Your Quarantine Survival Guide

The library is closed and everyone is spending more time indoors these days – so let’s make the most of it! Our librarians have rounded up their favorite online tools for learning, exploration and recreation to help your stay at home be a more enriching experience. In addition to the library’s popular array of eBooks and digital offerings, these resources are all absolutely free.

 

VIRTUAL Programs

While in-person events are on hold, LCPL is working to provide you with virtual storytimes as well as other programs of interest for adults and teens. Visit our event calendar to see what's coming up or watch past programs on our YouTube channel.

 

CHILDREN'S RESOURCES

Education and learning

Fun diversions

STEM

Storytimes online

  • GainPeace: Afroz Shahil reads A Day of Fasting with Omar and Maya for Ramadan.
  • Pete the Cat Club: James Dean leads stories and drawing activities on Instagram.
  • Goodnight with Dolly: Country superstar Dolly Parton reads bedtime stories.
  • Storyline Online: Watch videos of celebrities reading your favorite books.
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: The Elephant & Piggie creator hosts daily doodle tutorials and virtual home studio tours.
  • Laurie Berkner: Storytime songs and activities for preschoolers livestreamed on Facebook.
  • Dav Pilkey At Home: The creator of Dogman and Captain Underpants leads weekly activities that encourage kids to read, draw, create and have fun.
  • Lulu Delacre: Join the author on YouTube for songs and stories in Spanish.
  • Dan Guttman: Join the author on Facebook for read-alouds from his new and classic books.
  • Grace Lin: Head to YouTube to hear Lin read aloud from some of her award-winning books.
  • Story Time from Space: Watch astronauts on the Space Station read children’s books and perform science demonstrations.
  • NPR Storyhour: Join NPR for a virtual story hour featuring beloved classics.
  • ASL Storytime: Your favorite children’s books read in American Sign Language.
  • Spanish Storytime: Listen to well-known Spanish children's books read aloud by native Spanish speakers.
  • Stimola Live: Live stream events for kids and tweens led by authors and illustrators.
 

TEEN RESOURCES

Books

DIY

Health and wellness

  • Teen Health & Wellness: Real answers to issues that matter like diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, LGBTQ issues, plus 24/7 hotlines.
  • Go Ask Alice: Reliable, accurate information for teens about a variety of health topics.
  • Make It OK: Research and support for mental illness and stigma.

Homework help and test prep

STEM

Virtual visits

 

ADULT RESOURCES

Books and author talks

Education and learning

Fitness

Health

  • Loudoun County COVID-19: Keep informed of the latest updates impacting our community.
  • Find Local Resources: Search the county for food assistance sites, restaurants and businesses with takeout or delivery options, and groceries or pharmacies with designated shopping hours for vulnerable individuals.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Background information, research and statistics about specific conditions.
  • Mayo Clinic: Jargon-free information about various conditions, treatments and the useful “when to see a doctor.”

History

Hobbies and DIY

  • Universal Class: Learn something new by taking an online class with your library card. Courses range from calligraphy and soap-making to stress management and marine biology.
  • Bullet journaling: It’s time to embrace this stress-busting trend.
  • Learn to draw: Free drawing lessons for beginners.

Job development

  • Lynda.com: Take your business, software, technology and creative skills to the next level with comprehensive online courses through the library.
  • Loudoun County Jobs Search: Loudoun Economic Development has unveiled a jobs portal that aggregates and filters all positions currently open in Loudoun. The portal pulls in and de-duplicates listings from more than 10,000 public job boards.
  • Loudoun County Workforce Resource Center: Virtual resume critiques, employment coaching, job listings and online workshops.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook (Department of Labor): A go-to resource for those deciding where or how to begin a career in a specific field, as well as for those considering changing careers.
  • W3Schools: This collection of web-coding language tutorials covers HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SQL, PHP, jQuery and more.

Legal

Museums and virtual tours

Music

Natural sciences