03/30 Info on finding essential worker child care added in the Coping section
03/25 Links to donate to the Seniors Assistance Center in What Can You Do? and info on blocked library accounts in the Library Services section
03/23 Added a contact form and volunteer information in What Can You Do?
03/22 Link to our local Facebook Group added in the Coping section
03/21 Free WiFi and other resources added to the Coping section
3/20 Added closed dates, event cancellations, and a What Does Stay-at-Home-Mean? section
03/19 Coping links and a coronavirus explainer video added
With Governor J.B. Pritzker’s announcement of a statewide stay-at-home order aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus, we will remain closed until further notice.
Our Board of Trustees has also voted to cancel or postpone all non-essential library events through the end of May.
This precaution will serve to limit public exchanges and to hopefully curb the potential spread of the virus.
The situation is changing rapidly so continue to look for updates. Sign up for our email newsletter to receive updates in your inbox or visit our Facebook and Instagram profiles.
What Does Stay-at-Home-Mean?
Governor Pritzker is asking you to do your best to not interact with people outside your immediate family.
You may go out for essentials like trips to grocery stores, pharmacies, and doctors’ appointments. Take-out and drive-through service at restaurants will continue. You may still walk outside, take a bike ride, a drive, or whatever, just don’t get too close to other people.
The state of Illinois has answers to frequently asked questions.
How This Effects Library Services
Alongside the SWAN library consortium and our digital service providers, we’re working hard to continue to offer the best library service we can.
- All due dates have been extended until May 1st and we have suspended all overdue fines while we are closed. Please keep your borrowed library materials and return them when we reopen.
- You may still place holds on items, and you will be in the queue for them after we reopen.
- Library cards expiring between January 1st, and June 30th, have been extended to July 4th to allow for access to eBooks and other digital library materials.
- Any library patron who owes less than $100 in fines and has been blocked from service will be temporarily unblocked. This opens up access to ebooks, audiobooks, and other library services. As soon as we reopen, regular status will return.
- Patrons will not receive bills or be sent to collections during this time.
What Can You Do?
- Donate to the Seniors Assistance Center which, among other things, provides hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors in Norridge, Harwood Heights, and Unincorporated Norwood Park Township.
- If you cannot donate, use the Seniors Assistance Center’s Amazon Smile account. When you purchase from Amazon, a portion of your sale will go to SAC at not charge to you.
- Donate to support other community service organizations at ilcovidresponsefund.org
- Illinois volunteer organizations seeking help can be found at serve.illinois.gov
- If you have access to gloves, masks, eye protection, or other personal protection equipment to donate to first responders, please email email@example.com.
- Make an appointment to give blood at LifeSource Norridge Donor Center, 877-25-VITAL.
- One concrete thing you can do to help your community is to complete the 2020 Census.
According to the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines, even if you are otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your actions can increase the risk for others, It is critical that you:
- Stay home whenever possible.
- If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, maintain your normal work schedule.
- Avoid social gatherings in groups of me than 10 people.
- Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts. Use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
- Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits
- Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
Since no treatment is currently available for the virus, officials say taking common-sense precautions is the best approach. Please remember the following good health habits:
- Stay home and limit contact with others.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Do not share water bottles or similar containers.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Call a doctor if you have a fever and cough.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Coping through Quarantine
There’s a lot of advice online about coping with the social, psychological, and economic difficulties of this exceptional time. We’re including some that we think might be most useful.
- Find Child Care for Essential Workers or call 888-228-1146
- How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus with Daniel Tiger
- The Family Lockdown Guide
- What to Do With Your Kids When School is Cancelled
- School Closing Daily Schedule
- Khan Academy: Free, Education for Anyone
Anxiety & Stress
- CDC Guide to CDC Mental Health and Coping
- Staying Connected
- National Alliance on Mental Health Illness Help Line: 800-950-NAMI
Senior Shopping Hours
- Mariano’s: 6:00 – 8:00 AM, Everyday
- Jewel-Osco: 7:00 – 9:00 AM, Tues & Thurs
- Target: 8:00 – 9:00 AM, Wednesdays
- ALDI: 8:30 – 9:30 AM, Tues & Thurs
- Butera: 7:00 – 9:00 AM, Tues & Thurs
- Walgreens: 8:00 – 9:00 AM, Tuesdays
- Illinois Department of Unemployment Security
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- United Way Economic Relief Fund: 1-866-211-9966
- IDHS Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- The deadlines to file federal and state income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020
- Free Xfinity WiFi hotspot map
- Library WiFi extends outside the building
- Xfinity Internet Essentials Free to New Customers or 1-855-846-8376
- Norridge/Harwood Heights Community Chatter Facebook Group
Check for coronavirus (COVID-19) updates at reliable sources of information.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- The World Health Organization
- The Illinois Department of Public Health
- Cook County Department of Public Health
- Live Coronavirus COVID-19 global cases map
This virus does not discriminate by nationality, race, or economic status. By working together, hopefully we can protect our community, our most at-risk neighbors, and ourselves.