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The Strength of Women: New Display on the Suffragette Movement

In August, we remember the Suffragette movement.  Our display this month shows elements of the local fight for women’s right to vote.  In particular, the display highlights Fannie Baker Dunlap, who registered for the vote on October 2, 1920 at 56 years of age, and Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon, a member of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia. 

It is just one hundred years since Virginia women won the fight for the right to vote.  In fact, Winchester’s first two women, Isabel E. Baker and Frances W. Beverly, registered to vote on August 27, 1920 – exactly 100 years a...

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This Week on Hoopla - Book Clubs, STEAM, and more

We are excited to announce the following titles and content available on Hoopla, a free, online streaming platform of over 300,000 movies, music, TV shows, eBooks, comics, and audiobooks.  Patrons can enjoy free content on-demand with their library card at www.handleyregional.org/hoopla. 

Book Club Recommendations

Patrons can lead their own book clubs with suggested titles, discussion questions, pre-made handouts, author talk videos and more.  This month features book club thriller titles available here.  The featured quarterly title is The Bear by An...

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Homeschooling Panel Sessions for Parents and Kids

Free Online Information Sessions for Parents Considering Homeschooling Options this Fall

With a panel of experienced homeschooling families, we will discuss numerous topics from identifying your child's learning style to understanding resources to enhance engagement at home. See how your local public library can support your homeschooling journey, too!

When

Wednesday, August 5th 1PM-3PM

Session is through Zoom and requires advanced registration at https://www.handleyregional.org/events/homeschooling-101-information-session 

This will al...

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Virtual Summer Reading Finale for Kids and Teens Announced

The Virtual Summer Reading Finale for kids and teens is on August 8th starting at 11AM on Facebook at @handleyregional.  The live program will feature a celebration of this year’s participants including top readers and number of books read. 

So far, over 650 kids and teens have participated in the program with 7,996 books read by pre-readers and nearly 6,000 hours of reading by older readers and teens.  Prizes, including book bundles, will be awarded and winners will be announced for the top readers from each age group and category with instructions on how to pick-u...

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LAND OF THE FUTURE FOR MIDDLE GRADES AND TEENS

It's here! The final week of Summer Reading and we're dreaming of wonderful things in the Land of the Future! 

In our final week of summer reading, we'll focus on the Land of the Future Activity Badge and all of the virtual programs that accompany this. There are only days left in the challenge, but you can still jump in and do a few activities, read and earn some tickets. Links are at the bottom of this post to show you how. Join, log, and then be ready to celebrate on Saturday at 11:00 on the HRLS Facebook page. 

You will find these activities on Beanstack...

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Enter the Land of the Future!

It's the final week of Summer Reading and we're heading to the Future!

In this fabulous final week, we'll focus on the Land of the Future Activity Badge and all of the virtual programs that accompany this. There are only days left but it isn't too late to register, do a few activities, and earn tickets! We'll have links at the bottom of this post for you. Join, log, and then be ready to celebrate on Saturday at 11:00 on the HRLS Facebook page. 

Find these badges on Beanstack when you log into your account and click on the tab for Activity Badges. I...

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Streaming on Hoopla – folklore by Taylor Swift, John Lewis March Graphic Novels, Shark Week, and More

Handley Regional Library System announces the following new titles and content available on Hoopla, a free, online streaming platform of over 300,000 movies, music, TV shows, eBooks, comics, and audiobooks.  Patrons can enjoy free content on-demand with their library card at www.handleyregional.org/hoopla. 

Featured Content for July 27-August 1

Listen to the Entire folklore Album Now by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift surprised her fans and the music world with the release of her new album, folklore. Swift fans of all ages can enjoy this brand new title, as...

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Career Resources and Job Search Assistance Online and at Upcoming Virtual Job Fair

We are excited to announce the availability of online job search tools and career resources available in the Digital Library and on our career help page.

These resources are available now and to attendees of the Regional Virtual Job Fair on August 19th.  The library system is one of the many supporting partners of the virtual job fair at www.valleyvirtualjobfairs.com that is free to attend.

“We support the needs of the community in all situations with access to library services,” says John Huddy, Director of Handley Regional Library System.  “COVID-19 has imp...

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Check out the Library of Congress Website!

The Library of Congress (LoC) was established in 1880 to support the research needs of the United States Congress. Over time, its mission and reach broadened, allowing it to serve as the nation’s library. As you can imagine this is quite an undertaking, making the LoC the largest library in the world! Early in this century the LoC began to digitize collections and put them online. Recently, I attended a webinar that provided a tour of features on the LoC website. You can view this webinar by following this link. It is about 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Q&A. A few of the standouts from ...

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Weekly Media Brief - 7/27

Handley Regional Library System announces the following weekly updates and programs to the community:

Signed John Lewis Materials & Available Books

We have several graphic novels featuring John Lewis, the March trilogy, available at Handley and Bowman Libraries. There is also a signed set in the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives.

There is a children’s book, Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement by Ann Bauserman and other materials in our catalog at https://catalog.handleyregional.org.  You can also download t...

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“Expect the Unexpected” Friends Used Book Sale Announced August 10-August 22 at Bowman Library

Handley Regional Library System and the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System are excited to announce the “Expect the Unexpected” Friends Used Book Sale running August 10-22 at Bowman Library.  This book sale has several new safety adjustments due to COVID-19.  Patrons will need to make an appointment to shop with a 1-hour time limit (following the library system’s adjusted public hours) by contacting Barbara Dickinson, Executive Director of the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System, at 540.662.9041 ext. 31 or friends@handleyregional.org. 

Book pri...

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LAND OF Rhythm and Rhyme FOR MIDDLE GRADES AND TEENS

It would be a crime to miss the Land of Rhythm and Rhyme! 

This week, we'll focus on the Land of Rhythm and Rhyme  Activity Badge and all of the virtual programs that accompany this. You will find these on Beanstack when you log into your account and click on the tab for Activity Badges. If you aren't registered, there is plenty of time and we have links below to help you navigate the summer reading challenge. 

If you have a summer reading child in elementary or middle school, or are a teen reader who is logging minutes read, scroll until you see t...

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Enter the Land of Rhythm and Rhyme!

Come spend some time in the Land of Rhythm and Rhyme!

This week, we'll focus on the Land of Rhythm and Rhyme Activity Badge and all of the virtual programs that accompany this. You will find these on Beanstack when you log into your account and click on the tab for Activity Badges. If you don't have your account set up, we have links at the bottom of this post to help you navigate our summer reading program. 

If you have a Pre-Reader who is logging books read, scroll until you see this picture:

Complete 3 activities related to this theme that inclu...

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church's 150th Anniversary

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the dedication of Winchester’s Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.  Winchester’s original Catholic Church, known as “the old stone church,” was destroyed during the Civil War, leaving Winchester without a Catholic Church building from 1864 until 1870. During this time, the priests ministering to Winchester celebrated Mass in local homes, and even at the Red Lion Tavern.  The congregation was growing with many new converts, and a new parish became a necessity.  Construction on Sacred Heart Parish began in 1868, and the first Mass wa...

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Remembering and Honoring John Lewis

John Lewis was an amazing man; one of the key participants in the Civil Rights movement.

We mourn his death and look to his life for inspiration. If you would like to learn more about his life and accomplishments, the Handley Regional Library System has his graphic novels, the March trilogy, available at Handley and Bowman Libraries. There is also a signed set in the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives. He reached a new generation through these graphic novels.

There is a children’s book, Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement by An...

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