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

Now Closed -Office Furniture and Equipment for Sale


Items that are currently available to purchase. There is a suggested priced listed but best offers will be considered.

Please contact Sheila Good at sgood@wplc.org if you are interested.

All items are “As Is”. You will be responsible for pickup, but not until June 2020.

Scroll over each image for details and suggested price.

Outreach from MI Department of State

Michigan’s first-ever Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.


Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, district lines for political offices must be redrawn in states across the country to accurately reflect their population. In Michigan, a randomly selected commission of citizens is responsible for drawing U.S. Congressional and Michigan State House and Senate district lines. Voters amended the state constitution in the November 2018 general election to make citizens — not legislators or special interests — responsible for drawing district lines (called “redistricting”). The commission will be composed of 13 randomly-selected Michigan registered voters: four who affiliate with the Democratic Party, four who affiliate with the Republican Party, and five who do not affiliate with either major political party.

The Michigan Department of State is eager to engage you and your community to invite them to apply and inform them about the new free online notary services and email submission option for applications. MDS would greatly appreciate the opportunity to reach your community directly via email, newsletter, or a virtual townhall or video conference meeting.

The deadline to apply – June 1 – is only six weeks away, so we need to get the word out quickly. The current applicant pool statistics demonstrate great interest and enthusiasm from Michiganders of all backgrounds, but as you can see here there is more work to be done to generate applications from a broad cross-section of the state. 

This is an extraordinary moment for all Michiganders to get involved and ensure the fairness and integrity of our elections. MDS would truly appreciate the chance to invite your community to apply and be part of this transparent, citizen-led process.

If this is of interest to you, we would be happy to set up a call with the MDS team to discuss further details and opportunities. You can find out more at, RedistrictingMichigan.org, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @redistrictingMI.

Provided by,
Sally Marsh, Director of Special Projects,
Michigan Department of State
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

TechSoup for Libraries newsletter

If you don’t already get the TechSoup for Libraries newsletter consider signing up for it so you receive news about deeply discounted software that may be useful for your library organization. Below is the latest newsletter from TechSoup.

To subscribe to the TechSoup for Libraries newsletter: https://www.techsoup.org/subscribe-to-our-free-newsletters

https://message.techsoup.org/2020-04-13-ts4l?ecid=ACsprvuB7a7ME-JjRbE8kR12JKAzsng8R6vxBLa747aikoORlHi3kQPLm04Ue_ko3hFXSqHcWwWE&utm_campaign=TechSoup%20for%20Libraries&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=86242440&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–Z-VEofm4B7Ik43Kop6cTcOvBnWnte0a08BLfmln86PaeNFMSHIAMZW5ptdg1ZUQ_akuohi2isEwUC4wzOCmbPr4b7Ew&_hsmi=86248475

The most recent newsletter has info on:

  • Free Office 365
  • Discounted Zoom subscriptions for libraries
  • Newsbytes with COVID resources and freebies
  • Library 2.0 mini-conference online in June for small and rural libraries

Provided by Shannon White, Library Development Manager, Library of Michigan

Soft Skills Academy from Library of Michigan


The Library of Michigan is excited to present free, online continuing education for Michigan library staff that you can access now from our website. You will need to create a user name and password but it’s free and easy and you only need to do it once for any/all of the courses. Each course takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Staff Skills Academy: Online CE through the Library of Michigan

You can limit courses by category. The categories are:

  • Cataloging
  • Customer Service
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership
  • Programming
  • Readers’ Advisory
  • Reference
  • Technology

Shared by Sonya Schryer Norris, Library Consultant, Library of Michigan on 4/10/2020

COVID-19 Resources



Governor Whitmer Extends, Expands “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order to Save Lives

Governor directs all Michiganders to stay home, stay safe through April 30 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
April 9, 2020

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Whitmer signed executive order 2020-42, extending her prior “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through the end of April. As with the prior order, Executive Order 2020-42 limits gatherings and travel and requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home. Executive Order 2020-42 also imposes more stringent limitations on stores to reduce foot traffic, slow the spread of the coronavirus, and save lives.

“Michigan has the third highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, and we’re still on the upswing. We must continue to do everything we can to slow the spread and protect our families,” said Governor Whitmer. “Data shows that most Michiganders are doing their part by staying home and staying safe. That’s good, but we must keep it up. When we do, we can save lives and shorten the amount of time we’re working through this crisis, which will be good for our families and good for our economy in the long-run. We can also protect critical infrastructure workers like doctors, nurses, grocery store employees, and child care workers. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that people stay home and stay safe.” 

“It’s clear that staying home is the most effective way we can slow the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “This aggressive action will help us protect more people and ease the strain on our health care system.” 

Executive Order 2020-42 prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Businesses and operations are to designate the workers who meet those criteria, and must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons in the performance of that in-person work.  

Workers who are necessary to sustain or protect life include those in health care and public health, law enforcement and public safety, grocery store workers, and more. For a full list of these critical infrastructure workers, click the link to Executive Order 2020-42 at the bottom of this page. To enable these critical workers to get to their workplaces, automobile dealerships will now be allowed to open for remote sales, though showrooms must remain closed. 

Under the new order, all public and private gatherings among persons outside a single household remain temporarily prohibited. Though Michiganders may leave the house to get groceries or needed supplies, the new order encourages people to limit the number of household members running errands to the maximum extent possible. As before, people may engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, or any other recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside a person’s household and with other restrictions imposed by prior executive orders. The order clarifies, however, that travel for vacations or for any other purpose is prohibited. 

A new section of the order imposes restrictions on stores in an effort to reduce crowds. Large stores must limit the number of people in the store at one time to no more than 4 customers for every 1,000 square feet of customer floor space; small stores must limit capacity to 25% of the total occupancy limits (including employees) under the fire codes. To regulate entry, stores must establish lines with markings for patrons to enable them to stand at least six feet apart from one another while waiting. Large stores must also close areas of the store that are dedicated to carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, or paint. 

“This doesn’t mean everything will go back to normal on May 1,” Gov. Whitmer continued. “But based on the data we have right now, this is the appropriate window for an extension. It will take time to safely and responsibly re-open the economy, which is why we will continue to provide critical unemployment support and assistance to our small businesses during this challenging time. We will get through this if we all continue to do our part.” 

All individuals who leave their home or place of residence must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household. 

To view Executive Order 2020-42, click the link below: 

Closures extended until April 13, 2020

Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-20 has extended the closure of libraries (and other entities) until April 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Acting under the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and Michigan law, I order the following:

  1. Beginning as soon as possible but no later than March 22, 2020 at 9:00 am, and continuing until April 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm, the following places of public accommodation are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public:
  2. Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption;
  3. Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption;
  4. Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for on-premises consumption;
  5. Theaters, cinemas, and indoor and outdoor performance venues;
  6. Libraries and museums;
  7. Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, and facilities offering non-essential personal care services;
  8. Casinos licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, racetracks licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, and Millionaire Parties licensed by the Michigan Gaming Control Board; and
  9. Places of public amusement not otherwise listed above.

Here’s a link to the order:

https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522576–,00.html?fbclid=IwAR3rKgQJNq69_rCM8I5vXa-FWrKHTZtE4Nzsm10q9LAoDIFRPRZfbUbCgKo