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Consider Trusted Resources in Times of Uncertainty

Posted about 12 days ago by Library News

Every day, Toledo Lucas County Public Library dedicates itself to advancing information literacy in order to serve customers’ needs. Librarians recognize how resources based in research and evidence can make a difference. In crises, that verification is all the more vital.

The Library stands with its community partners during the coronavirus pandemic. Though its buildings are temporarily closed, the Library is always committed to facilitating information. These are among the best resources to review at this time:

Youth age 18 and under facing food scarcity can get daily breakfast and lunch (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) at the following Library locations through Connecting Kids to Meals: Birmingham, Holland, Kent, Lagrange, Locke, Mott, Oregon, South, Washington and West Toledo.

Ohio Department of Health and Toledo-Lucas County Health Department: Check these expert sources regularly for public health updates and prevention tips. State officials urge those with coronavirus questions to call 833.427.5634.

Lucas County Community COVID-19 call line: Medical questions can be answered 24/7 by a nurse at 419.251.4000 (English) and 419.291.5355 (multilingual). Multilingual language access includes Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.

OhioMeansJobs: Employment-related questions are front and center for many at this time. More information from this state resource can be found online or by calling 419.213.5627.

Small Business Administration: The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available. Businesses impacted by COVID-19 should also contact BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov for assistance.

United Way 2-1-1: The United Way of Greater Toledo has enacted its emergency communications partnership with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, serving non-emergency related questions on the coronavirus. The 2-1-1 phoneline is available 24 hours a day.

Senior citizens: Contact the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio at 419.382.0624 or at adrn@areaofficeonaging.com if you know someone in need of assistance or for service information. Senior centers owned by the City of Toledo are closed, including the East Toledo Senior Center, Chester J. Zablocki Senior Community Center and Eleanor Kahle Senior Center.

City of Toledo: The city is developing a plan to extend the deadline for city tax payment. Trash and recycling pickup will continue as usual. Playgrounds are closed, and citizens should maintain social distancing while at any park.

City of Toledo water service: Water service will not be shut off for nonpayment during prevention efforts of coronavirus. The city will reconnect water service to any occupied residence in its service area previously disconnected for nonpayment. Requests can be made through Engage Toledo at 419.936.2020. All late fees for water bills are also suspended.

Multilingual information and resources: Welcome TLC has compiled an extensive set of resources for immigrants, refugees and the international community. This includes valuable information from the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in multiple languages.

Social media can be a fantastic tool for immediate updates. But unconfirmed reports are exceptionally dangerous during public health emergencies. They may be inaccurate or lack critical context. Even reputable sources can at times feature misleading headlines.

City, state and federal guidelines are moving quickly in response to this rapidly spreading virus. Remember to always consult primary sources. Your well-being is worth the extra click.

If you have a suggested resource to add to this list, please email terri.carroll@toledolibrary.org with a 2-3 sentence description of your resource.

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