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Party on
By the LJ and SLJ editors
Though some cities and states are beginning to reopen, most places are still advising against large gatherings. Thankfully, there are plenty of fun ways for revelers to participate in socially engaging and creative virtual events. This week we offer ideas to liven up a Zoom party, from adding interactive trivia to picking a theme for costumes to organizing a scavenger hunt. 
 
Parents and caregivers looking to pry young eyes away from screens for a bit of time will want to check out our list of books featuring easy and family-friendly crafts and DIY activities, the latest in our continuing series of summer reading lists.
 
For learners of any age, especially folks interested in growing their knowledge of American history and cultivating an antiracist mindset, we've gathered a variety of excellent online resources, from books to documentaries to TED talks to online exhibits.
 
In need of your next great read? See what the staffers at LJ and SLJ are reading this week, from an Octavia Butler classic to a romantic thriller set in Brooklyn to a darkly comic coming-of-age novel.
image How To Throw a Great Zoom Party
By Melanie Kletter
There are upsides to hosting a virtual event. The costs are low, there is no cleanup, and no one needs to travel. Here are some tips to help you throw a great virtual bash.
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image 14 DIY & Crafts Books To Get Kids (and Grown-ups) Doing and Making
By SLJ Reviews
From clowning skills to creating forts, here are some great books to help get kids (and their grown-ups) away from screens for a bit. 
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image Resources for Cultivating an Antiracist Mindset
By Mahnaz Dar
To help readers learn to recognize and combat systemic racism, several institutions and organizations are making resources readily available.
image Recommended Science Videos for the Reluctant Homeschool Teacher
By Elizabeth Bird
In March, parents around the world suddenly found themselves in the precarious position of becoming involuntary homeschool parents. The daily schedule has been thrown out the window. And we are All. Still. Here. This means we have to find new ways to fill the time. Ways that don’t involve untold hours of video games.
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image Books for Kids Who Love the Film & TV Adaptations of Scoob!, The One and Only Ivan, and Other New Releases
By Abby Johnson
This summer will likely look different than any we’ve seen before, but that doesn’t mean you need to struggle to find good companion books for homebound young movie watchers. Here are read-alike suggestions for movies and shows scheduled to hit big and small screens this season.
image Rethink, Reread, Reexamine | What We’re Reading & Watching
By Liz French
The LJ/School Library Journal crew examines books and shows in a new light.
image 8 Podcasts About Civics and U.S. History
By Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers
This playlist offers windows into key documents, people, and cultural factors that shaped U.S. history.
image Virtual Events Calendar: SLJ’s Eclectic Roundup of Weekly Book-ish Things
By Kimberly Olson Fakih
Ibram X. Kendi and David Macaulay are in conversation with educators, and National Theatre at Home drops its final four productions.

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