Coping with COVID-19

Stay Home and Stay Safe with help from these resources! 

The following resources were compiled by CADL librarians. Hopefully, this information will assist you and your family to be safe and comfortable during this difficult time. 

To use resources marked with an asterisk*, you need an active Capital Area District Libraries card. If you do not have a card, you can sign up online.

Information Regarding COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease FAQs – COVID-19 Information - English - COVID-19 Information – Spanish, Arabic, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, Burmese, French, Swahili 

Ingham County  

Snopes Coronavirus Fact-Checking 

Talking to Your Kids about Coronavirus 

United State Census 2020 - COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Language Courses* - Pronunciator has published a new course that teaches vocabulary (e.g. "quarantine," "fever", etc.) and phrases (e.g. "I'm having difficulty breathing") relevant to the coronavirus crisis for 101 languages. It is intended for the general public, library staff, and healthcare workers.

Social Services Assistance

Michigan 211

Michigan Unemployment Agency

YMCA Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen Bus - Visiting 7 locations Monday – Friday during the time off of school due to the Coronavirus. See the site for the schedule. 

Bridge has information about how Michigan families can get food, cash, and internet during the coronavirus crisis

Basic Needs Community Information - Resources for food, health, and other essentials and support from Ingham Intermediate School District allows you to search for low-cost internet options being offered in response to COVID-19. 

Small Businesses

COVID-19 Resources from Lansing Chamber of Commerce

Supporting Your Small Business During COVID-19 from SBDC Michigan

Small Business Loan Guidance on

Loans & Funding Information from Small Business Association of Michigan

Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Health 

NAMI Blog – Coronavirus Coping Strategies 

COVID-19 pandemic: Tips to remain ‘sane and safe’ during social distancing 

Managing Anxiety & Stress ( ​​​​​​​

Humor - Keep Laughing!

Comedy offerings available through hoopla*:

Meditation & Mindfulness




These apps are a mix of free and paid apps.  Almost all the paid apps have some free features. 

Staying Healthy & Fit 

Today Show - A routine to help you stay healthy (and sane) while you're stuck at home

Good Food For Hard Times: Make Meals From What's Already In Your Pantry - NPR / Here & Now Show

Serious Eats also has a guide for expanding your skills and utilizing your pantry

Consumer Reports guide to protecting yourself from COVID-19 while grocery shopping

hoopla Exercise Videos*: hoopla offers an abundance of exercise videos

eCookbooks*: Is your favorite restaurant is closed and you need to brush-up on your cooking skills?  hoopla has you covered!

Working at Home 

Tips for working from home during the coronavirus pandemic 

COVID-19: Learning to Love Telecommuting ​​​​​​​


Learning from Home

MeL Learning in Place - To support learning from home, the Michigan eLibrary has been working with their database vendors to provide access to free, additional content so all types of learners can be supported with quality tools and materials.

Scholastic Learn At Home - Daily learning projects and resources for students K-9

Storytime From Space - Practical worksheets, games, interactive stories and more, must sign up for a free membership, access to premium resources during school closures

Michigan Virtual - Free courses during school closures (Grades 6-12)

Ingham Intermediate School District - Use the left side menu to access Educator Resources, Family Learning Resources, their Continuity of Learning Plan, and more. 

CADL Learn a New Skill - View our resources for expanding your skill set

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips

Ivy League MOOCs - Class Central has compiled a list of free classes developed by Ivy League universities 

Coursera - Coursera offers online classes, many for free, by collaborating with over 190 universities and companies. The link goes to more informaiton about how to sign up for Coursera classes for free. 

Other Things to Do from Home

Flipster - In addition to our other Download & Streaming Services, for a limited time we can offer access to Flipster, a digital newsstand with many top titles like People and Sports Illustrated in an easy to use interface.

Access this resource using the following credentials:
username: capital
password: trial!20


100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic from USA Today

Avoid Cabin Fever With These 125 Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained During the Coronavirus Crisis  from Parade

8 Things to Do While Under Quarantine from Psychology Today



Virtual Tours

Aquariums/Zoos - Live on Social Media