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Listen: WINC FM Interview with John Huddy

In just about 3-minutes, you can hear the Community Corner interview with Barry Lee and John Huddy, Director of Handley Regional Library System.  John talks about current library operations, our 24/7 Digital Library, our new streaming service, and more.

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Get Your Child Hooked on a Book!

Your child may need to physically stay at home, but why not send their minds on an adventure? The Handley Regional Library System is now offering Hoopla Digital, free with your library card! Hoopla offers on-demand resources of over 300,000 movies, e-books, audiobooks, music, and more! Read all about it here, then head over and create a free account to start your adventures right away. 

Did we mention there are over 300,000 choices?  If that seems overwhelming, here are some library staff suggestions on some books to get your child started. 

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When I think about my own reading interests, I tend toward books containing elements of fantasy, supernatural, humor, and a touch of science fiction and mystery. It’s always nice reading genres I enjoy since it is both comforting and entertaining. But I also work at a place where I’m surrounded by all sorts of reading materials, and one of the services we provide here at the library is assisting patrons in finding new things to read. If I’m only reading certain types of books, how can I best help other people explore new titles?

At the beginning of the New Year I decided to set so...

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Letter to the Community

Dear Residents of Frederick and Clarke Counties and Winchester City,

I’m writing today to provide an update on the operations and service availability of Handley Regional Library System.  The information in this letter has been carefully considered as we protect the health and safety of our staff and patrons due to COVID-19 – and reflect unified decisions made by Library staff and the Library System Board. 

As previously communicated, all library buildings are closed to the public, including to volunteers, and we have made the intentional decision to suspend o...

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Colorful Crayons Storytime-At-Home!

Home all day self-isolating can be a challenge, and missing your regular activities with library storytimes doesn't help. The Handley Library System's Youth Department is committed to helping our young patrons make this as enjoyable as possible and this week's storytime is perfect for some at-home enjoyment! We'll be celebrating National Crayon Day with a look at crayons and all the stories they have inspired. 

We'll be building a storytime-at-home that has some creative expression built right in, and includes some wonderful digital resources available with your library card,...

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Records of Frederick County, Virginia Courts-Martial of Militia Troops Now Online

Frederick County, Virginia, Courts-Martial of Militia Troops conducted between September 1755 and October 1761, transcribed by John Walter Wayland from originals in back pages of  Frederick County Deed Book 18, are now available online through the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Digital Collections.

Ordered that John House of the foot Company Commanded by Capt. William Vance be fined Five shillings or fifty lbs Tobo.[tobacco]  For absenting him Self from one private muster within Twelve months last past.

John House’s name appears in a list of delinquents submitt...

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Making Messes Storytime-At-Home

The youth library staff here at Handley Regional Library really misses all of our young patrons during this temporary closing. For this reason, we've been working to bring you content to enjoy at home. 

Head over to our Events section of our HRLS Facebook Page and you'll see them listed under "Upcoming Events". 

Ms. Donna and Ms. Cheryl recorded a very silly storytime last Wednesday and there was a lot of laughing as Silly Willy messed up his big performance. Watch it below!

Ms. Gina posted a Storybook Yoga to find here. 

For this week'...

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Tumblebooks Available for Free!

TumbleBooks, a world leader in online children’s book databases, announced today it will make its family of online libraries available for free to all public libraries until at least August 31.

Its flagship product, TumbleBooklibrary ( is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games which is used by thousands of schools and public libraries in over 100 countries across the world.

TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Your can read as m...

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Virtual and Live Programs for Kids & Teens

Our Youth Services team has been hard at work planning to bring the library world to you! 

Follow us on all social accounts (Facebook and Instagram are @handleyregional) and join us for the following programs:

Tuesday, March 31 at 2PM on Instagram Live

Kid Lit Reviews: Want to know what you should read next? Hear from kids your age that have sent in reviews in their own words of their favorite reads!

Wednesday, April 1 at 11AM on Facebook Live

Storytime and Puppets: Colorful Crayons is the theme this week in storytime. Join us ...

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Three Things To Love About Hoopla

If you haven’t discovered Hoopla yet, you’re in for a real treat. We've added Hoopla streaming to our already abundant digital library options for patrons to access. With more than 300,000 movies, television shows, ebooks, audio books, music, comics, and more, your digital world just got enhanced by leaps and bounds!

1.  Have you been waiting patiently for that next book in a series or a book everyone has been talking about? Need a certain book for your book club? The latest music album? Well, wait no more! There are no holds, so you can have your instant access to your item ...

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Being Green Storytime-At-Home!

The theme for early childhood programs this week is Being Green!  Although we won’t be gathering to share the stories and songs, we do have some great online resources to share, as well as songs you can use to build your own special story sharing time together. 

Our newest online resource, Hoopla, has some great options, including the following "Green" books, available just in time for St. Patrick's Day celebrations! 

You can check out How to Catch a Leprechaun through Hoopla, including the audio book, and a read-along movie. 

If you're look...

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Stuck at Home? Your Library is Here to Help.

For families of all ages, a global pandemic can be alarming and confusing. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been spreading throughout the United States now, specifically, and has led to school and public closures. The uncertainty of this national and global situation can induce more anxiety in our kids. However, learning how to talk about what is going on and what to do next can be the first step that grown-ups can take to lead to better understanding for families with kids.

Your public library can be a source of trustworthy information and educational resources if you and your fami...

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Get Counted!

The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape your future. It even helps secure funding for your local public library! For the first time, you can complete the census online, by phone, or by mail.

While our libraries are closed due to COVID-19, we regret that we cannot provide public terminals at this time. However, we have extended the range of WiFi at each building so tha...

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Current List of Canceled Events Due to COVID-19 Response

The following programs and events have been canceled at Handley Regional Library System.  This page will be updated as programs need to be canceled.  We are sorry for any inconvenience, however the safety and health of our staff, program performers, and patrons are our top priorities.  

This is a list of programs through March 17th.  Updates will be communicated regarding the status of programs and events beyond that date as soon as possible. 

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Important - Library Buildings Closed to the Public - Holds are Suspended

Updated:  March 30, 2020 2:34PM

Handley Regional Library System Operations Update Regarding the Coronavirus Response

Read the complete letter from John Huddy, Director of Handley Regional Library System.


Due to safety and staffing levels, physical library materials are no longer available to be placed on hold. 


We are no longer accepting returns at the outside book drops.  The book drops are now locked.  Please hold on to these materials safely until we annou...

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