Categories
Walker's Bookshelf

COVID-19 Resources

What is COVID-19? How can I protect myself and my family? Where can I find accurate updates on Coronavirus? Here are some helpful resources to stay informed.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus which was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in other countries, including the United States.

For some, the respiratory virus causes mild symptoms like the common cold or influenza (flu), for others it can cause severe pneumonia that requires medical care or hospitalization.

The virus is named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes is named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

**Definition of COVID19 taken from the Maine.gov website.

Three most common symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Currently, there are no vaccines to prevent COVID-19. From the websites mentioned, here are some helpful tips that may reduce your risk of getting or spreading the virus:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Use facemasks only when caring for someone who is affected by COVID-19 or when you are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Please visit the resources listed above for more information about COVID-19.

Categories
Walker's Bookshelf

AARP Tax Aide Locations

AARP Tax Aide Locations

The AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program offers free, individualized tax preparation assistance to anyone, especially to those who are 50 years of age and older as well as for those who cannot afford costly tax prep service.

AARP membership is not required. The AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program Volunteer Team is IRS certified.

Here are the locations near the library where you can go:

  • WESTBROOK COMMUNITY CENTER
    426 Bridge Street Westbrook, ME 04092
    207-854-0676
    Tax Help Schedule: Saturday 9am – 12pm
    Operating Hours: Monday thru Friday 5:30am – 9pm, Saturday 7am – 7pm, Sunday closed
    Notes: Appointment preferred. Walk-ins are acceptable, if time permits. Last appointment is at noon.
  • ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
    299 Main Street Gorham, ME 04038
    207-839-4875
    Tax Help Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 12pm
    Notes: Appointment required. Last appointment is at noon.
  • THE WOODS AT CANCO
    257 Canco Road Portland, ME 04103
    207-618-6797
    Tax Help Schedule: Wednesday 9am – 1pm
    Operating Hours: Mon thru Sunday 7:30am-7:30pm
    Notes: Appointment is required. Last appointment is at 1pm.
  • TEMPLE BETH EL
    400 Deering Avenue Portland, ME 04103
    207-774-2649
    Tax Help Schedule: Tuesday 9:30am – 2:30pm
    Operating Hours: Tuesday thru Thursday 9am – 5pm; Friday 9am-3pm; Saturday, Sunday, and Monday closed
    Notes: Appointment is required.
  • AARP STATE OFFICE
    53 Baxter Boulevard Suite 202 Portland, ME 04101
    207-518-8579
    Tax Help Schedule: Thursday 9:30am – 12:30pm
    Operating Hours: Monday thru Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday closed
    Notes: Appointment is required. Last appointment is at 12:30pm.
  • PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY – MAIN BRANCH
    5 Monument Square Portland, ME 04101
    207-871-1700
    Tax Help Schedule: Wednesday 10am – 5:30pm
    Operating Hours: Monday thru Thursday 10am – 7pm, Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday closed

For more information about the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program and to find out about other locations, please visit https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

– (MD)

Categories
Walker's Bookshelf

FREE ONLINE TUTORIALS AND COURSES

FREE ONLINE TUTORIALS AND COURSES

Keeping up with different trends for personal, academic, and professional development can be a daunting task. Here is a list of helpful resources to get you started.

LearningExpress Library

An eLearning solution for students and professionals, LearningExpress Library provides interactive tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards, and articles for academic skill-building, standardized test preparations, and career development.

Digital Maine Library, Maine’s online resource provided by the Maine State Library and Maine InfoNet, grants access to LearningExpress Library. You may learn more about this resource by going to our website (https://walkerlibrary.org) and clicking the DATABASES button.

Niche Academy

An online learning tool that provides video tutorials for several library resources. Right now, video tutorials include signing up to Facebook, using Goodreads, accessing CloudLibrary, etc.. You may access Niche Academy through Digital Maine Library.

GCFglobal

A program of the Goodwill Community Foundation and Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina, GCFglobal offers online tutorials ranging from Microsoft Office Suite to reading, math, and science-related subjects.

Link: https://edu.gcfglobal.org

edX (also known as Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs)

Founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), edX is a non-profit platform for education and learning. edX serves as an aggregator for online courses offered by other universities. Most online courses, by themselves, are free; however, if you are thinking of enrolling in any of edX’s programs and degrees, such as MicroMasters or XSeries, there are fees attached.

Link: https://www.edx.org/

-by E.D.

Categories
Walker's Bookshelf

Free Movie Streaming

Free TV and Movie Streaming

If you’re in a pinch and can’t go to the library to borrow a film or TV show, here is a list of streaming services where you can watch movies and/or TV shows for free without violating copyright.

All the streaming services listed below can be downloaded on compatible devices such as mobile, tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, and smart TV. For more information, please click on the following icons that will direct you to their website.

CRACKLE

A joint venture between Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and Sony Pictures, Crackle is a free-to-use video streaming service featuring full-length movies, TV shows, and other original programming.

INTERNET ARCHIVE

The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization working towards compiling digital forms and contents all over the Internet. Their mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.

PLUTO TV

Pluto TV is a free streaming television service that delivers 100+ channels and on-demand movies in partnership with major TV networks, movie studios, publishers, and digital media companies.

TUBI

Unlike Netflix, Hulu, or HBO, Tubi TV is a free movie and TV streaming service. The contents are done in partnership with major movie studios like Paramount, Lionsgate, MGM, etc.