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Stay Informed About The Coronavirus

Stay Informed About The Coronavirus

With the recent concerns about a novel coronavirus, the South Brunswick Public Library has put together resources from reputable organizations that can provide you with up-to-date information.

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a name for a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections  generally referred to as the common cold. These are usually mild illnesses. Within this family are viruses that can cause rarer illnesses such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.

Cornavirus bears its name from the shape of its spikes that looks like a solar corona.

It has been increasingly common to refer to COVID-19 as “the Coronavirus” due to its sudden appearance, which can be confusing considering this novel coronavirus has a few medical distinctions:

  • Novel Coronavirus – When reports of outbreaks first began, this virus was sometimes just referred to as a novel coronavirus, which meant this was a new strain of coronavirus before it was officially classified.
  • COVID-19 – This is an acronym that translates into Coronavirus Disease 2019. This is the name of the disease that is caused by the novel coronavirus strain that was first identified in late 2019. 
  • SARS-CoV-2 – This is the officially name of the novel coronavirus strain and should not be confused with the 2002 outbreak of SARS. Just like the name COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 is an acronym that translates to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2. It is the virus strain of SARS-CoV-2 that causes the illness known as COVID-19.

Current Updates from the CDC

Additional Resources

The World Health Organization compiled this FAQ that covers common questions about the disease, COVID-19. 


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest press releases, advisories, and up-to-date information.

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The National Libraries of Medicine’s Medline Plus provides an overview of the disease COVID-19 along with the latest published research papers and statistics. 

For the latest information

As the situation develops, information and responses will be available from agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. Find links to more information below:

Local - South Brunswick Township

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The South Brunswick Township Public School System posted the following note to the parents which can be found here. Additionally, they will provide updates on their website.


The South Brunswick Township Police Department posts updates to their Nixle page.

State - New Jersey

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Press releases from state administration about the status of COVID-19 in New Jersey can be found here.

NJ Health is the your connection to the state’s health department and up-to-date information can be found here. Additionally, there is a 24-hour Public Hotline available for any questions you may have:

In-State Line: 1-800-222-1222 

Out-of-State Line: 1-800-962-1253 

Federal - United States of America


The CDC provides information on their press releases, advisories, and up-to-date information to this ongoing concern.


The State Department releases ongoing travel advisories as this situation progresses. You may find all listings of travel advisories and their meanings here.

SBPL FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • When did SBPL close? To help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Library closed its mobile branch and its building to the public at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 13th.
  • What should I do with Library items I still have at home? Should I return them to the Library? Will I be fined? Please do not return any borrowed items you have at home for now. For safety reasons, we are asking you to hold onto these until at least July 1st or when we officially re-open. No one will be charged any fines for items held while we are closed.
  • Can I still drop off book or food donations to the Library building? No. Please hold onto your book donations while we are closed. Food donations can go to the South Brunswick Food Pantry.  For information visit
  • Can I still somehow borrow books, movies and magazines from the Library? Yes! Visit our digital collections accessible at . You will find ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and streaming media for movies, music, and more.
  • Do I need a library card? Yes, a library card number is needed to access most of our digital library. If you need one there is a link to register for a card number on our website, just follow the prompts.
  • I have never borrowed an ebook before. What can I do? There is a “chat box” on our website to ask a librarian questions, staffed 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. This is a common question. A librarian can walk you through the steps.
  • What happened to all of the Library programs for babies, children and tweens after the closing? Mr. Matt and the Children’s staff really hit the ground running and the opportunities continue to grow. Please visit the South Brunswick Public Library YouTube Channel to see for yourself. There are now more than 9 different virtual children’s programs posted to the Channel Monday through Friday. Each week there are daily morning storytimes, a bedtime storytime, a storytime in Spanish and American Sign Language, and even virtual instructional classes for older children for cooking, crafts, games, and science.
  • Are there any virtual teen programs? Teens can find a growing collection of virtual games and more on our social media and YouTube channel.
  • Are there any virtual adult programs? Yes! There are cooking, crafts, classes, book discussions and more. Please check our online Events Calendar at for the growing list.
  • I miss attending my book club. We understand. In April we began to set up our monthly book clubs as virtual book clubs, (plus a new one called Book Chat!) You can still find all the same groups: Monday Night Book Discussion, Coffee & Conversation, Bite Club, and the Small Wonders Short Story Group. Watch our e-mails and social media for more details to connect or check out the Events Calendar on our website.
  • I miss studying with my buddies at the Library. What can I do? Visit Brainfuse at and set up a virtual study group!
  • There is so much information on the web. Where can I easily find the details that affect South Brunswick, its schools, police, and library? To help you stay informed, our staff has created a website just for COVID-19 related news and opportunities for  South Brunswick. Visit . Web hosting made possible by the South Brunswick Library Foundation.
  • Since SBPL closed, I do not have access to wifi. No worries. SBPL is a provider of Internet access. Our wifi signal does extend into our parking lot if you need it while the building is closed.
  • Will Summer Reading programs be cancelled? No. We are still evaluating the situation and currently planning for Summer Reading programs with virtual components. We will update you more as soon as we can.
  • When will you re-open? We will! Promise! But, we are not yet certain what date we can safely reopen our building and mobile branch. We will be following guidelines set by the New Jersey Governor and our Township about when and how we can proceed. We will keep you posted!
  • What is the bright side? Absence does make the heart grow fonder and we are surely looking forward to having you visit us again just like you used to do. Meanwhile, we hope that you are using these unusual circumstances to become more familiar with all of our wonderful social media sites and digital collections and services. Our digital library is always available to you 24/7, whether we are open or closed, virus or no virus.

Until we meet again, one day very soon, please continue to follow the CDC and NJ guidelines to stay safe and stay well. Thank you. <3


United States 2020 Census

The United States 2020 Census was mailed to homes across the country this week. It is hoped that everyone will fill out their survey and send it back either online or by mail by Census Day on  April 1, though you may still respond for a period of time after that date. Submitting your information can help your family and your community with the appropriate government funding and representation. For more information, visit

Dr. David Podles presents Slavic Folk & Classical Music

The Friends Concert Series presents international concert violinist David Podles on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A/B.  Podles will perform Slavic folk and classical music. He has played in concert halls all over the world, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. The award-winning performer enjoys all styles of music, such as Classical, Broadway, Jazz, Contemporary, American Standards, Latin, ethnic favorites, Bossa Nova, gypsy, and even classic oldies. Free admission.

The Friends of the Library Concert Series presents live musical performances several dates throughout the year.  Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.

Friends Afternoon Members Tea

On March 8 at 2 p.m. the Friends of SBPL will sweeten new and renewed “Friend-berships” with its annual Friends-only Membership Tea event. Members are served teas from around the world, a variety of tasty finger foods, and a live entertainment presentation. This year the Friends will host Judith Krall-Russo who will present Ireland: Tea, Food & Folklore. Members should RSVP to Chris Carbone at 732-329-4000, ext. 7287 or

Become a Friend of SBPL for as little as $15 for the year. Enjoy the annual Tea, Museum Pass privileges, and more. All Friends membership categories offer a variety of gifts and incentives. The greater the Friendship; the bigger the rewards. To learn more about being a Friend of SBPL, or to join now.  Memberships can also be purchased in the Library at the Borrower Services Desk. Credit card/PayPal purchases must be made online.

Explore the Old Barracks!

A pass for the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton was just added to The Friends of the South Brunswick Public Library’s Museum Pass Program. For details about the Old Barracks, visit

The Friends Barracks Pass is good for up to four individuals. Each of the museum passes offered by the Friends program have different borrowing conditions. Join the Friends and check the details for the Pass you want to borrow on the Friends page of the SBPL website. Visit:


Love Them & Read Them Book Book Sale

The Friends of the Library will host its annual Love Them & Read Them book sale in February.

  • The Preview Sale will be on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $10.
  • The Public Sale will be:
    • Friday, Feb. 21, from noon to 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Bag Sale on Sunday $5, bag included.

The Friends host a library-wide Book Sale three times a year: February, June and October. There is an ongoing sale in the aisle next to the Borrower Services Desk. Funds raised by the Friends book sales help to support Library classes, events, and workshops for all ages, interests, and abilities. All donations are tax-deductible.