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Keep up to date on voting, the census, and photo ID:

  • Voting: Consider the Vote-By-Mail option (VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot). The new date for the Pennsylvania Primary Election is June 2, 2020. The last day to register to vote in May 18, and the last day to request a mail-in ballot is May 26. For the latest voting updates, visit www.VotesPA.com.
  • 2020 Census: The census is happening now. Here’s how to respond. The U.S. Census Bureau is monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) carefully, and the health, safety and well-being of the public and our staff is our top priority.
  • Photo ID: While PennDOT offices are closed, photo ID and driver's license expiration dates have been extended. Complete all photo ID and vehicle registration renewals, address changes and other PennDOT services online at www.dmv.pa.gov. Mailed products will be delayed until normal operations resume. More information on PennDOT services is available here. Also, the Transportation Safety Administration recently announced that they would continue to accept driver licenses and ID cards that expired after March 1 as a valid form of identification at airport security checkpoints. More details are available at www.tsa.gov/coronavirus.
  • For more information on voting, the League of Women Voters offers nonpartisan information, and has Pennsylvania and Lehigh County websites, as well as vote411.org, a national site with an online ballot tool. Learn about voter registration from the Lehigh County Board of Elections. You can also visit pavoterservices.pa.gov to learn about whether your polling place has changed, or to find out the status of a returned ballot.

JOB AND BUSINESS RESOURCES FOR CORONAVIRUS

If you own a business: See the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s webpage dedicated to helping businesses deal with coronavirus concerns at www.pachamber.org/coronavirus. Another great local resource for the Lehigh Valley is The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Updates

If you are unemployed: Here’s information about filing for unemployment benefits. UC Benefits and Information for PA Employees impacted by COVID-19

If you’re looking for a job: Have you lost your job due to COVID-19 related business closures? Employers across the state are in need of hiring thousands of critical roles. View essential businesses’ job opportunities through this resource from Pennsylvania CareerLink.


We also recommend the following job resources:

Discover job resources for Pennsylvania job seekers and employers. These Pennsylvania government provided resources are designed to help you find a good career, review job openings, and match you with employers.

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
The award-winning Ferguson's Career Guidance Center is a comprehensive resource for career exploration and planning that allows users to quickly find the valuable career information they need, whether it's industry and professions articles, school planning resources, or skills and career advice.

Universal Class
Free access to over 500 courses from computer skills to business to cooking to pet care.  Learn at your own pace. Earn CEUs and certificates. (Make sure to log in by adding PCL before your library card number). 

Find something to read: 

While we're unable to circulate print materials, you can use your library card to read a magazine via Rbdigital, a newspaper via NewsBank, or an ebook using Libby or Hoopla. Biblioboard also offers ebooks – are you ready to try reading some classics? Or consider reading a poem a day if your attention span is limited these days. Find your next great book recommendation on NoveList or Books & Authors.

Find something to watch or listen to: 

Use your library card to listen to an audiobook on Libby or find audiobooks, music, and video on Hoopla. Some other literary listening that is free for anyone: Librivox has crowd-sourced audiobooks for older titles that are in the public domain, and former Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton is reading aloud fiction for adults. Watch movies, documentaries, and TV shows on AccessVideo

Learn something: 

If you're getting bored at home, try out a how-to tutorial videocooking an international recipe or learning a language with Rosetta Stone, or taking a course through UniversalClass. (Just make sure to add PCL before your library card number to log in to UniversalClass). 

Practice self-care:

Try free meditations from Headspace or find wellness and exercise videos through UniversalClass or AccessVideo. Get support for your mental health in a local online support group offered by The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Lehigh Valley.

Are you in crisis? If you are in a suicidal crisis or in emotional distress, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255  or online resources. If you are experiencing abuse at home, Turning Point Lehigh Valley offers a helpline 24/7 at 1-610-437-3369.

Do something to help others:

Here are some local organizations that you can help.


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