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Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is Thursday, April 22nd – come celebrate with us! Whether you are interested in the latest science and conservation efforts; want to discover ways – both big and small – that you can help to preserve our planet; or simply want to bask in the beauty and diversity of life on Planet Earth, we’ve got an array of items to choose from.

On the shelves we have so many books containing lush, gorgeous photography featuring plant life, ocean life, birds, insects, land animals – including many intimate portraits of endangered species. If you're planning some outdoor exploring, consi...

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April Is National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month!  In April of 2019 I created a poster (from clip art) and selected books of poetry to display in the Bowman branch of HRLS. Sixteen books of poetry got checked out! In April of 2020 I wrote a blog to commemorate National Poetry Month. I thought I would take a year off from the topic in 2021. But it is April, a very poetic time of year. Also, the one-year anniversary of April 2020 when it became clear that the Shenandoah Valley would not escape Covid-19. As April 2021 rolled around, I remembered that I had written a poem in 2020. A rare occurrence, but a p...

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Weekly Media Brief - Apple Blossom, Career Help, and More!

Handley Regional Library System Weekly Media Brief

April 19-April 24

Winchester, VA (April 19, 2021) – Handley Regional Library System announces the following weekly updates and programs to the community:

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives to Showcase Apple Blossom Festival History

Handley Regional Library System and the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives will be sharing several historical memories from the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® on the library system’s Facebook at @handleyregional starting Monday, April 26-Friday, May 1. 

Photos and sto...

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Let's Go Fly a Kite Storytime!

Are you ready to read this week? We’re going to go fly some kites! 

At the end of the week, we’ll even have a special program all about Mary Poppins. Head to the Bowman Library between Saturday April 17 and the 24th to pick up your activity kit, including a kite you can fly yourself! Then watch our YouTube program at 11am on Saturday for a Mary Poppins story and more! 

If you click on the search bar above and type in the tag: #flyakite, you’ll find a lot of fun books to share, like the ones below.

Someone Bigger by Jonathan Emmett:&nbs...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Revolutionary War!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is all about going back to some of my New England roots.   On the third Monday of April every year, there is a regional holiday called Patriots’ Day--it is to mark the occasions of the Battles of Lexington and Concord which are seen to be the start of the Revolutionary War.  It is also when the Boston Marathon is traditionally run (which is one of the hardest 26.2 mile courses to run in the world) and the Boston Red Sox always play a late morning home game at Fenway Park so as the Marathon runners are going by, they can hear the amazing so...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Revolutionary War!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is all about going back to some of my New England roots.   On the third Monday of April every year, there is a regional holiday called Patriots’ Day--it is to mark the occasions of the Battles of Lexington and Concord which are seen to be the start of the Revolutionary War.  It is also when the Boston Marathon is traditionally run (which is one of the hardest 26.2 mile courses to run in the world) and the Boston Red Sox always play a late morning home game at Fenway Park so as the Marathon runners are going by, they can hear the amazing sounds of ...

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Job Seeker and Career Resources for the Community

We have several ways to help the community during the pandemic with job seeker and career resources through tools in our 24/7 Digital Library, books on career-related topics, and by being a supporter of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Virtual Job Fair on April 29th. 

Download the flyer on career books. 

“We support the needs of the community in all situations with access to library services,” says John Huddy, Director of Handley Regional Library System.  “COVID-19 has impacted employment for a lot of individuals, and we want everyone to know we...

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April 12th Weekly Media Brief - Cylcing, Game Night & More!

April 12-April 17

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

Third Thursday, Exploring the Outdoors:  Cycling – April 15th at 6:30PM

 Handley Regional Library System and the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System announce the next virtual outdoors series that will focus on cycling.  Attendees will learn about local areas to cycle, bike safety, and local bike clubs from two experienced cyclists -John Copenhaver and John Crandell.  This series is hosted by Susan Tschirhart – hi...

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Dirt and Worms Storytime!

Are you ready to read this week? Spring is on the way and it’s time to get the dirt ready for planting. We may just need some help from some worms too! 

If you the search bar above and type in the tag: #dirtandworms, you’ll find a lot of fun books to share, like the ones listed below. 

Superworm by Julia Donaldson: Superworm's bug friends attempt to free him from the clutches of Wizard Lizard who, having heard of Superworm's wondrous and heroic deeds, captures him and forces him to dig for treasure.

Dirty Girt by  T...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Humor!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is all about humorous books as April is National Humor Month!!!  Books are some of the best ways to get some laughs and are filled with so many different types of humor; some catch you by surprise while there are others that are ones that could actually happen or that you wish would actually happen.  If you are ever in need of a good laugh or a better day, check out one of these--we have some that are in diary/journal format while others are straight chapter books so there is something for everyone and every mood.  These books and mor...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Humor!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is all about humorous books as April is National Humor Month!!!  Books are some of the best ways to get some laughs and are filled with so many different types of humor; some catch you by surprise while there are others that are filled with so many awkward moments that you can’t help but laugh and squirm in your seat at the same time.   If you are ever in need of a good laugh or a better day, check out one of these--we have some adventure, fantasy, realistic, and sports titles so there is something for everyone and every mood.  These books an...

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Try Some Citizen Science!

It used to be that many scientists did not want help from non-scientists. They thought that a typical person/citizen did not have the skills, knowledge, or training to make a meaningful contribution to their discipline. Wrong! This was a common attitude even though history is littered with self-taught or non-professional people who did make important scientific contributions. The hundred plus years of data from the Christmas Bird Counts would never have been possible only relying upon scientists.

Fortunately, few scientists now need convincing that there is an important role for o...

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Colors of Spring Storytime!

Are you ready to read this week? We’re celebrating spring and all of the wonderful colors we’ll see! 

Type into the search bar above, tag:#springstories for some great books exploring spring and colors, like the ones listed below!

The Song of Spring by Hendrik Jonas: Spring arrives and birds everywhere are calling out to each other, but when one young bird forgets which sound to make to find a bird friend, a group of animals come together to help.

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak: In simple text, a young boy watches how natur...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Bookworms & Libraries!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that feature some of our favorite things--books, bookworms, and libraries!!!  The first week of April is National Library Week and what better way to celebrate than to read a book which highlights this amazing place.  We have a variety of books that feature a traditional library similar to what you know and then some that are incredibly unique and you will find yourself wishing you could visit as well as some that are all about book lovers--just like you!  Some of the titles are fantasy, the first in a series, science fict...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Bookworms & Libraries!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on books that feature some of our favorite things--books, bookworms, and libraries!!!  The first week of April is National Library Week and what better way to celebrate than to read a book which highlights this amazing place.  We have a variety of books that feature a traditional library similar to what you know and then some that are incredibly unique and you will find yourself wishing you could visit as well as some that are all about book lovers--just like you!  Some of the titles are fantasy, the first in a series, or down right so rea...

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