About the Friends

Friends-Sponsored Events

Friends of Handley Regional Library System, a library support group, began in 1977 with informal groups of people who joined together to provide specific services for the library. Friends' volunteers staffed the children’s area and offer programs for young people and adults. In 1979 the Handley Library addition opened, providing a large and wonderful Children’s Room with a full-time children’s librarian. The Friends continued to help in planning and producing a wide range of workshops and activities for children.

Today the Friends enrich all the services of the regional library system. The Friends organization serves an ever-expanding Handley Regional Library System, including Handley Library in Winchester, Bowman Library in Stephens City, and Clarke County Library in Berryville. Join the Friends in the following goals:

  • to support the Handley Regional Library System and assist its staff
  • to encourage reading and the use of the Library
  • to attract community resources to support programming
  • to involve the entire community in Library and Friends programs

Become a Friend

As a member of Friends of Handley Regional Library System, you will receive our newsletter plus invitations to special Friends events - like Preview Night at the Book Sales and the Annual Meeting. Most important, as a Friend you will help support the Library.

To become a Friend of the Library, print this form and fill it out. You can mail it with a check to Friends of Handley Regional Library System, P.O. Box 4, Winchester, VA 22604 or bring it to the Circulation Desk at any library branch. NEW! You can also click the "Join the Friends Here!" button below to pay though PayPal or Credit Card. Enter $10 for an individual membership or $20 for a family membership. You will still need to fill out the paper form and mail it or bring it to any branch, but we are working on an online form! For more information on the FHRL or volunteer opportunities, call (540) 662-9041, ext. 32.