Phase 1 Re-opening Plan: Our phased re-opening plan starts June 2, with curbside holds pick-up & limited book drop open hours. Find out how it works.
Connect with library staff: Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Chat from website or phone 1-844-649-8127: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9AM-5PM, Tuesday: 9AM-7PM, Saturday: 11AM-3PM (PT).
BC's Restart Plan
Source: Government of British Columbia
BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.
COVID-19 BC Support App
The BC COVID-19 Support App is a partnership between the B.C. Ministry of Health and Thrive Health. This app is a central resource for accessing personalized, trusted, evidence-based information about the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates will be made as Provincial guidelines evolve to ensure that you can access the most up-to-date recommendations.
What’s New at the Okanagan Regional Library?
Review news about the Okanagan Regional Library, including updates about the library’s response and activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This site offers a good summary of information regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, including information in the following languages:
Source: BC Centre for Disease Control
BC Centre for Disease Control is the agency that is leading BC’s response to this new outbreak of respiratory infections, now known as COVID-19.
Source: National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)
This is a page of alternative accessible formats of the charts and graphics that news sites, public health agencies, universities and other organizations are using to explain COVID-19 data in easy to understand ways. NNELS created these accessible versions so people with print disabilities or individuals with slower internet connections could access the same data. The alternate accessible formats include text descriptions and sonifications (audio versions of graphs).
Latest Case Counts on Novel Coronavirus
Up-to-date case counts for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website.
Source: World Health Organization
The WHO has a good list of myth busters and easy ways to share their graphics.
Source: Government of Canada
The Government of Canada has prepared ways for Canadians (individuals, communities, schools & daycares, and workplaces) to be prepared for this or any other emergency that may occur. It is important to be prepared at the individual and community level for all possible scenarios.
Source: Oxford University Press
As part of their response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the world, Oxford University Press has made content from online resources and leading journals freely accessible to assist researchers, medical professionals, policy makers, and others who are working to address this health crisis.
Source: Province of British Columbia
These are the full texts of Orders from the Public Health Officer of British Columbia regarding restrictions on work and social activities for sectors including night clubs, food and drink services, care home workers, mass gatherings and travelers. Important guidance pages are available to instruct social organizations and businesses in how to prevent COVID-19 transmission.
If you are in an emergency or crisis
Source: Anxiety Canada
For the next few weeks, every Thursday from May 7th to 21st at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT, join a panel of experts and host, Corey Hirsch. They’ll discuss uncertainty during COVID-19, how to deal with it, and give clarity on healthy and unhealthy coping during this pandemic. You’ll also get the chance to get your questions answered by the experts.
Source: Government of Canada, plus partner organizations.
Wellness Together Canada provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed. Educational resources and immediate support crisis lines are available without creating an account. Other mental health services require registration.
Source: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
This site offers professional advice on managing mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak, including reducing anxiety and depression, and helping others with their mental health challenges.
Source: Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division
Review this helpful advice for coping with anxiety, self-assessment, and helping others.
Source: Province of British Columbia
This site offers things we can do as individuals and collectively to deal with stress and support one another during these challenging times.
Written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
Source: Candlewick Press
This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. With child-appropriate answers and explanations, the book addresses several key questions.
Written by Sally Nicholls and Vivian Schwarz.
Source: Andersen Press
This is a gentle story for ages 4-10, explaining what the coronavirus is, how to stay safe, and dealing with social isolation as a family.
Source: Listen Notes Search Engine
Share this collection of science-themed podcasts related to coronavirus with children ages 5 to 12. Includes podcasts from the Fun Kids Science Weekly, Curious Kid Podcast, The Show About Science, Brains On, Tumble Science Podcast for Kids, and YPR: But Why.
Source: Kids Help Phone
“Kids Help Phone is always there for you. No matter what you want to talk about, we’re here to listen. No judgment, totally private, 24/7.” This site provides support for kids on issues that concern them, through phone, text, chat and web-based text and links to community resources. There is also support information for kids concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak.
Children may be anxious and curious about the new coronavirus. This site explains to them what viruses are, how they function in the body, and their physical and social effects.
Source: Autism Speaks Canada
Learn how to talk about COVID-19 with your child with autism, and how to handle school closures and services.
Source: Open School BC
"This site offers a collection of resources to help support learning while families are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of in-class instruction. Please note that it will be updated frequently as we identify more resources and new information to share."
Source: Okanagan Regional Library
Explore the many free online educational resources provided by the Okanagan Regional Library. Includes digital books for babies and toddlers, kids, teens, and young people with diversabilites.
Use this page to find links to free external educational websites.
ORL is now producing videos of children's story book readings, science and technology activities, oral stories, and songs and rhymes. Come watch them, then subscribe!
If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.
Source: Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale
Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver – Lonsdale, has created a practical summary of financial supports that are available to support BC’s people and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Topics include: Housing; Personal Income; Income Supplements; Cost Reductions and Deferrals for People; Business Support, including by sector; and, Funding for Charities. Includes links to the related government information sites.
Find-out who to call for information about financial support and benefits from the Government of Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. This site also provides answers to common questions related to those caring for sick relatives, layoffs, child care, paying rent and self-employment.
Read about the federal government measures to provide support to Canadian individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, including: families, the sick and quarantined, people facing unemployment, Indigenous communities, seniors, students and farmers.
Review the Government of British Columbia’s measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including: child care, education, employment and finances, businesses, housing and monthly bills, transportation, health care, travel and tourism, and reduced services.
Source: Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Get helpful information on how to protect your business during the COVID-19 outbreak. Topics include: business continuity, EI and employee income, employee management, fraud and business security, health and safety, and employee travel. This site features links to free templates, provincial and federal relief measures, and public health authorities.
The government has announced a series of measures as part of its COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan to help Canadian students and recent graduates. Programs include support for student employment, loans and grants for studies, emergency financial benefits, and changes to work rules for International Students.
Source: Justice Education Society – LegalHelpBC
The COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing and creating many law related questions. LegalHelpBC.ca provides up-to-date answers to legal questions for British Columbians.
This is the Government of Canada’s site for helping travellers assess their risks, find travel health notices, travel safely, register during travel, and advising on what to do upon returning to Canada.