Virtual Branch


Welcome! The library building is closed but that won’t stop us! 
There are a variety of online resources that you and your family can take advantage of through the library!

Phase 2 Update

The state has moved into a modified phase 2. We have begun to accept returns on a rolling basis. You will receive an email asking for you and members of your family to return books, CDs, video games and DVDs. We will ask for hotspots, oversized items, and literacy bags at another time. No fines or fees will accrue while the library is closed. 

In mid-July, we will move to curbside pickups of materials placed on hold before March 26. 

Every step is going to be slow and intentional so as to keep our staff and customers safe. 

Thank you for your patience.

Ask a Librarian

Email us!
Call us at 919.245.2525, Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For Kids & Parents
Summer Learning Activities

Storytime -  Watch at the YouTube or Facebook links below

YouTube - Video events are posted to our YouTube channel! Subscribe with your YouTube account for updates!
Facebook - Video events are also posted to our Facebook page! Follow Orange County Public Library for updates!

Storytime with Mr. Keith each Thursday at 9:30 a.m.!
Pantry Science with Ms. Lori, every other Tuesday at 4 p.m.! Next episode: Make a Sprinkler bottle! | Airs Tuesday, June 30, 4 p.m.| Facebook Video | School Age.
Storytime with Miss Heather, every other Tuesday at 10 a.m.! Next episode:Tuesday, June 23 at 10 a.m.!
Harry Potter Trivia | Thursday, June 25, 4 p.m. | Go to Meeting | Grades 3-8 Love Harry Potter?  Love Trivia? Register here! 

Fun Videos for Kids, K-5

Can you Nail It?  | Ms. Kim challenges you to recreate an edible masterpiece!  Watch her demonstration video on Facebook or YouTube!
Paper Plate Frog Puppet | Great for ages 5 and above. Download a template here then watch the video on Facebook or YouTube!
Easy Folding Paper Puppet | Great for ages 5 and above. Download a template here then watch the video on Facebook or YouTube!
Paper Cup Puppets | Join Puppet Show, Inc. to learn how to make your own puppet from a paper cup! Download a template here then watch the video on YouTube!

Archived Video Events and Storytimes:

YouTube Storytime Playlist
YouTube Puppet Show Playlist
Pantry Science with Ms. Lori

For Kids - Orange County Public Library Resources

Children’s Reading Lists
Fun and Games
Homework Help

For Kids - Web Resources

Age 0-5
Reading Rainbow - Videos and Music
School House Rock - Videos and Music
Between the Lions - Videos and Music
40 Ideas of what to do with a Busy Toddler
Visit Seussville - Games, activities, and coloring pages to go along with Seuss Books
Little Twisters Yoga - Free to download during the Pandemic
Hoopla Children’s Music - Play music especially for children on your electronic
New York City School Library System - Free e-books about Covid-19

School Age
Wonderopolis - Find out why and how things work in nature and technology
Library Bookends - A blog by two librarians who list daily book readings by Authors
Exercise Programs for Kids
Storyline Online - Stars of the Actors Guild Reading Books
Stories Read in Spanish
Switch Zoo - Make and play while learning about zoo animals
What Do We Do All Day - Indoor activities for kids ages 0 and up
Virtual Field Trips for Kids
Orange County 4-H - Head, Heart, Hands and Health, are the four H’s in 4-H.This summer they are offering virtual programs. For youth ages 5-18.
NC Science Festival - Science activities, virtual field trips and experiments for school age children.  Sponsored by the NC Science Festival and the Morehead Planetarium. 
Hoopla Children’s Music - Play music especially for children on your electronic
New York City School Library System - Free e-books about Covid-19

For Teens

Summer Learning Activities

Art, Enrichment, & Camaraderie

SpyHop:Rewired - Online workshops: find friends & make art!
iNSIDEoUT - lgbtq+ camaraderie
Morehead Planetarium Teen Science Café

Submit your Art or Writing

Waxprint - Orange County Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board zine
Isolationship Journal - Share how you’re feeling/doing/coping as we experience isolation together worldwide
Teen Ink - A magazine, book series, and website by teens, for teens
One Story - Supporting the art of the short story and the authors who write them

If You Need Help

Lifeline Crisis Chat - For people who aren’t safe or are facing difficulties being at home.
OC Connect - A database of local services who can help with food, housing, health, and more.

Online Programs, Events, and Activities

Program calendar - Follow the prompts to register and you will receive an email with an invitation link!

Summer Learning Activities


Author Panel: Audiobook Narration hosted by James Maxey | June 18, 7-8:30 p.m. | Watch on  Facebook or YouTube!
Carolina Crime Writers Virtual Panel | Premiered Monday, June 8 | YouTube and Facebook 
Book Talk with Martha Waters, author of To Have and To Hoax | Premiered Wednesday, May 13 | YouTube  and Facebook
20 Tips for Better Writing with Diane Kelly and Melissa Bourbon  | Premiered Friday, May 15 | YouTube  and Facebook
Community Authored Poem - A collective artwork made by YOU for National Poetry Month!

Read and Watch - Orange County Public Library Resources

Overdrive or Libby - Check out eBooks and Audiobooks with your library card!
NC Kids - Check out eBooks and Audiobooks for grades K-12 with your library card!
Hoopla - Check out eBooks, Audiobooks, Music, Movies, and Comics with your library card!
Hoopla Bonus Borrows - Over a thousand select titles to discover without using your monthly borrows!
Homegrown Ebooks via NC LIVE - Read more than 3700 ebooks from NC publishers with your library card!
Flipster - Read magazines with your library card! Available through June 30.
Book Clubs - All our book club meetings have gone digital! Learn more here!

Read and Watch - Web Resources

Billboard’s List of Livestreams and Virtual Concerts
Lionsgate Live – Free streaming of select films, Fridays at 9 p.m. 
Met Opera Nightly Opera Stream 
For some of the best information about streaming movies and films online visit the Hillsborough Classic Film Society. 

Need a Temporary Library Card?

Use our Online Form!
Or call us at 919-245-2525

If you have a SEA (Student Easy Access) account or an Educator Account, you’re set. Your library card number is your student or staff ID number. 

Other Online Resources

NC LIVE - Searchable collections of magazine, newspaper, and journal articles, ebooks, historical materials, maps, and more!
Ancestry - Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely!
Free Harvard Classes Online
Smithsonian Museum Virtual Tours  

Community Resources

Businesses and Employees 
Children and Families 
Evictions during the Pandemic - Tenant Info
Evictions during the Pandemic - Landlord Info
Health and Safety 
Housing and Utilities
How to Help 
Immigrants/Non-Native English Speakers
Older Adults

Click here  to visit our Summer Learning page.

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