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Posted by katie.york  On Mar 31, 2020 at 3:36 PM
  

Happy April Fool's Eve!  That's a real holiday right?  March 31st, 2020 is a lot of things, including:

There are truly significant days celebrated today, including the International Transgender Day of VisibilityEqual Pay Day, and here in NJ, Thomas Mundy Peterson Day, recognizing the first African-American to vote in an election.

It is also National "She's Funny that Way" Day, so I am waiting impatiently by my mailbox to receive my national recognition.  ...I'm here all week.  No, really.  I'm here all week with my 5 and 8 year old boys.  This national recognition for my impeccable sense of humor couldn't have come sooner.


  • Many of you may have seen a familiar face or two on TV34. We have been working with our fantastic Edgemont and MILL instructors to try to bring their programs to your home. Tune in to TV34 regularly.

Additionally, AARP will hold a weekly teletown hall with experts from the federal government at 1 p.m. ET on Thursdays; view the livestream or use the call-in number (855-274-9507). Ask federal experts your questions, learn the latest information about the disease and find out how to protect yourself and loved ones from coronavirus scams.

  • As of Friday, Montclair was behind the state average in response rates for the 2020 Census. On Sunday, we passed the state average by 0.1%, moving to 34.8% of Montclair residents having replied. Please keep that momentum going and respond at 2020census.gov. It's important, easy, and safe.

Montclair Public Library has so much for you to enjoy online. All you need is your up to date MPL library card to get started.

E-books and e-audiobooks.  MPL has two apps to read e-books and listen to e-audiobooks: Libby and hoopla. All three can be accessed through a mobile device or tablet and be read or listened to on the go. Hoopla also offers comics and children’s picture books. All of Libby’s content is also available in an app called Overdrive, which has a different look and slightly different reading experience.

Streaming movies.  With your library card you can stream tens of thousands of movies through the Kanopy and hoopla apps. Try them on your mobile device or home computer, or add them as channels to a smart TV.

Local history treasures.  Browse over 10,000 historic photographs, as well as city directories and books, at our local history repository, Montclair History Online.

Digital research resources.  Your card allows you to access a number of different research databases including Reference USA for business information, HeritageQuest for genealogy, New York Times historical newspapers, Consumer Reports, and so much more.

Language learning.  We offer Rosetta Stone as well as Mango Languages to help you get started in learning a number of different languages.

Digital magazines.  Using the RBDigital app, you can access a wide variety of magazines including Better Homes and Gardens and Time magazine.

Visit e.montclairlibrary.org for more information. If you require assistance using these resources, email reference@montclair.bccls.org. If you are experiencing issues with your library card, you can always email montcirc@bccls.org

  • United Way of Northern NJ's Caregivers Coalition has shared their favorite resources:

Coronavirus and Caregiving: For tips and helpful information visit https://www.aarp.org/health/?CON-HEALTH-COVID19-031220.

Caring Across Generations from National Association for Caregiving: See our Tips for Sandwich Caregivers in the Era of COVID-19 HERE. This tip sheet can be helpful to all caregivers responsible for both the young and old.

Mental Health Association of NJ has opened their Disaster Mental Health Helpline to assist for those feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19. Please call (877)294- HELP(4357) for emotional support, guidance and mental health referrals as needed.

Medicare has temporarily expanded its coverage of telehealth services to respond to COVID-19. If you have an existing healthcare appointment, or think you need to see your doctor, please call them first to see if your appointment can be conducted over a smartphone with video capability or any device using video technology, like a tablet or a laptop. For some appointments, a simple check-in over the phone without video capabilities may suffice. Important:If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.  For more information go to https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus.
Remember: Medicare covers the lab tests for COVID-19. You pay no out-of-pocket costs.

Department of Human Services COVID-19 Resources: https://nj.gov/humanservices/coronavirus.html 

Eldercare Locator to Find Services for Seniors by Zip Code: Visit https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Search_Results.aspx or call 800-677-1116.

Alzheimer’s NJ: Our Helpline 1-888-280-6055 is open 8 am – 5 pm. When you call you will be connected with a staff member who is well versed in Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and can provide support, guidance, and resources. Please don’t hesitate to call.In addition, we have implemented telephone support groups starting Wednesday, March 18. Learn more and register here.

Online Recovery Support Services: There are resources to tap into and find recovery online with applications and platforms to log into free of charge. Podcasts, apps and websites are prolific with recovery. Here are a few places online to access recovery meetings: different websites include: www.smartrecovery.org,www.womenforsobriety.orgwww.intherooms.comwww.celebraterecovery.com. Then, there are many podcasts like “The Beyond Addiction Show, Recovery Radio Network, Recovery 2.0 Power Hour” and many more. Phone apps are plentiful in recovery information including Sober Time, Sober Grid and I am Sober.

Virtual Field Trips: https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/20-virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-your-kids.html

Multiple Museums You Can Visit from Your Couch: https://www.creativehouseculture.art/post/multiple-museums-you-can-visit-from-your-couch

Make time for happiness https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/health/yale-happiness-course-wellness/index.html.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – COVID Scams:To learn how to avoid Coronavirus scams including e-mail phishing scams, report suspected fraud and learn what the FTC is doing related to COVID-19 visit https://www.ftc.gov/

  • Job Search Information from the Tri-State Transition Community
  • Sundays from 9:00 – 10:30 am:George Pace, an IT Technology Leader, in Partnership with TBCNJ, will start holding a weekly LIVE Webinar every Sunday until this crisis is over. The purpose of this Webinar will be to:
  • Share the latest Federal / State news as it relates to the Job Market
  • Providing updates to apply for Unemployment
  • Discuss proactive Activities to start thinking about, including:
  • General Skills, Video Skills, Remote Networking approaches, and
  • Most importantly, understanding the thoughts and concerns of the attendees on the Webinar

To access the webinar go to www.facebook.com/keeppace, In the left-hand column click on Videos, then click on the Video that says LIVE. If you don't see the LIVE Button, it hasn't started yet. For questions, please contact George Pace at: keeppace@gmail.com.

  • The New York Science, Industry and Business Library offers an extensive series of programs pertaining to job search, training, and career advice. In addition, the library has numerous training classes on Microsoft Office, including: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. They are available 24/7 on-line at: http://www.nypl.org/node/90324

Posted by katie.york  On Mar 31, 2020 at 3:36 PM
  
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