - Aprovechando esta oportunidad para proporcionar un espacio de consuelo, educación política e intercambio de recursos.

What Trans Looks Like
The What Trans Looks Like COVID-19 Trans/Queer Relief Form is an effort to try and identify members of our Rainbow Family who are in need due to the COVID-19 epidemic and to identify resources available to those folks and then link the two together. People who need help and people who can offer help are asked to complete the form.El formulario Trans / Queer de COVID-19 es un esfuerzo para tratar de identificar a los miembros de nuestra familia Rainbow que están en necesidad debido a la epidemia de COVID-19 e identificar los recursos disponibles para esas personas y luego vincularlos . Las personas que necesitan ayuda y las personas que pueden ofrecer ayuda deben completar el formulario.
Seniors / Personas Mayores
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CostcoCostco is opening its doors for it's members that are 60 years and older every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 A.M. to 9 A.M.Costco abre sus puertas para sus miembros que tienen 60 años o más todos los martes y jueves de 8 A.M. a 9 A.M.
Dollar GeneralDollar General's senior store hours are designed to allow some of our most vulnerable neighbors the ability to shop during the first hour that our stores are open to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods. Los horarios de las tiendas para personas mayores de Dollar General están diseñados para permitir a algunos de nuestros vecinos más vulnerables la posibilidad de comprar durante la primera hora en que nuestras tiendas están abiertas para evitar períodos de compras más concurridos y más concurridos.
Meals on WheelsThe "meals on wheels" program deliver well-balanced, lunchtime meals to homebound individuals who are at least 60 years. Various food options are available. Meals are delivered Monday-Friday. Suggested donation of $2.00 is appreciated to offset the cost of the meal.El programa "comidas sobre ruedas" ofrece comidas bien equilibradas a la hora del almuerzo a las personas que tienen al menos 60 años. También hay variedades de comida. Las comidas se entregan de lunes a viernes. Se agradece la donación sugerida de $2.00 para compensar el costo de la comida.

Greater Springfield Senior Services
Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc. offers a wide range of services for people 60 years of age and older and for caregivers. Eligibility requirements vary.Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc. ofrece una amplia gama de servicios para personas de 60 años de edad y mayores y para cuidadores. Los requisitos de elegibilidad varían.
Unemployment / El Desempleo
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Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Virtual Town HallsSign up for a town hall presentation on applying for unemployment assistance.Regístrese para una presentación del ayuntamiento sobre cómo solicitar asistencia por desempleo.

 Visite esta página de red en Español
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice Compiled by Massachusetts Jobs with Justice for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers should apply for these funds regardless of immigration status. Please research, apply, and share. This is a work in progress! If you find new funds, please let us know! And please reach out if you would like to volunteer to help workers, particularly ones who are not fluent in English or need help with technology, jwj@massjwj.net.Compilado por Massachusetts Jobs with Justice para trabajadores afectados por la pandemia COVID-19. Los trabajadores deben solicitar estos fondos independientemente del estado de inmigración. Por favor, investigue, solicite y comparta. Este es un trabajo en progreso! Si encuentra nuevos fondos, ¡háganoslo saber! Y comuníquese si desea ser voluntario para ayudar a los trabajadores, especialmente a aquellos que no dominan el inglés o que necesitan ayuda con la tecnología, jwj@massjwj.net.
Mass.govFiling for unemployment in Massachusetts.Solicitud de desempleo en Massachusetts.
Tradeswoman TuesdayLearn about careers in in the trades from tradeswomen who are doing it.Aprenda sobre las carreras en los oficios de las mujeres comerciantes que lo están haciendo.
Educational Resources / Recursos Educativos
Coding / La Codificación
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code.orgCode.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. The vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.Code.org® es una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a ampliar el acceso a la informática y aumentar la participación de mujeres y estudiantes de color con baja representación. La visión es que cada estudiante en cada escuela debería tener la oportunidad de aprender ciencias de la computación.
CodecademyCodecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, C++, Swift, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS.Codecademy es una plataforma interactiva que ofrece clases de codificación gratuitas en 12 lenguajes de programación diferentes, incluidos Python, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, C++, Swift, Sass, HTML y CSS.
Languages / Aprender un Idioma
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code.orgCode.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. The vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.Code.org® es una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a ampliar el acceso a la informática y aumentar la participación de mujeres y estudiantes de color con baja representación. La visión es que cada estudiante en cada escuela debería tener la oportunidad de aprender ciencias de la computación.
CodecademyCodecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, C++, Swift, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS.Codecademy es una plataforma interactiva que ofrece clases de codificación gratuitas en 12 lenguajes de programación diferentes, incluidos Python, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, C++, Swift, Sass, HTML y CSS.
Literature / La Literatura
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GoodreadsGoodreads is a social cataloging website that allows individuals to freely search its database of books, annotations, and reviews. Users can sign up and register books to generate library catalogs and reading lists. They can also create their own groups of book suggestions, surveys, polls, blogs, and discussions. Goodreads es una página de red de catalogación social que permite a las personas buscar libremente en su base de datos de libros, anotaciones y reseñas. Los usuarios pueden registrarse y registrar libros para generar catálogos de bibliotecas y listas de lectura. También pueden crear sus propios grupos de sugerencias de libros, encuestas, encuestas, blogs y discusiones.
LibriVoxFree public domain audiobooks.Audiolibros gratuitos de dominio público.
Multimedia
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Big ThinkThe website is a collection of interviews, presentations, and roundtable discussions with experts from a wide range of fields.La página de red es una colección de entrevistas, presentaciones y mesas redondas con expertos de una amplia gama de campos.
Brain PumpLearn something new with random educational videos.Aprende algo nuevo con videos educativos aleatorios.
Crash CourseAt Crash Course, high quality educational videos are available to everyone for free. The Crash Course team has produced more than 15 courses to date, and these videos accompany high school and college level classes ranging from the humanities to the sciences. Crash Course transforms the traditional textbook model by presenting information in a fast-paced format, enhancing the learning experience. En Crash Course, los videos educativos de alta calidad están disponibles para todos de forma gratuita. El equipo de Crash Course ha producido más de 15 cursos hasta la fecha, y estos videos acompañan a las clases de nivel secundario y universitario que van desde las humanidades hasta las ciencias. Crash Course transforma el modelo de libro de texto tradicional presentando información en un formato acelerado, mejorando la experiencia de aprendizaje.
Day at Work VideosCurious what a Robotics Engineer does? Looking for information about the skills necessary to become a Superior Court Judge? Explore our Day at Work videos and learn from a variety of professionals - what they do, how they do it, and the path that took them there.¿Curioso qué hace un ingeniero de robótica? ¿Busca información sobre las habilidades necesarias para convertirse en Juez de la Corte Superior? Explore nuestros videos del Día en el Trabajo y aprenda de una variedad de profesionales: qué hacen, cómo lo hacen y el camino que los llevó hasta allí.
Ted-EdTedEd aims to spark and celebrate the ideas and knowledge-sharing of teachers and students around the world.TedEd tiene como objetivo despertar y celebrar las ideas y el intercambio de conocimientos de profesores y estudiantes de todo el mundo.
The Kennedy Center:
Interactive Media

Featured content and media for students of all ages.Contenido destacado y medios para estudiantes de todas las edades.
Online Education / Educación en Línea
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CourseraCoursera.org is a website that partners with universities and organizations around the world. This brings a wide variety of topics and perspectives to one searchable database. Coursera is a powerful tool for free online education and includes courses from many top universities, museums, and trusts.Coursera.org es una pagina de red que se asocia con universidades y organizaciones de todo el mundo. Esto trae una amplia variedad de temas y perspectivas a una base de datos de búsqueda. Coursera es una herramienta poderosa para la educación en línea gratuita e incluye cursos de muchas universidades, museos y fideicomisos de primer nivel.
Khan AcademyOffers free online courses in a wide variety of subjects. It offers the most content in math, but also has courses in science, economics, test prep, and more.Ofrece cursos en línea gratuitos en una amplia variedad de temas. Ofrece la mayor cantidad de contenido en matemáticas, pero también tiene cursos en ciencias, economía, preparación para exámenes y más.

MIT OpenCourseWare
Allows you to search for open courses around the world. It also provides news on the open courseware movement.Le permite buscar cursos abiertos en todo el mundo. También proporciona noticias sobre el movimiento de cursos abiertos.
Open CultureGet 1,500 free online courses from the world's leading universities -- Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download these audio & video courses (often from iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites) straight to your computer or mp3 player. Over 45,000 hours of free audio & video lectures, await you now.Le permite buscar cursos abiertos en todo el mundo. También proporciona noticias sobre el movimiento de cursos abiertos.
Obtenga 1.500 cursos gratuitos en línea de las principales universidades del mundo: Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford y más. Puede descargar estos cursos de audio y video (a menudo desde iTunes, YouTube o sitios web de la universidad) directamente a su computadora o reproductor de mp3. Le esperan más de 45,000 horas de conferencias gratuitas de audio y video.
Open Education ConsortiumAllows you to search for open courses around the world. It also provides news on the open courseware movement.Le permite buscar cursos abiertos en todo el mundo. También proporciona noticias sobre el movimiento de cursos abiertos.
edXedX is a massive open online course provider. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body, including some courses at no charge.edX es un proveedor masivo de cursos en línea abierta. Alberga cursos en línea de nivel universitario en una amplia gama de disciplinas para un cuerpo estudiantil mundial, incluidos algunos cursos sin cargo.
Toolkits / Juego de Herramientas
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Learn to Earn ToolkitThe Learn to Earn Toolkit is a free resource for adults working to increase their employability skills – ideal for intermediate and advanced English language learners and beginning and intermediate adult basic education students.The Learn to Earn Toolkit es un recurso gratuito para adultos que trabajan para aumentar sus habilidades de empleabilidad, ideal para estudiantes de inglés intermedio y avanzado y estudiantes de educación básica para adultos principiantes e intermedios.
Reentry Education ToolkitThis toolkit provides guidance to educators to support a successful reentry system for formerly incarcerated youth and adults. It highlights the five critical components of an effective reentry system: program infrastructure, strategic partnerships, education services, transition processes, and sustainability.Este juego de herramientas proporciona orientación a los educadores para apoyar un sistema de reingreso exitoso para jóvenes y adultos anteriormente encarcelados. Destaca los cinco componentes críticos de un sistema de reentrada efectivo: infraestructura de programas, asociaciones estratégicas, servicios educativos, procesos de transición y sostenibilidad.
Entertainment Resources / Recursos de Entretenimiento
Do-It-Yourself Projects / Proyectos de Bricolaje
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diy.orgHuge library of hands-on projects, how-to videos, and an awesome kid community. TRY FOR FREE FOR 14 DAYS!Enorme biblioteca de proyectos prácticos, videos prácticos y una increíble comunidad infantil. ¡Prueba GRATIS DURANTE 14 DÍAS!
Instructables Instructables is a website specializing in user-created and uploaded do-it-yourself projects.Instructables es una página de red especializada en proyectos de bricolaje creado y cargados por el usuario.
MakeZine ProjectsFrom electronics to crafts to robots with a side of drones, the Make: edit team picks the latest products, projects and tools to make you a better maker.Desde productos electrónicos hasta artesanías y robots con un lado de drones, el equipo Make: selecciona los últimos productos, proyectos y herramientas para hacerte un mejor creador.
Snapguide
DIY How to GuidesProyectos DIY
Free Software / Software Libre
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Audacity
Audacity is the best open-source audio editing software. It is stuffed up with features, accessibility, and plugins. It can record live audio, record your computer’s playback, convert tapes into mp3 and other formats, edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files and much more. It can also do other basic tasks such as effects, reduce noise, change pitch and tempo, isolate vocals, generate tones, etc.

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
Audacity es el mejor software gratuito de edición de audio. Se ha rellenado con funciones, accesibilidad y complementos. Puede grabar audio en vivo, grabar la reproducción de su computadora, convertir cintas a mp3 y otros formatos, editar archivos de sonido WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 u Ogg Vorbis y mucho más. También puede realizar otras tareas básicas como efectos, reducir el ruido, cambiar el tono y el tempo, aislar voces, generar tonos, etc.

Plataformas: Windows, Mac, Linux
BlenderBlender is a free and open-source 3D creation suite. It includes the use of creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, and computer games. There’s 3D modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline.

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
Blender es una suite de creación 3D gratuita.
Incluye el uso de la creación de películas animadas, efectos visuales, arte, modelos impresos en 3D, gráficos en movimiento, aplicaciones 3D interactivas y juegos de computadora. Hay modelado 3D, aparejo, animación, simulación, renderizado, composición y seguimiento de movimiento, edición de video y canalización de animación 2D.

Plataformas: Windows, Mac, Linux

GIMP
Free alternative to Adobe Photoshop

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
Alternativa gratuita a Adobe Photoshop

Plataformas: Windows, Mac, Linux
KritaKrita is a professional free and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.

Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux
Krita es un programa de pintura profesional gratuito y de código abierto. Está hecho por artistas que desean ver herramientas de arte asequibles para todos.

Plataformas: Windows, Mac, Linux

LibreOffice
LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite, a project of The Document Foundation.

Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux
LibreOffice es una suite ofimática gratuita y de código abierto, un proyecto de The Document Foundation.

Plataformas: Windows, Mac, Linux
Open Shot VideoOpen Shot Video Editor allows you to quickly slice your footage into multiple parts, and add as many tracks and effects as you want. You can even add audio as waveforms, and control the speed of your footage as well. To add more videos, all you have to do is simply drag and drop. Its user interface is really nice and intuitive.

Platform: Windows, Mac
Open Shot Video Editor le permite cortar rápidamente su metraje en varias partes y agregar tantas pistas y efectos como desee. Incluso puede agregar audio como formas de onda y controlar la velocidad de su metraje también. Para agregar más videos, todo lo que tiene que hacer es simplemente arrastrar y soltar. Su interfaz de usuario es realmente agradable e intuitiva.

Plataformas: Windows, Mac

Stream
Steam is not open-source but it is regarded as the ultimate online gaming platform, is an online community where you can easily search, install, and manage game collections for different OS platforms.

Platform: Windows, Mac
Steam no es de código abierto, pero se considera la mejor plataforma de juegos en línea, es una comunidad en línea donde puede buscar, instalar y administrar fácilmente colecciones de juegos para diferentes plataformas de sistema operativo.

Plataforma: Windows, Mac
StudioStudio is a LEGO-building software. It’s incredibly intuitive and will have you digitally constructing models from your wildest imaginings immediately.

Platform: Windows, Mac
Studio es un software de construcción de LEGO. Es increíblemente intuitivo y te hará construir digitalmente modelos a partir de tus imaginaciones más salvajes de inmediato.

Plataforma: Windows, Mac
Podcasts
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BBC PodcastsDiscover world history, culture and ideas with today’s leading experts.Descubra la historia mundial, la cultura y las ideas con los principales expertos de hoy.

StoryCorps
StoryCorps is an American non-profit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. StoryCorps es una organización estadounidense sin fines de lucro cuya misión es registrar, preservar y compartir las historias de Americanos de todos los orígenes y creencias.
Recreational / Recreativo
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AllTrails
The largest collection of hand-curated trail guides, so you can explore the outdoors with confidence.La mayor colección de guías de senderos curadas a mano, para que pueda explorar el aire libre con confianza.
DarebeeFitness blueprints. No equipment necessary.Programas de fitness. No se necesidad equipo.
Fitness BlenderWorkout videos for every fitness level. Absolutely free.Vídeos de entrenamiento para cada nivel de ejercicio. Absolutamente gratis.
MyFitnessPalYour 10-Minute, no-equipment, total-body workout.
Rails to Trails Conservancy As the situation with Covid-19 rapidly evolves, RTC will be offering insights and information about ways to be physically active and well during this time of social distancing.A medida que la situación con Covid-19 evoluciona rápidamente, RTC ofrecerá ideas e información sobre formas de estar físicamente activo y bien durante este tiempo de distanciamiento social.
Springfield ParksThe city of Springfield boasts nineteen parks, thirteen pools, two swimming ponds and two public golf courses.La ciudad de Springfield cuenta con diecinueve parques, trece piscinas, dos estanques de natación y dos campos de golf públicos.
Additional Resources / Recursos Adicionales

* más recursos bibliotecarios 

  1. 150+ Educational Websites For Lifelong Learners
  2. 11 Library Hacks for Riding Out the Coronavirus
  3. findhelp.org
  4. Ten Ways to Be Super-Productive While at Home with (Digital) Help From the Library

Online Educational and Entertainment Resources for Children and Families

Online education and entertainment resources for children and families for during the Coronavirus pandemic.

NOTE: If you need access to the internet to use these educational resources, Comcast is making Xfinity Wifi free for the next 60 days. Find more information here. 

Click this link to access our ebook, e-audiobook, and streaming music and movie services for free! Note: you must have a library card to use these resources.

Click this link to get to our Homework Help resources! We have many resources that you can use at home. Some require a Springfield Library card while others are open to all. Check out our list to learn more!

Online Classes and Educational Resources

Need a project during your child’s computer time? Try out some of these websites with activities for anyone in grades K to 12. You don’t need to be a computer whiz to play!

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  • Code.org – Learn how to code for free! Try making your own games, apps, and computer drawings.
  • Khan Academy – Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
  • Scratch – With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home: Day by Day – Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin! -The Editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines.
  • List of Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions During School Closings – Check out this long list of online companies currently offering free subscriptions!
  • Free Educational Kits and Downloads for Families -Raddishkids.com is offering free activity guides, recipes, and more to support families unexpectedly at home.
  • The Kennedy Center: Interactive Media – Featured content and media for students of all ages.
  • PBS Learning Media -Inspire students with thousands of free teaching resources including videos, lesson plans, and games aligned to state and national standards.
  • NeoK12 -Designated a “Great Site for Kids” by the American Library Association, this site provides educational videos, lessons, quizzes and educational games for K-12 students in various subject areas, such as science, math, health, social studies and English.
  • The Kid Should See This -This blog aggregates interesting, kid-friendly videos focusing on science, art, technology, and more. The videos weren’t necessarily made for kids, but kids can get a lot out of them. That’s the premise of the site.
Educational Online Games:

Looking for librarian-approved education games? Check out some of these links below.

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Arts and Crafts Ideas for At Home

Get crafty at home to pass the time!

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  • #StoryMarch – The Greater Boston Illustrators’ Group dreamed up #StoryMarch as the Covid-19 pandemic took over the daily lives of everyone we know. As schools and offices close and people are stuck at home without their usual activities and diversions, we hope that #StoryMarch might be a fun way for all artists of every age to stretch themselves a little and have fun.
  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka—author & illustrator -Award-winning illustrator will be hosting free drawing webcasts every weekday at 2pm EST for at least the next few weeks.
  • Lunch Doodles With Mo Willems – Join Mo’s videostream at 1pm EST each day, and follow along while you doodle together! Mo Willems is the author of the Pigeon series, the Elephant and Piggie series, and many more.
  • Ben Clanton: Squiggles and Scribbles on FB Live -Ben Clanton: FB Live Author Visit March 18th at 11:00 a.m. PST and March 20th at 2:00 p.m. PST “Stuck at home? Want to draw with me and talk about waffles and mermicorns? I’m doing two FB LIVE sessions this week. Hope to see you then!”
  • Craft Ideas Using 3 Supplies or Less -Try out this craft idea list using supplies you may already have at home!
  • MakeZine Projects -From electronics to crafts to robots with a side of drones, the Make: edit team picks the latest products, projects and tools to make you a better maker.
  • Instructables -Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your DIY maker creations.
Digital Storytime/Video Read-Alouds

Missing storytime? Check out these authors and storytellers online!

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  • Authors Everywhere – This is a Youtube Channel created and run by children’s book writers and illustrators. On this channel, you’ll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. We hope that we can offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet for any feelings that might come up during this time.
  • Story Preservation Initiative – You’ll find a selection of audio stories from three master storytellers on the K-3 Storytelling Learning Lab, found at www.storypreservation.org To access click K-3 Learning Lab on blue banner. A one-time registration is required and then click on “storytellers” and listen and enjoy at no cost.
  • KidLit Tv – Explore and enjoy a collection of children’s authors and illustrators reading out loud.
  • Authors/Illustrators Sharing Resources – This is a library of resources for kids, families, teachers, and librarians to make sure that reading & learning can happen anywhere this spring. You’ll find a growing collection of resources that include everything from first-chapter and picture book read-alouds (shared with permission from publishers!) to drawing and writing mini-lessons. Be sure to check back often, as new resources will be added every day.
  • HarperKids Storytime Read Alouds – We’re HarperCollins Children’s Books and we’re all about stories that young minds never forget. Whether for preschooler, tweens or teens, we’re home to the likes of Shel Silverstein, C.S. Lewis, Maurice Sendak, Beverly Cleary, Neil Gaiman, The Berenstain Bears, Fancy Nancy, Divergent series, The Selection series, Red Queen series and many more.
  • Story Time From Space – Astronauts from the International Space Station read children’s books in outer space for children on earth to listen to. They have science videos that compliment the books.
  • International Children’s Digital Library – ICDL is a nonprofit organization that provides access to the best children’s books of their culture, and cultures around the world regardless of where they live. There are over 4,000 titles in 59 languages to choose from that you can read to your children.
  • Phone-a-Story by Denver Public Library – Call 720-865-8500 and listen to stories, songs and rhymes in English, Spanish, Amharic and Vietnamese.
  • Physics Central Comic Books – PhysicsCentral, a web site run by The American Physical Society (an organization representing 48,000 physicists), has created a series of comic books designed to get kids excited about physics.
Songs, Rhymes, and Movement

Have little ones missing the library’s song times and playgroups? Check out these online resources here to sing and move together!

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  • Emily Arrow – YouTube – At Home with Emily Arrow Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. PST -“Singalong with me all week! And don’t worry, you can catch each show after if you miss it live.” Author Emily Arrow is an award-winning children’s songwriter with 10+ years of experience working with children in music education. Emily is also on Facebook Live – http://www.emilyarrow.com/
  • StoryBlocks – “Storyblocks is a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood.” Includes 9 languages.
  • Tell Me a Story by KCLS – The King County Library System has a HUGE collection of songs and rhymes to sing with little ones.
  • Miss Nina – Children’s Sing & Move Along Songs – Miss Nina has a mix of original songs, old classics, and popular children’s books read aloud and paired with music.
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga – To help with panic and anxiety try this YouTube channel which is “yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. “
Recommended Podcasts for Kids

Looking for a podcast to share with your children while you’re stuck at home? We’ve got recommendations for young children to middle schoolers.

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  • Kids Ask Authors podcast with Grace Lin – A podcast where kids ask authors their burning questions. Kids Ask Authors is aimed for elementary and middle school students.
  • Grim, Grimmer, Grimmest – (60 Days Free on Pinna.fm) A wildly enchanting original podcast series from Adam Gidwitz, bestselling author of A TALE DARK AND GRIMM. Weaving in and out of a classroom full of witty grade-schoolers and a weird world full of curious creatures and mischievous foes, each episode features a Grimm fairy tale retold with a fresh and surprising flourish. Join in as the students anticipate plot twists and question the logic of these very Grimm tales.
  • Storytime Seedlings – Provided by the Santa Clara County Library District, this podcast features “books, fingerplays, rhymes, stories and songs for a screen-free storytime experience, anytime.”
  • Sesame Street Podcast – “Featuring the furry and loveable Muppets of Sesame Street. Sing songs with Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster and Grover. Learn about friendship, patience and sharing with Bert and Ernie.”
  • Circle Round – “Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR’s Circle Round is a podcast that adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10.”
  • Story Pirates – “Story Pirates is a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater.” Great for older kids too.
Virtual Field Trip Ideas

Stuck at home? See the world with these virtual tours.

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Resources for Families During Coronavirus Closures

Links and information about resources for families during this period of Coronavirus closures and service changes.

Coronavirus Tips for Kids and Caregivers
Diaper Banks

Libraries are not distributing diapers at this time.

  • Springfield WIC Offices (North and South)
    WIC will offer emergency diapers to WIC participants with a scheduled appointment.
  • The Gray House Food Pantry (The Market)
    Located at 22 Sheldon Street in Springfield, the Market will be open Thursdays, 9 AM-12 PM; 2nd & 4th Friday of the month from 4 PM-6 PM (ID, proof of income and address needed-intake form to complete). Please contact (413) 734-6696 for more information.
  • The Family Resource Center
    Located at 18 Gaucher Street, Springfield will provide emergency diapers. They are open Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM. Please contact (413) 733-7699 for more information.
  • The Square One Family Center
    Located at 1095 Main Street, Springfield will continue to offer emergency diapers to families. They are open Monday –Friday 9 AM-5 PM. Families must call ahead: (413) 732-5183
  • Open Pantry Community Services
    Located at 2460 Main Street in Springfield will provide emergency diapers. They are open 9 AM-3 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Families can call (413) 737-5354 for more information.
School Information:
  • Springfield Public Schools – Schools will now be closed until Monday, April 6th per an order by Governor Charlie Baker made Sunday, March 15th. Schools are now scheduled to  re-open on Monday, May 4th, 2020. 
  • Tenga en cuenta que durante una conferencia de prensa esta tarde, el gobernador Charlie Baker extendió el cierre de la escuela hasta el 4 de mayo. Nuevamente, las escuelas AHORA están programadas para volver a abrir el lunes 4 de mayo. Se compartirá más información a medida que esté disponible.
Meals
  • MEALS FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES – The district’s food service provider Sodexo will set up meal centers at several locations during the closure. Most up-to-date details here: https://www.springfieldpublicschools.com/news/News/food_when_school_is_out
    El proveedor de servicios de alimentos del distrito, Sodexo, ha establecido centros de comidas en varios lugares durante el cierre de la escuela COVID-19.
  • Western Mass Food Bank Statement on Services during Covid 19 emergency – check their website for the latest.
  • Mass Food Delivery – Delivers food throughout Massachusetts from Massachusetts farmers. Deliveries to Western Mass happen once a week.
  • Open Pantry Community Services – Groceries will be provided at the Emergency Food Pantry at 2460 Main Street in Springfield will be open 11 AM- 2 PM on  Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Families can call (413) 737-5353 for more information.
    Take-out meals at Loaves & Fishes locations (Lunch at 12pm, Dinner at 5pm except on Sundays lunch will be served at 1pm.)

    • Monday – South Congregational Church, 45 Maple Street, Springfield
    • Tuesday – South Congregational Church, 45 Maple Street, Springfield
    • Wednesday – Christchurch Cathedral, 35 Chestnut Street, Springfield
    • Thursday – South Congregational Church, 45 Maple Street, Springfield
    • Friday – South Congregational Church, 45 Maple Street, Springfield
    • Saturday – South Congregational Church, 45 Maple Street, Springfield
    • Sunday  – Seventh Day Adventist Church, 797 State Street, Springfield
  • The Gray House Food Pantry (The Market) – The Market at 22 Sheldon Street, Springfield will be open Thursdays, 9 AM-12 PM; 2nd & 4th Friday of the month from 4 PM-6 PM (ID, proof of income and address needed-intake form to complete). Please contact (413) 734-6696 for more information.
  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services Emergency Food Pantry  – Located at 3 Rutland Street in Springfield. Open on Thursdays from 6 –11 AM. Please contact (413) 746-3655 for more information
  • The Salvation Army Emergency Food Pantry – Located at 170 Pearl Street in Springfield will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 AM-Noon. Please call (413) 733-1518 for more information.
  • The Community Survival Center Food Pantry – Located at 240 Main Street, Indian Orchard. The food pantry will be open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9 AM –3 PM and Thursday 9 AM-4:30 PM. They serve Ludlow, Wilbraham, Hampden, Sixteen Acres, Indian Orchard and Pine Point. Address, income, and other verifications needed.Please contact (413) 543-3930 for more information.
Health Insurance
  • MassHealth Coronavirus Updates – Wondering about your healthcare coverage through MassHealth and what it will mean through this pandemic? Check out more information here.
  • MassHealth Enrollment – In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, an extended enrollment period is available through April 25, 2020 for qualified Massachusetts residents who are uninsured. You can enroll online, by phone, or by mail.
Parent Support

If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911 immediately.

  • Parents Helping Parents – The current national health emergency is causing many parents anxiety. Online Parent Support Groups, Parental stress line counselors are still there to listen to your concerns and problem-solve with you. 24-7, free and confidential. CALL: 800-632-8188
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a 24/7 Crisis Textline. Text NAMI to 741741. For mental health resources that are no urgent, contact the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-6264
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: Please call 800-799-SAFE (7233) to speak with a trained expert advocate. They are available 24/7 to provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.3/17/2020
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: Please call all 800-656-HOPE (4673) to connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services. Crisis chat support is available at Online Hotline. Free help, 24/7.
  • Postpartum Support International:For those pregnant or postpartum seeking support and not in crisis or an emergency, call 1-800-944-4773 or text (English) 503-864-9453 or (Spanish) 971-420-0294
Employment
  • Applying for Unemployment Benefits – If you are out of work or have had your hours cut back due to coronavirus closures, this is the link to apply for unemployment.
  • COVID-19 Guidance and Directives – From Mass.gov, guidance and directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and other state agencies related to COVID-19.

Library Services During Coronavirus Closure

Available services from Springfield City Library during the coronavirus closure.

How You Can Reach Us

At this time, all library locations have staff available for phone support, and you can still email us at Ask A Librarian for help.

Staff are available for phone and email support during the following times:

LocationPhoneHours
Central Library413-263-6828Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
Brightwood Branch413-263-6805Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
East Forest Park Branch413-263-6836Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
East Springfield Branch413-263-6840Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Forest Park Branch413-263-6843Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Indian Orchard Branch413-263-6846Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Library Express at Pine PointCall CL at 413-263-6828
Mason Square Branch413-263-6853Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sixteen Acres Branch413-263-6858Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Online Resources in our eLibrary 24/7

You can find a world of resources at your fingertips in our eLibrary! Ebooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, Movies, TV, Music, Language learning, Newspapers – all available 24/7. Check it out, and call or email us with questions.

If for some reason your card doesn’t work for the eLibrary, please call us and we will do our best to solve the problem. Please note that some resources depend on having a card specifically from Springfield, and they indicate that in the description.

Hang On To Your Checked Out Items for Now

  • Late fees accrued during our closure will be waived.
  • Our book drops are closed – please don’t worry about going out just to return books. We can’t take them back at this time.
  • We will happily extend your due dates – call us if you want to do that now, but it’s also okay to just wait until we re-open.
  • We are committed to making sure no one is penalized for late items during this time!

COVID-19 and Novel Coronavirus Resources

Reliable, trusted, up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus.

Looking for information about COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus? See below for links from reliable, trusted, up-to-date sources.

If you have additional suggestions or questions, you can call us at one of our library locations or send us a question online.

NEW 3/21/20: The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. The call is toll-free, multilingual, and confidential.

NEW 3/18/20: Mass.gov has collected resources from all the state websites with COVID-19 Guidance and Directives, including information for Health Care Professionals & Organizations, Education, Businesses & Employers, State and Local Government, Insurance, Caregivers, Transportation and Other Guidance.

NEW 3/16/20: Please check the City of Springfield website for the latest information on the City’s response to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

NEW 3/15/20: Baystate Health COVID-19 Updates and Guidance

NEW 3/11/20: The federal government has created an easy-to remember web address that will direct you to the latest information from the CDC: Coronavirus.gov

NEW 3/11/20: In the News: Coronavirus and “Alternative” Treatments

Frequently Asked Questions

What is COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, causes respiratory illness in people. It can spread from person to person through “respiratory droplets” that occur when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Common symptoms that present 2-14 days after exposure include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency on January 30, 2020.

What is the novel coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. That virus, called the novel coronavirus, is also known as SARS-CoV-2.

Links to Important Resources

All the links below are being updated regularly. Please check back for the most current information on this developing situation.

image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are our nation’s premier authority on public health information.

World Health Organization (WHO) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is a trusted, authoritative source for public health information. The WHO announced the official name for the disease that is causing the 2019-2020 outbreak of coronavirus disease: COVID-19.

Massachusetts Department of Health – The Massachusetts Department of Health’s page provides general and state-specific information.

Springfield Department of Health and Human Services – The City’s Department of Health’s page provides general and local information.

MedLine Plus (U.S. National Library of Medicine) – MedlinePlus offers up-to-date information in language you can understand. MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The organization’s mission is aimed at providing health information to the public that is trusted, easy to understand, free of advertising, in both English and Spanish.

Presidential Primary Election – Tuesday, March 3

Elections are Tuesday March 3 – this affects some library locations.

The Presidential Primary Election is Tuesday, March 3! The following library locations will be affected:

To learn more about the election, and to find your polling location, please click here for the City of Springfield Elections Website.

City of Springfield Municipal Election – Tuesday, November 5

Elections are Tuesday November 5 – this affects some library locations.

The City of Springfield’s Municipal Election is Tuesday, November 5. The following library locations will be affected:

  • Forest Park Branch – Closed for library patrons, available only for voting
  • Mason Square Branch – Library open regular hours (1 pm – 5 pm), Community Room used for voting
  • Library Express at Pine Point – Closed for library patrons (per normal Tuesday schedule), available only for voting

To learn more about the election, and to find your polling location, please click here for the City Elections Website.

City of Springfield Preliminary Election September 10

City of Springfield Preliminary Election is Sept 10 – this affects some library locations.

The City of Springfield’s Preliminary Election is Tuesday, September 10. The following library locations will be affected:

  • Forest Park Branch – Closed for library patrons, available only for voting
  • Mason Square Branch – Library open regular hours (1 pm – 5 pm), Community Room used for voting
  • Library Express at Pine Point – Closed for library patrons (per normal Tuesday schedule), available only for voting

To learn more about the election, and to find your polling location, please click here for the City Elections Website.

Springfield children clock over 500,000 summer reading minutes… so far

MassLive highlights Springfield kids’ summer reading totals so far – join our Summer Reading Club to contribute!

From the article at MassLive:

So far this summer, Springfield children have read 27,919 times at 20 minutes a session, amounting to 558,380 minutes of page-turning as part of the Springfield Reads to Build a Better World summer reading project. The results were announced at an assembly Tuesday at Central High School.

“We’re more than halfway there, and we have a few weeks left of the summer,” said Goren-Watts, a principal planner and manager of data, education and municipal technology at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. “We need you all to keep reading, tell all your friends to keep reading.”

Springfield Reads to Build a Better World started in 2017. It is made up of 13 summer reading programs throughout the city along with the city’s summer schools.