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New Digital Library Offerings

Digital Library Offerings Grow to Include Career Services and At-Home Learning Resources for Students and Adults During Pandemic

We have expanded the online services available in their 24-Hour Digital Library to the community.  Additional digital materials include enhanced resources for job searching and career development, specialized career testing, GED and college test preparations, at-home learning tutorials and practice tests of core educational skills (in both English and Spanish) for students and adults, plus more. 

You can access the Digital Library fr...

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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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Wolves, Poetry, Teentober, & More - This Week at Your Library

Handley Regional Library System announces the following weekly updates and programs to the community:

October is TeenTober

TeenTober is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October. It aims to celebrate teens and promote year-round teen services and literacies. Throughout the celebration, libraries highlight the innovative ways theyhelp teens learn new skills and fuel their passions in and out of the library through programs, access to books, and more. See more programs and books for teens at www.handleyregional.org/teens. 

One-on-One Po...

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This Week at the Library - Walking Trail, TeenTober, Archives Fair, & More

Handley Regional Library System announces the following weekly updates and programs to the community:

Shenandoah Valley Archives Fair this Week!

Join us for a virtual Shenandoah Valley Archives Fair which will feature regional Archivists who will be discussing the "State of the Archives" in the time of COVID-19. This panel discussion will include information on site's hours, collections, and much more. A question and answer period will follow. More information on participants to follow.  This is on 10/7 at 11AM on Facebook https://fb.me/e/2TT6ndusq 

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Red Wolf Resilience, Story of The American Red Wolf – Virtual Film Screening and Talk

Over the past year, filmmakers Justin Grubb and Alex Goetz have been working with Conservation Centers for Species Survival, the Endangered Wolf Center, US Fish and Wildlife and a host of other institutions all dedicated to saving America’s rarest mammal to create an educational film aimed at inspiring action to prevent this animal’s second extinction in the wild.

Join the virtual film screening, followed by a talk with the filmmakers, and a discussion with Dr. Nucharin Songsasen who is the Center Head of the Center for Species Survival, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute....

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Historical Piracy Performance

Tales of the Golden Age of Piracy Performance

In 1715, Angus “Quill” MacGregor, nephew of the infamous Highlander outlaw Rob Roy, sailed to the Caribbean to join the pirate rebellion fighting to place Catholic James Edward Stuart on the throne of Britain instead of the German-speaking Protestant George.

Joey Madia, actor, screenwriter, audio dramatist, playwright, novelist, and director will perform in-character as Angus with QA to follow.

This is free and open to the public and brought to you by the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System on Zoom. ...

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Community Conversations: Confederate Monuments

Join the virtual conversation on Zoom presented by The Clarke County Library and The Clarke County Historical Association.

For some, Confederate monuments represent Southern history and heritage.  To others, these monuments symbolize implied and systemic racism.  Now that many of these monuments are being removed, the debates over their symbolism have increased. What do these monuments mean to you and to the community? Join us in this online conversation to share your thoughts on this question and listen to other perspectives on this topic.

This is free and ope...

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Walking Mall Poet Virtual Program and Personal Poetry Sessions

You may be one of the fortunate that have seen the Walking Mall Poet, Joseph M. Jablonski, in action on the downtown Walking Mall in Winchester.  He writes personalized poems on the spot with his manual typewriter.   The Friends of the Handley Regional Library System is offering two ZOOM sessions with registration required on the library website, both free and open to the public, where you can meet him and have a personal poetry session.

Program 1:  This program begins with a 30-minute interview with the poet.  After this, there will be six 15-minute appoi...

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Listen Now - WINC FM Interivew with John Huddy

John Huddy, Director of Handley Regional Library System, was interviewed by Barry Lee on Library Card Sign-up Month and back to school with your local library.

Hear the 3-minute interview here.

More information on Library Card Sign-up Month Back to School Help with Your Local Library ...
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Library Community Usage Report Released

Handley Regional Library System announces today the release of their annual library usage stats from fiscal year of July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.  Overall reports showed continued community usage despite the COVID-19 pandemic.  The report reflects program and service usage at all 3 library locations – Handley Library, Bowman Library, and Clarke County Library.  These stats, along with others, are reported annually by the library system for funding and analysis of additional initiatives. 

“It really is a great thing to be have a community so involved with not on...

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Back to School Help for Students, Families, and Teachers

Handley Regional Library System has announced a special initiative to their entire service area (Clarke and Frederick Counties and Winchester City) focused on providing students, parents/caregivers, and teachers back to school help with resources available from their local library. 

The library system has launched a webpage and a video at www.handleyregional.org/backtoschool to show the featured and most-requested services for students, teachers, and families including research and homework help, talking points for adults as they navigate the COVID-19 epidemic with children, ...

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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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T-Mobile Hotspot Devices for Internet at Home

Handley Regional Library System announces today the improvement of their mobile hotspot checkout program by switching fully to T-Mobile with devices available at all 3 library locations. Borrowers now have unlimited data and better internet connection, especially in more remote areas in Frederick and Clarke Counties.  Currently, 39 devices are available for up to 1 week to one household/cardholder at a time due to high demand. Patrons must be 18+ to physically checkout the device.  The hotspot checkout program is of great need in the community, especially when not all households h...

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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month - We Focus on Education and Community

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Handley Regional Library System joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind the communities they serve about the critical importance of libraries and having a library card.  This year, the library system is focusing on highlighting services that support students and families learning at home due to COVID-19, along with several community initiatives including resources for career and business, the 24/7 Digital Library, virtual programs for all ages, and at-home entertainment options – all free with ...

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This Week at the Library - Back to School and Read-a-Likes

Handley Regional Library System announces the following weekly updates and programs to the community:

Free Online Back to School Concert for Kids

Mr. Jon & Friends makes music for kids and their families that inspire fun, laughter, and dancing.  September 4, 2020, 2PM-3PM.  This is free and open to the public on Facebook at www.facebook.com/handleyregional

Service Spotlight:  Series and Read-A-Likes in the Library Catalog

We have a new feature in our online catalog https://catalog.handleyregional.org/ when searching for materials.&n...

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