"Judge Handley and his gift to Winchester for library
was presented by Dr. Dennis
Kellison and Pat Ritchie on Aug. 15, 2012, Handley Library auditorium
"A Vote for Murder" a murder
mystery featuring local actors and actresses. Heavy hors
d'oeuvres, wine, desserts.
Sat., Aug. 25, 2012. Many thanks to
those who supported this library
The public voted for a
favorite 1960s-70s award-winning movie, and the winner was
was shown Wed., Mar. 30, 2011 at Handley Library.
second top choice, was shown Wed.,
Both are sponsored by 100th
Anniversary of Handley Regional Library & Magic Lantern Theater.
it Hot, a part of the movie series "Pages from American
starring Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe & Tony Curtis. Wed., Sept. 29, 2010, Handley Library Auditorium,
classic movie from 1946-1962, chosen by the public.
"A Century of Giving: Handley Regional Library Donors Make
August 11, 2010, Handley Library Auditorium, 7 p.m. Free
To celebrate the library’s 97th
anniversary, a panel will discuss library donors throughout the
library’s history. The building, books, and art collections
have all benefited from generous donors throughout the library’s
history. Over the years, the library has been given George
Washington’s sister’s (?) china, swords, Chinese artifacts, art,
as well as substantial financial gifts.
Panelists include Kay Wise, Glenene Brown, Rebecca Ebert, and Trish
Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010 "High
Noon" classic movie shown, Handley Library Auditorium
The public chose from five movies that were
box-office hits between 1946 and 1962 as part of its ongoing
celebration of the earlier years of the library’s history.
The library system and Magic Lantern Theater sponsored the
first chairman of
Handley Board of Trustees and personal friend of
Judge John Handley. Displays were in rotunda and lower
level at Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room.
August 12, 2009, Anniversary program about the life of Holmes
Conrad, presented by Michael Foreman. Handley
October 6, 2009, "It Happened One Night," classic movie, Handley Library Auditorium.
March 31, 2009, Showing of classic movie "The Philadelphia
August 2, 2008, Exhibit of J. Stewart Barney's architectural
designs, paintings, and other artifacts, Benham Upper Gallery,
Friday, August 15, 2008, "The Architectural Career of John
Stewart Barney," Handley Library's original architect.
Mr. Bill Schroh, Jr., director of Liberty Hall Museum in New
Jersey, presented a program on Barney's many achievements.
Many of Barney's personal belongings and paintings are owned by
May 24, 2008,
Cornerstone Rededication ceremony conducted by Winchester
Hiram #21 Masonic Lodge.
About the Celebration Plans:
Former Library Board Chairman
Richard Stephenson and Library Director Trish Ridgeway serve as
co-chairpersons of the library’s 100th Anniversary
Committee, which is made up of members of the community.
Subcommittees of this group are program, art, book, finance and
fund-raising, and public relations.
The 100th Anniversary
Committee has planned a series of centennial events to tell the
history and architecture of this beautiful building that has become
an area institution. Each year the library will offer tours, a
special centennial lecture with a noted speaker, exhibits, and other
fun events, such as films with Magic Lantern Theater and readings
with Winchester Little Theatre to emphasize periods through which
the library operated. The culmination of the years of celebration
will be the production of a
book, a DVD, and a grand gala in August
The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
staff is researching library history. They will collect oral
histories, find news articles written about the library, and acquire
additional photographs taken of the library during its history.
Anyone who has
photographs of the library, especially the interior, old library
cards or brochures, or special memories of the library, are asked to
share them with the library this year.