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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 ( www.tumblebooklibrary.com) 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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Parents, we're going LIVE on social media!

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

Be sure to follow us on all social accounts (Facebook and Instagram are @handleyregional) and join us for the following programs:

Friday, March 20 at 5:30 PM on Discord

Virtual Teen Game Night:  See this page for registration and log-in.

Saturday, March 21 at 1 PM on Instagram Live

Storybook Yoga: Experience yoga for the entire family where we will move, stretch, and read together. Let's pretend to smell our flowers and buzz like ...

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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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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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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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Teen Program at Bowman Library: Potato Chip Taste Test!

We are excited to announce a fun program just for teens – Potato Chip Taste Contest! On February 3rd from 6PM-7PM, teens can gather at Bowman Library to put their taste buds to the test in several games involving potato chips to identify them by taste, flavor and texture. Each brand has a story and prepares their chips in unique ways.

The fun-filled program is free and open to middle school and high school students. The contest celebrates the invention of the potato chip by George Crum, the half African American, half Native American cook at Moon’s Lake House, who prepared a meal ...

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eBooks Are For Everyone!

With the holidays approaching and whispers of snow in the air, make sure that everyone has something to read. The Handley Regional Library System has many eBooks available for children and teens when you cannot make it to the library. All you need is your library card and your PIN to access most eBooks through the library website or library apps such as Libby from Overdrive. Don’t remember your PIN? Call Clarke County (540.955.514), Bowman (540.869.9000), or the Handley Library (540.662.9041) to change your PIN. 

Our eBook collections for children and teen...

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Ugly Festive Party and Teen Game Night at Bowman Library

We have a free holiday program for teens, Ugly Festive Party, at Bowman Library on December 13th at 5:30PM. Gamers can rotate throughout the console, tabletop, and computer games, bring a gift to share ($5 or less), and dress in their holiday worst or best! This program is intended for middle school and high school youth and is free and open to the public.

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Check Out Our Genre Booklets

Do you love Mystery? What about Horror? If you have a favorite type of story, check out our Genre Booklets located in the teen area of the Handley Branch. Each season we add new cards in favorite reading categories such as Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Romance. We’ve even added new categories, too. Novels in Verse features stories told in poetic forms and Heroes features your favorite heroic figures from series and graphic novels. A few of our newest books include: 

How (Not) to Ask a Boy To Prom by S.J. Goslee - No...

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Five Magical Facts!

On Saturday, October 26th at 2:00 PM, the Handley Library will host the Festival of Magic Show featuring many magical appearances and fun for all ages. To prepare for the spellbinding show, here are five facts about magic to enjoy. 

The word “magic” is derived from the Greek word “mageia.”

Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin, a French magician born in 1805, is known as the first modern magician. He famously exposed the technology behind his illusions after performing them. 

The World Championship of Magic ...

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A Library Card: More Than Books

Although the American Library Association's "Library Card Sign-Up Month" has officially passed, your library card is better now than ever! Did you know that using your FREE library card is worth more than just books? Our special collections are as easy to check-out as your average library book! Which collections below have you checked out? 

WI-FI HOTSPOTS: Browse the internet from any mobile device 24/7!  The devices allow free internet connection on the go and anywhere Verizon or

T-Mobile service is available on your smartphone, laptop, tabl...

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Take What You Need Today

     Life can be tough sometimes, and it is really easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the challenges and negativity that the world throws at you. No one should have to wade through all of it without some encouragement. No one should feel alone. So if you are needing a little extra inspiration, come to the Bowman Library to find some with one of our new displays. Whether you need a pick me up, food for thought, some motivation, or just someone to tell you that you can make it through the day, we hope that you can find that here. In this new display in the Young Adult/Teen sect...

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Beetlejuice Showing at Handley Library

Calling all teens!  We are excited to announce a special showing of  “Beetlejuice” (Rated PG) for teens in the Mike Forman Rotary Reading Garden on August 7th at 8:30PM at Handley Library.  The movie is free and open to the public. Teens are encouraged to bring snacks and blankets for the outdoor movie.

About the Movie

The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out.  Stars Alec Baldwin, Michael Keaton, and more.

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It's Time for Natsu Con!

Celebrating Japanese Anime and Beyond!

We’re just days away from the first annual Natsu Con at Bowman Library! Natsu, meaning “summer”, is a conference presented by the Teen Advisory Board to celebrate Japanese Anime and beyond, including comic books, fandoms, and anime fans of all ages. It all happens on Monday, July 29th, beginning at 1:00 PM. 

Highlights include some great speakers on topics important to the youth of today, beginning with Nick Coleman of the Crossroads Counseling Center who will take you through the issues that even superh...

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Natsu Con Japanese Anime Conference

Natsu Con is at Bowman Library on July 29th from 1PM-7PM. The teen event is sponsored by the Teen Advisory Board at Bowman Library and is free and open to the public. Focused on anime and comic characters, attendees will hear from special speakers who will focus on developing anime characters, Nick Coleman with a talk about how super heroes have issues too, an artist alley, character panels, dance presentations, cosplay contents, Japanese snacks, and more. The day ends with a drawing workshop by cartoonist Paul Merklein of Wisconsin.

Register for the artist alley, cosplay, and par...

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