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Don't Miss The Mountain Music Project Film Screening and Talk

The Mountain Music Project Film Screening and Talk is on April 25th at Bowman Library from 6:30PM-8PM.  The film follows the journey of two traditional musicians from their roots in the hills of Virginia to the mountains of rural Nepal, where they explore the extraordinary connections between Appalachian and Himalayan folk music and culture.  The screening is free and open to the public.

Read more about the program here or add it to your own calendar.

About The Mountain Music Project The Mountain Music Project’s mission is to encourage the preservation of musi...
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Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Focuses on African-American Life with the Untold Stories Project

We are excited to announce a new photo project led by the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives at the Handley Library.  The Untold Stories Project is designed to help preserve the untold stories of African-American life in Winchester and surrounding counties.  Patrons can bring cherished photos to the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives to have them scanned and returned, forever digitally preserved.  The event is all-day on April 27th from 10AM-5PM.  More information can be found by contacting David Jenkins or Becky Ebert at archives@handleyregional.org. 

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Beyond Beginners Genealogy Program

We are excited to announce a new program led by Joan M. Wood, Archives Assistant at the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, at the Handley Library.  The program, Genealogy Series: Beyond Beginners will focus on helping patrons find information through the census records.  Wood will explain the types of census records available and how using these records is important to genealogical success.  The program is free and open to the public and is on April 23rd at 6:30 in the Benham Gallery Room at Handley Library. 

This program is part of an on-going genealogy series, with t...

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Book Drop-Off Announced at Bowman Library

Get ready for spring cleaning!

Book drop-off dates for donations of gently used books, DVDs, CDs, video games, and sheet music as  Saturday, May 18th  from 9AM-12PM at Bowman Library in Stephens City.   Volunteers and staff will be onsite to accept donations from the community during this time.  The book drop-off will benefit the Summer Used Book Sale.  The book sale is sponsored by Friends of Handley Regional Library. 

Read more about book donations here.

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New Author Talk: A Road to Healing: A Civil Rights Reparations Story in Prince Edward County, Virginia, by Ken Woodley

Handley Regional Library System and Friends of the Handley Regional Library announce an upcoming author talk  by Ken Woodley, author of A Road to Healing:  A Civil Rights Reparations Story in Prince Edward County, Virginia.  The program is free and open to the public, taking place in the Robinson Auditorium at Handley Library at April 27th at 2PM.  Books provided for purchase by Winchester Book Gallery.  The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Handley Regional Library. 

View the event or create a calendar reminder on our library calendar here.<...

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Winchester City Issues Proclamation on National Library Week

The City of Winchester has issued an official proclamation acknowledging National Library Week and the critical value Handley Regional Library System delivers to residents in Winchester, Frederick County, and Clarke County. 

Read the official proclamation: 

“Handley Regional Library System has a mission to provide fair and equal access to outstanding information, resources, programs and services to enrich our diverse community,” says John Huddy, director of the library system.  “Our goal has always been to be a resource to the community.  This...

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Launchpads Tablets Available for Checkout

Playaway Launchpads have launched at Handley Regional Library System!

Launchpad tablets are now available for checkout at all 3 library locations.   Designed for kids of all ages, the tablets are pre-loaded with high-quality, ad-free apps that are both fun and educational, promoting literacy through digital content.  The devices are powered by an Android operating system and feature a 7” high-definition touch screen,  universal audio jack, and a durable, protective bumper.  The content collection spans subject areas from math and science to critical thinkin...

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Brown Bags with Books

Join us for Brown Bags with Books on the first Thursday of each month - from February to June 2019 - at The Barns of Rose Hill, 12 noon. See below for our schedule of books:

Feb: Vinegar Girl By Anne Tyler March: In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park April: In the Woods by Tana French May: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver June: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

For more information, contact Laurine at Clarke County Library: 540-955-5190

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Finding your next great read

Are you looking for your next great read? Visit our Information Desks to ask for one of our free Recommended Reading Guides and get staff tips and tricks on making the most of a catalog search. Plus, here are four great tools to help you find just the right title.

NoveList: Novelist helps you determine what you like and then makes recommendations. NoveList uses a combination of tools, which include providing curated lists grouped by theme and subgenre (such as romance/regency rogues), identifying appeal factors (such as haunting/lyrical/secrets), and...

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Let's Play a Game

The Bowman Library Adult Services department just added a new collection. We now have board games! We’ve got some old favorites like Chinese Checkers and Scrabble, but we’ve also done our homework to provide you with some of the most acclaimed tabletop games on the market.

Come to the Bowman branch to try out Settlers of Catan or Pandemic, or share some laughs over Munchkin and Apples to Apples. Don’t have a lot of time to kill? That’s okay. We’ve got shorter games like Mascarade and Incan Gold that pack a lot of fun into thirty minutes or less.

To give any of these a tr...

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Wi-Fi Hotspot Devices Available for Checkout at Bowman Library

Stream movies, music, and browse the internet from any mobile device 24/7! 

The devices allow free internet connection on the go and anywhere Verizon service is available.  You can check these out at the circulation desk at Bowman Library (and Clarke County Library, where the program originally started).  Patrons must be over 17 years of age to check them out and are available to checkout one week at a time.  Additional borrowing guidelines are available at the Bowman Library. 

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the success of this program so far,...

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Little Noon Music Expands to Bowman Library

That’s right – our popular music series, Little Noon Music, has expanded to Bowman Library in Stephens City. Performances are free and open to the public, and happen at noon on the 2nd Friday of the month from March to May. Audience members will get the opportunity for an intimate live performance featuring rock, jazz, and blue grass music, plus the opportunity to meet the artists and hear the stories that inspired the songs.

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Upcoming Performances at Bowman Library

SV Jazz

April 12, 2019

SV JAZZ is a group of jazz musicians based out of Winchester, VA who provide live music in groups ranging in size from a jazz trio to a Little Big Band.

Davis Bradley Duo

May 10, 2019

The Davis Bradley Duo presents a one of a kind musical experience which is exciting, entertaining, and offers something for everyone! The group has drawn from their individual bluegrass, old time and swing influences to create something magical. Fans can expect to hear fresh renditions of the classics as well as several original compositions....

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It’s Coming: The Spring Used Book Sale!

Shop books, DVDs, sheet music, video games, and other surprises!

The Spring Used Book Sale will run March 26-30 at Bowman Library during normal operating hours. A special preview night be will available for members of the Friends of the Handley Regional Library – but don’t worry, you can join at the door and get early access to shopping fun! There are some special priced items, but most prices are between $2.00 and 50 cents each. Donations can not be accepted during the sale. Payments can be made by cash, check or credit card.

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