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Clarke County Library Brings Heimat - Handley Chamber Music to Barns of Rose Hill

The Heimat-Handley Quartet will be performing chamber music at Barns of Rose Hill in Clarke County on February 22nd at 2PM. The performance is part of Clarke County Library’s programming and is sponsored by the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System.  All avid chamber musicians, each player brings a wide array of experience and renewed energy to both the music and the group playing violin and cello. The performance is free and open to the public.

Add the event to your calendar here.

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Push Your "Shelf" Winter Challenge for Adults

For the month of February, adults can participate in a new program called Push Your “Shelf” at Handley Regional Library System.

The program gives adults the chance to experience new library services, check out library items outside of their comfort zone, and participate in different library activities by completing activity sheets. Many activities can be completed online if winter weather keeps you indoors. After completing activity sheets, adults can win Book Bucks to spend at the upcoming Used Book Sale in March, a branded HRLS book bag (while supplies last), and be entered to w...

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Movers & Diggers Storytime

Big construction machines are a fascination for most young children and we'll indulge and encourage this love all week at Handley Regional Library Storytimes! Head over to one of our three locations for a storytime event and pick up some great construction books while you're there. If you'd like a few ideas to get you started, type the tag: #let'sbuild into our online catalog search from any computer. 

As always, we'll enjoy some songs and activities to bring the storytime theme alive. Here are a few tunes to get you moving and digging into some great construction fun. <...

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Great Backyard Bird Count

Every year since 1998, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society have sponsored the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). About the GBBC (taken from their website): “The GBBC was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.”

Last year, members of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society (NSVA) surveyed the...

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I Love You Storytime

Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a doo. I love you!

Although every day of the year is a great day to remind your child how much you love them, the approach of Valentine's Day gives us a wonderful opportunity to explore all the many ways we love one another. No commercialization, no gimmicks, just some great stories to share. The library has a bunch of love-filled books you can check out for free and read together! 

Head over to our storytimes the week of February 10th for some wonderful stories, songs, and more! Search the catalog for the tag: #ilove...

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Book Drop-Off at Bowman Library

The next book drop-off date at Bowman Library (Stephens City) has been announced as February 15th at 9AM-12PM. You 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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Black Artist Spotlight at Bowman Library

We are celebrating Black History Month with a unique program called Black Artist Spotlight, where kids can learn about and create their own artwork in the style of famous Black artists. 

The programs will focus on Faith Ringgold, famous for using quilting techniques to create her artwork, on February 11th and Kara Walker, famous for creating massive silhouettes, on February 25th.

Both programs are at 6PM at Bowman Library. The program is free and open to the public with supplies provided by the Library. Visit www.handleyregional.org/kids for more information. <...

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Preschool Open House

There will be a preschool open house on February 8th at 2PM at Handley Library. Families can meet with teachers and staff from local preschools and daycares as they consider their options before enrolling. Children are welcome to attend to try out different school activities and get to know potential new teachers.  The program is free and open to the public. 

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Dental Smiles Storytime

Say CHEEEEEESE! This week the storytimes at HRLS will discuss all things teeth! We'll look at everything from dentists to brushing, and even those wobbly loose teeth. Head over for some fun stories to teach children more about their pearly whites and search our catalog for the tag: #pearlywhites to bring some great books home!

Here are some "teethrific" tunes and rhymes to help reinforce dental health. 

This Is The Way
(Tune: The Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we brush our teeth,
Brush our teeth, brush our teeth
This is the way we brush o...

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We Love Our Juvenile Easy Readers!  

 

February means Valentine’s Day, so we’re showing our love by celebrating our wonderful collection of easy readers! We have all of your favorite series, from Pete the Cat to Elephant and Piggie. We also have several collections of easy readers that we are sure you’ll enjoy.

 

Rookie Readers - Rookie Ready to Learn Readers are grouped by themes such as First Science, I Can, and Animals.These mainly fictional books feature activity pages that include matching games, songs, and word lists. The small size fits easily into little hands! For a list of Rook...

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Bring Back Letter Writing

When was the last time you sat down, took pen in hand and wrote a long letter to someone? Not counting that list to Santa, has it been weeks, months, or years? It’s not surprising if you can’t recall, considering the ease of text messaging today. With the ubiquity of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram et al., sending an e-mail is considered long format writing. Not that long ago letters were how we kept informed and in touch. They are the pre-digital history social network. This thought occurred to me when I was searching for a blog topic and learned about Universal Letter Writing Week, which hap...

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Sniffles and Sneezes Storytime

AAAACCHHHOOOO! 

Sometimes those little germs get the best of us and we find ourselves feeling sick. Figuring out where that icky feeling is coming from and how to make it better is one of the many wonderful things we can find in children's books. We'll look at a few of them this week during our Storytimes at the Handley Regional Library System. Head over with your child and enjoy some wonderful books, music, and activities related to Sniffles and Sneezes! 

If they're currently battling a bug, you can join in from home through our online book search. Search the ...

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Tax Resources at the Library

Each year the Handley Regional Library System participates in the IRS Tax Forms Outlet Program (TFOP). Recent changes from TFOP mean we're receiving fewer tax forms in print. Although the Internal Revenue Service is not able to supply libraries with the full range of printed tax forms, instruction booklets, and tax publications provided in the past, we will still be happy to assist you during this tax prep season. Library staff can assist with locating and printing online tax forms but are not able to give advice regarding the forms that you might need. Black and white printing/copying is $...

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Teen Book Award Season Is Here!!

Every year the American Library Association (ALA) chooses the best teen books of the year and it is time to find out the winners for 2020!  This year it is happening on Monday, January 27th at 8:00am.  We are especially excited to find out the winners of the Printz, Morris, and Edwards awards!

The Printz award celebrates the best book written for young adults while the Morris Award focuses on the best young adult book by a debut author.  The Edwards Award is slightly different as it is presented to an author who has made a great contribution to young adult literatur...

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Children Book Award Season is Here!!

Every year the American Library Association (ALA) chooses the best children's books of the year and it is time to find out the winners for 2020!  This year it is happening on Monday, January 27th at 8:00am.  We are especially excited to find out the winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, and Geisel awards!

The Caldecott Award celebrates the best illustrations in a children’s book while the Newbery Award focuses on the best novel and literature for children.  One of the newer awards, the Geisel Award, is given to the best book for beginning readers.

If you are ...

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