New Michigan COVID-19 Webpage

A new state tool shows which activities are still not allowed in Michigan due to the coronavirus pandemic and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders.

With over 160 coronavirus executive orders in Michigan, the new online webpage shows a chart of activities and indicates if the activity can resume or not in each Michigan region.

The site includes a map of the eight regions, revealing which phase each is in for the state’s MI Safe Start Plan.

Read the article on MLive.com

$8.55 Million in COVID-19 Workplace Safety Grants Available

With employers across the state working to keep their employees, customers, and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Michigan has launched the Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program. These grants will provide small businesses matching funds of up to $10,000 to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread through the purchase of safety and health-related equipment and training in response to COVID-19. Grant applications will be available until Friday, August 7, 2020.

Learn more and apply.

Library of Michigan CARES Act grants – application

The Library of Michigan (LM) is pleased to announce CARES Act grant program as part of LM’s response to the COVID-19 crisis’ impact on Michigan public libraries. The LM grant program is designed to assist public libraries in providing improved access to the Internet for their community, while maintaining a safe environment for staff and patrons. The intent is to fund one-year projects that increase public libraries’ supply of personal protective equipment and facilities supplies (Goal 1) as well as increase community Internet connectivity through the purchase of Internet capable devices, hotspots or other appropriate materials and supplies (Goal 2).

The application due date is four weeks after the EO closing libraries to public accommodation is lifted to give libraries time to get back in their buildings and assess their needs.

Applicants may request materials and supplies, and services related to either or both the grant program goals. Eligible applicants are Michigan public libraries or tribal libraries who meet the guidelines listed in the application packet. Libraries may submit one application for this program. Branch libraries may NOT apply separately.

The number and amount of grant awards will depend on the funds available and the number of applications received. For the CARES Act Grant, the grant awards will be as follows:

Goal 1 – For PPE equipment and facilities supplies and services:

All eligible requests for Goal 1 will be funded.

Goal 2 – For digital inclusion supplies and services:

  • Up to $5,000 for Class V & VI libraries
  • Up to $3,000 for Class III & IV libraries
  • Up to $1,000 for Class I & II libraries

Libraries in communities with high rates of unemployment and poverty and low rates of Broadband access will have priority for Goal 2. LM has data on these three issues and will rank applications based on these. LM will fund as many of the Goal 2 applications as possible.

The grant period will be 12 months, starting from the date of the contract up to 9/30/2021. For full information on the grant program, including the application, please go to www.michigan.gov/lsta and go to the CARES Act grant section. We encourage you to read the grant documentation thoroughly. Grant funds cannot be used to reimburse libraries for purchases made before the grant contract start date.

Question can be directed to

Karren Reish
Library Grants Coordinator
517-241-0021
www.michigan.gov/lsta
www.michigan.gov/sl21

RIDES & MeLCat Quarantine and Cleaning Guidelines

Materials delivered to your building will need some special attention for the protection of both library staff and courier staff.

These guidelines are based on CDC recommendations, and may change if those recommendations change.

Quarantine/cleaning guidelines

  • Materials –
    • Quarantine books for 24-72 hours.
      • 24 hours for paper/cardboard covers
      • 72 hours for mylar plastic covers & CD/DVD cases
    • Do not use direct cleaning products unless there is visible evidence of contamination.
    • Do not use liquid disinfectants or cleaning products on items belonging to another library.
    • UV ray exposure as a means of sterilization is harmful to materials  and is not recommended.
    • Quarantine packaging materials a minimum of 24 hours before reusing.

Question or concerns can be directed to

Sue Alt
MeLCat Support and Delivery Coordinator
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)
800-530-9019 ext 143

Michigan Public Libraries: Re-opening Considerations after closures during the Covid-19 Pandemic


The Michigan Cooperative Association developed a document to list considerations for libraries in Michigan when re-opening their buildings to the public.

Intent, Scope and Purpose of this document:

Intent–to identify areas of concern that member libraries may need to address when determining temporary procedures upon reopening to the public.

Scope–to consider what type and level of measures would be needed to protect the staff and the public.

Purpose–to generate a list of possible issues that a reasonable person would generally find to be of concern in the current COVID-19 work environment. The list shall be representative in nature only and is not meant to be exhaustive; the administrators of member libraries are encouraged to consult with the director of their county health department and legal counsel for further information on requirements.

View the document here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vS0R2LToMYT0LF1bdzSEIJqhJfYtwR-W9D80Z90gzbPJICsa479GY6sUmpiQUxcGaLvQsy6QjWqZv6O/pub

Looking Ahead, Planning for Reopening Webinar

Friday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. central (2:00 pm Eastern)

Even as many are working overtime to provide remote and adapted services to their communities, librarians, library staff and boards are planning for reopening when it becomes safe to do so. There are many considerations, from patron and staff safety to dealing with materials, equipment, and space; from bringing staff onsite to restarting programs. Has your state established a task force or working group to launch the planning process? Join a conversation with colleagues from states across the country, share information, ask questions, hear what resources are available and let ALA know what help you need. Please register here.

This conversation is being convened by ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office and the Chapter Relations Office.

Megan Murray Cusick, MLIS
Assistant Director, State Advocacy
American Library Association
mcusick@ala.org

Free & Open Sourced PDF books for children’s mental health


COVID19 Books for Children from Children’s Advocacy Centers of Michigan (4 titles).

When Everything Opens – a response story and distance Learning during COVID-19  – FREE registration and download from Teachers Pay Teachers.

Coronavirus: A Book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Resources & Activities

Developmental Trauma, Children and Family Mental Health, and more resources from Beacon House Therapeutic Services (UK).

ACES Too High Resources on adverse childhood experiences.

Managing COVID-19 Anxiety (all ages) from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, including

My Pandemic Story: A Guided Activity Workbook for the World’s Children, Families, Teachers, and Caregivers from The Children’s Psychological Health Center.

COVID-19 Time Capsule from Loving Creations.

Barefoot Books At-Home Activity Books include “Managing Anxiety “and “Mindfulness for All Ages.”

Tech Tips

Families & Tech During COVID-19 from Navigating Screens Project (LSTA).

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic from Common Sense Media.

Provided by Cathy Lancaster, Youth Services Coordinator, Library of Michigan


COVID-19 Resources