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Teen Book Spotlight--Spooky & Scary Titles!!!

Our teen 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 zombies, ghosts, spirits, 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 #yascary as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us k...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Thrillers & Suspense!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that are filled with thrills and suspense!!  These are the reads that are going to keep on the edge of your seat as you have no idea what is going to be on the next page.  You will find yourself holding your breath, either in fear or anticipation, and wanting to know what comes next; there may be some speechless or mouth dropped open moments.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yathriller as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if ...

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

Our teen 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 (we have all been there before), 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 a...

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it's TeenTober!!!

It is that time of year--it’s not just October but it is TeenTober!!!!  TeenTober is a month-long celebration and event that recognizes our amazing teens in the library because they are literally amazing.  This year, we are celebrating a little differently (just like everything else it seems) and we are featuring our teens’ reading recommendations, amazing skills and talents, and passions.  New features will premier each week both in the library and online so be sure to check back often.  

We also encourage teens (and anyone else who loves YA) to read some...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Books to Movies!!!

Our teen 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 week for a new ...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Hispanic Heritage Month!!!

With it being Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th), our teen 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.  All of the titles featured are standalones so if you want a book that has a beginning, middle, and end these may be a perfect choice!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yahispanicheritag...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Siblings!!!

Our teen 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, historical, and dystopian; 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 #yasiblings as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson-...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Football!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on YA Football stories since it is the start of the NFL season!!!  With a combination of fiction and nonfiction, these titles provide different aspects and perspectives of the game of football and what it takes to play the game.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yafootballstories as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock--15-year-old D.J. Schwenk pr...

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#LookToLibraries Campaign Guides Parents through Tough Topics

The American Library Association (ALA) has compiled great resources for parents and caregivers to help children navigate these challenging times in a campaign called #LookToLibraries.

Click here to access a Media Mentorship’s Tip Sheet. Look to a children’s library professional for help finding excellent resources to help monitor children and digital devices and their content.

Click here to Read this great blog about the technology debate vs. children: Should children have access to technology and how much?

Near and dear to our heart, this is a g...

Blog Type: Kids Teens News
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Book Spotlight Videos Launch Online for Kids and Teens to Promote Reading

To connect with kids and teens virtually, the library staff at Handley Regional Library System announces a new series of online videos featuring book recommendations and activities for kids, teens, and families.  The book spotlight videos premiere weekly on Mondays and are presented by library staff through an interactive format to develop and enhance core literacy and learning skills.  The schedule is below with videos available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/handleyregional and the library system’s YouTube page.

Ready to Read this Week, Mondays at 11AM Middle Grade ...
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Teen Book Spotlight--Amazing YA Nonfiction!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on some amazing YA nonfiction titles!  Nonfiction does not have to be boring and these books are going to prove it; there is something out there for everyone.  Many of the titles featured this week are some of my personal favorites and I cannot recommend them enough!!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #amazingyanonfiction as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

Hunting Charle...

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Back to School Help from Your Local Library

This year’s Back to School Season looks substantially different for countless families. Many are navigating trying times to determine what’s best in getting the most information to make informative decisions for their family.

We want you to know that Handley Regional Library System is HERE for you. Whether your child is homeschooling or attending public or private school and even college, we can help. Are you an educator wanting to make the most of the digital content you are sharing with your students? Are you a caregiver that is new to assisting with at-home instruction? Or...

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Teen Book Spotlight--World War II

Our teen book spotlight this week is on YA books about World War II (some fiction and nonfiction)!  There are so many to choose from and it is amazing to read about the various events (ones that are well known and others not so much) through different viewpoints.  The titles featured in this week’s book talk (and listed below) are titles that are new to us at the Handley Regional Library System over the past couple of months.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yaww2fiction or exploring the 940.53s and 940.54s in the library as ...

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Teen Book Spotlight--New YA Part 2

Our teen book spotlight this week is on more new YA books, because let’s be honest--there is just something awesome about being the first one to read a new book!  The titles featured in this week’s book talk (and listed below) are titles that are new to us at the Handley Regional Library System over the past couple of months.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #2020yanewbooks as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

Cr...

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Teen Book Spotlight--YA Friendships

Our teen book spotlight this week is on YA books featuring a variety of friendships, because let’s be honest--when you have a friend, life just seems to be that much better.  The titles featured in this week’s book talk (and listed below) are books that can be found in our YA collections at the various branches of the Handley Regional Library System. These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yafriendship as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us kn...

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