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Virtual Groundhog Day to Feature Real Groundhog and Puppet Show

Handley Regional Library System continues the popular Groundhog Day Celebration on February 2nd at 11AM on the library system’s Facebook and YouTube accounts @handleyregional.  The program features “Tiva”, a real groundhog from Valley Wildlife Care, a local rescue and rehabilitation organization, and an interactive puppet show with “Bowman Bill”, a special guest groundhog puppet.  Attendees will learn about the life and habitat of a groundhog, protecting wildlife, hibernation, and more.  The library fun will continue with a special Kid Crafternoons program at 2PM on Facebook....

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Game Nights Are Back! Virtually!

We’re very happy to announce that our After-Hours Game Nights for adults are making a comeback. By teaming up with Discord and the online gaming platform Board Game Arena, we can come together while still keeping our distance. We’ve really missed seeing you all at Game Nights this past year, so we hope you’ll join us again online.

How will it work?

First of all, we’ll be posting the link for our Discord server on the calendar event and our Facebook event page about half an hour before we start so that people can have extra time if they want it to get used to the f...

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Donation of Lord Fairfax Land Grant

This morning (January 18), the Stewart Bell, Jr. Archives received a wonderful gift – an original Lord Fairfax Land Grant document!  We would like to give a huge thank you to Mike Robinson, Winchester Tales, and everyone involved!  This is an example of a community coming together to preserve a piece of its heritage. 

We will work with conservators to preserve the document, and the original will be on display at the Winchester Tales book signing on January 30th at Solenberger’s Hardware.  Mike Robinson will have a detailed copy made and framed.  The copy w...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

To us at the Stewart Bell, Jr. Archives, these are words to live by.  We do not seek to manipulate the historical data entrusted to us, but rather to present an accurate picture of the people and events of our community. We members of the community are a multi-faceted bunch, each shaped by the past in ways unique to the individual; this is the legacy preserved in the archives. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned a future of peace between peopl...

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Penguin Parade Storytime

Are you ready to read this week? This week we celebrate one of our favorite snow-loving animals: Penguins! 

Our Winter Reading Challenge is in full swing and you have until January 31st to read, log, and win! It’s not too late to join in so go to HandleyRegional.org/YouthWinterReading to learn more. You can also download a special penguin to print to help us decorate the Winter Reading display case at Bowman Library. Download it from this link or stop by the Bowman Library to pick one up, take home to color and decorate, then bring it back to display!

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--The Civil Rights Movement!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is focused on books that explore aspects of Civil Rights history.  Books are amazing tools to learn from as we explore parts of our history; they provide an opportunity to learn, explore, understand other points of view, and help us to understand and glean from the past.  As we remember Martin Luther King Jr. day (happening on January 18th), we need to also remember everything about this movement--the good, the bad, the individuals and what they sacrificed, and where we are today.  We have a selection of fiction and nonfiction, some a...

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Teen Book Spotlight--The Civil Rights Movement!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is focused on books that explore aspects of Civil Rights history.  Books are amazing tools to learn from as we explore parts of our past; they provide an opportunity to learn, explore, understand other points of view, and help us to understand and glean from the past.  As we remember Martin Luther King Jr. day (happening on January 18th), we need to also remember everything about this movement--the good, the bad, the individuals and what they sacrificed, and where we are today.  We have a selection of fiction and nonfiction, some about events...

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Plan Your Next Adventure

The weather has gotten colder but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck inside. We’re all at greater risk of cabin fever this year, so there’s no time like the present to break out your cold weather gear and a sturdy pair of shoes and hit the trail.

I know that I, for one, have certainly been hiking more this year and gone on more outdoor adventures in general. In light of social distancing concerns, it’s one of the safest ways right now to get exercise and have fun. There’s nothing quite like resting beside a waterfall in a sunny spot at Shenandoah National Park and listening to...

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Third Thursday, Exploring the Outdoors Hiking Series

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Handley Regional Library System is starting a new series every third Thursday covering outdoor topics including AT thru-hikers, Shenandoah Riverkeeper, Global Hiking, Seneca Rock Climbing School, biking, and more.  This series will be hosted by Susan Tschirhar – hiker, camper, and nature nerd - and is sponsored by the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System and Mountain Trails in Winchester. To accompany this program, all 3 libraries have book displays created with recommended reads.  The community is also invited to hike the trail around Bowman Libra...

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New Library Out Loud! Podcast is Out of this World!

We have a new podcast episode on Library Out Loud! 

Available on Sound Cloud, iTunes, iHeart Radio, and on our website at https://www.handleyregional.org/podcast, this episode talks about science fiction recommended reads, our personalized BookMatch service, and more tips for library patrons, including users of our 24/7 Digital Library. 

Listen to the latest episode

https://www.handleyregional.org/podcast https://soundcloud.com/handleyregional/science-fiction

Want more Science Fiction?

Search out catalog using the term "science fic...
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From Hats to Boots Storytime!

Are you ready to read this week? It’s cold outside so we’re getting all bundled up from our hats to our boots!

Before you get dress and head out for some winter fun, here’s a reminder to join our Winter Reading Challenge. You have until January 31st to read, log, and win! Learn more at HandleyRegional.org/youthwinterreading. 

So, let’s get dressed up for some cold weather play. You can find some books with a warm winter theme when you type into the search bar: #warmandcozy. The tag will show you some warm and cozy books like these: 

Under ...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Graphic Novels!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is all about graphic novels!!!  Graphic novels are amazing in that they are so visual allowing you to not only read the story but to see it as well!  I love graphic novels because they offer something for everyone; there are fiction titles as well as nonfiction and even written story retellings.  If you are looking to try something new this year or you have been reading graphic novels for years, we have some amazing selections for you (and we are always getting new titles in!)--everything from sports to historical mysteries and cree...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Graphic Novels!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is all about graphic novels!!!  Graphic novels are amazing in that they are so visual allowing you to not only read the story but to see it as well!  I love graphic novels because they offer something for everyone; there are fiction titles as well as nonfiction and even written story retellings.  If you are looking to try something new this year or you have been reading graphic novels for years, we have some amazing selections for you (and we are always getting new titles in!)--everything from realistic high school stories to nonfiction and...

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This Week at Your Library - Winter Reading, Thank You from Our Director, & More

Handley Regional Library System Weekly Media Brief

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

Happening Now – The Winter Reading Challenge for Kids, Teens, and Families

Handley Regional Library System announces today the 2021 Winter Reading Challenge: Books Like Us for kids and teens in Clarke County, Frederick County, and Winchester City.  The library program runs through the month of January and participants can win online tickets based on the number of books read to redeem for a chance to win ra...

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Winter Tracks Storytime

Are you ready to read this week? With the snow falling, you may just see some interesting tracks in the snow. Who made them?

We’re starting our new year off by cuddling up with some books during our Winter Reading Challenge. Our theme this year is “Books Like Us” and you can learn how to join by going to handleyregional.org/youthwinterreading.

This week we have some great books on some winter animals so type into the search bar above, #woodlandanimals to find some great books, such as:

Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson - As Baby Bear tries to find his way home t...

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