Five Tips to Beat Back-to-School Stress with Your Library Card

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Virginia Beach Public Library card, free to Virginia Beach residents, is especially helpful during the chaotic transition from summer to school year, when you're squeezing in back-to-school shopping, meal-planning, PTA nights and homework. Here are five ways to reduce stress and save time and money with your library card, all from the comfort of home:

  1. Plan easy meals for hectic weeknights.
    Visit to download digital magazines with VBPL's Zinio service. Titles such as "Family Circle," "Good Housekeeping," "Taste of Home," "Weight Watchers" and more offer meal ideas to please a variety of palates.
  2. Get a stress-busting workout at home.
    Need a yoga break but can't make it to class? Visit and select from hundreds of streaming videos available on Hoopla and Overdrive. Yoga, Tai Chi, kickboxing, cardio, dance, ab routines, you'll find it all.
  3. Download music for downtime.
    If you're feeling frazzled, take a music break. At, you can download up to five songs per week to keep using our Freegal service, and stream up to eight full albums per month with Hoopla.
  4. Find live homework help.
    At, kids in grades 3 through 12 can get live Homework Help after school from state-certified teachers. Topics include reading, math, science and even SAT prep. Homework Help hours are Monday to Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  5. Access reliable resources 24/7.
    VBPL has dozens of online resources at, as easy to search as the internet, but with vetted results. Late-night, forgot-to-get-a-book research project due tomorrow? Stress not. With a library card, your library is always open online.

No library card? No problem. Just stop by any Virginia Beach Public Library branch with photo ID and proof of Virginia Beach address to get your free card.

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