In this time of uncertainty, it's more important than ever to show kindness to those around us. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are so many opportunities to show appreciation to others, even if we're bound to the confines of our own homes.
Here are some fun ways to keep yourself busy while giving back to the community.
1. Make handmade masks
Are you crafty or know how to sew? The City of Lansing has opened up donation sites where people are able to drop off handmade masks. Click here to learn more.
To learn how to make your own masks, click here.
2. Support local artists
Local artists are joining the movement to help make at-home quarantine a little more bearable. One artist released free Lansing-themed coloring pages you can print and colored, with new pages released daily! Once you’ve colored these pages in, be sure to share them with #coloryourlansing.
Check out all of her coloring pages here.
3. Thank people on the front line
Make cards to deliver to cashiers on your trip to the grocery store, or post a shout out to bus drivers and health care workers online. Do you have a neighbor working in one of these essential industries? Drop off goodies, letters or cheer them on to let them know you appreciate their work.
4. Send letters to local nursing homes
People across the world are writing letters and creating drawings to send to people in assisted living and nursing homes. This is a scary time for many of them, and a letter of love or appreciation can mean so much.
5. Shop local
Support your local businesses by ordering takeout, purchasing gift cards or leaving them positive reviews online! Places like Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, Blue Owl Coffe, and AnQi Sushi are still open for deliveries and/or curbside pickup. Other businesses like Nuthouse Sports Grill are taking a temporary hiatus, while offering gift cards in the meantime.
Lansing Brewing Company has even been hosting cocktail classes and deals on their social media! Check them out here.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to make sweeping changes to our daily lives. Toilet paper is the hottest item on the market. Social distancing is the norm.
For the health and safety of our employees, riders and the general public, CATA even temporarily suspended its fixed-route services. We’re now offering free curb-to-curb rides for critically essential work or medical trips.
Other public services are adapting as well, such as Capital Area District Libraries.
Since CADL is closed through April 13, we're counting down three ways you can still connect with their services.
1. Tune in to a storytime show.
CADLtales is a kid-friendly educational series with stories, songs and learning activities. Shows are filmed at the downtown Lansing branch, so while you may not be able to visit the branch in person, you can play these storytime shows whenever you’d like.
You can find a full playlist of episodes on CADL’s YouTube channel. Click here to learn more.
2. Go digital with download and streaming services.
Library cardholders can download or stream books, music, movies and more. No need for a Netflix subscription here. A bonus of going digital? You don’t have to go to the library to return borrowed items, so there are no overdue fees.
Explore CADL’s impressive digital library here. It even includes comic books!
3. Create your own historical adventure.
Explore our community’s history through thousands of images and documents with Local History Online. Conduct your own research, go on a virtual historical scavenger hunt or flip through photos that pre-date social media. No library card required.
Click here to start exploring.
Check out this cool piece of Lansing history! You can find more historical Lansing photos with CADL Local History bit.ly/3bEN5h6
Posted by Capital Area District Libraries on Friday, February 14, 2020
Want another look at Stevie Wonder's time in Lansing? Check out this video testimonial from Below the Stacks.
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