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image Zooming Into Your Homes
By the LJ & SLJ Editors
Welcome back to Your Home Librarian, the weekly newsletter designed for library lovers isolating at home during the coronavirus pandemic. This week, we feature several do-it-from-home activities, including crowdsourced archival and library-related projects; online storytimes and reading activities for kids from Dolly Parton, Levar Burton, and other celebrities; and two booklists to help you refine your home breadmaking and stretch those pantry staples.
We also continue our series looking at books in the home, this time focusing on the differences in books for the very young.
Working remotely and looking to jazz up your Zoom backgrounds? We've got several stunning libraries that will serve as beautiful backdrops on your next web call.
image Stay-At-Home Stir Crazy? Library Crowdsourcing Projects Provide Productive Distraction at a Social Distance
By Stefanie Maclin-Hurd
Consider these crowdsourcing projects as a fun way to connect to your community and make a difference during the COVID-19 outbreak.
image 8 Great Library Backgrounds for Your Next Zoom Meeting
By Meredith Schwartz
Photos of light, bright, and beautiful libraries to ensure that next time you go on camera, the library’s behind you all the way.
SLJ Takeover
image Booklist: Cooking from Pantry Staples
By Bonnie Poquette
These titles (all available electronically) will help readers make the most of the available foods in their pantries and stock the freezer with convenient, comforting meals.
image Booklist: Best Books for Home Breadmaking
By Stephanie Sendaula
Breadmaking has become one of the micro-trends of quarantine, according to Vox, and new and experienced bakers may be looking for additional resources to help. These titles, all of which are digitally available, will help new and experienced bakers achieve worthwhile results.
image Dav Pilkey, Dolly Parton, and LeVar Burton Offer Stay-at-Home Activities, Read-Alouds for Kids
By Kara Yorio
Authors and celebrities continue to try to help students, parents, and educators during the coronavirus pandemic that has closed schools and put stay-at-home orders in place across the country.
image 19 Webcomics To Keep Kids and Teens Engaged
By Mahnaz Dar
Looking for ways to keep your comics-loving kids and teens occupied? These free webcomics promise to eat up hours of time.
image Organizing the Books in Your Home, Part 3: Understanding Young Children’s Books
By Kiera Parrott
In the third part of this series aimed at non-librarians, we take inspiration from some of the ways children’s librarians think about, classify, and display material for the youngest (pre)readers.
image Libraries, Archives, and Museums Donate PPE to Healthcare Frontlines Combating COVID-19
By Kelli Brooks
With their on-site, physical work temporarily on hold during the coronavirus outbreak, conservators and other museum, library, and archive workers have started a grassroots movement to collect and donate their supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers on the front lines.

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