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One Book 2019

This is a special day for the area One Book One Community project as well as the author who wrote the selected book. It is her birthday – Justice Sonia Sotomayor --- and the day the 2019 One Book is announced --- My Beloved World.

This is the 17th consecutive year Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties have read the same book during the same time period to promote reading as a meaningful part of everyday life while uniting the community around a common activity and discussion of important issues.

The author was born on June 25, 1954, in the Bronx borough of New Yo...

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Genealogy Book Talk: The DNA Guide for Adoptees

The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives announces a unique book talk focused on connecting with your biological family through genealogy. Shannon Bennett & Brianne Kirkpatrick, authors and genetic genealogists, will present their new book, The DNA Guide for Adoptees:  How to use Genealogy and Genetics to Uncover Your Roots, on July 10th at 6:30PM at Handley Library. Whether you need help with the first steps to getting started or could use guidance on what to say or write when connecting with the DNA family, this book offers support to help you search for missing information. The program is ...

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City of Winchester Issues Archives Proclamation

In preparation for the 40th anniversary of the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives this Saturday, the City of Winchester has released an official proclamation!

Download and read the official proclamation here.

View the event on our calendar:

View the press release on the event

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Video Games Now Available at Handley Library

Our video game collections has expanded to Handley Library!

Previously games were only physically available at Bowman Library, but the collection has expanded due to community interest. Popular Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Wii video games are included. You can also select games online to pick up from the library location of you choice in Berryville, Winchester, and Stephens City.

“We are excited to see a growing interest in our video game collection,” says John Huddy, Director of Handley Regional Library System. “We have some really great titles at different s...

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It's Showtime for Me!

You're learning how important you are,
How important each person you see can be.
Discovering each one's specialty,
Is the most important learning.

~Mister Rogers from the song, "I'm Proud of You"

We've had a wonderful time exploring music and the arts as we celebrate "It's Showtime at Your Library!" This week we're turning the spotlight on YOU! 

What makes you unique? What are your special talents? Come let us know when you visit storytimes this week. 

You can check out books on our theme this week by typing in the tag: ...

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Wildlife Ambassadors to Showcase Live Animals at Handley Library

Our special presenters continue with Wildlife Ambassadors!  The show is on July 3rd at 10:30AM and is free and open to the public. The ambassadors help audiences get up close and personal with amazing animals from around the world and learn about their habitats. The animals in the program are non-releasable wildlife, unwanted pets, and captive bred educational animals.

“We are so excited to have the animals at Handley Library – it’s always a great show,” says Katie Moss, Youth Services Supervisor at Handley Library. “Kids and families will meet live animals and learn some f...

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Prevent Summer Slide


School may be out for summer, but learning doesn't have to stop!

In fact, it shouldn't.

Children who don't read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall, according to the iREAD Reading Program. This loss is referred to as the "summer slide."

That's where your local library comes in. Parents of children enrolled in public library summer reading programs reported that their children spent more time reading over the summer and were well prepared for school in the fall, according to iRE...

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Camp WriMo

Welcome Middle and High School writers. Let's Camp-Out at the Library!

We celebrate July as Writing Month at Bowman Library by setting up camp, getting out the composition supplies and writing. It is a time to relax and write our best stuff yet. Short stories, novels, poems, comic strips are all welcome as we sit around camp and inspire one another.

We meet every Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. on the Reading Porch near the Teen books and anime. Camp opens on June 25 and continues through the month of July. Bring  your ideas, your first drafts, your initial attempts...

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It's Showtime With Music Storytime!

Music and storytimes may just be the perfect early literacy match!

According to a 2016 study at the University of Southern California, musical experiences in childhood can accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. 

Through music, your child has opportunity to develop motor skills, social-emotional development, vocabulary, and overall literacy. This is why you will often find music expression at your Handley Regional Library storytimes on a regular basis, but even more so this week, as we explore the them...

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Friends Summer Used Book Sale Coming to Bowman Library

Handley Regional Library System, in partnership with the Friends of the Handley Regional Library, announce the Summer Used Book Sale at Bowman Library.  The sale runs June 27-29 and features thousands of gently books, DVDs, sheet music, and more. Prices are between $2.00 and 50 cents. Payment is accepted in cash, check or credit card.  Inventory is restocked daily so you can shop all 3 days.   Donations cannot be accepted the sale.  The hours are the same as Bowman Library; June 27 10AM-8PM and June 28 and 29 10AM-5PM.

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Rockin’ the Library at Handley Library

Handley Regional Library System, in partnership with Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Conference, announces Rockin’ the Library on June 24th at Handley Library from 5PM-7PM. The event is being held on Braddock Street outside Handley Library. Well-known authors and illustrators Kevin Henkes, Bob Shea, Scott Magoon and Kwame Alexander are attending, along with storybook characters including James Dean’s Pete the Cat, Lilly from Kevin Henkes’s “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” and the unicorn from Bob Shea’s “Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great.” There will also be goats, a deejay, danci...

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1455 A Place for Writers, Formerly VCLA, Continues Author Series with Cliff Garstang

1455 A Place for Writers (new name for VCLA) Author Series at Handley Regional Library continues with Cliff Garstang, who will read from his latest book The Shaman of Turtle Valley.  The program will take place on June 22 at 3PM and is free and open to the public. Founding 1455 Director Sean Murphy will discuss the process of writing this book, the contemporary literary scene, followed by an open Q&A. Copies of Cliff’s book will be available for sale and signing, courtesy of the Winchester Book Gallery.

You can add this program to your calendar here.

About the B...

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Book Drop-Off at Bowman Library

It's time to de-clutter and support your library!

The next book-drop off date as June 22 at 9AM-12PM.  The community can donate gently used books, DVDs, CDs, and sheet music.  All items donated will be part of the Summer Used Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Handley Regional Library.  Volunteers will be onsite to assist unloading.

Questions on what to donate?  Check out our donation page for what we can receive as donations.


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It's Showtime with Dance Storytime!

Do you dare to dance, love to prance?
To jump and twirl or glide?
Can you sway and spin throughout the day,
'til you collapse at eventide?

If so, head over to storytimes this week at the Handley Regional Library System for some toe-tapping stories that will make you want to put on your dancing shoes! 

You can find plenty of books about dancing while you're there. Look up the tag: #daretodance for books to take home, then log your books to win prizes during our summer reading program. 

The books read during storytime count so ...

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Bubble Soccer and More at Teen Field Day

Handley Regional Library System will be holding their annual Teen Field Day on June 15th at Shenandoah University from 10AM-12PM. Teens can enjoy bubble soccer, beach volleyball, and other games at the Shenandoah University Shingleton Gym and Intramural Field. The event is free, however registration is required here or by emailing

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