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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Books Featuring Jewish Characters!!!

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is focused on books that feature Jewish characters!  Many times, Jewish characters seem limited to just World War II fiction books but that is not the case and we are taking a look at some titles that are anything but that time period.  We have a mix of historical and realistic (and some are a little intense--just be warned!) fiction as well as some graphic novels this week and I can promise you that they are amazing!!!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthjewishcharacters as well as o...

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Handley Celebrating Computer Science Education Week with Area Schools

In a new community partnership with the Winchester Public Schools' Metrics program, the Handley Youth Services Department is excited to celebrate Computer Science Education Week.

From December 6-11, the library will be providing free programs and services to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of local students, teachers, and partners to the field. Students and teachers can interact with a librarian curated computer science booklist for grades K-8 and suggest new titles to expand the li...

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Database Spotlight: Ebsco LearningExpress Library

The November Database Spotlight highlights Ebsco LearningExpress Library.  

LearningExpress Library is organized into targeted learning centers that support students from 4th grade to adult who want to improve core academic skills, pass the GED®, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more.

To access all the features of LearningExpress Library, register with your library card number and PIN. This enables you to save your progress and return to practice tests and other materi...

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Database Spotlight: HelpNow by Brainfuse

October’s  Database Spotlight was HelpNow by Brainfuse. 

This is a new and amazing database we are offering courtesy of The Library of Virginia.  HelpNow offers homework and study assistance from kindergarten through college.  The most exciting feature of this resource is live tutoring.  Live tutoring is available every day 2pm-7pm EST.  You can get help for kindergarten math and reading all the way to Calculus and Organic Chemistry.

You will also find a 24 Hour Writing Lab.  You can use this tool  to submit your writing and w...

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Holiday Celebrations Storytime Week!

It's a wonderful time of year to learn about all the many holidays celebrated in our country. Head to the HRLS storytimes this week for some wonderful stories and songs. While you're there, take home books to read together. If you'd like some great suggestions, click on the search bar above and type in the tag: #holidayjamboree. 

We have some special events planned this week too, some of which require registration, so be sure to check the calendar for additional opportunities to celebrate! 

We have a collection of songs you can sing to help expl...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight: New Books! (Pt. 6)

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is focused on  books that have recently been added to our collection meaning they are new!!!!  New books are the best; they have a new book smell and there is just something about being one of the first people to read it.  There is a great mix of realistic, nonfiction, and graphic novels this week; there is literally something for everyone!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #2021youthnewbooks as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new Middle Grade book spotl...

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Give Thanks Storytime Week

Our library patrons give us reason to give thanks every day!  This week we'll be reading books about Thanksgiving and all the many things we're thankful for. 

Don't forget, we will be closed on November 25 and 26 in observance of Thanksgiving, so head over and stock up on your books, movies, and media before 5pm on Wednesday! While you're there, type into the search bar above, #givingthanks, for some great books about Thanksgiving to take home. 

Here is a look at our programs this fall. Events that require registration can be found on our ev...

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Don't Miss These Jolly Holiday Events!

Handley Regional Library System will be presenting several programs for adults, kids, teens, and families for the month of December to reflect the holiday season.

Chanukah Lights is a program to celebrate the Chanukah holiday of lights. Hear the story "If the Candles Could Speak." Make a menorah and play the dreidel game. Bowman Library, December 2, 5:00 PM.

A Who-ville Christmas will Celebrate the holiday with the Whos! Come dressed in your Whoville holiday finest. Stories, puppets, and singing around the tree. Bowman Library, December 4, 11:00 AM.

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Classic Retellings!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that are all about classic retellings!  These are stories that have been inspired by books that are considered to be classics that have been written in the past and are now used as inspiration for newer books.  Some follow the storylines pretty consistently while others completely turn the story on its head with role reversals, different points of view, settings, or even introducing elements such as science fiction and fantasy.  Some of them may be from classic titles that you have heard of before while others may be compl...

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Aviation History Month

Did you know that November is Aviation History Month? Aviation covers all things aircraft, from hot air balloons to helicopters and everything in between. It also discusses famous aviators or pilots. With that in mind, here are some nonfiction books about the world of aviation.

 

Flight For Freedom: The Wetzel Family's Daring Escape From East Germany by Kristen Fulton

Many people attempted daring escapes over the Berlin Wall, and most failed, giving their lives for the hope of freedom. This is the true story of one child, Peter Wetzel, and his family's darin...

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Let's Pretend Storytime Week

Pretending and libraries are a brilliant combination! We have some great storytimes this week that will inspire pretend play. Head over to join the fun and type into the search bar above, #landofmakebelieve, for some great books to take home. 

Here is a look at our programs every week. Events that require registration can be found on our events calendar. Click on the event you wish to register for, then scroll down to fill in the form. Please register all caregivers and children for preschool age programs. 

Have some fun pretending this wee...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Adoption & Foster Families!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is on books that are all about adoption and foster families!!  Let’s face it, love ‘em or hate ‘em, where would we be without our families?  One of the things I love is that there is such diversity throughout the collection and when it comes to books that feature families and family life, you might read a story that features a family that may be different from your own or maybe you will get to read about family that is just like the one you love to be a part of.  The titles this week take a look at families that are created through ad...

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Creating with Lois Ehlert Storytime Week!

One of our dearly missed favorite authors and illustrators is Lois Ehlert and we'll be celebrating her work all week at the HRLS storytimes. Head over to join the fun and type into the search bar above, #loisehlert, for some great titles to take home. 
 
Here is a look at our fall pre-reader programs. Events that require registration can be found on our events calendar. Click on the event you wish to register for, then scroll down to fill in the form. Please register all caregivers and children for preschool age programs. 

Here are some...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight---The 1920's!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is all about the 1920s!!!  Our titles this week are all based in or about that decade known as the Roaring ‘20s in which we were between two world wars and everyone thought life was good, but it was a time of crime, intrigue, and going against the grain.  We have a great mixture of fiction (complete with drama and friendship) and nonfiction (which will make you look at everything different from now on) and they will not disappoint!    These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthhistorical...

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Biographies For Kids

“Picture book biographies are engaging and informative. They educate children about famous people in history, as well as lesser known heroes from around the world. Biographies are inspiring, because readers learn about how real people who faced real challenges in the real world managed to overcome their difficulties. Biographies teach children to dream big, think deeply, and navigate challenges.” --Harper Collins/ Harper Stacks

 

Biographies were some of my favorite books when I was a child. I read my way through the Childhood of Famous Americans series, fresh off t...

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