Homebound Library Hacks
You won’t believe how many free library services are available from the comfort of your home. If you’re staying home because of concerns about the coronavirus, we have tons of learning and entertainment available.
GRAB AN E-BOOK OR AUDIOBOOK
All it takes is an Overdrive or Libby app and a library card and you’re good to go! Works on tablets, Kindles, even laptops. Don’t have a gadget? You can listen to library audiobooks on an ordinary smartphone. Check our e-library at www.wcpl.net/e-library
RELAX WITH A MAGAZINE
Download the RBDigital app and download unlimited digital magazines from us: new issues and old issues. You can even go into text-only mode on some issues to get rid of the ads. Check out digital magazines at www.wcpl.net/e-library/magazines
JUMP THAT NEWSPAPER PAYWALL
Newsbank has news from all over the country including major Virginia newspapers and the Washington County News. Enter username 5322 and password 5322 to access.
TAKE A FREE CLASS
Universal Class lets you learn from anywhere. Create an account with your library card and take a class that matches your needs and interests or boosts your career skills. We have hundreds of classes in small modules to let you learn at your own pace.
LEARN A LANGUAGE
With Rocket Languages, you can begin learning a language, or brush up on a language for which you’ve gotten a little rusty and could use a refresher. Kids can practice too.
WORK ON YOUR FAMILY TREE
HeritageQuest has census data and family histories for you to use to find out about your ancestors. Get bitten by the genealogy bug! Great family project for when everyone is indoors.
GET READING RECOMMENDATIONS
RESEARCH A TOPIC
Find out more about your interests or help the kids learn at home using Explora. Log in with username valib and password va@lib1 with no library card required. Explora Primary is for children and also uses username valib and password va@lib1
We’ve got new research databases from World Book and Infobase. Check out more databases.
LISTEN TO OUR DIAL-A-STORY ARCHIVE WITH YOUR KIDS
Just press play on our website for incredible children’s audiobooks! Rick McVey, formerly of Barter Theatre, has recorded books for the library for years. They are all available on our Dial-a-Story page.
SPRUCE UP YOUR RESUME
No library card? Call for a Card at 276-676-6233 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. and we’ll get you set up. You’ll have an opportunity to pick up a real library card when we reopen.