Consider Trusted Resources in Times of Uncertainty

Posted on March 17, 2020

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 federal and community partners during the coronavirus pandemic. Though its buildings are temporarily closed, the Library is always committed to facilitating information.

Federal Resources

City of Toledo Resources

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 Department of Neighborhoods
Find the DRAFT Annual Action Plan and other related plans.

City of Toledo Department of Public Utilities Division of Water Treatment Annual Consumer Confidence Report.

City of Toledo free parks programming
Enjoy free movie nights in the parks , and the children’s theater series.

City of Toledo free summer lunch program
Summer meals at Wilson, Navarre, Ottawa, Savage and Walbridge Parks.

City of Toledo Renters Assistance
If you can’t pay your rent due to COVID-19, there is help help. Apply today, grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 419.936.2020.

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.

Ohio and Lucas County Resources

Area Office on Aging
Area Office on Aging has a list of home-delivered meal PROVIDERS in Lucas County for older Americans.

Children’s Hunger Alliance
Find meal sites throughout Ohio.

Connecting Kids to Meals
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: Birmingham, Holland, Kent, Lagrange, Locke, Mott, Oregon, South, Washington and West Toledo.

Health Updates and Prevention Tips:

  • Ohio Department of Health
  • Toledo-Lucas County Health Department – check their Facebook page for Virtual Town Halls
  • 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.

MLK Kitchen for the Poor
Delivering meals to the elderly and area shut-ins, serving hot meals to neighborhood children during summer vacation, and providing clothing, toys, counseling and support for the immediate community.

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.

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 phone line is available 24 hours a day.

Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio
If you know someone in need of assistance or for service information call 419.382.0624 or email

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.

The Ohio Department of Aging
Offers the Stay Connected program which provides a daily check-in by phone for Ohioans ages 60 or older. If no one answers after three attempts, a call is then made to an alternate contact (if provided) or to non-emergency services. The service can be canceled at any time. Staying Connected is not an emergency response service, and participants should always use 911 or their emergency response system if they are injured or in need of emergency assistance. Eligible Ohioans can sign up at or by calling 1-800-266-4346.

Small Business Resources

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.

Multilingual 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.

Community Entertainment Resources
Whether looking to be entertained or if you’re simply missing the opportunity popular area events, tune into Livestream Toledo. With a wide variety of events to choose from like the Mud Hens Virtual Opening Day, OT Live 419 Day Celebration or the Ukulele Club, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Have a Resource You’d Like to Add?

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 with a 2-3 sentence description of your resource.

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