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Change to SIBA's Zoom Office Hours

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Thursday, March 19, 2020

SIBA’s Virtual Office Hours on Zoom are changing beginning Monday, March 23.  Instead of 2-5 PM EST on Wednesdays, we're offering daily opportunities for booksellers to connect and feel part of community.  We invite you to join SIBA for lunch every weekday from 1-2 PM EST.  We'll continue to host our webinars on Wednesdays (and on other days!) and are planning much more virtual communication with you during this time.

In support of your mental well-being, we are offering a six-week series, Bookseller Chill, beginning March 26 at 2 PM EST and continuing each Thursday, same time, same zoom link, till April 30. Led by psychotherapist Bryan Robinson, each session will last approximately 30 minutes and include concepts from his book: #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life (HarperCollins, 2019), followed by what Bryan calls simple, short "MicroChiller" meditations that will help us relax and restore during this time of great uncertainty. You can read Bryan's recent post at The Psychology of Uncertainty: How to Cope with COVID-19 Anxiety.

The link to attend every Thursday at 2pm is:

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Binc on COVID-19

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Binc Foundation can potentially offer booksellers support during a public health emergency. Assistance may be available for the medical expenses of booksellers. Binc may also be able to help booksellers in specific cases where store closure and/or loss of scheduled pay creates a financial hardship for the individual/family.

Binc may be able to help with medical expenses or personal household expenses under the following circumstances:

  • If a bookstore employee contracts an illness and cannot go to work. 
  • If a member of a bookseller’s household contracts an illness and the employee is forced to quarantine themselves to prevent further spread of the virus.

For the events listed below, an official state, county or city Public Health Emergency restricting public interaction must be declared and documented.

  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours because residents are told not to go to work.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours due to a mandatory quarantine.
  • If a bookstore loses a significant amount of business due to forced store closure or restrictions on residents’ movement and the store is unable to pay store rent and/or utility expenses, Binc may be able to help.

Contact Binc by email or phone 866-733-9064.

Tags:  binc  coronavirus  Covid-19 

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