The Library at Home

The Library at Home

Enjoy programs from the Library while at home.

Neighborhood branches may be closed, but the Library is always open online. Sing, talk, read, listen and learn from the comfort of your own home with these tips and resources.

Take the DC Public Library wherever you are. Get your library card online and enjoy 90-days of access to digital resources

DC Reads - Special Edition

DC Reads is a DC Public Library program that promotes reading for pleasure by having citywide conversations for teens and adults focused on a single book. This month, the Library is delighted to read with you With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. Unlimited eBook copies are available for download on OverDrive. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #DCReads on Twitter.

Join us on Twitter, Monday-Friday, to participate in virtual book clubs. New topics are discussed each day and you can easily join the conversation by using the hashtags listed below.
Day Time Topic Hashtag
Monday Noon Audiobooks #audiobookafternoon
Tuesday Noon Books-to-Screen #BookstoScreenDC
Wednesday Noon Current reads #BrownBagDC
Wednesday 3 p.m. Lynda Online Courses #DCPLcareergoals
Thursday Noon Ask a Librarian #AskaLibrarian
Thursday 8 p.m. Local writers chat #DCwriterschat
Friday 11 a.m. Histories & Biographies #WhoWhatWhen
Friday 1 p.m. Graphic novels #graphicnovelfriday
Friday 3 p.m. New Yorker story review #storyreviewDC

Recreate Library Programs

Sing, talk and read with your child at home with these activities.

Handwashing song break
If you enjoy story time, you may already have some favorite fingerplay songs to help your child sing and develop their fine motor skills together. More than ever, thorough handwashing is important for everyone in the family. Build handwashing into your routine and keep even your young children washing for the whole recommended 20 seconds by singing these fingerplay songs together while washing hands. For even more fun while practicing the songs, create your own handwashing stations

Sticky Wall
Explore counting and various textures with your child by creating a hands-on sticky wall.

Shake it up!
Teach colors and countings with this fun arts and crafts activity. 

Virtual Story Times

Join us over on Facebook Monday - Friday at 10:30 a.m. for a live video story time. Fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Distance Learning

Many families are pursuing distance learning for the first time. While it can be an incredibly rewarding experience for families to learn together we know it can also feel overwhelming to find the right tools and resources that will help your student succeed. The library has put together a list of items that you can utilize while completing assignments. Many of these digital resources can be used without a library card if you are a District resident. You can also sign up for temporary library card

Watch, Read, Listen and Learn with goDigital

Binge-watch thousands of films, read countless eBooks, stream music, listen to audiobooks and even learn a new language or take a design course -- the options are endless when you goDigital. Resources are available for readers and learners of all ages.