City libraries want to make back-to-school super chill

(Courtesy VBPL)
(Courtesy VBPL)

The City’s libraries want to minimize back-to-school stress.

Students and parents don’t even have to leave home to benefit, according to a release from Virginia Beach Public Library. The only requirement is a library card, which is free for City residents.

Here’s how the libraries say they can help make back-to-school way less harried:

  • Last-minute book report? Access online research 24/7 through more than 40 databases available at
  • Worried about homework or the SATs? Get live homework help from state-certified teachers for students in grades 3-12. Subjects include reading, math, science and SAT prep. Help is available Monday through Thursday from 3-9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, go here.
  • Still stressed? Take a break and listen to music. With the Freegal service, patrons can download five songs per week. With Hoopla, another online offering, patrons can stream eight albums per month.
  • If that doesn’t work, try streaming some yoga or Tai-Chi videos.
  • Eat well. Find ideas in digital magazines such as Family Circle and Taste of Home, available to patrons through Zinio, a digital magazine collection.

To get a library card, go to any branch library. Bring a photo ID and proof of a Virginia Beach address. But don’t go on Monday, Sept. 5, because the libraries will be closed for Labor Day.




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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.