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Social Justice Education Reads for Grades K-12

If you and your family are wanting to read more diverse books with a central theme around Social Justice Education, then look no further than your local public library! We've compiled a list of books for Elementary, Middle School, and High School readers. You can find these books in our library catalog here and/or in our digital library in Hoopla here. All you need is a library card! If you do not have one, simply email and we can help get you one today. 

Additionally, you can easily count these books and time spent reading them for t...

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Curbside Pick-Up Appointments and Online Borrowing Starting June 8

We are excited to announce the implementation of contactless curbside pick-up of up physical materials by appointment beginning Monday, June 8 at all library locations. Patrons will be able to place holds for items either online or by phone to the Bowman Library, 540.869.9000, ext., 4; Clarke County Library, 540.955.5144; or Handley Library 540.662.9041, ext. 15.  Books, digital Launch Pads, Wifi hotspot devices, nature backpacks, music and audiobook CDs, DVDs, and other physical materials can be reserved with up to 10 items requested on each library card. The outside book returns rema...

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Enter the Land of Littles!

Welcome to your first week of Youth Summer Reading!  The Land of Littles!

We hope you had a chance to view all of our Rally for Reading videos this weekend to kick off this year's exciting theme, Imagine Your Story. If not, you can catch up on all of the fun on the Handley Regional LIbrary System Facebook page. 

Here are some important links to help you navigate this year's challenge:

HRLS Youth Summer Reading Main Page - Learn about the challenge and how to sign up. Beanstack Video Tutorials - Need help registering, earning badges, or applying tickets ...
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Beanstack Tutorials

Welcome to the Handley Regional Library System Beanstack Tutorial! We hope the following videos will answer any questions you may have for Beanstack, from signing up, to logging and using tickets, to earn prizes. If you still have trouble after looking through these tutorials, please drop us an email at and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. 


Signing in for Returning Participants

If you have participated in one of our reading programs before, including a recent summer or winter challenge, this video will show...

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April Community Usage Stats

The library system is pleased to highlight the stats below for April.  If you have any questions on these stats, or if you are reporter working on a story for the library and need access to other service or program data we might have, contact 

Download the complete infographic here.


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Print Coverage

NVD: Libraries add to virtual programs during National Library Week

Winchester Star: Push Your "Shelf" Adult Program

Winchester Star: Bowman Bill Makes His Prediction

Winchester Star:  NEW RFID Technology Launched

Winchester Star:  Moonshine Exhibit on Display at Bowman Library

Winchester Star: Used book sale begins Tuesday at Bowman Library

Winchester Star:  Teens Invited to Free Program on Japanese Pop Culture

Child Guide:  Paws for Reading

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On Air Interviews

On-Air Interviews

Community Corner WINC FM Interview with John Huddy and Barry Lee

The Valley Business Today with Janet Michael:  Hoopla Streaming and More

Rouss Review Podcast with Barry Lee:Wifi, new programs, graphic novels, and more!

August 2019 Podcast:  The Valley Today with Janet Michael and John Huddy

New at HRLS:  John Huddy Interview on Valley Feedback with Robert Allen


TV & Video Coverage

Virtual Programs

National Library Week 2020

Nature Backpacks

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Job Searches Using Reference USA (Part I)


The library subscribes to many useful services and databases so you do not have to. But, we still have to learn what these services are for and how to use them. One of these very useful services is called Reference USA, which provides a database of U.S. and Canadian businesses. This database not only provides lists of new businesses and historical business but job postings as well. Below is screenshot of the “Dashboard” page that you will be directed to when you click on the link for Reference USA.

If you click on U.S. Jobs/Internships then you are taken t...

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May 25: Memorial Day and the First Battle of Winchester

Memorial Day, a day to honor and mourn those who died serving in the Armed Forces, originated in the years following the Civil War, through it did not become a federal holiday until 1971. The Civil War caused more bloodshed than any other conflict in U.S. history, claiming the lives of about 500,000 soldiers. After the war, Americans began holding tributes to fallen soldiers every Spring. Memorial Day later expanded to honor those who lost their lives in other conflicts and wars.

By coincidence, Memorial Day this year falls on May 25, the 158th anniversary of the First Battle of W...

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Ms. Donna's Favorite Farm Books

The count down to summer reading has begun! Beginning this Saturday during our online Rally for Reading, you can sign up on Beanstack to join our Summer Reading Challenge! We'll have some fantastic themes each week, all attached to some opportunities to win prize tickets.

Before that begins, we have one final favorite book pick list from Ms. Donna to share with you this week: Favorite Farm Stories!

We'll begin with a reminder to join us on Wednesday, May 27th at 11:00 AM for our Storytime and Puppets on Facebook LIVE!  She will share her favorites, including Si...

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How I Learned to Frost a Cake and Create a Stock Portfolio

Universal Class is a certified online learning service that provides continuing education courses free to all Library patrons. Students earn certificates and continuing education credits. The courses have lessons, assignments, activities, exams and assessments of your progress. The course selection is vast - there are more than 500 courses in the catalog and they include Alternative Medicine, Business, Do It Yourself, Crafts & Hobbies, Social Work, Pet & Animal Care, Career Training, Self Help, Web Development, General Education, Spiritual Development and Test Preparation. The numbe...

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Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program

Our Adult Summer Reading Program starts Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th through Labor Day on September 7th.  Adults 18+ will have a chance to win prizes based on reading logs they complete and turn in listing the number of books, eBooks, and audiobooks they read. Prizes include a variety of gift cards to Netflix, Roma’s, Dominoes, Pizzoco, and more.  Registration opens May 25th at

Reading logs are due by September 9th and each completed log is a chance to win. Participants will receive their reading logs through email or mail and comple...

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Virtual Summer Reading Program Announced for Kids and Teens

Our annual summer reading program for kids and teens with the theme of “Imagine Your Story” begins on May 30th with a special day-long virtual kick-off program called Rally for Reading on Facebook and Instagram @handleyregional. 

The summer reading program will run through August 6th and will feature a mix of virtual programs for kids and teens including interactive storytimes and puppet shows, teen-led art programs and video game nights, STEAM activities from home, and more surprises.  Virtual and live programs can be viewed online through Facebook @handleyregional.&nbs...

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Learn a New Language with Hoopla!

Social distancing guidelines mean that our Conversation Partners program has had to be suspended for the time being. We're as disappointed by this as you are, but that doesn't mean you have to stop learning! As many of you already know, apps like Mango and Rocket Languages can help you practice virtually from home and some of our language learning books and audiobooks are available through Libby and the Blue Ridge Download Consortium.
What you may not already know is that with the addition of Hoopla to our virtual lineup, you've gained a ton of new resources for your foreign ...

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Digital Library Workshops for Adults to Focus on Streaming Movies, Music, eBooks, and Audiobooks

We have several new virtual programs for adults on social media @handleyregional on Facebook coming up – all focused on helping adults using the  Digital Library to enjoy movies, eBooks, audiobooks, and more.  All programs are free and open to the public. 

Hoopla Virtual Workshop - Wed. May 27 - 6pm-7pm

Want to learn more about our new online streaming service Hoopla? Tune in with us on Facebook LIVE to learn how to access online eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming movies and TV shows for free with your library card!

Kindle Virtual Workshop - Wed...

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