Resources for Free Services During Shutdown

What the Library offers:

The following FREE resources are always available.

Services for ALL in Our Community

See below for more detailed information regarding some of these services.

Need updated information on COVID 19? Covid 19 or The National Institutes of Health reports that “scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2 [which causes COVID-19 disease]) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.”

If you are in need of food in Williamstown: WMHS has curbside food pickup M-F 11-1pm. A Bagged lunch and a bagged breakfast are offered daily to youth 18 years and under. You do not need to get out of your car, just pull up to the school and someone will assist you. If you have questions or issues with transportation, please do not hesitate to contact Michele Blanchard by text, phone or email: 522-7094, Mblanchard@CVSU.org

The Williamstown Food Shelf is offering weekly bagged food for youth 18 and under if transportation is an issue and you can’t get to WMHS: contact Donna 477-3264 or email her mike-bean@outlook.com for more information. Here is their form:

Not youth but still need food? The Williamstown Food Shelf will continue to be open on Saturdays, but in order to protect everyone from COVID-19 we have changed how food is distributed. We are no longer allowing people to come in and “shop” for their needs. Upon arrival, you will be asked to fill out an order form then wait in your car. We will pack a bag for you and bring it to the car. To streamline the process we are asking people to call in their order ahead of time. Please call Donna at 477-3264 or Jennifer at 249-4014. If you submit your order by Thursday evening, we’ll have it ready to pick up on Saturday, food shelf hours are 9 am to 1 pm.

Need internet? If you have a youth in K-College and need internet: Spectrum is providing free internet services call 1 844 488 8398 The Library has free wi-fi access 24/7. You can use our picnic table on the side of the building, sit on the front steps, or park out front. If you don’t know the library wifi password, call or email us and we will help you: Library@williamstownvt.org 433-5887

Co-quarantined with an abuser? Worried about having to self-isolate in a dangerous home situation? National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1 800 799 7233 or TTY 1 800 787 3224 Chat at thehotline.org.

Green Mountain Power Update: Safety for customers and our employees is our focus! We recognize that some may experience financial difficulty as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, whether they or a family member fall ill, are required to quarantine, or because their income is otherwise affected. We hope to alleviate our affected customers’ concerns about their electricity service during this time, so GMP is temporarily suspending collections-related activities, including service disconnections through the end of April. These policies are effective immediately. We will evaluate their continued need at the end of April. Please note that regular billing will continue for all customers. We have a page dedicated to the latest info on the pandemic and what it means for customers here: Green Mountain Power.

Online Services for ALL Ages

Want to visit a museum but are quarantined? Click here: Museums

Like music performances? Join the Berliner Philharmoniker’s for free concerts: Click here: Philharmoniker’s Concerts

Opera Fan? The Metropolitan Opera is offering free online performances nightly: Metropolitan Opera or visit the Vienna State Opera Broadcasts: Vienna State Opera

Missing stage performances? There are many offerings from the Kennedy Center Digital Stage. Click Here: Kennedy Center

Do you like Baseball? Ken Burns baseball film is streaming free. Click here: Baseball

Are you missing the outdoors? Travel to different National Parks from home: National Parks

Need help with disinfecting items? The Centers for Disease Control provides guidance on cleaning or disinfecting items that may be contaminated with germs.

Online Services Geared for Youth

If you have a youth in K-College and need internet: Spectrum is providing free internet services call 1 844 488 8398

Need classwork to do at home? Don’t want your child to fall behind? Are you an adult that wants to use this time to learn something new or to revisit something academically? Khan Academy offers free online learning for youth and adults: https://www.khanacademy.org/

Youth Authors Reading Their Work Online: Mo Willems, Gene Luen Yang, Amie Kaufman and other authors for young readers are reading their work online and offering drawing tutorials: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/books/writers-entertain-kids-virus.html

Amazon Prime Offering Free Movies & TV shows: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/storefront/ref=atv_hm_hom_1_c_ZWyNDQ_fMHI51_1_1?contentId=freeforall&merchId=freeforall&tag=bisafetynet2-20

Storytime Offered Online by Authors and Illustrators : https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/136038/online-story-time/?fbclid=IwAR0-4xsAGHn30N-dNnb1LgMtST2QawasD7CQsfS__s6ofAlolLiu5S35x0M

Online Resources for STEM: https://www.montshire.org/online-resources?fbclid=IwAR0hSoqMEGCIow12DSzdqT5sdgvwe80RT-dEMvSLpd3zSuFNSBcWvJbcZ7I