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Family History Hunters Breaking Brick Walls: African American Ancestors in Virginia with green and brick background

Breaking Brick Walls: African American Ancestry

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African American genealogy research can be a challenge, especially before 1870 and emancipation. Have you hit a brick wall? This month's Family History Hunters program on June 8th at 12:30pm in the Benham Gallery at Handley Library will feature a presentation from Brenda Burton Nelson, who has broken through barriers and uncovered her and her husband's genealogy. She will present a case study about how she was able to break down brick walls and find her husband’s ancestors. 

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Cut Your Budget

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Are you utilizing all that your library has to offer? The library has many services and resources to save you time and money. From printed books, magazines, and newspapers to 24/7 online access to eBooks, audiobooks, movies, and more, the library is your one-stop shop for information and entertainment!

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Beginner Genealogy Workshops

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Did you know that more than 102 million people research their family history? You can be one of them! The questions often asked are where do I start, and how do I find what I need? 

Our Beginner Genealogy Workshops are for individuals who are just starting in their genealogy quest or who have started and need assistance. The workshops include a five-step process that covers the basics of ancestry research.

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Music and Wellness at Your Library

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How can music help you on your journey towards better health? The Handley Library branch has partnered with Cheryl Costello from Melodic Journeys to provide a Music and Wellness workshop series to explore the many ways individuals and groups can use music to achieve their health goals.  

Cheryl holds a board certification in music therapy, which means she has completed a credentialed specialized education program and obtained a certification from a national board recognized by the American Music Therapy Association. 

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Tough Topics for Teens

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Being a teen is tough, and sometimes you need help! Take a look at some of the following Young Adult Nonfiction topics and find books on the topics relevant to you. You can find YA Nonfiction in the Adult Nonfiction section.

Abusive Relationships.................................362.8                 

Alcohol..........................................362.292 & 613.81               

Anxiety...............................................152.4 & 616.88                 

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