Virtual Library & Recreation Center

Our facilities may be closed, but that doesn't mean you can't still take advantage of the many library and recreation resources available online. Welcome to our Virtual Library & Recreation Center! Here you'll find a great selection of free applications, online services and quality content that you can access from home. Whether you're looking for entertainment or education, there's something here for you.

Let us help you find what you're looking for!

Virtual Programs

Storytimes with Pleasanton Librarians

How-To Video Tutorials 

Online Trivia 

Spring Camp at Home 

Bilingual Programs & Activities

Local Nature & History Activities 

 Games, Puzzles & Other Fun Activities

Cooking Lessons

Online Resources

 Library eResources

Essential Services Contact Info 

Free Little Libraries 

Virtual Tours & Shows 


Summer Reading Program 2020

Join us for the Summer Reading Program 2020! This year's theme, Dig Deeper, invites readers on an adventure of investigation and discovery. Log your reading, complete fun activities, and enter drawings for gift card prizes. You'll also help us to reach our community reading goal of one million minutes!

iHunt Pleasanton: Summer Event for Teens

Teens, test your code-breaking skills this summer! Based on the clues provided, find the four QR codes around the City of Pleasanton and solve the corresponding puzzles. Each correctly solved puzzle will give letters that make up the magic word. Unscramble those letters to unlock your chance at winning a $25 Pleasanton Downtown Association gift card and participate in an end-of-summer teen-only virtual event!


Find the Locations & Solve the Puzzles

We will introduce each puzzle individually over the next few weeks. Use the hint provided below to determine the location of each puzzle. Visit the correct location to discover the QR code for the puzzle. For those who are unable to visit these locations, we invite you to participate virtually. We will be providing links to each of the QR codes below.

Puzzle 1

Location Hint: "Exit stage left"

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Puzzle 2

Location Hint: "Splish, splash, splish, splash"

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Puzzle 3

Location Hint: "Books, books, and more books"

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Puzzle 4

Location Hint: "Is that an animal footprint?"

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Virtual Pleasanton Rose Show

We're excited to share with you Pleasanton's first ever Virtual Rose Show. This past Mother's Day weekend would have been the 80th annual Pleasanton Rose Show. This much-beloved event is a well-established annual tradition in our City. We're so thankful to everyone who helped keep the spirit of the Rose Show alive this year by submitting photos for our Virtual Rose Show.

We received an overwhelming number of photos from the community! Unfortunately, not every photo could be used, but on the bright side, since there are no ribbons or trophies this year, each entrant should consider themselves a winner!

Please enjoy this beautiful gallery of roses!


Meet the Animals


May is National Water Safety Month!

Check out this Water Safety PSA from the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center staff. And for more water safety information and resources, please visit the aquatics homepage.

Storytime with Cheerio - Episode 2

Pleasanton's most well-read bear is back for more singing, learning, and reading in Episode 2 of "Storytime with Cheerio." Find more storytime videos like this below.

What Should I Read Now?

Need some ideas on what to read next? Get a book recommendation from librarians at the Pleasanton Library!


Sports Skills & Lessons

Basketball Challenge


Kidz Love Soccer - Dribbling Session

Spring Camp at Home

Who said you can't get the spring break camp experience from the comfort and safety of your own home? We have the complete guide you'll need to turn your home into the ultimate campground (free of muddy shoes, thankfully). Join us for a fun, virtual camping experience as we play games, build forts, create crafts, and learn new things about nature! 

A Guidebook for Camping at Home (Part 1)


Fort Building 101


A Guidebook for Camping at Home (Part 2)



5 Activities to Exercise Your Brain

How-To Video Tutorials

How to Design Your Garden

How to Make a Vegetable Garden  


How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

How to Make a No-Sew Face Covering

How to Make Hand Sanitizer

How to Make an At-Home Sensory Bin

How to Help a Choking Child

Cascarones Tutorial

How to Make No-Cook Playdough

Bathtub Swim Lessons

Bathtub Swim Lessons: Skill 1 - Blowing Bubbles


Skill 2 - Getting Their Head Wet Skill 3 - Back Floats

Skill 4 - Arm Scoops Skill 5 - Front and Back Kicks

Art in Place: Virtual Exhibition

Join us for the Harrington Gallery’s first virtual online exhibition featuring the works of over 90 local artists created during the Shelter-in-Place. Explore the virtual gallery from April 13 - May 29, here!

Games, Puzzles & Other Fun Activities



Sharing Stories through Food

Trivia Night at Home

Looking for a fun activity for the whole family? Check out these trivia quizzes to see who's the most knowledgeable on the topics of art and literature. Who in your house has the most Pleasanton pride? Put your P-town knowledge to the test with trivia about the Pleasanton Library and public art throughout the City!

General Literary Trivia
Literature Trivia for Kids
Pleasanton Library Surroundings
Pleasanton Public Art

Bilingual Programs & Activities

Bilingual Storytime in Spanish and English

Virtual Storytime in Spanish

Bilingual Sing-Along in Spanish and English

 Virtual Storytime in Hindi

Virtual Storytime in Russian


Storytime with Librarians from the Pleasanton Library


Nature & History Workbooks

Virtual Tour of the Alviso Adobe Community Park


 Nature & History Activities


Historical Personality Quizzes

Virtual Stories of our Local History

Pleasanton has a rich history. Take a step back in time with these online stories from the Alviso Adobe Community Park. 

Spring Reading Challenge

By now, you've probably already watched all the good shows, you might as well turn off the TV and curl up with a good book. Join the Spring Reading Challenge! Log your minutes and complete fun activities to receive digital badges and a chance to win a gift card to Downtown Pleasanton!

Participating in one of our virtual programs? Let us know! Tag us on Facebook and Instragram!

Facebook: @PleasantonLibraryandRecreation

Instagram: @pleasantonlibandrec


Library eResources

The Pleasanton Library's digital resources enable you to download audiobooks, stream movies, learn a new language, and much, much more. Check out these awesome resources:


Download e-Books and Audiobooks: With the popularity of Audible and Amazon Prime, you may be surprised to learn you can download popular e-books and audiobooks from the Pleasanton Library. The following apps are free with your library card: 1) Libby - A great source for popular titles; 2) Enki - For those interested in independent publishers; 3) Books 24x7 - A helpful resource for business, technical and engineering content; and 4) Hoopla - A web service where you can find recommendations on books and other content, as well as an exhaustive list of ebooks and audiobooks to choose from.
  Master a New Language: Learn how to speak a foreign language with Pronunciator, the world's largest language-learning service.
  Explore your Family History: Heritage Quest is an online genealogical research tool that library users are able to use remotely online from their own homes.
  Read Newspapers & Magazines from Around the World: Keep a pulse on the latest news! Apps such as PressReader and RBDigital are amazing resources for anyone who wants to read a magazine or newspaper online—including publications in multiple languages.
  Stream Movies: While movies at the library might be off the table for several weeks, you can still have your own screening of many popular films using your library’s subscription to these apps: Hoopla - An impressive library of film, television shows, music, comic books, graphic novels and more.
Kanopy - A collection of thousands of titles, from cinema classics to indie films, including documentaries and foreign films.
  Test Prep Tools: Stay sharp for your upcoming standardized tests with these online services:
LearningExpress - Includes testing materials for the Common Core, Non-Common Core, and Canadian editions of the major standardized tests, as well as the ACT, SAT, AP and TOEFL
Schmoop - Provides more extensive test coverage for AP, SAT and the ACT
  Find the Right Book for You: EBSCO’s NovelList Plus provides hand-crafted recommendations and “read-alikes” from actual librarians and other book experts. So never fear! Your next favorite book is just a few clicks away.


How to Use Kanopy

Visit a Pleasanton Free Little Library

While our Library facilities are closed, borrow a book from one of the many Little Libraries around town. The location of each Little Library can be found here.

Virtual Shows & Tours

Experience Broadway from your Couch: Check out this daily online mini-show entitled “Stars in the House,” featuring stars singing and performing live (from home) on YouTube.

24 Hour Plays Live on Instagram: Similar to the 24 Hour Plays, where playwrights write and actors perform a play within only 24 hours, the Viral Monologues takes the show online. Celebrities and professional playwrights join together to write, rehearse, record and release new monologues on @24hourplays IGTV channel. Also available online at

Stream the Complete Works of Shakespeare: Watcb actors perform the complete works of Shakespeare in the order they were written. The first play to be performed live was “Two Gentleman of Verona.” Watch it here.

Zoo Exhibit Webcams: Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! Watch animals eat, sleep and play in these live video feeds of zoo exhibits:

Story Time with Celebrities: Check out Storyline Online for lots of fun videos featuring celebrities reading children's stories.

Indoor Activities

Activities for Kids:

Draw, Doodle & Write: Join children's book author and illustrator Mo Willems for LUNCH DOODLES—a fun video series exploring new ways of writing, drawing and making together. Can't get enough LUNCH DOODLES? Watch past episodes here.

Learn Something New

First Aid Skills: Check out this series of videos from the American Red Cross to learn accident prevention and first aid techniques.

Playwriting Class: Lauren Gunderson, the most produced playwright in the country, hosted a virtual class live on Facebook about crafting a story’s beginning and ending, developing character-defining choices, and creating effective story structure and stage directions.

For Kids:

Educational Projects: Scholastic Learn at Home is a daily learning experience to help keep kids reading, thinking and learning even when schools are closed. Lessons are available for each grade level, and are designed so that kids can either complete them on their own, or with their families.

Children's Water Safety Lessons: Longfellow's Whale Tales teach kids to practice safety around water in a series of short videos.

Essential Services

Essential services that will remain available include Paratransit service to medical appointments and grocery stores only; Open Heart Kitchen's senior lunch program brown bag pick-up only; and Spectrum Community Services' Meals on Wheels. 

Here’s important numbers to have if you need the assistance of an essential City service:

Pleasanton Senior Center Main: (925) 931-5365
Pleasanton Paratransit: (925) 931-5376
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley: (925) 931-5379
Meals on Wheels: (925) 931-5385
Open Heart Kitchen: (925) 500-8241
Sage Cafe: (925) 931-5363
City Serve of the Tri-Valley: (925) 223-6947
Pleasanton Non Emergency: (925) 931-5100