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Dear Librarians: This special newsletter is designed to help you share resources with your patrons sheltering in place during the COVID-19 crisis. Send it along or share relevant elements with the community you serve.

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image Welcome to Your Home Librarian
By the LJ and SLJ editors
Now that many library buildings are temporarily closed, their users sheltering in place and social distancing to help flatten the curve, it is more important than ever to share the educational and entertaining resources libraries can offer at-home users. Library Journal and School Library Journal, trusted by librarians since 1876, have created Your Home Librarian to make it easy for libraries to share expertise from librarians across the country and around the world with their community of readers.

Whether you are balancing telework while helping kids with online school, confronted with downtime and looking to fill the hours with healthy activities, getting a jump on spring cleaning or long-neglected DIY home projects, or looking for reading recommendations, multigenerational activity ideas, or tips and organizational advice, Your Home Librarian is here to help.

Nothing replaces the magic that happens when you visit your own local public library. And though most library buildings are closed or offering reduced services at this time, many continue to support their communities through digital reference service, special online programming, and digital collections—including ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video. We encourage you to check the website of your local library and take advantage of the myriad services they offer.

This week, we take a deep dive into the Dewey Decimal System and how it may be used to organize the books in your own home; go on virtual tours of eight stunning libraries; and highlight some of the best craft books available in digital formats.

Have a question for the librarian? Email us.

Pictured above, from top: Kiera Parrott, Reviews & Production Director, LJ & SLJ; Kathy Ishizuka, Editor-in-Chief/Partnerships & Innovation Director, SLJ; Meredith Schwartz, Editor-in-Chief, LJ

image Organizing the Books in Your Home, Part 1: How To Shelve Like a Librarian
By Kiera Parrott
Remember the Dewey Decimal System? In this first of a multipart weekly series aimed at helping non-librarians organize the books in their homes, we offer a little history on the classification system used by most public libraries and tips on how it could be used to help arrange nonfiction titles in home collections.
image Virtually Visit 8 World-Class Libraries
By Chrissy Bellizzi
For some stuck at home, with travel and everyday library visits alike on indefinite hiatus as society works to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections, virtual tourism has become a lifeline. It offers beauty, expanse, culture, and a momentary escape from anxiety. These eight of the world’s most beautiful—as well as a few of the most out-there—libraries are a click away for now and a bucket list destination for the future.
image Crafting Ebooks for Quarantine
By Anja Webb
The demand for boredom-busting indoor activities is at an all-time high. With many libraries closing their doors to protect their constituents from COVID-19, the need for titles that can be downloaded is equally robust. Thankfully, a number of publishers are offering crafting ebooks, from beginner’s guides to project ideas for seasoned crafters, to help readers keep busy during social distancing. Here are a selection of the most accessible and entertaining crafting titles available digitally to recommend to patrons looking for productive at-home hobbies.
image Working from Home? These 7 Books Can Help You Make the Transition.
By Jennifer Clifton
The following titles, all of which are available electronically, will help newly remote workers master a new set of skills, including managing time and creating a work-life balance, as well as managing a team from home.
image How To Discuss Tough Topics with Children
By Chris Barton
Best-selling author and Sibert Honor winner Chris Barton talks about his new book, All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing, and how parents, educators, librarians, and authors can discuss difficult topics with young children.
image Resources for Pre-K Learning and Fun at Home
By Jessica Ralli
First make a schedule for your little one including choice time, quiet time, and screen time for when you need to work or rest. Then use these resources.

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