Resources for Adults
- About COVID-19
- Library FAQs
- Services for Seniors
- Jobs and Unemployment
- Taxes and Finance
- Internet and WiFi
- Mental Health and Fitness
Washington County COVID-19 Resource Page: Up-to-date information about COVID-19 for Washington County Residents
MN Department of Health: COVID-19 updates specific to Minnesota from the Department of Health
Minnesota’s COVI19 Information Portal: Information on when to seek help, how to deal with the virus, and state and county statistics.
MN State Emergency Center: Information on State Emergency Services
Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Website: Mayo Clinic resources on treatment and what to know about COVID-19
Sending print jobs to pick up later: You can send a limited number of pages to pick up at no charge, then pick them up through curbside pickup.
- To pick up printed materials call your local Washington County Library branch. Appointments are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- When you arrive to pick up your forms, pull into the space reserved for Curbside Pickup. There will be signs to help direct you.
- Download eBooks and digital audiobooks through cloudLibrary, RBdigital, and Libby
- Download digital magazines through RBdigital
- Access eBooks from Minnesota publishers for free from EbooksMN
Pick up Tax Forms: The library has federal tax forms available, and can print state forms on-demand. Please call your local branch if you need tax forms. We can get them to you through our curbside pickup.
Senior Work Force Services: Resources for working seniors from the Washington County WorkForce Center.
Minnesota Board on Aging: State-level information for seniors on services available throughout Minnesota.
Minnesota Department of Human Services (Seniors): Minnesota resources for seniors including economic assistance, health care and more.
Social Security: Information on how to sign up for Social Security as well as enrollment in Medicare and up-to-date COVID-19 information.
AARP COVID-19 Help in MN: Information and resources to help older people and those caring for them protect themselves from the virus and prevent it from spreading to others.
AARP Adjusted Grocery Hours: An AARP article that lists locations with specific shopping hours for seniors and adults at high risk to reduce their chance of being infected with COVID-19.
Unemployment insurance is provided by the State of Minnesota. It provides a temporary partial wage replacement to workers who are laid off or have their hours greatly reduced.
You might also qualify if you are sick or quarantined due to COVID-19; are caring for a person who is sick with COVID-19; are children of emergency workers; are caring for children at home due to lack of school or child care.
The application is available in English, Español, Hmoob, and Somali.
Washington County Library’s Job and Career Databases
Explore job and career databases such as JobNow, LinkedIn Learning, Job & Career Accelerator, and other career resources on Washington County Library’s Job and Career Resources page.
Washington County CareerForce
Washington County CareerForce provides employment services and training options that will connect employers and job seekers through community partnerships and technology.
Email or call to connect with your local CareerForce location team. Find your nearest team at www.careerforcemn.com/locations. Staff can help you connect to job search resources, provide assistance with interviewing and resume writing, and help you navigate various government benefits. If you have trouble connecting, call the CareerForce Help Desk at 651-259-7501 or email email@example.com. Other CareerForce resources include:
- CareerForceMN.com: A great resource for job seekers and employers in Minnesota. Find employment counseling for dislocated workers, learn how to write a resume, interview, and search for jobs, or hire employees. Online resume help is available, as are ideas for coping with the emotions of job loss.
- Resume Writing Online Workshop: This 40-minute video covers the tools you need to develop an effective resume.
- Interview Skills Online Workshop: This 30-minute video takes you through the job interview process – how to prepare, what to expect during it, and what to do afterwards.
- Job Search Webinar: This 70-minute video is an overview of job search best practices.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is a great resource for the recently unemployed. Links and guidance for job search, including resume writing, updating job skills, and lists of current job openings. They also offer guidance on unemployment insurance and other helpful programs.
MinnesotaWorks.net is the state’s searchable online jobs database. View thousands of job listings from employers statewide, upload a resume, apply for jobs online, manage and track job search efforts, and sign up for email notification of new job listings.
Washington County Community Services: Washington County Community Services works in partnership with public and private agencies to help individuals and families be safe and successful. Look for their COVID-19 resources relating to financial help, unemployment assistance, transportation, childcare, and more.
SNAP in MN: SNAP, formerly know as Food Stamps, helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for nutritious and well-balanced meals. The program provides support to help stretch your household food budget. Apply online here.
Valley Outreach: Valley Outreach offers support with food, clothing, and navigating resources. They are continuing to provide food to people through a drive-up service model, with no appointment needed, during our regular walk-in hours. Call for more information: (651) 430-2739. Address: 1911 Curve Crest Blvd W Stillwater.
White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf: Pick up prepacked to-go bags filled with a variety of fresh, frozen, and packaged foods (like produce, milk, eggs, and bread) during regular Monday-Friday shopping hours on a drive-up basis. No appointments are needed and any and all households are eligible.
Free Food for Families Across the Twin Cities: Give Me The Mike has a growing list of restaurants and programs offering food to families in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota area.
Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf: Visitors will receive pre-packed bags of food, and are welcome to come back weekly to get additional food, if needed. Call for more information: 651-233-1296. Address: 8264 4th Street North Oakdale.
St. Michael’s Food Shelf: Location is 611 3rd St S Church of St. Michael Stillwater. Call for an appointment: (651) 439-3241.
Food Shelves serving North Washington County
- Family Pathways: Call for appointment 651-464-2098. FamilyPathways.org. 935 Lake St. Forest Lake.
- Community Helping Hands: Call for appointment. 651-464-6831 408 15th Street SW.
- YMCA Forest Lake/www.loavesandfishesmn.org: Serving meals M-F 12-2, first come, first served, no appointment necessary. 19845 Forest Rd N. Forest Lake.
- Hugo Food Shelf: 651-528-6224. Register for two week food box at hugofoodshelf.org or text 763-607-6060. 15106 Francesca Ave. N., Hugo.
- North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf: 763-434-7685. NACEFoodShelf.org. 18511 Hwy 65 NE, Suite 100 and 200 East Bethel .
Get tax forms using curbside pickup at Washington County Library! Need tax forms? To order forms and arrange curbside pickup time, call your local Washington County Library branch. Appointments are available Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. When you arrive to pick up your forms, pull into the space reserved for Curbside Pickup. There will be signs to help direct you.
Minnesota Department of Revenue: The deadline for taxpayers to file and pay 2019 Minnesota Individual Income Tax without any penalty and interest has been extended to July 15, 2020.
Internal Revenue Service: The deadline for taxpayers to file and pay the 2019 Federal Income Tax without penalty has been extended to July 15, 2020. This relief applies to all individual returns, trusts, and corporations.
IRS: COVID-19 Stimulus Checks/Economic Impact Payments: Learn who is eligible for the economic impact payment, how the IRS will know where to send a payment, and more.
Student Loans and COVID-19: On March 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act into law, which, among other things, provides broad relief for federal student loan borrowers. For private loans it always best to contact your lender.
Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources: Learn more about the relief and funding options available for your business through the Small Business Administration.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will provide consumers with up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage their finances as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
Xfinity - Hotspots and Essential Service
Xfinity (Comcast) WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. At a hotspot, you can connect to Wifi through your phone, iPad, laptop, or other internet-enabled device. To connect:
- Visit https://hotspots.wifi.xfinity.com/ to find a local hotspot. If you cannot do this, please call us at the library at 651-275-8517 and we will do our best to locate a hotspot near you.
- Physically go to a hotspot location with your device.
- Once you are at the hotspot, go to Settings --> WiFi on your device.
- Select the xfinitywifi network name in the list of available hotspots.
- Open a web browser, and you should be connected.
Comcast also offers affordable high-speed Internet at home with Internet Essentials. New customers will receive two months of free service in response to the Coronavirus emergency. Learn more here: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
AT&T is offering free access to their hotspots across the United States. To connect:
- Physically go to a hotspot location with your device. AT&T does not have a map of locations, but they recommend that you can download a hotspot locator app on your phone to find one.
- Once you are at the hotspot, go to Settings --> WiFi on your device.
- Select the att-wifi or attwifi network name in the list of available hotspots.
- Open a web browser, and you should be connected.
Health Insurance and Support
- MNSure: Beginning March 23, MNsure will open a special enrollment period which will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through MNsure.
- Medicaid and Medicare: Medicaid in the United States is a federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources; Medicare is a national health insurance program in the United States. The Minnesota legislature is working to allow more flexibility related to Medicaid and Medicare during COVID-19.
- Washington County Crisis Response Unit: The Washington County Crisis Response Unit provides 24/7/365 mobile crisis mental health services for adults and children experiencing a crisis. Mobile crisis interventions are face-to-face, short-term, intensive mental health services.Call 651-275-7400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Learn about emotional well-being during the COVID-19 Outbreak. This page is regularly updated with new resources and information.
- CDC Stress Prevention: Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Exercise and Wellness
- Washington County Parks: Get updated information on visiting Washington County Parks.
- Minnesota State Parks: Review COVID-19 guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources before visiting a state park.
- University of Minnesota Nature and Wellness: Information from the University of Minnesota on the importance of experiencing nature and how it affects people.
- Virtual Tai Chi: Instructor Paul Ryberg of Lake Elmo is offering free tai chi classes on Zoom. Email FreeGentleTaiChi@gmail.com for more information.
Free at Home Exercise
- YMCA 360: Your Virtual YMCA
- The Fitness Marshall
- Yoga with Adriene
- Senior Fitness with Meredith
- New York Times: "How to Meditate"
- Forbes: "7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change the Brain"
- Mayo Clinic: "Meditation: A Simple, Fast Way to Reduce Stress"