While the library is closed, we know that our users are looking for ways to keep learning, relax, and find information. Here are some resources that can help with all of those things, compiled by our adult librarians. We will keep updating as we find more to add, and we look forward to seeing our users when we reopen.

Forward Virginia Guidelines – Guidelines for reopening Virginia in phases. Phase One effective May 15, 2020.

Summary of changes moving from Phase Zero to Phase One:

Federal income taxes – The tax deadline has changed. The deadlines for FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020.

Virginia state income taxes – The tax filing deadline is May 1, 2020. Late payment penalties will not be charged if payments are made by June 1, 2020.

Local tax preparers accepting new clients (as of 3/31/2020)

  • Diamond Tax Services: 757.903.4181. 4680 Monticello Ave Suite 18C (by GNC). Please mention that you have been referred by the public library. From $65 federal and state.
  • H&R Block: 757.229.0608. 122 J Waller Mill Road. From $69 federal and from $59 state – $128 – fees can be taken out of refund.
  • Jackson Hewitt Tax Service – 3 locations: 455-F Merrimac Trail 757.220.3747; 6604 Richmond Road (by New York Deli) 757.258.2464; 1507 Richmond Road 757.259.2100. Library price is $149 federal and state. Please mention that you have been referred by the public library.
  • Newtown Tax Service: 757.209.2245. 5349 Discovery Park Blvd. From $150.00 federal and state.
  • Payne Associates: 757.564.0701. 123 Bulifants Blvd (opposite Sentara hospital). From $175 to $250 federal and state. Please mention that you have been referred by the public library.
  • Shelton Accounting – Bill Shelton: 757.651.5935. 1761 Jamestown Road Suite 101. From $125 to include both federal and state. Please call to discuss details.

Covid-19 Business Resources in James City County – The Office of Economic Development has compiled a list of resources for businesses in James City County. This list will be updated as new resources are available.

Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance – Retail Merchants, Virginia Retail Federation and Retail Alliance are banding together for regional action and advocacy to support retail through this crisis. We will bring you consolidated information to keep you well-informed throughout this rapidly evolving period.

Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance Covid-19 Resource Center – How to apply for emergency business loans and grants.

Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund – Forgivable loans to businesses located in the Greater Williamsburg region.

Williamsburg SCORE – Find a mentor at Williamsburg SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses. Local SCORE mentors offer free and confidential business advice, one-on-one, on the phone or by email.

Via WY Daily, May 10, 2020. Based on information from VDH, here are locations offering testing for coronavirus:


  • M.D. Express Urgent Care, 120 Monticello Ave. 757.564.3627
  • Velocity Urgent Care, 4374 New Town Ave. 757.772.6124

James City County & York County:

  • Williamsburg Urgent Care, 5239 Monticello Ave. Courthouse Commons Suite C, 757.279.2999
  • M.D. Express Urgent Care, 4740 George Washington Memorial Highway, 757.890.6339

Most of the above also offer antibody testing (which determines if you have been exposed or had Covid-19), in addition to these 2 locations:

  • Williamsburg Urgent Care, 5239 Monticello Ave. Courthouse Commons Suite C, 757.279.2999
  • The Williamsburg Drug Company, 1310 Jamestown Road, 757.229.3560

Economic Impact Payment Information Center – Here is what you need to know about your Economic Impact Payment. For most taxpayers, payments are automatic, and no further action is needed. This includes taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.

IRS hotline for questions about Economic Impact Payments – 800.919.9835

C|Net Personal Finance – Answers to questions about stimulus check payments, qualifications, and prepaid debit cards.

Nonfilers – Quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for eligible individuals who do not normally file a tax return.

CommonHelp Virginia – Apply for health care coverage and financial benefit programs.

Virginia Department of Elections: “Voting absentee in the coming May and June elections is strongly encouraged. Voters may choose reason “2A My disability or illness” for absentee voting in the May and June 2020 elections due to COVID-19.”

City of Williamsburg: Williamsburg City Council elections moved to May 19, 2020. For info on absentee ballots, new voting locations: https://www.williamsburgva.gov/Home/Components/News/News/12045/85. Phone 757.220.6157.

James City County: JCC does not have a May 19, 2020 election. Voters are encouraged to request an absentee ballot to vote in the June 23, 2020 Dual Party Primary Election. Find applications and deadlines at JCC Voter Registration & Elections or phone 757.259.4949.

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COVID-19 Community Collab (via WY Daily): Food pantry pickup and delivery for homebound seniors in the Williamsburg area. Call 757-258-5890 to schedule.

Grove Christian Outreach:

  • Food distribution: Tuesday 1-6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • 800 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg. Phone: 757.887.1100

House of Mercy:

  • Food distribution: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Drive through only)
  • Community lunch: Monday-Friday noon-1:00 p.m. (Pick-up/To Go only)
  • 10 Harrison Avenue, Williamsburg. Phone: 757.229.3700

Meals on Wheels:

  • Home delivery of meals to the elderly and disabled. Currently delivering to children living in hotels. Phone: 757.229.9250

Salvation Army:

  • Food pantry: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Must call ahead)
  • 216 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. Phone 757.229.6651
  • Food pantry: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-noon; 1st Friday of the month 5-7 p.m.
  • 104 Norge Lane, Williamsburg. Phone 757.903.2868

Because of the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 situation, information posted here may be outdated. Updated May 20, 2020.

Reserved Shopping Hours:

Aldi – Open Tuesday and Thursday 8:30am-9:30am for all vulnerable shoppers.

Food Lion Monday and Wednesday 7am-8am for ages 60+ and the most vulnerable shoppers. Delivery and store pickup available (fee).

Fresh Market – Monday-Friday 8am-9am seniors and high risk only. Shoppers must wear face masks. Curbside pickup.

HarrisTeeter – Open every Monday and Thursday morning 6am to 8am for 60+ and other vulnerable shoppers. Pharmacies will open at 7 a.m. Online Shopping pick-up times from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for seniors only every Thursday until further notice AND will waive the $4.95 fee & offer $5 delivery for seniors during these times. All others: Store pick-up (fee) and delivery (fee).

Publix – No reserved shopping hours. Delivery and curbside pickup via Instacart (fee).

Target – Open Tuesday and Wednesday 8am-9am for those age 65+ and the most vulnerable. Order ahead for curbside pickup.

Trader Joe’s – Open 8am-9am daily to seniors age 60+ and customers with disabilities.

Walmart – Tuesday – those age 60+ can shop one hour before opening (6-7am). Delivery (fee) and store pickup (free – $30 minimum purchase). Curbside pickup 7-8am every day.

Grocery Delivery:

Instacart – In Williamsburg, grocery delivery from Aldi, Costco, CVS Pharmacy, Food Lion, Fresh Market, Petco, Publix, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Target. Order from web site or app; groceries can be delivered to your door in one hour, with no contact required. Delivery and service fees apply. Annual and monthly memberships also available for free delivery of orders over $35. Watch a video tutorial to see how it works.

Shipt –  In Williamsburg, grocery delivery from CVS Pharmacy, Harris Teeter, Office Depot/Office Max, Petco, Publix, Target. Annual or monthly membership required; delivery free for members on orders over $35; see pricing here. Watch a video tutorial to see how it works.

Directory of Open Businesses (WYDaily – updated 05/20)

Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association – Restaurants and beverage members with take out/curbside & delivery and Phase One (outside dining) openings – updated 5/16.

Williamsburg Farmers Market – The market has moved to online ordering with free delivery for Williamsburg/James City County and pick up for people outside of that area.

Yorktown Market Days – Yorktown has launched a temporary drive-thru model of Yorktown Market Days with a new temporary time and at a new temporary location—operating from 8 to 11 a.m. at the McReynolds Sports Complex. The market will be for pick-up of prepaid preorders only. No cash.

757 Arts & EntertainmentWeekly virtual online guide to what’s happening in Hampton Roads.

Alma Deutscher – See 15-year-old prodigy Alma Deutscher in two concert performances, one on piano and one on violin performing concertos that she composed herself.

Andrea Bocelli’s Music for Hope – Listen to the concert recorded live from Milan’s Duomo Cathedral on Easter Sunday.

Arte Concerts – 23 opera houses, 14 countries, one season. Arte Concerts presents exceptional productions including great classics, new productions and revivals, all filmed on the greatest opera stages in Europe. Every month, new operas are available in six languages.

Broadway World Living Room Concerts – Broadway World presents daily from the homes of Broadway performers.

#ColorOurCollections – Museums across the world have created coloring pages inspired by their collections.

London’s Globe Theatre – Watch Shakespeare’s plays streaming from the Globe Theatre with a new play every fortnight.

London’s National Theatre Live – Streaming plays for free on Youtube.

Muscarelle Museum of Art – Quick drawing lessons (5-10 minutes) with Muscarelle’s Director of Engagement, Steve Prince. New videos posted every Wednesday.

Museum Exhibitions – A compilation of online museum exhibitions and virtual museum tours.

New York Metropolitan Opera – Free streaming opera, nightly. Each encore presentation starts at 7:30 pm and is available until 6:30 pm the next day.

Retro Daddio Live – Thurs.-Sun., live streaming entertainment from the Retro Daddio stage in Williamsburg.

Seven Venues Virtual View – Southside VA guide to free at-home content, including local virtual offerings from Virginia Symphony and Virginia Opera, plus Broadway-inspired dance fitness links.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – As seen on CBS Sunday Morning, 360° views of the Museums Faberge eggs.

Virginia Stage Company – Virginia Stage Company’s Education and Community Engagement Department is offering online classes and workshops for students and the general public. Our Virginia Stage artists are here to teach, to entertain, and to connect with the community – even when we can’t meet you in person.

Braingle – Brain teasers, riddles, trivia, games and more.

Chess.com – Learn to play chess.

Jigsaw Explorer – Online jigsaw puzzles.

USA Today – Crossword Puzzles & Games.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Explore from Home – Resources include guides for teachers, quizzes and puzzles for students, interactive timeline, pages for exploring art collections, and printable coloring sheets from The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, as well as libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world.

The Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Take a virtual tour of the museums with mobile apps, experience the stories of America’s earliest adventures with the museum’s Video Library, and enhance history with interactive digital learning experiences like the Legacy Wall and the “How Revolutionary Are You?” quiz.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg – Take a virtual ride on the park’s many roller coasters.

Mount Vernon – a virtual tour through George Washington’s mansion at Mount Vernon.

Virginia Museum of History and Culture – Virtual tours include The Story of Virginia, Landscapes of Virginia and Determined: The 400-year Struggle for Black Equality.

Chrysler Museum of Art – Features 50 galleries, 30,000 objects and a world-renowned glass collection. Viewers can take a virtual tour through the galleries as well as explore the museum’s Digital Collections featuring European and American paintings, sculpture and decorative arts and works from African, ancient Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, Islamic and Asian cultures.

James River, Richmond – Live stream of the James River flowing through the city of Richmond, the capital of the U.S. State of Virginia. The HD webcam displays a stretch of a small path over the river. The area is around the Great Blue Heron Rookery where herons nest and raise their chicks.

Shenandoah National Park – Get real-time views of several areas in Shenandoah National Park from live webcams.

Richmond Falcon Cam – The DGIF Falcon Cam follows the breeding season of a Peregrine Falcon pair that nests in downtown Richmond, Virginia. The nest box is located atop the Riverfront Plaza building.

Wildlife Center of Virginia Critter Cam – The Wildlife Center currently has Critter Cam cameras in multiple locations inside the hospital and in outdoor enclosures; we provide three live feeds. A moderated discussion is shared for all three channels.

Explore the Hidden Worlds of the National Parks

Walking Tours of Worldwide Cities

Bird Cams – A virtual window into the natural world of birds.

Explore.org – A variety of live cams including animals, surfing, the Aurora Borealis, puppies, sharks, bees and many other things all caught on camera.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Virtual Visits – Several tours of recent spring blooms of tulips, cherry blossoms, azaleas, and more.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs – Our Virtual Wellness Clinic is a compilation of free online resources to improve and maintain your health and well-being.

James City County’s Club 55+ – Do you take SilverSneakers® group fitness classes at the James City County Recreation Center? Although our facility is closed, you can follow along with our instructors and exercise at home! Try our FREE pre-recorded classes – chair yoga and chair aerobics. Let’s take care of our bodies and minds while we social distance – staying active can reduce stress as well as maintain strength, balance and flexibility.

James City County Fitness, Aerobics & Wellness – We know it’s a challenge to keep up with your fitness routine when gyms are closed. The James City County Recreation Center’s fitness instructors miss you, but social distancing is necessary for everyone’s safety. Until we’re able to resume group fitness classes, let’s work out at home! Browse James City County’s library of free exercise videos on YouTube.

James City County Parks & Recreation – James City County has a variety of opportunities available in our parks to maintain your mental wellness and connect to nature during these challenging times. You can practice social distancing while still getting exercise and reducing your stress – come hike, bike, fly a kite, boat or fish – we can help.

College of William and Mary – A variety of virtual classes and programs for students of the college.

Virtual Workouts – Coastal Virginia Magazine has compiled a list of exercise classes available to take online.

Secret Spots on W&M Campus (via Williamsburg Families) A garden with an unexpected echo and other outdoor locations you can enjoy walking to on the William & Mary campus.

Colonial Williamsburg Past & Present – Since 2005, “Past & Present” has taken you behind the scenes to meet interpreters, chefs, tradesmen, musicians, historians, curators, and more.

Lost in Williamsburg – Lost in Williamsburg is a multi-generational supernatural drama set in Williamsburg, Virginia. The story shifts between the 18th century and present day and follows the lives of several local Williamsburg residents and W&M College students.

Virginia Historical Society Podcasts – Recordings of public lectures and events held at the Virginia Historical Society.

Virginia History Podcast – The Virginia History Podcast covers the rich history that has made the Commonwealth what it is today.

This Week in James City County – News and information from the county government.

BackStory – Each week BackStory takes a topic that people are talking about and explores it through stories, interviews, and conversations. We’re based in Charlottesville, Va. at Virginia Humanities.

With Good Reason – With Good Reason explores the world of ideas with leading scholars in literature, history, science, philosophy, and the arts. With Good Reason is created by Virginia Humanities and the Virginia Higher Education Broadcasting Consortium.

WTJU Radio – WTJU is the University of Virginia’s community radio station, bringing people together through excellent music and conversation. Our podcast network, Virginia Audio Collective, nurtures a creative community through audio storytelling.

Streaking the Lawn – The Streaking the Lawn Podcast Network covers all things Virginia athletics featuring Streaking the Lawn Podcast and An ACC Podcast episodes each week.

BackBox.com – BackBox.com makes it easy to get rid of unwanted shipping boxes and lets you donate items to charities at the same time. Clean out that closet and pack a box with your donations, print off the free shipping label from the website and mail.

Covid-19 Mask Force – A mask for every face that needs one. Anybody and everybody can help! If you want to help, we have meaningful work for you!

Giving Artfully – Connects crafters with organizations needing handmade items.

Hospitals & Others in Need of Homemade Masks (via Williamsburg Families) – Contacts and guidelines from local hospitals and other organizations for donations of face masks.

Love for the Elderly – Collecting handwritten cards and letters to send to elders in senior communities across the globe.

Starting Chain – 10 charities that need knitted or crocheted items (such as hats, scarves, blankets, mittens, baby hats and blankets) for the needy.

United Way Virtual Appreciation Projects – Download a coloring page or thank-you template from United Way & agencies will deliver your artwork to local homebound seniors or thank you notes to first responders & hospital staff.

Virginia Service – Volunteer opportunities and ways to serve, including hunger-related volunteer opportunities.

Warm Up America and Project Linus – Like to crochet or knit? These organizations accept crocheted & knitted blankets or just a 7” x 9” rectangle. Please check their sites for what items they need and how to deliver to them.