DPL Play Danville (Quarantine Edition)

PATRON SERVICES The inside of the Library may be temporarily closed to the public, but we continue to find ways to offer our services.

Curbside Pick Up

During the closure, Danville Public Library offers curbside pick up at it’s Ruby B. Archie location on Patton Street. Patrons with a library card may search our catalog and place up to five items on hold. Once the items have been pulled, staff will call to notify the order is ready for pick up with instructions on when and where to go. 
  • Patrons will be able to pick up their items without leaving their cars, drive-through style. 
  • For assistance in placing holds or for account questions, call (434) 799-5195.

Be one of the first five callers to answer the following trivia questions correctly and win a prize, courtesy of Danville Public Library. Then, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more chances to win each week! Call with your answers at (434) 799-5195, 8AM to 5PM Monday through Friday. #ILoveMyLibrary

Kids (17 and under)

  1. Name all of the red-haired Weasley siblings in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

  2. In Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Count Olaf has a distinguishing tattoo of what on his ankle?
    1. A hawk
    2. A triangle
    3. An eye
    4. A coin
  3. How many Infinity Stones make up the Infinity Gauntlet that Thanos possesses in the Marvel universe?

  4. In the movie Coco, what did Miguel take from the graveyard which made him connect with the spirit world?

  5. What is the name of the character that traps Woody and his friends at the daycare in Toy Story 3?
    1. Big Baby
    2. Ken
    3. Lotso
    4. Stinky Pete

Adults (18 and over)

  1. What does Aragorn say in the 2003 film The Return of the King, right before charging into the last battle in Mordor?
    1. Hope conquers all
    2. It is not this day
    3. Evil will not rule us
    4. For Frodo
  2. Brom Stoker’s Dracula is written as a series of letters, diary entries, and newspaper clippings, what kind of novel is this?

  3. What is the name of the predatory creatures originating from the Upside Down on the TV show Stranger Things?
    1. Demogorgons
    2. Mind Flayers
    3. Pollywogs
    4. Acromantulas
  4. What was the name of the literary discussion group whose members included J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Roger Lancelyn Green?

  5. The film 10 Things I Hate About You is based on which Shakespeare play?


Join us on our Facebook page weekly for a full lineup of activities and challenges. Staff will continue to add to the schedule as programming options become available. Below is a tentative schedule.

Tuesday - Storytime with Miss Chris

Log in to our Zoom storytimes on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. for an interactive storytime with Chrislyn, DPL Youth Services Librarian. Every week Chrislyn will explore songs, stories, and activities based on a theme. Links to the Zoom meetings will be posted on our Facebook page. To register your email to receive a direct link, call Chrislyn at (434) 799-5195. #StorytimeWithMissChris

Wednesday - Wild Card Wednesdays

Anything can happen on Wednesdays as we explore online trends and activities. Ideas include recreating your favorite book cover at home, picture hide-and-seek, ad libs, building an interactive bulletin board, book face fun ... We are only limited by our imagination! #WildcardWednesday

Thursday - Build it Better STEAM Challenge

Can you build better than library staff? Each week, staff will issue a themed challenge of a build for you to try at home. We will use what we have here at Danville Public Library for our builds and encourage you to use whatever you have at home. We love to see your work, so post it on our challenge pages so we can see what you have created. #BuilditBetter

Friday - Fun Facts with Kim

One of our most favorite days of the week is of course Friday when DPL staffer Kim Martin regales staff with amusing and very random facts from all over the world in every subject matter. We wanted to share that excitement with you at home. Log in to our Facebook page to see what the fun fact is each Friday, complete with links to more information. #FunFactFriday


Fun and Games

Harry Potter at Home: Bringing a touch of Harry Potter magic to our new daily lives. You’ll find special activity kits from Bloomsbury to Scholastic including magical craft videos, fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and more.

Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments. 

Animal Live Feeds

The Nature Conservancy Nature Lab helps kids feel like they are out of the house with virtual field trips. Explore the coral reef in the Dominican Republic, a coastal temperate rainforest and the great forests of China. Visit their website and click on “Virtual Field Trips.”

San Diego Zoo Live Cams Watch pandas, baboons, penguins and more.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams Live webcams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where you can peek at sharks, sea otters, penguins and more.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo Webcams Cheetah cubs, naked mole rats, and more.

National Marine Sanctuaries Virtual Dives Tour marine sanctuaries and ocean habitats with a collection of virtual dives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dive into colorful coral reefs, swim with seals, or explore a shipwreck, sanctuary views can be seen on a personal computer or a smartphone.

Home Safari Facebook Live The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is hosting "Home Safaris" each day at 3 PM EST on Facebook Live. Each day they'll highlight one of their resident animals, like Rico, the Brazilian porcupine. They'll also include an activity that kids can do from home. If you miss the live videos, you can always catch it later on the zoo's YouTube channel.


Sharing Stories Project

While the UK’s 2020 Stratford-Upon-Avon Literary Festival has been cancelled, the event coordinators are giving kids access to videos of famous authors reading their books and illustrators giving drawing tutorials.

Crayola At-Home Creative Hub Crayola is providing colorful solutions and fun things to do at home with access to hundreds of DIY craft projects, printable coloring pages for both kids and adults, as well as special daily events including: 

  • Color & Sing Along with Lisa Loeb: Mon, Wed, Fri - 11 AM
  • Live Craft Demos with Lynn Lilly: Tue, Thu - 1 PM
  • DIY Craft Idea: Daily - 3 PM
  • Doodle Along: Friday - 1 PM

All of these events can also be found on the Crayola Facebook page.

Dav Pilkey at Home In partnership with Scholastic, Dav Pilkey, author and illustrator of the Dog Man series, will release new content including how-to draw videos, read alouds, and other free activities weekly every Friday at 8 AM.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems Join children’s author Mo Willems in his studio for weekday LUNCH DOODLES. The three-week run, all 15 episodes and their downloadable activities, are archived.

Draw Every Day with JJK Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady and the Star Wars Jedi Academy series, presents weekdays at 2 PM.


SYNC is a FREE summer audiobook program for teens 13+ sponsored by AudioFile Magazine, titles delivered through Sora the student reading app from OverDrive.  SYNC introduces a variety of audiobook experiences to teens to demonstrate that reading can be completed by listening. Starting April 30, 2020, SYNC will give away two complete audiobooks a week for 13 weeks - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. 
Download the Sora app from Apple or Google to your listening device and be ready to go!  Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com. Titles will be released every Thursday at 12 AM.

Set Up Sora

  1. Download Sora from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Open Sora and tap “I have a setup code” (at the bottom of the screen).
  3. Enter this setup code: audiobooksync.
  4. Enter the email address you used to sign up for SYNC.
  5. Tap “Explore” (at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles [SYNC 2020 starts April 30]


Levar Burton Reads Reading Rainbow Host Levar Burton will host a thrice weekly livestream show on Twitter where he will read various short stories.

  • Mondays at 12 PM: Children stories 

  • Wednesdays at 6 PM: Young adult stories

  • Fridays at 9 PM: Adult stories

Julie’s Library Podcast Actress and author Julie Andrews and her Daughter Emma Walton Hamilton will share a story each week starting on April 29.   

Goodnight with Dolly Country music star Dolly Parton will read children’s books aloud weekly every Thursday at 7PM starting April 23 and ending June 4th on Facebook.

Storytime from Space sends children's books to the International Space Station (ISS), where the books are read on video by astronauts as they orbit hundreds of miles above Earth.

Save With Stories Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner partner with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to read children’s books on Instagram with special celebrity guests.  

Storyline Online recruits celebrities like Rami Malek and Oprah Winfrey to read popular children's books geared towards kids ages 4 to 7 on their Youtube channel.

Museums with Free Tours

Google Arts and Culture Collection More than 2,500 museums around the world have made their collections accessible online 

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Air and Space Anywhere The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Anywhere web page provides virtual tours of the museum, and educational podcasts, games and activities about aircraft and spacecraft.

California Science Center: Stuck at Home Science

This space is designed for families to explore, investigate and have fun learning together without leaving home. All of the activities use easy-to-find household supplies  and are appropriate for a variety of ages.  Videos will stream live every day on their website at 1 PM EST.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Facebook Page A source of free online content. Educators share daily Facebook Live videos that pair with hands-on activities using materials that can be found at home. Topics include rocketry 101, tours of Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Astronaut Training Experience, and living in space and on Mars.

Egyptian Tomb & Pyramid Tours Explore the tombs of ancient Egyptian royals in 3-D tours made by The Giza Project at Harvard University.  Tomb of Queen Meresankh III; Tomb of Menna in the Theban NecropolisThe Great Pyramid of Giza.

Educational Sites

Education.com is offering its premium resources for free to help parents and teachers alike. You can get grade-specific bundles of resources, independent study packets and guided lessons. Education.com also has games that teach children skills like sight words, counting, coding, spelling and rhyming. It’s perfect for children in preschool through fifth grade.

Greatschools.org has math, spelling, reading, counting and science worksheets available for free for children in Pre-K to 5th grade. You will need to have access to a printer in order to take advantage of all the free resources.

Abcmouse is offering a free month trial of their services. The site has a full online curriculum with more than 850 lessons across 10 levels that is perfect for children ages two to eight. As your child completes one lesson, they are automatically guided to the next one and can win tickets and rewards. Kids can learn reading, arts, colors, math and science in over 9,000 activities provided for free. 

Scholastic Learn at Home by Scholastic is offered to students who have been affected by COVID-19 school closures. The site has learning material for students in Pre-K to 9th grade. Each day, students get a few new tasks, such as reading a book or article, watching a video and completing a few activities.

CircleTime helps children have fun while learning. You can either participate in the classes with your child or have them follow the expert instructor by themselves. Options include storytime yoga, interactive storytime, sing-along and playing with colors. If you want to cook or bake with your child, CircleTime has classes that walk you through a few simple recipes. For parents with babies, there are “Baby and Me” yoga classes available as well. 

All Kids Network has worksheets, color pages, hidden pictures, mazes, and dot to dot pictures available for free. Included on the site are more than 1,000 craft ideas that you can do together with your child on the weekends or during a work break.

San Francisco's Exploratorium Learning Toolbox offers activities to help kids understand the science behind viruses, how they affect the human body, and how we can protect ourselves against infection.

Khan Academy is a free online learning resource offering lessons, exercises and quizzes.  It has daily schedules for organizing at-home learning for students ages 4 to 18 years. On weekdays, Khan Academy is also offering daily livestreams on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to help parents and educators best utilize the website's tools and resources. No kids, no problem; Khan academy offers adult learning as well.

PBS Learning Media is offering tools to help support learning at home, including educational videos and games from favorite series, and related skill-building offline activities.

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City offers online learning materials for science fans of all ages. Their Ology science website provides games and activities for kids and covers a range of science topics, including archaeology, paleontology, astronomy and marine biology.

National Geographic Kids offers free educational videos, games, and activities that center on wildlife and preservation for kids of all ages.

NASA Kids’ Club helps children in Pre-K to 4th grade learn the ins and outs of NASA's missions using hands-on educational games. There is also a "Now in Space" slideshow that introduces budding astronauts to the crew currently orbiting Earth on the International Space Station.