COVID-19 Resources & Information

During these trying times, the Burlington Public Library is here for you and your family.  We will be providing all of the health, business, unemployment, and homeschooling information you need.  Oh! and the entertainment too!

Health & Wellness

Connecting with the Government

Learning

Workforce Development

Community Connections

Ideas to Keep you Busy

Sign up for a Digital Library Card to get access to all of the Burlington Public Library’s digital materials!

Check out the latest STEAM at Home video! Invisible Ink! Every week our Children’s Librarian will be bringing STEAM programming to you!

STEAM for Teens! Our friends at Central Skagit Library have started a STEAM for Teens video series. Tune in every other Wednesday for new projects.

Community Memories  A project to collect the stories of how our community is living through this truly historic time. We want to learn the stories of how we all—as individuals and as a community—are reacting and responding to the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic. The library will archive your experiences, to insure that this community account is available to future generations. 

QuaranTEEN Challenge Looking for new things to do while staying safe at home? After you complete 5 challenges in a row (or a BINGO), submit your achievements and you may win a prize!

Upcoming Virtual Events:
Virtual Author Chat Friends of Skagit Libraries is excited to present an afternoon with New York Times best selling author Karina Yan Glaser! Join students across our county on May 22 at 2 pm for an interactive talk and writing lesson; learn how to find writing inspiration all around you, and find out what inspired The Vandebeekers of 141st Street. One lucky patron from each Skagit County Library will win a set of Glaser’s books, attendance is not required for a chance to win.  For more information, how to join the Zoom event, or to enter for a chance to win, visit upperskagitlibrary.org 

Virtual AniManga Club Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, at 3 o’clock as we geek out on all things Manga and Anime. Play games, eat snacks, listen to music, watch videos, and catch up with everyone. If you are a Japanese culture fan, this club is for you.  For this meeting registration  is required.  Let us know you are dropping in! Teens 12-18 only! The next date is on June 9th!

Virtual Teen Book Chat Join this informal club for a chance to talk with other teens about books and play bookish games. What’s the best part of this club? No need to read the same book! You can chat about any books you want that you love, hate, or just feel "meh" about. Or you can just come to hang out and get book suggestions! Registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting link. Teens 12-18 only.  Drop in on Tuesday, May 19th from 3-4 p.m.

Virtual Teen Fandom Club Are you a fan of Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Voltron, Disney, Pokemon, K-Pop, YouTubers, Star Wars, or other fictional worlds? Then join us on the 4th Tuesday of the month, at 3 o’clock for Teen Fandom Club! Play geeky games, watch videos, listen to music, write fan fiction, create fan art, and discuss your favorite fandoms with other fans. All fandoms are welcome and cosplay is encouraged! For this event, registration is required.  Let us know you are dropping in.  Ages 12-18 only. The next meetings are May 26th and June 23rd.

Looking for Wi-Fi Access? Below is a map of community services (in red) that are making their Wi-Fi available to everyone for free and of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots (in yellow) that are available for free right now.

Local area Wi-Fi Hotspots are available at the Burlington Public Library, City Hall, Parks and Rec, Visitor Information Center (Chamber of Commerce building), the Police Department, and Haggen Food and Pharmacy.  For a map of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots, enter your location here.

Scanning Documents: if you need documents scanned so that they can be emailed while the library is closed, many smart phones can act as scanners. The New York Times has a great article explaining it here.  Most Android phones will ask if you want to scan a document, just by opening the camera app.  Lay your document on a flat surface and a "Tap to Scan" box will pop up on the screen.  The Google Drive app on an Android phone will also allow you to scan documents.  Click the (+) button and a menu with the scan option will pop up.  For Apple users, EvernoteCamScanner, and TurboScan have free apps that will allow you to scan your documents into pdf format.  There are both free and premium versions available for these three apps.