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.



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Education and learning

Fun diversions


Storytimes online

  • Pete the Cat Club: James Dean leads stories and drawing activities on Instagram.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Everywhere Book Festival: Everyone can attend this virtual book festival May 1-2 organized by children’s authors.




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


Virtual visits



Books and author talks

Education and learning

  • Mango Languages: Basic or complete online instruction in over 70 languages with your library card.
  • Great Courses: Use your library card sream over 6,000 college-level lectures on history, hobbies, science and more.
  • English language learning: Free quizzes, lessons and online conversation classes.
  • Open Culture: Choose from 1,500 free college-level courses.
  • Alison: Over 1,000 courses available across nine distinct categories, all absolutely free.
  • At-home learning resources: Parents, bookmark these homework-helper tools.
  • TED-Ed: From the same people that brought you the all-encompassing web series comes a site chocked full of educational videos.
  • edX: Access 2,500+ online courses from 140 top institutions.
  • BBC Podcasts: For the casual learner, the BBC offers a wide variety of podcasts on many different topics.




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

  • Take your business, software, technology and creative skills to the next level with comprehensive online courses through the library.
  • 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.


Museums and virtual tours


Natural sciences