Staff ePicks

picks of the week: July 9, 2020

Staff Picks: Baseball

Major League Baseball is set to resume later this month, but the abbreviated season is already shaping up to be a strange one. While fans might not get the games of their dreams, there’s still plenty to look forward to. To help pass the time until the action begins, we’ve devoted this week’s Staff ePicks to some of our favorite eBooks and other digital resources about baseball, whether you’re looking for a history lesson, documentaries or books for kids. Don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Program and start reading your way toward a free Washington Nationals ticket!

Baseball eBooks

eBooks and audiobooks

The Play Ball! collection on OverDrive and the Libby app features new biographies about Willie Mays and Yogi Berra as well as plenty of fiction, nonfiction and titles for sports-loving kids exploring the history, artistry and nuance of baseball.


Immerse yourself in America’s pastime with historical cartoons as well as illustrated adventures for kids on the Hoopla Digital platform.

Baseball movies

Streaming movies

These documentaries on Kanopy give a voice to little-known stories from baseball’s past.

Play Better Baseball features 70 minutes of instruction by former University of Arizona head coach Jerry Stitt.


ESPN The Magazine ceased publication in 2019, but you can catch up on every issue dating back to 2013 through the RB Digital platform.

picks of the week: July 2, 2020

Staff Picks: Minecraft Madness

If you have a Minecraft fan in your household, you know it’s more than a hobby: Minecraft is a passion. Luckily, there are tons of ways for Minecrafters to disappear into the imaginative world they love through the pages of a book, not just through a screen. We’ve pulled together some of our most popular game guides, coding eBooks and other digital resources that you can access from home with your library card. (Parents: If you don't know your creepers from your ghasts, you might want to check out some of these titles, too!)

Minecraft eBooks


Streaming movies

Take a deep dive into the creation and evolution of Minecraft with the documentary Minecraft: Through the Nether Portal on Kanopy.

Streaming music

Your gaming soundtrack is here! Listen to the Minecraft theme and other classic video-game tunes on Freegal.

Minecraft STEM eBooks

STEM eBooks

Turn your home into a coding classroom with these school-level textbooks.

picks of the week: June 25, 2020

Staff Picks: Space and the Stars

The universe through the eyes of an astronomer is a fascinating place, and a good book can give you a glimpse of that world without requiring years of study. Our librarians have rounded up some of their favorite eBooks and other digital resources about astronomy and space that you can access anywhere on the planet. BONUS: Tune in Thursday, June 25, at 3 p.m. for a live stream with Loudoun County Public Library’s own NASA ambassador!

Space and astronomy eBooks

eBooks and audiobooks

Virtual library event

Space News and Views: Join Loudoun County Public Library NASA Ambassador Amit Sircar live as he explains the latest happenings in the solar system and shares astronomical wonders that you can view from your own backyard. Thursday, June 25, 3 p.m.

Streaming music

Your stargazing soundtrack is a click away! Head to Freegal to hear music about and inspired by planets and the night sky.


picks of the week: June 18, 2020

It’s easy for workout routines to veer off-course when unexpected changes occur – as was the case this spring, when we found ourselves spending more time at home. If you’re looking to get back on track or you just need some new motivation, the library’s digital collection has you covered. Use your library card to access streaming workouts, sports magazines, cardio music playlists and, of course, tons of eBooks about health, fitness and local recreation.

Exercise eBooks

Streaming films and videos

Take a deeper dive into your favorite sports and activities with these films on Kanopy.

Follow along with popular workout series from Gaiam, Jillian Michaels and others on Hoopla.

Online courses

These Universal Class courses are like being at the gym – minus the fees and sweaty strangers.

* NEW USERS: Register here if you’re using Universal Class for the first time.

Exercise eBooks



Catch up on current and back issues of popular magazines on RBDigital.

Streaming music

Get your heart rate up by moving along with these playlists on Freegal.

picks of the week: June 11, 2020

Staff Picks: Video Games

Got gaming on the brain? You’re far from alone. New research from Nielsen found that 82% of global consumers played more video games amid the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, our staff is highlighting some of our favorite digital resources on playing, celebrating and even creating video games. From documentaries to online courses, you’ll find all of these tools right at your fingertips.

Video game documentaries

Streaming movies and shows

Playing video games

Stories about video games


Gaming tech books

Creating video games


Streaming music

picks of the week: June 4, 2020

Staff Picks: Racism in America

Through every challenge, your library remains an important resource for education and information. Reading provides a window to the past in order to understand the present, and to amplify and listen to the voices of those affected by racism. Our staff has brought together a wide range of antiracism resources that we hope you'll find helpful. Whether you're discussing current events with children or teens, or you're learning for yourself, these eBooks, articles, films and courses are here for you.

Guides to Racism


Streaming movies

Online learning

These courses from are designed to help foster diversity and inclusion in the workplace: 



eBooks for children

BookFlix: This site pairs animated storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks and learning activities to build a love of reading and real-world knowledge.


picks of the week: May 28, 2020

Coping for Children and Teens

Like adults, kids are struggling right now. Schools are closed, routines have changed and uncertainly seems to be part of everyday life. Now more than ever, it’s important to check in and make sure kids have all the resources they need to manage their physical and emotional well-being. 

Our children’s specialists have rounded up some of their top resources for helping kids and teens cope with the stress of life, from calming yoga sequences to teen-friendly mindfulness workbooks.

picks of the week: May 21, 2020

Staff Picks: Birding

Birding is gaining flocks of new followers amid the coronavirus pandemic, as more people take note of the fascinating world outside our windows. After all, when you can’t be with the ones you love, a feathered friend just may suffice.

If you’re looking to explore the delightfully passive hobby of birding, all you need are eyes, ears and curiosity – plus a few handpicked library resources that you can access anywhere.

Birding eBooks


Calling All Birders: Explore our top birding eBooks on OverDrive or the Libby app.


Is Your Backyard for the Birds? (Consumer Reports)
Includes links to a free bird identification poster and information on birdfeeders.


Let the birds handle pest-control in your garden!


picks of the week: May 14, 2020

As the weather warms up, many of us are looking to take our DIY projects outdoors. One yard task that’s gaining traction lately is gardening, with lots of homeowners looking to grow more of their own food.

If you’re thinking about brushing up on your gardening skills, then take a look at our roundup of library resources that you can access online to help transform your outdoor space into a thriving source of veggies. If you need to turn your black thumb into a green one or just find some inspiration, the library has you covered.

picks of the week: May 11, 2020

These days, we're spending way more time inside, and if you're tired of your surroundings by now, there are plenty of small tweaks and projects that can reinvigorate your space, and hopefully, your spirit.

Here are a few library resources you can access from home to help guide you through spring cleaning, organization, redecorating and other spruce-ups.