As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), as ordered by the State of California, ALL LIBRARIES ARE CLOSED AND ALL LIBRARY PROGRAMS AND STORYTIMES ARE CANCELED THROUGH APRIL 12.

Covid-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

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This page contains local information on the Covid-19 pandemic for the City of Newport Beach and Newport Beach Public Library patrons. The City of Newport Beach updates the community with disaster preparedness information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Resources for readers 

Library Closure FAQ

The Library provides a wide array of digital offerings, including e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and streaming movies through our e-Branch.

NBPL Stories and Games for Kids added Virtual Storytimes to its Virtual Programming.

Internet Archive has suspended wait lists on their 1.4M-large lending library, now called the National Emergency Library. No hold queue through June 30 or the end of the national emergency, “whichever is later.”

Virtual Programming
While our in-library programs are on hold, we hope you enjoy some recent Virtual Library programs.

Scholastic Learn at Home has free activities for learners at home.
PBS Kids’ includes activities and tips in the new weekday newsletter.
Storyline Online offers books read by celebrities.

COVID-19 Library Resources
California State Library COVID-19 resources page with links to California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control, and World Health Organization

American Library Association Resources: Pandemic Preparedness

Additional Resources for readers 
Tips on holding a digital book club

Audible (for as long as schools are closed, we’re open)

An app and website for organizing a book club

Including: tips on book club and social distancing: 

Project Gutenberg Library: free ebooks (public domain—classics)

Politics and Prose Bookstore: Live, online events with authors

Community Resources
Career Visioning. These resources were created to help students, job seekers, career changers, and those seeking greater work/life satisfaction.  

Jamie Beck started a podcast and featured a few library resources 

There is also a Facebook page with videos to help the unemployed and underemployed

Resources for families 
A list of educational companies offering resources at no cost

A LibGuide  that pulls a number of resources into one place.

Environmental education at home, from the Kentucky Environmental Education Council

Collection of Family & Caregiver Homeschooling Resources from the Washington State Library

Collection of Education Resources for Out-of-School Learning from the North Dakota State Library

The Journal: List of free resources from educational technology companies 

The Facebook group Storytime Underground compiled a list of of children’s authors and illustrators who are either offering classes/activities, reading aloud from their books or giving permission for their books to be read aloud online by educators.

Common Sense Media offers Resources for Families during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Find live author readings and other streamed storytime events on this calendar .

Check your local library for online storytime and ideas for children. See examples at:  

San Bruno Library’s Storytime YouTube channel

Santa Barbara Library: Links to online read-alongs 

Vermont School Library Association: Curated, comprehensive list by public librarians and educators


This page is updated regularly with additional content and resources for our patrons and community.