Upcoming Events





The Deckerville Public Library Board of Directors will have a special meeting scheduled for

Friday, September 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

at the Community Center.

to discuss the Village payroll admin fee and any other issues that may come up.



Virus Information

Community and State Information

Consumer Information

Focus on Health


Employment and Business Information

Virus Information

I Think I Have Been Exposed to Coronavirus

Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings The CDC is now recommending that we all cover our faces in public because of the significant number of carriers who show no symptoms. They stress that N95 and surgical masks are critical supplies that should be reserved for medical staff. This link includes a video of how to make your own cloth mask.

Government Information Sources



Daily Life and Coping

World Health Organization

WHO COVID-19 Myth Busters

Flattening the Curve UM blog post sent by MDHHS

Information for Families

WHO Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding

March of Dimes Coronavirus Disease: What You Need to Know About Its Impact on Moms and Babies

Zero to Thrive and Zero to Three Information for families and mental health

MDHHS Communicating with Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Nine Podcasts About COVID-19 for Children Ages Five to 12

Another COVID-19 Front line: Parents of children with disabilities


Information for Other Communities

Coronavirus Anxiety - Helpful Expert Tips and Resources 

getasthmahelp.org Coronavirus information for those with asthma 

Coronavirus FAQs: What Veterans need to know

Check on MiVet connecting veterans to all of the benefits that are available to them.

Region VII Area Agency on Aging for senior services.


Community and State Information


Executive Order 2020-160 replaces other executive orders. People are required to maintain a 6' distance from others and wear a mask. Social gatherings are to be limited to 10 people inside, or 100 people outside. It restates what businesses are allowed to open and when. You can read the Frequently Asked Questions or to read the full order which includes additional exceptions, go to Executive Orders, click on "2020-160" and a PDF will be downloaded.


Executive Order 2020-153 requires that masks be worn by those over 5 years of age and able to medically tolerate one while in enclosed public spaces or unable to maintain 6' distance outside. You can read the Frequently Asked Questions or to read the full order which includes additional exceptions, go to Executive Orders, click on "2020-153" and a PDF will be downloaded.


Michigan to allow people with food assistance to buy food online through Walmart and Amazon. Delivery costs are not covered in SNAP benefits, but Walmart has curbside and Amazon is offering free delivery on orders over $35.


Contact Tracing has begun and the state will be calling people known to have been exposed. If you get a call from 866-806-3447, MI COVID HELP or your local health department please answer. You may also receive a text from 25051 prior to the call.


Executive Order 2020-151 extends the state of emergency through August 11.


Executive Order 2020-104 expands testing availability by allowing additional licensees to order tests and making personnel available at testing sites to issue test orders to anyone meeting the criteria. Currently, the criteria include someone with any symptom of COVID-19, someone who has been exposed to a person with COVID-19 diagnosis or symptoms, someone who has been working outside their home for at least 10 days or resides or works in any congregate care setting, whether they have symptoms or not. You can find testing sites by calling 1-888-535-6136 or visit michigan.gov/coronavirustest.


MI Safe Start Plan and MI Safe Start Map


Coronavirus Legislation and Resource Guide from the office of Paul Mitchell.


National Lifeline Program Consumer Alert to ensure Michiganders who are now unemployed due to COVID-19 and qualify for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Lifeline program are aware of a newly simplified application process. The Lifeline program is in place to provide low-income subscribers with a discount on monthly telephone, broadband internet, or voice-broadband bundled services purchased from participating providers.


Futures for Frontliners Program was just announced to provide a tuition-free pathway to college or a technical certificate to essential workers who don’t have a college degree. In addition, the Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP) has increased the amount it will provide for education credits toward associate’s and bachelor’s degree work. And don't forget about the Michigan Reconnect Grant Program that passed in March. This program is for Michigan residents age 25 and older with a high school degree or equivalent seeking their first associate's degree or certificate in the skilled trades. The program would cover tuition costs after all other financial aid is applied.


The Division of HIV and STD Programs has developed a mail-order condom distribution program for Michigan residents at no cost. In order to get condoms delivered, a person must send an email with their name and mailing address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Michiganders can now text "RESTORE" to Crisis Text Line By texting the keyword RESTORE to 741741, Michigan residents can have a confidential text conversation with a crisis counselor 24/7.


Michigan's COVID-19 Hotline Now Offers Free, Confidential Emotional Support Counseling available 24/7 at no cost to Michiganders who call the state’s COVID-19 hotline 888-535-6136. Press "8" to speak with a Michigan Stay Well counselor. The counselors, though not licensed professionals, have received specialized training from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center on how to provide emotional support to residents of federally declared disaster areas.


MDHHS Warmline has been launched to aid those struggling with mental health issues. The warmline will connect individuals with certified peer support specialists who have lived experiences of behavioral health issues, trauma or personal crises, and are trained to support and empower the callers. They are available 7 days a week, 10am-2am by calling 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753). Individuals in crisis, including those considering suicide, are urged to contact the Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7 at 800-985-5990 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-8255.


Michigan's Health Insurers Agree to Provide Coronavirus Treatment at No Cost to Patients People will not be charged cost-sharing for coronavirus-related medical treatment, such as primary care visits, laboratory testing, emergency room visits, ambulance services, and FDA-approved medications and vaccines. Check their full list of companies participating.


Michiganders who lose a job, resulting in a loss of their healthcare coverage or a change in income, may have low or no-cost healthcare options available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Visit healthcare.gov. Have questions? Visit the Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program, call 877-999-6442, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Executive Order 2020-35 orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning.


Coronavirus: 'The face of police work is changing' Sanilac County Sheriffs, along with Sandusky and Marlette Police Departments, have been helping to deliver meals to seniors as volunteers are no longer able to do so, and demand continues to rise. To volunteer, request assistance or for more information, call 1-800-843-6394. To donate to the meals on wheels program, visit hdc-caro.org. The program is also accepting donations of masks and gloves.


Call 2-1-1 from any phone to be connected to a list of statewide resources for everything from food and diapers to rental assistance. You can also search the 211 online database.


Whitmer pushes income tax filing deadline to July, which puts state taxes in line with the new federal income tax deadline of July 15.



All Executive Orders and Directives


MI Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Cancels Food & Ag Housing Town Halls.  Individuals interested in offering feedback about housing should take the Housing Survey.



Consumer Information


The Michigan moratorium on evictions has been lifted.  Rental assistance is available through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority's Eviction Diversion Program (EDP).


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert because Bluegrass Provisions Co., a Crescent Springs, Ky. establishment, produced sausage products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


You can now check on your Economic Impact Payment. Check eligibility, update your information, or read the Frequently Asked Questions.


AG Nessel has issued a Consumer Alert: Websites Selling Coronavirus-related Products That Never Arrive. The office recommends that before ordering from a new or unfamiliar online store, consumers should see if the company has reviews online, and pay by credit card. If there are any issues with the purchase, you may be able to dispute the purchase with your credit card company, and may have protections available under federal law. You can also review AG Nessel’s Online Shopping Tips consumer alert and more alerts under the Shopping for Products and Services category.


Those with home loans through the USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan are eligible for 180 days forbearance and an additional 180 days extension. Initial forbearance must be approved by October 30, 2020. Check with your mortgage issuer for more information.


Michigan residents are urged to report any violation of the Consumer Protection Act online or by calling 877-765-8388.  These may include scams and price gouging.  Businesses and individuals are subject to these guidelines.


To avoid scams, Michigan's Attorney General recommends that any contact from someone posing as an individual should be verified by asking for credentials, or independently contacting the agency or entity the person claims to be representing.


The Michigan Department of Attorney General has already received reports that residents are getting emails from websites appearing to be official demanding that they provide PayPal, bank account or other financial information to receive the $1,200 federal stimulus payment immediately. The Attorney General’s office is reminding anyone who receives a text, email or phone call from someone claiming to be from the government with a check for them — DO NOT FALL FOR IT. For the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the federal stimulus payment and specific disbursement details, only visit the IRS website.


Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a consumer alert reminding Michigan residents to be aware of online coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) scams selling bogus products and providing false information on tests and treatments.  


They also have reports of scammers "spoofing" health department phone numbers and requesting personal information in order to provide medication.  Please do not share any personal information on unsolicited phone calls.


New reports indicate that scammers are calling to offer COVID-19 test kits if you prepay.


The Attorney General's office received phishing emails directly.  They would like to remind people that the "from" name may or may not be accurate, check the actual email address.  Requests for unusual payment methods such as gift cards, wire transfers, and cash reload cards are indications of a scam.


Many utilities are providing shut off protections and flexible payment plans.  Contact your company to learn more.  For a list of contact information and telecommunications companies that have signed the Keep Americans Connected Pledge to not terminate service or charge late fees for the next 60 days, click here.



Focus on Health


MeL eResouces will help you dive further into health topics with these databases:
Alt Health Watch for holistic approaches to health care
Consumer Health Complete contains traditional and holistic medical information for patients
Health Source Consumer Edition for patients


Mental Health

Treatment | Mindfulness and Meditation | Connect With Others | Find Purpose

Physical and Mental Health

Exercise | Eat Well | Sleep Well



Crisis | Local Resources | Substance Abuse Help | Domestic Violence Help | Peer Support




Individuals in crisis, including those considering suicide, are urged to contact the Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7 at 800-985-5990 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-8255 or chat online


Local Resources


Sanilac County Community Mental Health 810-648-0330.

Sanilac County Mental Health Crisis Line 888-225-4447.


Substance Abuse Help


Sanilac County Alcohol, Drug & Counseling Services 810-648-4098 ext. 6.

Alcoholics Anonymous 800-700-9063.

24 Hour Addiction Hotline 888-982-5198.


Domestic Violence Help


The Michigan Supreme Court ordered the extension of all Personal Protection Orders expiring between April 27-June 1.  These orders will now expire July 21.  Petitioners may consent to termination and respondents may file for modification or termination.


Eva’s Place 866-336-7283

Blue Water Safe Horizons 888-985-5538.

Thumb Area Assault Crisis Center 800-292-3666.

Domestic Violence Support Group 810-648-3248.



Peer Support


MDHHS Warmline The warmline will connect individuals with certified peer support specialists who have lived experiences of behavioral health issues, trauma or personal crises, and are trained to support and empower the callers. They are available 7 days a week, 10am-2am by calling 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753).


Michiganders can now text "RESTORE" to Crisis Text Line By texting the keyword RESTORE to 741741, Michigan residents can have a confidential text conversation with a crisis counselor 24/7.


Mindfulness and Meditation

eBooks | Headspace | Guided Meditations




MeL eResources eBook Public Library Collection has helpful eBooks like:


The Mindfulness Tool Box

Mindfulness for Teen Worry

Ready Set Breathe: Mindfulness with Your Children

Meditation for Life

Meditation for Daily Stress

Tranquil Sitting: A Taoist Journal on Meditation.




Headspace and Governor Whitmer have partnered to bring you Headspace’s science-backed meditation and mindfulness. Learn about meditation and mindfulness with the help of their whimsical cartoons and practice with the guided meditations for stress relief, sleep, and children. Headspace is recommended by Tim Ferriss, author of Tools of the Titans, Tribe of Mentors, and The 4-Hour Body.


Guided Meditations


UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

Chopra Center

Dr. Tara Brach



Connect With Others

Virtual Visits | Play | Discussion Groups | Cooperative Projects


Virtual Visits


Click on the links to see tutorials on how to use these virtual services.


Android Video Calling

Facebook Messenger


Google Duo







Here are some free games you can play with others.


Computer Games


Fortnite | Minecraft | World of Tanks | Magic: The Gathering Arena | Skyforge | Rift | Star Trek Online | Final Fantasy XIV | Lord of the Rings Online | Star Wars Online


App Games


Facebook Games | Risk | Uno | Monopoly | Words With Friends | Scrabble Go |

Quiz Up | Psych!


Discussion Groups


Find a discussion group based on your interests, or even a virtual book club! Here are some popular ones to start your search.


reddit | Quora | Goodreads Groups


Cooperative Projects

Library of Michigan and Michigan History Center COVID-19 Projects |

Make a Veteran Smile | Citizen Science


Find Your Purpose

eBooks | Become a Virtual Volunteer | Create




MeL eResources eBook Public Library Collection has helpful eBooks like:


The Big Picture

Unmask: Let Go of Who You’re Supposed To Be

Living the Life You Love

The Second Chance Revolution


Become a Virtual Volunteer


Look for opportunities to volunteer virtually. Here are some ideas, or use a search tool like Catchafire or VolunteerMatch:


Red Cross | United Nations | Smithsonian | Crisis Text Line | Project Gutenberg | DoSomething.org



eBooks | Fitness Studio and Trainer Workouts | Yoga




MeL eResources eBook Public Library Collection has helpful eBooks like:


Fitness For Dummies

The Complete Guide to Training with Free Weights


Yoga Basics

Pocket Tai Chi for Beginners


Fitness Studio and Trainer Work Outs


Fitness Blender | MadFit | Blogilates | Emily Skye | Alo Moves | Anna Victoria | Pamela Reif 

CBA Fitness, Port Huron | Anytime Fitness, Marysville




Yoga with Kassandra | Yoga with Adrienne | Purple Valley Ashtanga Yoga | Body Positive Yoga | Yoga By Candace


Eat Well

eBooks | Food Diary | Support




MeL eResources eBook Public Library Collection has helpful eBooks like:


The Complete Mediterranean Diet

What the Health

The Modified Keto Cookbook

Eating Well, Living Better


Food Diary


Keeping a food diary can help you understand and improve your eating habits. Some important information to include:


What you ate

When you ate

How much you ate, and

How you feel


Read this Harvard Health Blog post for more information.


Photographic food diaries will automatically capture the What, When, and How Much. Evidence also suggests that this intervention at the time you are actually eating is more effective at changing habits. (Zepeda & Deal 2008).


You may also want to try these free apps:

My Fitness Pal | MyNetDiary | MyPlate Calorie Counter | Lifesum




Find support and accountability by making a pact or bet with a friend, searching on your favorite social media platform, or with these free online support groups and forums:


MyFitnessPal | Weight Loss Buddy | FitClick | 3 Fat Chicks


Sleep Well

eBooks | Articles | Apps | YouTube




MeL eResources eBook Public Library Collection has helpful eBooks like:


Sleep Sense

The Mystery of Sleep

Sink Into Sleep

Sleep Soundly Every Night




Mayo Clinic: Sleep Tips | Sleep Foundation: Tools and Tips




These free apps might help you sleep better.


Calm | Headspace | Sleep Cycle | Relax and Sleep Well | Pzizz |

Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds | Sleep TIme | Deep Sleep and Relax Hypnosis




YouTube is also a great free resource. Search to find your favorite.


Guided Meditations and Sleep Stories: Michael Sealey | Relax for a While | Jason Stephenson | Meditation and Healing| Rebekah Borucki


Relaxing Music: Yellow Brick Cinema | Soothing Relaxation | Sleep Easy Relax | Body Mind Zone


Binaural Beats: Jason Stephenson’s Chakra Healing Music | Mindtune |

Greenred Productions | Eric Bartel


Nature Sounds: 321 Relaxing | Calm | Acerting Art | Relaxing White Noise





Bloggers are coming up with some really great lists of activities to do at home.  Check out these from A Mighty Girl and Saved You a Spot.  For additional local information and links, click below.

DPL Facebook | Get Outside | Crafting | Languages

Library of Michigan and Michigan History Center COVID-19 Projects

Make a Veteran Smile

eBooks and Magazines | Audiobooks | Comics

Harry Potter at Home | Story Times | Drawing and Coloring

EGLE Online Activity Resources | MSU Science Festival | Henry Ford Museum

Animal Web Cams | Virtual Field Trips | Wildtalk | DNR Education Resources

Puppetry | Edutainment for Kids | Digital Escape Rooms | Puzzles

Open Educational Library | Open Educational Resources | Khan Academy

Recreation Safety | Cultural Exploration



Deckerville Public Library Facebook Trivia and Events


Keep an eye on our Facebook page for trivia contests and live-stream events.


Get Outside!


If space permits, now is a great time to get started on your garden! We would like to thank Brooke for sharing this wonderful resource on gardening with kids from Kremp Florist.

Recreation passports are now required to access state lands.  Visit their COVID-19 response page for more information openings and amenities and Recreation Passport for information on how to purchase.




Explore MeL eResource Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Pinterest also has some great ideas from some really creative people!




Learn a new language with Duolingo.


COVID-19: Save Your Story, Library of Michigan


The Library of Michigan is looking for volunteers to help them with their project. They are asking people to record their thoughts, feelings, and activities in diary form and submit them to the Library of Michigan. These can be as long or short as you like, written or video. For more information and ideas, visit their website for COVID-19: Save Your Story.


Collecting COVID-19, Michigan History Center


The Michigan History Center launched their own project to document COVID-19. They will archive stories and interviews, but are also asking for additional things like objects and photographs. For more information and ideas, visit their website for Collecting COVID-19.


Make a Veteran Smile

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency launches 'Make A Veteran Smile' calling for short videos and letters or cards to Michigan veterans with a goal of cheering up our patriots during these challenging times of the global COVID-19 pandemic.


eBooks and Magazines

Libby | RBdigital | MeL eResources

Make Way for Books | Project Gutenberg | Google




Read eBooks and listen to audiobooks on your mobile device with the Libby app from Overdrive.



1. Download the Libby app

2. Select your Library Name

3. Enter your Library Card Number, with "p" in front (example: p1234)

4. Enter your password.  This is the phone number on your library account.  Do not include your area code if your number starts with (810).



Contact the library if you are having any trouble logging in


RBdigital Magazines

Once 300+, you can now explore more than 3,800 magazines available on RBdigital.  If you have not set up an account, follow these steps:

1. Go to the RBdigital website

2. Click "Create a New Account" in the upper right-hand corner

3. Enter your Library Card Number, with "p" in front (example: p1234)

4. Fill out the pop-up form using us as your library, provide an email address and password.  Remember your password for future logins.


Contact the library if you are having any trouble logging in


MeL eResources


Available to all Michigan residents. Your location will need to be confirmed by automatic location services, state ID number, or library card information. https://www.mel.org/az.php
Scroll down to find the following resources and more in alphabetical order:


Health Information:
Alt Health Watch for holistic approaches to health care
Consumer Health Complete contains traditional and holistic medical information for patients
Health Source Consumer Edition for patients


Nonfiction Learning Exploration:
Academic Search Complete for peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles (Jen’s favorite)
Biography Reference Center contains full-text biographies
Britannica (multiple grade levels) for kids stuck at home
Explora (multiple grade levels)
Michigan History Magazine
Middle Search Plus
PebbleGo learning tool for grades preK-3
School Center from Learning Express Library for grades 4-12
World Book Early Learning and World Book Kids


eBooks (Academic, Business, High School, K-8, Public Library)
Newspaper Source Plus
Poetry & Short Story Reference Center


Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center



Make Way for Books App


The Make Way for Books App has plenty of fun, easy, and educational activities you can do with your child using what you already have at home. Read books in English and Spanish together directly on your phone or tablet for free — anytime, anywhere. You can download the bilingual Make Way for Books App now for free on Apple devices as well as Android devices. For more information, watch this video or video en español.



Project Gutenberg


Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online.





books.google is another place to search for free eBooks



Libby | Audible | Volumes App | LibriVox




Audible is allowing free access to their Stories Collection for as long as school is closed. Listen on your desktop or mobile device.


Volumes App


Download Penguin Random House Audio’s Volumes app to hear the latest in audiobooks and bookish podcasts! They are offering free downloads on classics like "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," "Grimm's Fairy Tales," and "Great Expectations" through April 30.




LibriVox has free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world. They are are free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile device, or to burn onto a CD.




19 Webcomics To Keep Kids and Teens Engaged Organized into Middle Grade and Young Adult, this article is a great resource for all of our comic lovers!


Free Comics, and Resources on COVID-19, in Graphic Form These comics are more focused on COVID-19 information, but also includes a great list of free comics and activities.


Harry Potter at Home

Join the Harry Potter at Home Hub for wonderful wizarding world activities! Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone is now available as a free eBook on Libby and audiobook at stories.audible.com


Story Times

Story Time From Space | StorylineOnline

Read Together Be Together | The Spanish Experiment

Quaran-Teen | Other Live Events | Authors Everywhere


Story Time From Space


Watch astronauts on the Space Station read children’s books and perform science demonstrations! Story Time From Space offers a delightful combination of science, literacy, and entertainment through its library of free, family-friendly videos.




The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning and Daytime Emmy-nominated children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, Wanda Sykes, Justin Theroux, and Betty White reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations, helping to inspire a love of reading in children.


Read Together Be Together


Penguin and Random House, in partnership with Meredith/PARENTS, are launching *READ TOGETHER, BE TOGETHER. * Visit the website for a list of live stream events or explore their collection of videos.


The Spanish Experiment


Visit this website to listen to children's stories in Spanish.

Visita a esto sitio de web para escuchar a cuentas por niños en español. 


Aiden Tyler, Quaran-Teen


Aiden Tyler, Quaran-teen is a new and original middle-grade serial written and read in real-time by author Rex Ogle (Free Lunch). New episode every Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET


Live Events


Librarian Miss Staal has put together an amazing list of Live Events offered by authors and illustrators


Authors Everywhere


Authors Everywhere has a YouTube Channel with read alouds, activities, writing workshops and art demos!



Drawing and Coloring

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems | Draw Everyday with JJK | Coloring Pages


Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems



The author of popular children's books like the "Elephant and Piggie" and "Pigeon" series invites YOU into his studio every day for his Lunch Doodle. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterward.


Draw Every Day with JJK



Daily, live art lessons from author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. New York Times bestselling-author of Punk Farm, Lunch Lady, Jedi Academy, and Hey, Kiddo. Draw Every Day with JJK 


Coloring Pages


If you have access to a printer at home, you can find free coloring pages from the following:

Smithsonian Article with links to museum submissions for the #ColorOurCollections campaign

Every Child a Reader


Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Online Activity Resources


EGLE Online Activity Resources has an extensive list of resources to promote environmental education


MSU Science Festival


The MSU Science Festival has moved online! Have a look at their digital presentation schedule, learn how to participate in their Citizen Science program, explore their collection of virtual tours and videos, or find STEAM activities you can do from home.


Henry Ford Museum Innovation Museum


Access The Henry Ford's Innovation Learning materials for students of all ages. Pre-made lesson plans to keep your students and children engaged in fun and educational activities.


Animal Web Cams



Check in on your furry friends!

US National Park Web Cams

Home Safari Facebook Live events by the Cincinnati Zoo

Panda Cam at the Atlanta Zoo

Penguin Cam at the Kansas City Zoo

Beluga Cam at the Georgia Aquarium

San Diego Zoo live cams

Houston Zoo live cams


Virtual Field Trips


Learn more through a virtual field trip.

Michigan DNR

Shedd Aquarium 

San Diego Zoo

Tundra Connections: Polar Bears 

Johnson Space Center

Arconic Power and Propulsion Manufacturing, Whitehall, MI

Mount Vernon


Civil War Battlefields

The Great Wall of China 




On the Michigan DNR's Wildtalk Podcast, released on the first of each month, Wildlife Division staff chew the fat and shoot the scat about all things habitat, feathers, and fur. With insights, interviews and listener questions answered on the air, you'll come away with a better picture of what's happening in the world of Michigan's wildlife.


Department of Natural Resources Education Resources


DNR Education Resources includes video nature lessons, virtual field trips, and fun activities.




Join the Center for Puppetry Arts for one of their Facebook Live events.  Visit their website for upcoming events.


Edutainment for Kids

Nat Geo Kids | Michigan History for Kids | Scholastic

PBS and Sesame Street | Nick Jr | Disney


Nat Geo Kids



Nat Geo Kids has videos, games and more on subjects like animals, space, and geography.


Michigan History for Kids


The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) is opening its Michigan History for Kids website to EVERYONE for FREE for a limited time. To login, use username MHK and password 1234.




Scholastic has also opened their Scholastic Learn at Home resources for grades preK-9


PBS Kids and Sesame Street



PBS Kids has videos, games and more featuring your favorite PBS characters. Sesame Street fans? Explore more Sesame Street. 


Nick Jr



Prefer Nick Jr





Prefer Disney


DigitalEscape Rooms


Some wonderful librarians put together digital escape rooms using Google Forms.


Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

Dog Man Digital Escape Room




The Cooper Gallery turns one of the pieces of artwork into a Puzzle every day. Join the competition for the fastest time! Most are around 2 minutes.


Open Educational Library


Open Educational Library (ORL) is planned to include all Open Access book content worldwide on one platform for user-friendly discovery


Open Educational Resources


Open Educational Resources OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources.


Khan Academy


Khan Academy has long been one of the premier free online learning tools for people of all ages, and they are now offering daily schedules for children ages 4-18.


Recreation Safety Certification


You can earn your boating, snowmobile or ORV safety certificate from home with the DNR’s self-paced, online courses available at Michigan.gov/RecreationalSafety.


Cultural Exploration

Library of Congress

National Emergency Library Internet Archive

Metropolitan Opera | Detroit Symphony | Virtual Museum Tours

Blooming Botanical Gardens | The National Film Board of Canada



Library of Congress


The Library of Congress has an extensive digital collection for you to explore.  You can browse by subject, collection, or format.



National Emergency Library Internet Archive


National Emergency Library, a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. Here's a direct link to the Children's Library. Some question the legal and ethical standing of this collection.


Metropolitan Opera


Watch performances by the Metropolitan Opera


Detroit Symphony


Watch performances by the Detroit Symphony


Virtual Museum Tours


Visit any of these museums or exhibits from the comfort and safety of your own home!



Detroit Institute of Arts

National Museum of the United States Air Force, OH

NASA Glenn Research Center, OH

NASA Langley Research Center, Virginia

National Women's History Museum, Virginia

Smithsonian, Washington D.C.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Guggenheim Museum and Spiral Staircase, New York

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Museu de Arte de São Paulo

The British Museum for an interactive experience, or go their homepage and scroll down to "Explore the collection"

Westminster Abbey

The Louvre, Paris

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Vatican Museums, Vatican

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Dalí Theatre-Museum, Spain

Pergamon Museum, Berlin Artifacts from the ancient Greek city of Pergamon

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea


Blooming Botanical Gardens


U.S. Botanical Garden Washington, D.C.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond, VA

New York Botanical Garden New York, NY

Brooklyn Botanic Garden New York, NY

Longwood Gardens Kennett Square, PA

Missouri Botanical Garden St. Louis, MO

Cheekwood Estate and Garden Nashville, TN

Portland Japanese Garden Portland, OR


National Film Board of Canada


The National Film Board of Canada has over 4,000 films, documentaries, and short pieces available to stream for free and this includes a rich library of Indigenous content.




Employment and Business Information

For Employees | For Employers | Census Jobs



Know Your Employment Rights




Unemployment benefits have been extended to: 

·  Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill. 

·  Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off. 

·  First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19. 

A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can also be found here but has not been updated to reflect the new unemployment filing schedule. A massive increase in the number of people filing for unemployment has overburdened the system.  The state is now asking that people adhere to the following schedule.  Claims will be backdated to the date of lay off and you now have 28 days to file your claim.  They are asking that you remain patient with longer webpage load times and busy signals.


Online Filing Schedule - Michigan.gov/UIA

  • Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to file claims on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays.
  • Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.
  • Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.


Call Center Filing Schedule - 866-500-0017:


  • Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to call on Mondays and Wednesdays between  8:00am – 6:00pm.
  • Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to call on Tuesdays and Thursdays between  8:00am – 6:00pm.
  • Fridays (8:00am – 6:00pm) will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.
  • Saturdays 7:00am - 2:00pm


Unemployment benefits will be paid for 28 weeks (up from 20 weeks) and the federal government has made available an additional $600/week for four months.


If you are having difficulty with a claim, our state representative Shane Hernandez invites you to send an email to his office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will contact UIA on your behalf.  Please include your Full Name, Phone Number, Address, Claim Number, Letter ID and a brief description of your problem.


Michigan Works! resources can be found at MichiganWorks.org or by calling 1-800-285-WORKS.


Paid Leave

H.R.6201 required employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid sick leave. 


Paid Leave

Pure Michigan Talent Connect is a tool connecting Michigan’s job seekers and employers 


Employers and Self-Employed Individuals


Help for Small Businesses


The MEDC [Michigan Economic Development Corporation] call center stands ready to support businesses looking for assistance through available state programs. For more information, visit  www.michiganbusiness.orgwww.michiganbusiness.org/covid19 or call 888.522.0103.


Reopen Main Street  A program of the MEDC, taking a look ahead at “new reality” possibilities and working to compile potential reopening strategies, ideas, hints and tips for businesses, business districts and organizations as we enter the COVID-19 recovery phase.


The Michigan Small Business Development Center can also provide resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.


The Small Business Administration has approved Governor Whitmer's request for statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loans.  Businesses can apply here.  Don't forget about other federal resources available through the Small Business Administration.


S.3548 CARES Act includes those who are self-employed, independent contractors, and gig workers as small businesses.


Guide to the CARES Act by the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship.


There are also private grants available.  Try researching Facebook Small Business Grants


Employees and Human Resources


Executive Order 2020-21: Guidance for Business.


Information about the interaction between COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act and Family and Medical Leave Act can be found through the Department of Labor.


You can read a summary and the full text of H.R.6201 requiring paid sick leave.  For additional information, contact your attorney or visit the National Law Review.



The state is encouraging employers to participate in the Work Share program if possible.  This allows employees to work reduced hours and qualify for partial unemployment.  If no hours are available, they urge a "temporary leave" designation in lieu of "termination".  You can find more on their website.



State sales, use and withholding monthly taxes due March 20 have been given a 30-day extension.


 Census Jobs