Connect to Community Information

COVID-19 Library Information

COVID-19 Telephone Resources

  • Shawnee County General Questions and Rumor Control 1-785-251-4848
  • Shawnee County Community Care Line 1-800-972-8199
  • Shawnee County Mental Health Crisis Line Valeo (ages 18+) Open 24/7 1-785-234-3300
  • Shawnee County Mental Health Crisis Line FSGC (17 & under) Open 24/7 1-785-232-5005
  • United Way 211 – Dial 211 from any phone to speak with a referral specialist 24 hours a day about COVID-19 or any other service needs you may have. Available in English and Spanish. 211

COVID-19 Information

Shawnee County

State

National

Global

Resources for Food and Assistance

Shawnee County Community Cares Line

Members of the community can call the line at 1-800-972-8199 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm to be connected with a trusted community volunteer during times of social distancing. The Shawnee County Community Cares Line is not a crisis line, but simply a line to create connections and friendly conversations. Callers will find a listening ear to help feel reconnected to others.

United Way Resources

Dial 211 from any phone to speak with a referral specialist 24 hours a day about COVID-19 or any other service needs you may have. Available in English and Spanish.

Community Action Resources

Community Action Responding to COVID-19 including the CAPFED® COMMUNITY CARE STATION 

School District Resources

Topeka Public Schools

Auburn Washburn Schools

Seaman Schools

Shawnee Heights Schools

Holton Schools

Royal Valley Schools

Volunteering

United Way Volunteer (many organizations listing opportunities)

Stormont We Together (including mask making guidelines)

WiFi Access

WiFi Access at the library, bookmobiles, community centers and other locations.

Local News

Topeka Capital Journal Online

WIBW

KSNT

Online Newspaper Access with your library card

Kansas Recovery Resources

Kansas COVID-19 Response and Recovery is your source for community, family, mental, financial and economic health.

Jobs

Local Jobs Available Now Explore Shawnee County region employers that are hiring now, updated for COVID-19, including filing unemployment and resume help

Legal

Legal Resources *some services may have limited availability during COVID-19

Taxes

Tax Forms & Assistance (updated for COVID-19)

Small Business

Kansas (Financial Assistance and Guidance)

Kansas Small Business Development Center Covid-19 Resources

National Small Business Administration (Loan Resources and Guidance)

U.S. Small Business Administration Covid-19 Resources

Disaster Loan Applications

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Application

 

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book discussion leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, and frequent library customer. She loves her kids, being a librarian, living in Topeka, and helping people form connections and community. (She's the Community Connections Librarian!) She reads a new book every few days, but is enjoying the audiobook of "Empress of Forever" by Max Gladstone, the ebook "When We Were Magic" by Sarah Gailey and is eagerly awaiting John Scalzi's "The Last Emperox" in April!