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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Stand Alone Fantasy!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is focused on books that are stand alone fantasy titles!  Let’s get real here for a second--there is something to be said when you find an amazing series that you just cannot put down, but not everyone has time for a series or sometimes you just want a book that has a beginning, middle, and end all within a front and back cover.  That’s why we are taking a look at some fantasy titles that are not part of a series; they are stand alones novels for when you want your fantasy but do not have to read 6 books to find out what happens to your fa...

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Books Like Us Storytime!

Are you ready to read this week? How about some books just like us! That means ones like you too! 

The theme this year for the Winter Reading Challenge has been Books LIke Us! I hope you have been joining us. If not, head to http://handleyregional.org/youthwinterreading to learn more and read along with us on our final week. 

We have so many wonderful books you can find at any of our three library branches, and you can find some that are just like you, or learn about what it is like to be someone else! Click on the search bar above and type in the tag: #booksli...

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Database Spotlight: "Gale in Context- Elementary"

It's a New Year, and a perfectly good new time to learn about the Handley Regional Library System Digital Library! We are kicking off 2021 with a monthly series called "Database Spotlights" where we will highlight one of our databases, specifically focusing on youth and families. Do you want support when it comes to Homework Help? Are you looking to build your research skills? Let us share the wonders of our Digital Library with you and your family! Learn about some of our online databases that you can access for free with your library card. 

 

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Penguin Parade Storytime

Are you ready to read this week? This week we celebrate one of our favorite snow-loving animals: Penguins! 

Our Winter Reading Challenge is in full swing and you have until January 31st to read, log, and win! It’s not too late to join in so go to HandleyRegional.org/YouthWinterReading to learn more. You can also download a special penguin to print to help us decorate the Winter Reading display case at Bowman Library. Download it from this link or stop by the Bowman Library to pick one up, take home to color and decorate, then bring it back to display!

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--The Civil Rights Movement!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is focused on books that explore aspects of Civil Rights history.  Books are amazing tools to learn from as we explore parts of our history; they provide an opportunity to learn, explore, understand other points of view, and help us to understand and glean from the past.  As we remember Martin Luther King Jr. day (happening on January 18th), we need to also remember everything about this movement--the good, the bad, the individuals and what they sacrificed, and where we are today.  We have a selection of fiction and nonfiction, some a...

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From Hats to Boots Storytime!

Are you ready to read this week? It’s cold outside so we’re getting all bundled up from our hats to our boots!

Before you get dress and head out for some winter fun, here’s a reminder to join our Winter Reading Challenge. You have until January 31st to read, log, and win! Learn more at HandleyRegional.org/youthwinterreading. 

So, let’s get dressed up for some cold weather play. You can find some books with a warm winter theme when you type into the search bar: #warmandcozy. The tag will show you some warm and cozy books like these: 

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Graphic Novels!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is all about graphic novels!!!  Graphic novels are amazing in that they are so visual allowing you to not only read the story but to see it as well!  I love graphic novels because they offer something for everyone; there are fiction titles as well as nonfiction and even written story retellings.  If you are looking to try something new this year or you have been reading graphic novels for years, we have some amazing selections for you (and we are always getting new titles in!)--everything from sports to historical mysteries and cree...

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Winter Tracks Storytime

Are you ready to read this week? With the snow falling, you may just see some interesting tracks in the snow. Who made them?

We’re starting our new year off by cuddling up with some books during our Winter Reading Challenge. Our theme this year is “Books Like Us” and you can learn how to join by going to handleyregional.org/youthwinterreading.

This week we have some great books on some winter animals so type into the search bar above, #woodlandanimals to find some great books, such as:

Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson - As Baby Bear tries to find his way home t...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Amazing Nonfiction (pt. 2)!!!

It is our first Middle Grade Book Spotlight for 2021 and if you have a goal for this new year of wanting to learn about something new or expanding your current knowledge base then this week’s theme is here to help!! Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is on more amazing nonfiction titles!   It can be easy to think that nonfiction is boring but these titles are the complete opposite of that thought; we have everything from music history to books about how people have died and nonfiction graphic novels; you will not even realize you are reading nonfiction because they are that go...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--First Books in a Series!!!

We have finally reached the end of 2020 and it is now time to start setting those goals and thinking about what we want to accomplish in the next year.  If you have a goal to read more books or even just to finish one, then this week’s middle grade book spotlight is perfect to help you jumpstart that mission.  Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on chapter books that are the first books in a series!!  I think one of the best ways to find yourself reading more is to fall in love with a series that has multiple titles.  Some of the series we are featuring today ar...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Holiday Inspired Novels!!!

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is on books that feature holidays from this time of year as well as a little bit of cold weather.  Some of the holidays may be familiar to you as well as some you may have never heard of; we also have some titles that showcase how familiar holidays were celebrated in the past so we can see what traditions we still have and do not have today!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthholidaystories as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new Middle Grade book spotlight an...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Novels In Verse!!!

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is on books that are Novels in Verse!  Novels in verse are stories that are uniquely told through a series of poems instead of paragraphs; even if you are not the biggest fan of poetry I promise you will enjoy these!!  You may not even realize that you are reading poetry as you turn page after page to get to the endings.  We have everything this week from sports to historical and survival. These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthverse as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next...

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Gingerbread Jamboree Storytime!

Last week we baked some cookies, but left a special kind of cookie for a storytime of its own: Gingerbread!

Look up this week's tag: #gingerbreadjam for some great gingerbread stories. If you’re looking for some holiday jamboree to cover some of the great family traditions in our reading program, search #holidayjamboree. If you haven't signed up yet, there's still time!

This week we’ll highlight a few must read gingerbread books, including:

The Gingerbread Man, retold by Jim Aylesworth: In this irresistible retelling, the Gingerbread Man taunts a crowd o...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Red & Green Covers!!!

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is on books that have either red or green covers so we can start to get into that holiday spirit!!  The amazing thing about this theme is it allows for a collection of books that have nothing in common and may not have even been looked at without their cover being a specific color (so we kind of are judging a book by its cover) and believe me that this is a wide range of themes.  We have everything this week from novels in verse to humor and science fiction. These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag ...

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Baking Cookies Storytime!

We’re looking forward to some seasonal baking and our favorite is baking cookies! We have some great suggestions for some cookie baking books, whether you like to bake, decorate, or just eat cookies! 

When you search the tag: #cookiesforeveryone you’ll see some great story options such as:

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Huchins:  Ma makes a batch of a dozen chocolate chip cookies for her children Victoria and Sam. Each child has six cookies. But when the doorbell rings and friends drop by, the cookies must be shared. The doorbell rings again, and again, and again.....

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