COVID-19 Resources

Below is an ever-evolving list of resources we are pulling together to help you during this quarantine and time of self-isolation. If you have any resources you think we should add, please email dhenderson@hctpl.info and we’ll be happy to consider adding it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the library open?
No. Both the Huntington and Markle libraries are currently closed and will remain closed through Sunday, April 19. We plan to re-open for normal business hours Monday, April 20.

What about the books and movies I have checked out?
Please keep the items you borrowed with you. Do not return items in the book drops as we are unable to clear them out at this time. We have extended the due dates for all items currently checked out to last through our closed period.

How do I get in touch with library staff?
Since we are closed, the library’s phone is not monitored. To contact us, please email ask@hctpl.info or message us on Facebook. We can still help you with account issues, register you for a card, and answer other questions from outside the library, so don’t hesitate to message us if you need help!

Important Information

Indiana Information

Coronavirus Homepage from the Indiana Department of Health

Below are Executive Orders by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb related to the COVID-19 outbreak (in order of most recent to oldest). Click here for all Executive Orders.

Executive Order 20-11 Related to Carryout Consumption of Alcohol

Executive Order 20-10 Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining In Response to the Coronavirus 2019 Disease Epidemic

Executive Order 20-09 Relating to the Continuity of Operation of Government

Executive Order 20-08 Directive for Hoosiers to Stay at Home

Executive Order 20-07 Rescheduling the Primary Election Due to Public Health Emergency

Executive Order 20-06 Temporary Prohibition on Evictions and Foreclosures

Executive Order 20-05 Helping Hoosiers During the Public Health Emergency Declared for the Coronavirus 2019 Disease Outbreak

Executive Order 20-04 Further Orders and Directives in Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Epidemic

Executive Order 20-03 Waive of Hours of Service Regulations Relating to Motor Carriers and Drivers of Commercial Vehicles Transporting Goods to Indiana Businesses

Executive Order 20-02 Declaration of Public Health Emergency for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak

Local Resources and Information

List of restaurant take-out and delivery options (PDF)

List of Markle take-out and delivery options (PDF)

Huntington County Health Department Facebook Page

United Way COVID-19 Resources (PDF)

Federal & General Information

Coronavirus homepage – World Health Organization

Coronavirus homepage – Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Coronavirus Q&A – Questions and answers about COVID-19 from Harvard Medical School

Coronavirus homepage – Google

Free Coronavirus article access – The New York Times is making access to articles related to the Coronavirus accessible without a subscription

Coronavirus scam information – Avoid scams related to COVID-19 with information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Educating from Home Resources

LinkedIn Learning – Free courses on teaching online

Khan Academy Kids – Free educational program for ages 2-7 years.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Scholastic Resources for School Closures

Distance Learning eBooks from Big Timber Media

Teen Health & Wellness from Rosen Media

Holiday House Resources for Distance Learning

Bound to Stay Bound resources for online learning

Teaching Books

Home entertainment while self-isolating

Free eBooks & eAudiobooks with your library card with Libby, OverDrive, and RBDigital

Free online databases With your library card, you have access to a variety of online databases that cover a wide range of subject matter.

Free audiobooks with Audible

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems Kennedy Center Education artist-in-residence Mo Willems is leading an afternoon doodling session every day at 1 p.m. ET for the next few weeks, showing readers how to draw his iconic pigeon and piggie, as well as offering a glimpse inside his Massachusetts studio. “Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons,” Willems said in a statement to readers. “We are going to doodle together and explore ways of writing and making.”

KidLit TV KidLit TV has created a virtual library available to readers on their site. The virtual library includes tutorials, read-alouds, podcasts and other activities, including reading resources.

Harper at Home HarperCollins Children’s Books is using social media to share daily story times, learning materials, and activities with readers. Authors, illustrators, and Harper staff will participate, with social media channels available for different age groups. HarperKids is on Instagram for little readers, the YouTube channel Shelf Stuff is for middle grade readers, the Epic Reads Twitter feed is for teens, and HarperStacks—also on Twitter—has resources for educators, parents, and caregivers.

Stimola Live Stimola Literary Studio will offer more than 50 live streams for children to tune into between March 23 and April 3. A Stimola Live YouTube channel will archive the readings for future viewership. Content is for kids of all ages and will include read-alouds, crafts, journaling, math, yoga, and drawing lessons.

SAG-AFTRA YouTube Celebrities read children’s books aloud.

Penguin Random House free online read-alouds

Free printable coloring book from Children’s Book Council, featuring popular children’s illustrators

Free ebooks for children from 12-Story Libraries

Free Tumblebooks access

Free genealogy webinars from Legacy Family Tree and MyHeritage

Free access to New England Historical Genealogy Society online genealogy books.

Inspire Indiana Indiana’s free virtual library, Inspire offers a free array of information from magazines, newspapers, electronic media and scholarly journals to help Hoosiers of all ages find answers.