Library at Home

The library building is closed to the public in response to COVID-19. We are still offering a wide range of online programs and services! Scroll down the page for more information about how you can use our Library at Home!

Curbside Pickup Service

Curbside Reserve Pickup

You can now reserves books, DVDs, and other items you’d like to borrow using our online catalog. We’ll notify you by email when your items are ready. Then you can pick them up in front of our temporary facility (601 S. Oak Street) anytime Monday through Friday between 10 am - 4:30 pm. Learn more...

Summer Reading Program 2020

2020 Summer Reading Program Logo

Our 2020 Summer Reading program has begun! Sign up for fun reading programs and activities geared toward all ages - children, teens, and adults. Learn more...

Storytimes & Children’s Programs Online 

Online Story Times  Opens in new window

Join us for virtual storytime this summer starting June 22! We’ll have stories, songs, and rhymes Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30 am on Facebook Live! We’ll also be available to chat if you have questions. 

Mother Goose Minutes Opens in new window

Looking for fun games to play with your baby at home? Check out our Mother Goose Minutes Playlist on Facebook! Miss Laura will share tips for how to sing and play with your baby at home. Find all of our Mother Goose Rhyme Time rhymes and songs here:


Pick up a craft kit at the library this summer and get creative! Just pull up at Curbside Pickup and ask for the craft kit by name. All kits are available a week prior to the date listed. Once you have your kit, join us on Facebook for a how to video by our Teen Librarian. Questions? Email

 Flow Ball

Want to go with the flow and become unfloppable? Learn cool flop ball skills and a new “Flop-osophy” with Flow Circus! Pick up your own flop ball (a small bean bag) from the library and join us on Zoom on Thursday, July 9 at 3pm. We will learn some new tricks and maybe build a little resilience along the way! Email for more information or to register and get your flop ball.

Book Discussions & Programs Online 

We are moving many of our regular book discussions and programs online! 

Date & Time Discussion Group Contact
July 2
@ 2 pm
New Yorker Discussion Group (via Zoom)
by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Pete Sullivan
July 8
@ 8 pm
Kanopy Film Club (via Zoom) Pete Sullivan
Click to Email
July 9
@ 7 pm
Thursday Evening Book Discussion (via Zoom) 
Say Nothing: The True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland 
by Patrick Radden Keefe
Marshall Webster
July 14
@ 7 pm
Great Books Discussion Series (via Zoom)
Eichmann in Jerusalem
by Hannah Arendt
Marshall Webster
July 23
@ 3 pm
Teen Book Club
Rapunzel’s Revenge
by Shannon Hale
Laura Miller
July 23
@ 7 pm
Jane Austen Book Discussion (via Zoom) 
Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
Marshall Webster
July 28
@ 7 pm
Great Books Discussion Series (via Zoom)
Of Friendship and Of Solitude
by Michel de Montaigne
Marshall Webster
July 29
@ 7 pm
Mystery Book Discussion (via Zoom)
The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Catherine Wilson

Our Digital Collections & Research Tools

  • Overdrive: Read or listen to over 18,000 ebooks and audiobooks, including current releases and bestsellers. 
  • RBdigital: Stream Acorn TV & The Great Courses. Listen to over 36,000 downloadable audiobooks. Read comics books, graphic novels, and popular magazines (like The New Yorker, The Economist, and National Geographic). 
  • Kanapy Movies: Chose from over 30,000 streaming movies, documentaries, and international films. Also includes extensive children’s programming through Kanopy Kids. 
  • Freegal Music: Download (and keep!) free MP3 songs each week from the Sony Music Entertainment catalog and thousands of other labels. Includes 40,000 music videos. 
  • Learning Online: Take an online class on Excel or drawing. Write your resume. Practice for the SAT. Or start learning a new language!
  • Research Tools: Get product ratings in Consumer Reports. Search for full-text articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers. Research your family history or a great stock. 

There are also some great free or expanded resources that have been made available to MRSPL users during the COVID-19 crisis:  

  • Audible: Audible is offering a free handpicked collection of "stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18" while kids are home from school. The stories are available in a variety of languages and accessible from any broswer. No logon or Audible account is required. 
  • Audio Book Cloud: Free access to a collection of 1,000 online audiobooks. No downloads required! (through August 31)
  • Learning Express: Study guides and practice tests for a wide range of standardized exams, from GED to MCAT. Also includes career and career prep and core skills development resources. (through June 30)
  • Romance Book Cloud: Free access to over 1,800 online romance ebooks. (through August 31)
  • Rosetta Stone: Free access to 30 language courses. Just enter your MRSPL card then create a username and password for the service. (through June 30).
  • Teen Book Cloud: Fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novel ebooks for teens Grades 7-12.  (through August 31) 
  • TumbleBooks: Picture books, easy readers, beginning chapter books, fiction, and nonfiction ebooks for Grades K-6. (through August 31)
  • TumbleMath: Math picture books, fiction, graphic novels, and more for Grades K-6. (through August 31)
  • Washington Consumer Checkbook: Research rankings, reviews, and tips for a wide variety of local services and products. Previously only available for use in the library, Checkbook can now be accessed remotely. Requires logon using a MRSPL card and creation of of a free Consumer Checkbook account. (through September 2020)
  • World Book: We already offer World Book Early World of Learning online to our card holders. World book has also opened their entire suite of products to all subscribing libraries. 

What to Read Next

Find your Next Read Opens in new window

Not sure what to read next? Got a picky reader at home? We have the answer! Personalized NextRead book suggestions! Just fill out the appropriate form below and we’ll use the information provided to match you with a book to suit your tastes, mood, or whim! Learn more...

Interact with Us on Social Media

Our librarians are sharing tips, activities, and answering questions on our various social media platforms. Follow us to stay up-to-date with your Little City library!

Contact Us During the Closure

  • Library staff continue to check voicemail, email, and text messages (703-520-2484) Monday through Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
  • View our Contact Us page for a full list of ways to contact us.