Sources to start a genealogy project, plus cocktail (& mocktail) inspiration
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image Flowering at home
By the LJ and SLJ editors

While some counties and states begin ramping up their reopening, many families are still sheltering at home or choosing to limit outside interaction to help keep the curve of COVID-19 cases flat. For folks looking for multigenerational activities, this summer could be an ideal time to start exploring your family tree. We offer a handful of excellent—and mostly free— resources to get started. As evidenced by the many individuals proudly showing off the green onions they've cultivated on kitchen countertops, gardening is on the rise—even in densely populated city centers where outdoor spaces are a rarity. We suggest several gardening books—some to read aloud to little ones, others to inspire kids and teens, and a guide for parents on helping children connect with nature. 
 
For adults looking for a different kind of fun as most bars and restaurants remain closed, check out our roundup of books on how to craft fancy cocktails (and mocktails) at home.
 
This Friday is Juneteenth, a holiday that dates back to 1865, when enslaved people in Galveston, TX, were finally told they were free―more than two years after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The holiday and its history are not taught in most schools, and while many planned live events are canceled this year, libraries and other organizations are offering online celebrations and resources to learn more.
 
Be sure to also check out our weekly roundup of virtual book-ish events for kids and teens.
image Explore Your Roots: Getting Started in Genealogy
By Melanie Kletter
There is a vast amount of genealogical information available that families can access online, and much of it is free. Here are some of the best resources to help you get started. 
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image Books To Take Your Cocktail- (& Mocktail-) Making Skills to the Next Level
By Devon Thomas
If the cocktail aficionado can't go to the fancy bar, then the fancy bar must come to the aficionado. Here is a collection of books that will help thirsty readers mix up some libations in their own spaces. 
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image Through COVID-19 Closures, Libraries Take Book Clubs Virtual
By Mahnaz Dar
Though most libraries remain closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, public librarians are still connecting with their patrons—thanks, in part, to virtual book clubs.
image 8 Books About Gardening for the Whole Family 
By SLJ Reviews
These books for children and adults are packed with gardening inspiration, as well as activities and information to help anyone interested in developing a green thumb. 
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image 13 STEM Picture Books To Inspire Budding Scientists
By SLJ Reviews
Science and math take a starring role in these stories that explore everything from the deep sea to outer space. 
image 13 Chapter Books To Tickle Funny Bones
By SLJ Reviews
Newly proficient readers are always delighted to be in on the joke. Here are 13 titles guaranteed to make kids giggle.
image Spotlight on Juneteenth
By Kara Yorio
Employees at Twitter, Square, the NFL, and smaller companies around the country will have this Friday, June 19, off as a corporate holiday to recognize Juneteenth, the day commemorating when the news of emancipation made it to the last of the Confederate states. Though most live events are canceled this year because of the pandemic, libraries and other civic organizations are hosting virtual celebrations and offering teaching resources.
image Virtual Events Calendar | SLJ’s Eclectic Roundup of Weekly Book-ish Things
By Kimberly Olson Fakih
National Theatre at Home drops five new productions, Wednesday Books asks readers to help create book covers, and virtual summer camp is on!

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