Resource links during the shutdown

During the shutdown, many organizations and businesses have stepped up to help kids stay busy, help the public stay informed, and help people stay busy while they’re stuck at home.  We’ve curated this list of sites to help our community stay connected and stay safe.

In addition, we’re maintaining a page here so that you can see library updates as we find out about them. 

We’re aware that some sites may ask you to create accounts, but all these resources should be free at this time.

Page last updated April 10th, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Free Meal Locations:

The Boys and Girls Club is offering free dinners for ALL youth and teens, age 18 years or younger. Drive thru pick up or walk up at any of their six Club locations.

The library is a distribution site for Breakspot, serving breakfast and lunches from 12pm-2pm Monday through Friday. More information at FeedingTampabay.org. 

The Pinellas County School Board has food distribution sites set up here.

The Juvenile Welfare Board has a complete list of Food Pantries, Breakspot Grab & Go Meals, and Meals On Wheels 4 Kids sites here.


Education for All:

Online Resources provided by the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library

Rosetta Stone, a language learning program, can help you learn a new language!

Khan Academy - classes for all sorts of skills and education endeavors, they also have a schedule for kids by grade level to keep their day structured and keep up with school work.

Scholastic has magazines and books for free to learn at home.

World Book is providing free access to their online resources.

Google Arts and Culture is a great browsing resource for arts and culture.

Pinellas County School Board has resources for parents.

WEDU PBS has at-home learning resources.

Gale is offering free access to these databases:

  • Gale In Context: High School provides grades 9–12 with content aligned to national and state curriculum standards to help with papers, projects, and presentations, while empowering student development of critical thinking and information literacy skills.  
  • Gale In Context: College offers interdisciplinary content for undergraduate students that reinforces skill development in problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.  


Other Resources:

Florida’s unemployment office rolled out a new online application website Wednesday night, saying the new site is more user and mobile device friendly. The new site is only open to Floridians who have not yet submitted an application for reemployment assistance and do not currently have an account in the system

Ask-a-Librarian is a Florida state resources that links you to a real person for help.

United Way has local help for families and businesses who are struggling.

YMCA has opened up their online fitness resources for free.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a page up detailing financial resources available during the shutdown.

There’s a lot to worry about when it comes to the Coronavirus crisis, including the new ways scammers are using the economic impact payments (so-called “stimulus checks”) to trick people. To keep ahead of scammers who are trying to cash in on those payments, read here.