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Land of Myths and Magic for Middle Grades and Teens

If you love mythology and magic, this is the place for you! Enter the Land of Myths and Magic this week for your summer reading!

This week, we'll focus on the Land of Myths and Magic Activity Badge and all of the virtual programs that accompany this. You will find these on Beanstack when you log into your account and click on the tab for Activity Badges. If you aren't registered, there is plenty of time and we have links below to help you navigate the summer reading challenge. 

If you have a summer reading child in elementary or middle school, or are a teen ...

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Enter the Land of Myths and Magic!

Imagine your story this week in the Land of Myths and Magic!

This week, we'll focus on the Land of Myths and Magic Activity Badge and all of the virtual programs that accompany this. You will find these on Beanstack when you log into your account and click on the tab for Activity Badges. If you don't have your account set up, we have links at the bottom of this post to help you navigate our summer reading program. 

If you have a Pre-Reader who is logging books read, scroll until you see this picture:

Complete 3 activities related to this theme that...

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The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives will Reopen on July 8

Beginning Wednesday, July 8, the Reading Room of the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives will reopen to researchers. For the safety of staff and researchers, and to protect our collections, we have had to make some changes to our procedures. Researchers will now need to make appointments to do research in the Archives. Currently, researchers are limited to a one hour research appointment per day. Research appointment times are as follows:  

Monday to Thursday: 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM, 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM, 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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Library Buildings Open with Limited Services, Hours, and Occupancy Starting July 8th

We are excited to announce our Phase Three opening plans in accordance with Governor Ralph Northam’s directive to the Commonwealth. The library system will reopen at 10AM on Wednesday, July 8th with limited services and adjusted public hours and building occupancy outlined below. 

Curbside pick-up service will discontinue on July 8th so library staff can carefully adjust and fully focus on serving patrons inside the building following social distancing and other safety guidelines.  Patrons will be asked to limit their time inside the building to one hour. ...
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Land of Sugar and Sweets for Middle Grades and Teens!

When it comes to treats nothing beats, the wonderful Land of Sugar and Sweets!

This week, we'll focus on the Land of Sugar and Sweets Activity Badge and all of the virtual programs that accompany this. You will find these on Beanstack when you click on the tab for Activity Badges. 

If you have an elementary, middle school, or teen reader who is logging minutes read, scroll until you see this picture:

Complete 3 activities related to the theme of Land of Sugar and Sweets to earn a virtual raffle ticket.

Read/Listen to a book inspired by this th...

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Land of Sugar and Sweets

Are you ready for some special treats? Then Join us in the Land of Sweets!

This week, we'll focus on the Land of Sugar and Sweets Activity Badge and all of the virtual programs that accompany this. You will find these on Beanstack when you click on the tab for Activity Badges. 

If you have a Pre-Reader who is logging books read, scroll until you see this picture:

Complete 3 activities related to this theme that include the Five Practices of Early Literacy-Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing - to earn a virtual raffle ticket.

Talkin...

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Hoopla, Music For Any Taste

Did you know that there are vast amounts of great music available to you through our Hoopla digital service? And even better, it’s all for free with a library card? When you download music, you get to listen to a whole album for seven days before it gets “returned”. Listed below are just some of the most popular albums in a few of the many categories. What is your favorite category of music to listen to? Do you always listen to the same music, or different music for different occasions?

What’s Popular Right now in Your Favorite Genre?

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Moving Your Career & Business Forward

Running a business and advancing your career can be stressful enough - especially during these times.  Our librarians and library staff are here to make it easy and help connect you with the right books and digital materials you need.

Search and borrow from thousands of books, eBooks and audiobooks on the critical business topics that matter to you - marketing, finance, leadership, strategy - the list goes on.  Here are a few quick links to materials and content you can physically borrow, download, or stream to help inspire and inform from our catalog and on Hoopla.

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Celebrating Pride during the pandemic

All over the world, Pride celebrations have been postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our own Winchester Pride has been postponed to October 24th (details here). If you’re anything like me, you’re thinking, “Well, I’m glad we’re being safe, but it’s disappointing having to miss our traditional celebration.” But one of my favorite things about the LGBT community is our ability to make the best of bad situations. With that in mind, here’s a couple of ways you can celebrate Pride from home.

1) Pride online! There are several cities across the US and the world that are...

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NEW Library Out Loud! Podcast - Youth Summer Reading

I sat down (virtually) with Donna and Katie to talk about the exciting youth summer reading for kids and teens.  We talked prizes, how to enroll, a few tools for parents and kids for fun and education during the summer, and more!

You can listen to the podcast on YouTube below or on SoundCloud here.

 

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Land of Make Believe for Middle Grades and Teens!

When you close your eyes can you conceive, a path to the Land of Make Believe? 

As always, a quick reminder first on how to sign up if you haven't! If you're all set, jump ahead to this week's challenge!

HRLS Youth Summer Reading Main Page - Learn about the challenge and how to sign up. Beanstack Video Tutorials - Need help registering, earning badges, or applying tickets to a drawing? Detailed videos can be found at this page. HRLS Youth Virtual Programs - View our online programs for the month. Download the June Calendar - Download and post this calendar ...
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Enter the Land of Make Believe!

Imagine your story and you shall receive, a trip to the Land of Make Believe! 

As always, a quick reminder first on how to sign up if you haven't! If you're all set, jump ahead to this week's challenge! 

HRLS Youth Summer Reading Main Page - Learn about the challenge and how to sign up. Beanstack Video Tutorials - Need help registering, earning badges, or applying tickets to a drawing? Detailed videos can be found at this page. HRLS Youth Virtual Programs - View our online programs for the month. Download the June Calendar - Download and post this calendar to kn...
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Virtual Author Talk to Focus on What it Means to be an American

Handley Regional Library System and the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System is excited to partner with 1455 A Place for Writers on their next virtual author talk with Chris Register on his book Conversations with US.  The free program will run on June 27th at 3PM on Handley Regional Library System’s Facebook page (@handleyregional). The heart of Conversations with US beats with the words of hundreds of everyday people offering their thoughts on what it means to be American. After nearly 400 interviews and a cumulative year on the road, Register is now working to share the st...

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Land of Kings and Queens for Middle Grades and Teens!

Hear Ye, all Ye Knights and Fair Ladies. Enter this week into the Land of Kings and Queens for Elementary, Tweens, and Teens!

If you haven't singed up yet, it's a great week to do so! First, here are the basics if you're new to our summer reading. If you  haven't signed up yet or have any difficulties navigating this year's challenge, here are some important links to help:

HRLS Youth Summer Reading Main Page - Learn about the challenge and how to sign up. Beanstack Video Tutorials - Need help registering, earning badges, or applying tickets to a drawing? Detailed vi...
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Enter the Land of Kings and Queens!

Enter in all ye royalty of the land! Join us in the Land of Kings and Queens for the Pre-Readers!

First things first. If you  haven't signed up yet or have any difficulties navigating this year's challenge, here are some important links to help:

HRLS Youth Summer Reading Main Page - Learn about the challenge and how to sign up. Beanstack Video Tutorials - Need help registering, earning badges, or applying tickets to a drawing? Detailed videos can be found at this page. HRLS Youth Virtual Programs - View our online programs for the month. Download the June Calendar - ...
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