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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 

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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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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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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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Weekly Media Brief

We are excited to announce the following weekly updates and programs to the community:

Stay Calm and Read T-Shirts

The Friends of the Handley Regional Library System has sponsored t-shirts for library staff in the true spirit of library lovers with a message of “Stay Calm and Read, We Will Get Through this Together” printed on the shirt along with Friends and HRLS logos.  Staff posed for photos at each library location – while practicing social distancing – for a little fun to show the public.

We have taken the NSV Pledge for Community Safety

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New Online Chat Service Launched to Help Library Patrons

We have a new, LIVE chat service available on our website at www.handleyregional.org.  Staffed behind the scenes by actual library personnel, patrons can submit questions online from their mobile device or desktop computer about materials, library services, account information, and more.  The chat widget is accessible on the website in the bottom right corner.

“This is a terrific service that we evaluated while the buildings were closed to the public,” says John Huddy, Director of Handley Regional Library System.  “We’re always looking at ways to enhance the p...

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Opening Week Stats

We reopened our buildings to the public with limited services and adjusted hours and building occupancy on July 8, 2020.  The stats below represent community usage from July 8-11 at all three library locations – Bowman Library, Clarke County Library, and Handley Library. 

Watch a quick slideshow from the activity from opening day.

1,500+ In-Person visits from library patrons 8,320 Checkouts of physical materials (books, Launch Pads, Wifi hotspots, DVDs, etc.) 52 New library cards were issued

Additionally, the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives (located at Ha...

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Community Usage Stats for June

The results are in and the library was busy - both with curbside pick-up and Digital Library usage - from the community!

Download the infographic here.

If you have questions, please contact the Public Relations Department at mswain@handleyregional.org. 

 

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Library Buildings Open with Limited Services, Hours, and Occupancy

We are excited to announce our Phase Three opening plans in accordance with Governor Ralph Northam’s directive to the Commonwealth. The library system's buildings are open with limited services and adjusted public hours and building occupancy outlined below. 

Curbside pick-up service will discontinue on July 8th so library staff can carefully adjust and fully focus on serving patrons inside the building following social distancing and other safety guidelines.  Patrons will be asked to limit their time inside the building to one hour. Face masks will be re...
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Moving Your Career & Business Forward

Running a business and advancing your career can be stressful enough - especially during these times.  Our librarians and library staff are here to make it easy and help connect you with the right books and digital materials you need.

Search and borrow from thousands of books, eBooks and audiobooks on the critical business topics that matter to you - marketing, finance, leadership, strategy - the list goes on.  Here are a few quick links to materials and content you can physically borrow, download, or stream to help inspire and inform from our catalog and on Hoopla.

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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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Virtual Author Talk to Focus on What it Means to be an American

Handley Regional Library System and the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System is excited to partner with 1455 A Place for Writers on their next virtual author talk with Chris Register on his book Conversations with US.  The free program will run on June 27th at 3PM on Handley Regional Library System’s Facebook page (@handleyregional). The heart of Conversations with US beats with the words of hundreds of everyday people offering their thoughts on what it means to be American. After nearly 400 interviews and a cumulative year on the road, Register is now working to share the st...

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May Community Usage Stats are Available

May proved a busy month as we prepared for curbside pick-up and opened up our outside book returns.  Our digital library usage continues to grow while the buildings are closed to the public.  Look below for just a snapshot of community usage!

Download the infographic here.

 

 

If you have any questions on the stats here, or if you're a member of the media requiring more information, contact the Public Relations Department at mswain@handleyregional.org. 

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Top 15 Hoopla Titles from May

Hoopla is our 24/7 streaming platform for movies, music, TV, eBooks, audiobooks, and comics.  The top 15 titles borrowed by our community are below.  You can use Hoopla today with your library card.  Visit www.handleyregional.org/hoopla to begin streaming on your mobile device or computer.

And yes, the top title is I Need a New Butt! 

About I Need a New Butt!

A young boy suddenly notices a big problem - his butt has a huge crack! So he sets off to find a new one. Will he choose an armor-plated butt? A rocket butt? A robot butt? Find out in...

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