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Land of the Ocean Deep for Middle Grades and Teens

We have an ocean of books this week! Enter the Land of the Ocean Deep this week for your summer reading!

This week, we'll focus on the Land of the Ocean Deep 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 loggin...

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Land of Myths and Magic for Middle Grades and Teens

If you love mythology and magic, this is the place for you! Enter the Land of Myths and Magic this week for your summer reading!

This week, we'll focus on the Land of Myths and Magic 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 ...

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Land of Sugar and Sweets for Middle Grades and Teens!

When it comes to treats nothing beats, the wonderful Land of Sugar and Sweets!

This week, we'll focus on the Land of Sugar and Sweets Activity Badge and all of the virtual programs that accompany this. You will find these on Beanstack when you click on the tab for Activity Badges. 

If you have an elementary, middle school, or teen reader who is logging minutes read, scroll until you see this picture:

Complete 3 activities related to the theme of Land of Sugar and Sweets to earn a virtual raffle ticket.

Read/Listen to a book inspired by this th...

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NEW Library Out Loud! Podcast - Youth Summer Reading

I sat down (virtually) with Donna and Katie to talk about the exciting youth summer reading for kids and teens.  We talked prizes, how to enroll, a few tools for parents and kids for fun and education during the summer, and more!

You can listen to the podcast on YouTube below or on SoundCloud here.

 

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Land of Make Believe for Middle Grades and Teens!

When you close your eyes can you conceive, a path to the Land of Make Believe? 

As always, a quick reminder first on how to sign up if you haven't! If you're all set, jump ahead to this week'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 to a drawing? Detailed videos can be found at this page. HRLS Youth Virtual Programs - View our online programs for the month. Download the June Calendar - Download and post this calendar ...
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Land of Kings and Queens for Middle Grades and Teens!

Hear Ye, all Ye Knights and Fair Ladies. Enter this week into the Land of Kings and Queens for Elementary, Tweens, and Teens!

If you haven't singed up yet, it's a great week to do so! First, here are the basics if you're new to our summer reading. If you  haven't signed up yet or have any difficulties navigating this year's challenge, here are some important links to help:

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 to a drawing? Detailed vi...
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Land of Heroes for Middle Grades and Teens

For youth logging their minutes in our summer challenge, welcome to another exciting week in our Youth Summer Reading!  The Land of Heroes for Elementary, Tweens, and Teens

First, here are the basics if you're new to our summer reading. If you  haven't signed up yet or have any difficulties navigating this year's challenge, here are some important links to help:

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 to a drawing? Detailed video...
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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 information@handleyregional.org 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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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 beanstack@handleyregional.org and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. 

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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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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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It's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month!!  The Handley Regional Library Youth Services Department is celebrating this month by sharing a list of titles that are either written by an individual or featuring a character of Asian Pacific American Heritage.  More titles and authors can be found by searching the library catalog using the search term #youthasianpacific. 

 

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say--A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.  ...

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Celebrating Children's Book Week: May 4-10

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes—wherever young readers and books connect! Children’s Book Week is not only a celebration of books, but of connection. It is a vehicle to unite kids and adults with books, authors, and illustrators in order to foster a love of reading. As we all take the recommended measures to keep ourselves and loved ones...

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Outer Space Books in Young Adult

As we celebrate the upcoming Star Wars holiday of May the Fourth, we are sharing some books that take place in outer space and explore how teens live there for young adult readers!  Some of these books take place in the galaxy we know while others are in a galaxy far, far away.  The titles featured below can be found on Hoopla or Libby either as an audiobook, eBook, or both.  To find more titles, please search the Handley Regional Library System catalog using the search term #yaspacelife--many of these titles can be found on Libby and/or Hoopla as well!

Waste of Spa...

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Young Adult Novels in Verse

As we continue to celebrate April being National Poetry Month, we are featuring some more novels in verse but now for young adult readers!  Novels in verse are stories that are uniquely told through a series of poems instead of paragraphs. The titles featured below can be found on Hoopla or Libby either as an audiobook, eBook, or both.  To find more titles, please search the Handley Regional Library catalog using the search term #yaverse--many of these titles can be found on Libby and/or Hoopla as well!

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds-- As Will, fifteen, sets ...

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