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Monster Mash Storytime

We’re doing the Monster Mash this week here at Handley Regional Library! You can join us with some great books about some (not so scary) monsters. Type in the tag: #monstermash in the search bar above to search for your monstrous pile of books for this week’s theme. 

Find some great books, such as Monster Mash by David Catrow, Hush Little Monster by Denis Markell, Monster Boogie by Laurie Berkner, Go Away, Big Green Monster! Ed Emberley, Monster Needs a Party by Paul Czajak, Ten Creepy Monsters by Carey Armstrong-Ellis, Brave Horace by Holly Keller, and The Very Worst Monster...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Spooky & Scary Titles!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that are filled with spooks and scares!! Just in time to get you ready for Halloween, these books are filled with ghosts, spirits, creepy dolls that have come to life, unexplained happenings, and other spooky creatures that may have you reading with the lights turned on (I dare you to read with the lights turned off and just a flashlight). These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthscary as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new middle grade book spotlight and if you h...

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Just for Kids! A Day in the Life of a Children's Librarian

There is something magical about arriving on the children’s floor at Handley Library. As you enter the room, you will most likely see a smiling face (under the mask!) at the information desk. The librarians that work here love to see the wonder in children’s eyes and hear their laughter as they explore all the books and media that we have to offer. There are 3 Youth Services Assistants and 1 Children's Librarian, called a Youth Services Supervisor, here to help you find the right book, answer your questions, and present virtual programs. But have you ever wondered what these lovers of ...

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Dig Those Dinosaurs Storytime

We’re digging dinosaurs this week for our storytime theme and we have some dinoriffic books to share! You’ll find them when you type in the tag: #dinosaurfun into the search bar above. Look for books such as Stomp, Stomp! A Dino Romp by Bob Kolar, Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea, Dinosaur Colors by Paul Stickland, Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Johnathan Stutzman, How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read? By Jane Yolen, Dino-Football by Lisa Wheeler, We Are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Byron Barton, The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur by Richard Byrne. ...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Thrillers & Suspense!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that are filled with suspense and thrills!! Sometimes I think these are the scariest types of books because you have no idea what is going to happen next and your brain prepares for the worst as you turn the page, not knowing what is going to be there waiting for you.  If you are looking for a read that is going to keep you on the edge of your seat then you have come to the right place!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youththriller as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check b...

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New Wonderbooks at Your Library

Reading Skills Get a Boost with New Wonderbooks - the Books that Read Out Loud – at Your Local Library

Introducing Wonderbooks - the book with a built-in audiobook player where kids can listen to the story as they read-along!  Over 100 popular titles – including Spanish and bilingual selections - have been added including picture books, graphic novels, and chapter books.  Each book also features a “Learning Mode” where the audio asks a series of open-ended, educator-vetted questions to help with reading comprehension and ongoing dialogue.  Wonderbooks can be found a...

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Fall Animal Friends Storytimes

We’re heading to the forest this week to find some fall animals friends. First stop, the library! 


Search our catalog for the tag: #woodlandanimals for great books to place on hold or come into the library and see all that we have to offer! You can check out books such as, Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert, Let’s Play in the Forest While the Wolf is Not Around by Claudia Rueda, Forest Tracks by Dee-Dee Duffy, Over in the Forest by Marianne Berkes, and The Big Storm by Nancy Tafuri. Scroll down to the song activities to download a Raccoon Mask you can color and act out whi...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Elyse's Favorites (Part 1)!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that are some of my all time favorites!!! These are the books that kept me reading till 3:00 in the morning, left me speechless and filled with emotions (including some crying on the couch), wanting to talk about it with someone instantly, and then telling everyone else they have to read it!  Some of these books are standalone titles while a few start a series; this was such a hard list to make.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #elyse’sfavorites as well as on Libby and Hoopla.&n...

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Fire Prevention Week Storytimes

It’s National Fire Prevention week and we’re joining in on the call for safety with a shout out to firefighters and their amazing big trucks.  Go to the search bar above and type in the tag: #savetheday to find some thematic books to place on hold, such as, This is the Firefighter by Laura Goodwin, Firefighter Frank by Monica Wellington, I’m Brave by Kate McMullan, and Fire Engine no. 9 by Mike Austin. 

 

You can place any of these books on hold and head over to pick them up when they’re available. Be sure to check our online calendar as well for so...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Books to Movies!!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that have been made into movies!!  Let’s be real for a second--there are a ton of books that have been made into movies and the majority of them are not nearly as good as the source material.  The titles we are featuring this week are examples (at least in my opinion) of books that are better than the movie and I encourage you to read them and prove me otherwise!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthbooktomovie  as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next w...

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Moonlight Magic Storytime

As we head towards a full moon this week, type #moonlight magic into the search bar above to start your journey on a thematic week of moonlight magic! You’ll find many wonderful books to read by the light of the moon (and your lamp!) such as Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, Bringing Down the Moon by Jonathan Emmett, I See the Moon by Jacqueline Mitton, By the Light of the Moon by Fran Preston-Gannon, and Moon River by Johnny Mercer.


Place the books on hold with your library card and pin number. We’ll let you know when they’ve arrived so you can head ov...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Hispanic Heritage Month!!!

With it being Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th), our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that are authored by Latino and Latina authors!!!  These books are amazing and so many of these authors have written more than just the titles that are being featured--so if you like this one there are others you can read as well.  We have some stand alones and other titles are the beginning of a series.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthhispanicheritage as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check bac...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Siblings!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that feature siblings because you know family always leads to some crazy times and amazing memories!  We have a great mix of realistic, fantasy, and even some classics that are just as good today as they were when they first came out; I love books that feature siblings because they can be featured in any genre.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthsiblings as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new middle grade book spotlight and if you have any book ...

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Apple Picking Storytime Week

Fall is right around the corner and the orchards will soon be ready for some apple picking! Head over to HandleyRegional.org and type in the tag: #picksomeapples and there you’ll find some thematic books to place on hold, such as Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins, Apples for Little Fox by Ekaterina Trukhan, Out and About the Apple Orchard by Diane Mayr, From Apple Trees to Cider, Please by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, and Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray. 
You can place any of these books on hold and head over to pick them up when they’re available. 

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Reading Level Search Tutorial

You can locate the perfect book for your reading ability in our library catalog. 

Download the correlation chart in English or in Spanish to get started. The video below will show you how to:

Use this correlation chart to find your age, grade and reading level. Make a note of your AR level or your Lexile measure. Enter a specialized search by reading level. Enter your AR or your Lexile measure. You can limit by title, author or subject. Success! You have found the perfect book for your reading level and comprehension. ...
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