Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association

Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association

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Keeping Sane During the Pandemic


Fun things to do

Here are suggestions for keeping busy, and having a good time.

From the Friends of the Library:

 As a fund raising idea for our public library, we were planning to make crafts from old unsaleable books. Well - the virus stopped us from getting together, but perhaps some of our crafty SSCA members would like to watch these videos and give a try at making things that we can sell to support the Swarthmore Public Library. For more information, please contact me at FOSWPL@gmail.com

Thanks so much, Betty Dowling president, Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library

Craft ideas using pages from old books:

Standalone trees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKvPJljPiYQ

More trees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_ghX55C8Cc

Trees within books: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU2gax7t2y0

Miscellaneous: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_9f8kRQigk&t=748s

Origami roses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjIiTgBpwb0

Book angels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTHyPENsVV0

Another angel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4kf75Fj09U

Pumpkin and snowman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQLme1HyoPg

Miniature book ornaments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQNCR9s4Bqs

Go on a photographic tour of Venice!

Entertaining things to do

Resources for movies, books, and games for you and your family

Here are 22 Broadway songs that last 20 seconds, the length of time it is recommended we all wash our hands.

Last Chance Duo was going to be singing for us at Lunch and Learn. Here is a video of them singing one of their songs.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden closed to the public to do its part to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  During the closure, the Zoo plans to offer Home Safari Facebook Lives seven days a week!

Watch 15 Broadway Plays and Musicals from Home

Watch this very short video for a laugh.

The New York Times has a list of what to watch, listen to, and cook while social distancing.

Learning opportunities

Ways to keep your brain active while you stay at home

50 skills you can learn to do on YouTube.


While the physical library is closed, the Swarthmore Public Library staff has been working to offer new and adapted services online, adding to the range of digital services that had already been available.

The Library's response to Coronavirus/COVID-19 and a short list of government resources for news and updates is here.

Current and upcoming remote services from the library staff are here, with short readings with the library staff (poems and short fiction), storytime videos with Mr. Scott, STEM tutorials, reference help, Ask Mr. Scott! for kids' questions, and podcast recommendations.

eBook and audio book options for all ages can be found here.

Hoopla is a service of our public library that lets library card holders borrow and view eBooks, audiobooks, comics, music, movies, and TV for free from home.  Lucy will answer your questions about digital resources including Hoopla at the following times: Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Call the library at 610-543-0436 with your questions. 

The Delaware County Libraries of digital resources are available here and cover a wide array of topics, including education, languages, history, genealogy, news, and medicine.

If you do not have a library card yet, email your name, address, phone number, and birthday to support@delcolibraries.org, and the county will email back a barcode to access all of their online resources.

Physical activity

Keep your body fit while you keep your distance

Borough Parks are open only for passive and dispersed recreation. No group activities are permitted.

Ridley Creek State Park is closed, except the public is still be able to access trails, lakes, rivers, forests, roads, and parking areas for passive and dispersed recreation, such as hiking.

The Swarthmore College campus, including the entirety of Crum Woods, is closed to the public until further notice.

Getting Involved



5 Ways to Help Your Community Combat Coronavirus (While Still Social Distancing)

Instead of isolating, you can help your neighbors and community in these ways.


TimeBank volunteers will go shopping, pick up prescriptions or other needs from the pharmacy, or do other errands. Join the TimeBank here, or call Stephanie McDonough at 484-437-8272 for more information. You can volunteer just to help those who are not adept at using a computer, taking their requests over the phone and then using the TimeBank software to match them with another volunteer.

Around the House

Could it be that now is a good time to tackle those jobs you've been putting off?

Carrie Kaufman was scheduled to be one of our April Lunch and Learn speakers. This is a post from her blog about getting organized. This is part 1. Part 2 is linked at the end.

Cooking, and grocery shopping, are two things that seem to move to the head of the list of things to think about and do. We have compiled some resources on recipes for a stay-at-home order, along with information about how you can get your food.