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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Siblings!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that feature siblings because you know family always leads to some crazy times and amazing memories!  We have a great mix of realistic, fantasy, and even some classics that are just as good today as they were when they first came out; I love books that feature siblings because they can be featured in any genre.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthsiblings as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new middle grade book spotlight and if you have any book su...

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Apple Picking Storytime Week

Fall is right around the corner and the orchards will soon be ready for some apple picking! Head over to HandleyRegional.org and type in the tag: #picksomeapples and there you’ll find some thematic books to place on hold, such as Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins, Apples for Little Fox by Ekaterina Trukhan, Out and About the Apple Orchard by Diane Mayr, From Apple Trees to Cider, Please by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, and Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray. 
You can place any of these books on hold and head over to pick them up when they’re available. 

Don’t forget to chec...

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Reading Level Search Tutorial

You can locate the perfect book for your reading ability in our library catalog. 

Download the correlation chart in English or in Spanish to get started. The video below will show you how to:

Use this correlation chart to find your age, grade and reading level. Make a note of your AR level or your Lexile measure. Enter a specialized search by reading level. Enter your AR or your Lexile measure. You can limit by title, author or subject. Success! You have found the perfect book for your reading level and comprehension. ...
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Big Bugs Storytime!

Library Card Sign-up Month continues and we have a really BIG theme this week for you to give your library card a workout. Pull up that catalog search and type in the tag: #bigbugs for some great buggy book suggestions such as Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth, Bugs! by David Greenberg, and I Love Bugs! by Phillemon Sturges. You can place any of these books on hold and head over to pick them up when they’re available. 

 

 

Don’t forget to check our calendar to see what Big Bug programs we’ll have online too! 

To support early literac...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Football!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on Middle Grade Football stories since it is the start of the NFL season!!!  With a combination of fiction and nonfiction, these titles provide different aspects and perspectives of the game of football and what it takes to play the game.  Also, many of these books are part of a series so if you enjoy one of them, you will have more to choose from!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthfootballstories as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new Middle Grade b...

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#LookToLibraries Campaign Guides Parents through Tough Topics

The American Library Association (ALA) has compiled great resources for parents and caregivers to help children navigate these challenging times in a campaign called #LookToLibraries.

Click here to access a Media Mentorship’s Tip Sheet. Look to a children’s library professional for help finding excellent resources to help monitor children and digital devices and their content.

Click here to Read this great blog about the technology debate vs. children: Should children have access to technology and how much?

Near and dear to our heart, this is a g...

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Book Spotlight Videos Launch Online for Kids and Teens to Promote Reading

To connect with kids and teens virtually, the library staff at Handley Regional Library System announces a new series of online videos featuring book recommendations and activities for kids, teens, and families.  The book spotlight videos premiere weekly on Mondays and are presented by library staff through an interactive format to develop and enhance core literacy and learning skills.  The schedule is below with videos available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/handleyregional and the library system’s YouTube page.

Ready to Read this Week, Mondays at 11AM Middle Grade ...
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Super Powers Storytime Week!

It’s Library Card Sign-up Month and we’re celebrating the super power of a library card by celebrating a Super Power Storytime Theme this week! So grab your library card, or get signed up for one today because we have some super great books to suggest and plenty of great activities to power your reading week.

Type in the tag: #iamsuper into the catalog search bar where you’ll find books such as SuperHero ABC by Bob MacLeod, Batman’s Dark Secret by Kelley Puckett, and I Am Wonder Woman by Erin Stein. With your library card number and 4 digit pin you can up any of these books on hol...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Nonfiction!!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that are all nonfiction!  Nonfiction does not have to be boring and these books are going to prove it; they can be fun and exciting.  The titles featured this week are just a few of the amazing nonfiction books we have here at the Library.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #amazingyouthnonfiction as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new Middle Grade book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

I Survived: Five ...

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Back to School Help from Your Local Library

This year’s Back to School Season looks substantially different for countless families. Many are navigating trying times to determine what’s best in getting the most information to make informative decisions for their family.

We want you to know that Handley Regional Library System is HERE for you. Whether your child is homeschooling or attending public or private school and even college, we can help. Are you an educator wanting to make the most of the digital content you are sharing with your students? Are you a caregiver that is new to assisting with at-home instruction? Or...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--WWII Titles!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that take place during or are about World War II.  Historical fiction is so awesome because it takes us back in time and places us in other viewpoints, helping us learn more about events and people.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthww2fiction or looking on the shelves for J 940.53/J 940.54 as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new Middle Grade book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--New Books!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on new books, because let’s be honest--there is just something about a new book smell!  The titles featured in this week’s book talk (and listed below) are titles that are new to us at the Handley Regional Library System over the past couple of months.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #2020youthnewbooks as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new Middle Grade book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

We Dream of Space by Er...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Friendships

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on chapter books featuring a variety of friendships, because let’s be honest--when you have a friend, life just seems to be that much better.  The titles featured in this week’s book talk (and listed below) are books that can be found in our juvenile and YA collections at the various branches of the Handley Regional Library System. These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthfriendship as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new middle grade book spotlight and if you have any...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight: 2019-2020 VRC Titles!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that have been nominated for the 2019-2020 Virginia Readers’ Choice Award!  This award takes place every year for readers of all ages--the goal is to read at least 4 of the 10 nominated titles and then vote for your favorite; the title with the most votes is named the winner.  Votes for this year are due by September 30th!  More information about this program can be found at: https://www.vsra.org/virginia-readers-choice-program

The titles featured in this week’s book talk are a handful of titles from both the Mid...

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Homeschooling Panel Sessions for Parents and Kids

Free Online Information Sessions for Parents Considering Homeschooling Options this Fall

With a panel of experienced homeschooling families, we will discuss numerous topics from identifying your child's learning style to understanding resources to enhance engagement at home. See how your local public library can support your homeschooling journey, too!

When

Wednesday, August 5th 1PM-3PM

Session is through Zoom and requires advanced registration at https://www.handleyregional.org/events/homeschooling-101-information-session 

This will al...

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