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eBooks Are For Everyone!

With the holidays approaching and whispers of snow in the air, make sure that everyone has something to read. The Handley Regional Library System has many eBooks available for children and teens when you cannot make it to the library. All you need is your library card and your PIN to access most eBooks through the library website or library apps such as Libby from Overdrive. Don’t remember your PIN? Call Clarke County (540.955.514), Bowman (540.869.9000), or the Handley Library (540.662.9041) to change your PIN. 

Our eBook collections for children and teen...

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Author Talk: Blind Bombing: How Microwave Radar Brought the Allies to D-Day

We have a unique author talk with Norman Fine on his new book, Blind Bombing on December 14th at 2PM at Handley Library. Fine tells the little-known story of how microwave radar got the Allies to D-Day in WWII, despite initial apathy and even opposition by many in the entrenched military establishments of Britain and the United States. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and provided by Winchester Book Gallery. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System.

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On the eve of WWII, late ...

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Little Noon Music at Handley Library with Madeline MacNeil

We are excited to announce the next Little Noon Music performer as Madeline Macneil on December 13th at 12:15 at Handley Library. Madeline is a treasure as a performer. Known for her talents as a singer and performer on the hammered and fretted dulcimers, she is equally well known for the warmth and generosity with which she shares her music and encourages others to play and sing. The performance is free and open to the public.

The silver-haired woman with the golden voice has won the admiration of countless fans across the country, performing in concerts and festivals throughout ...

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Ugly Festive Party and Teen Game Night at Bowman Library

We have a free holiday program for teens, Ugly Festive Party, at Bowman Library on December 13th at 5:30PM. Gamers can rotate throughout the console, tabletop, and computer games, bring a gift to share ($5 or less), and dress in their holiday worst or best! This program is intended for middle school and high school youth and is free and open to the public.

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Shenandoah University Dance Division to Showcase at Handley Library

We are excited to announce a special dance performance by Shenandoah University students. The Junior BFA choreography class will present their second evening of projects, 6 X 6, at Handley Library on December 12th at 7pm. This evening will showcase 11 new dances created by the students, using a 6 x 6 wood platform and working with trios or quartets. The students are continuing their choreographic process and language investigations with these projects and it promises to be an exciting and unique dance performance to experience. The performance is free and open to the public.

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Holiday Jamboree Storytime!

This week at HRLS storytimes, all branches will be celebrating some holiday cheer

 full of music and celebration! 

You can find wonderful books to check out, along with holiday movies, music, and more. Look up the tag: #holidayjamboree in our catalog for recommendations, or simply head over and browse the shelves. 

Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 PM the Bowman Library will host a Holiday Sing-Along for all ages. We will have a traveling organ, singing, instrument play-along for the little ones to join in, and favorite holiday music to enjoy.&n...

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Give Thanks Storytime

At Handley Regional Library System, we want to say “Thank you!” to all of our wonderful patrons of all sizes. You give us reason to give thanks every day.  In that spirit of gratitude, we will share some of our favorite books about gratitude and thankfulness this week.

Don't forget, we will be closed on November 28 and 29 in observance of Thanksgiving, so head over and stock up on your books, movies, and media before 5pm on Wednesday! 

While you build your feast, here are some extra ways to enrich your holiday celebration!

I Am Thankful Jar 
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The Doom of the Saloon: New Exhibit Focuses on Prohibition

“Patient and long we waited for the day/ When the saloons should all be wiped away,” begins The Doom of the Saloon, one of several song scores to be found in the book Best Temperance Songs, published in 1913.   This book and many other prohibition related items are featured in the latest exhibit by the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives.

Federal prohibition began in 1920 following the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment to United States Constitution which banned the production, importation, and sale of alcohol. In Virginia, however, a statewide ban on alcohol began in 1916 f...

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Job Search and Resume Help

Need A Resume?  We’ve Got You Covered!

If you are looking for a job, having a stand out resume is a critical first step on the journey. At the Library, we have tools to get you on your way.

There are over 46 books and ebooks in our catalog on resume writing. These books answer questions about format, content and style.  What information should you include?  What should you leave out? If you don’t have a resume or yours needs an update, these books are a great place to get started.

The HRL Website allows you to explore online resume wri...

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Next 1455 Author Series at Handley Library with Jenn Segal

1455 A Place for Writers Author Series at Handley Regional Library System continues with author Jenn Segal who will talk about her best-selling cookbook Once Upon a Chef. Jenn is the founder of Once Upon a Chef, the popular blog showcasing easy, family-friendly recipes from a chef's point of view. Her recipes have been featured on numerous websites, magazines, and television programs, including The Huffington Post, WJLA's Good Morning Washington, and Parade.com.

The program is free and open to the public at Handley Library on December 7th at 3PM.  145...

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Book Drop-Off at Bowman Library

Handley Regional Library System, along with the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System, announces the next book drop-off date at Bowman Library on December 7th from 9AM-12PM. Participants can bring gently used books, CDs, DVDs and electronic games. Donations will become part of the Spring Used Book Sale in March, 2020.

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Whoville Christmas at Bowman Library

Its coming - a special holiday program on December 7th at 11AM for kids and families called  Whoville Celebration!  Come dressed in your Whoville holiday finest!  Hear stories, join the puppets, and sing around the tree. Enjoy games, sing and dance, make decorations, and taste yummy gummy fruit snacks. The program is free and open to the public. 

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Annual Gingerbread Jamboree Returns to Handley Library

We are excited to announce the highly anticipated Gingerbread Jamboree on December 2nd at Handley Library at 4:30PM. Families of all ages can celebrate the holiday season with a puppet show, gingerbread stories, games, and more at the free program! Patrons can enjoy interactive stations, with guests like the Maryland Fairy Hair Lady who will be turning friends into fairies if they choose, balloons from Characters By Chelsea, and face painting with Face Paint by Rachel! The first 100 kids will receive a gingerbread cookie from Firefly Café & Bakery!

“Kids and families look fo...

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We've Launched a Podcast for You!

We are excited to announce the launch of a podcast series called Library Out Loud! to help promote and communicate library services, programs, materials, and news to the community. The podcast will feature quick, monthly interviews and stories with library staff on topics ranging from book and movie reviews, upcoming programs for all ages, how-to use specific library resources like research databases, system-specific news, the launch of new materials, and more.

How to Listen

Library Out Loud! is available on Sound Cloud (www.soundcould.com/handleyregional) and through th...

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October Library Usage Stats

The stats are in! Here is a quick summary on how the community relied on the services and programs from Handley Regional Library System in October.

Download the infographic here.

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