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Teen Book Spotlight--Football!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on YA 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.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yafootballstories as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock--15-year-old D.J. Schwenk prov...

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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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Teen Book Spotlight--Amazing YA Nonfiction!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on some amazing YA nonfiction titles!  Nonfiction does not have to be boring and these books are going to prove it; there is something out there for everyone.  Many of the titles featured this week are some of my personal favorites and I cannot recommend them enough!!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #amazingyanonfiction as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

Hunting Charles ...

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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 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...

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Teen Book Spotlight--World War II

Our teen book spotlight this week is on YA books about World War II (some fiction and nonfiction)!  There are so many to choose from and it is amazing to read about the various events (ones that are well known and others not so much) through different viewpoints.  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 #yaww2fiction or exploring the 940.53s and 940.54s in the library as we...

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Teen Book Spotlight--New YA Part 2

Our teen book spotlight this week is on more new YA books, because let’s be honest--there is just something awesome about being the first one to read a new book!  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 #2020yanewbooks as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

Crac...

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Teen Book Spotlight--YA Friendships

Our teen book spotlight this week is on YA 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 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 #yafriendship as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know...

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Teen Book Spotlight: New YA Titles!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on new YA books, because let’s be honest--who doesn’t love a new book?  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 #2020yanewbooks as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

 

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin--Lou...

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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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Virtual Summer Reading Finale for Kids and Teens Announced

The Virtual Summer Reading Finale for kids and teens is on August 8th starting at 11AM on Facebook at @handleyregional.  The live program will feature a celebration of this year’s participants including top readers and number of books read. 

So far, over 650 kids and teens have participated in the program with 7,996 books read by pre-readers and nearly 6,000 hours of reading by older readers and teens.  Prizes, including book bundles, will be awarded and winners will be announced for the top readers from each age group and category with instructions on how to pick-u...

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LAND OF THE FUTURE FOR MIDDLE GRADES AND TEENS

It's here! The final week of Summer Reading and we're dreaming of wonderful things in the Land of the Future! 

In our final week of summer reading, we'll focus on the Land of the Future Activity Badge and all of the virtual programs that accompany this. There are only days left in the challenge, but you can still jump in and do a few activities, read and earn some tickets. Links are at the bottom of this post to show you how. Join, log, and then be ready to celebrate on Saturday at 11:00 on the HRLS Facebook page. 

You will find these activities on Beanstack...

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LAND OF Rhythm and Rhyme FOR MIDDLE GRADES AND TEENS

It would be a crime to miss the Land of Rhythm and Rhyme! 

This week, we'll focus on the Land of Rhythm and Rhyme  Activity Badge and all of the virtual programs that accompany this. You will find these on Beanstack when you log into your account and click on the tab for Activity Badges. If you aren't registered, there is plenty of time and we have links below to help you navigate the summer reading challenge. 

If you have a summer reading child in elementary or middle school, or are a teen reader who is logging minutes read, scroll until you see t...

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Land of Merry Unbirthdays for Middle Grades and Teens

Celebrate a few of your 365 Unbirthdays this week! (It's a leap year, so you get one more!)

This week, we'll focus on the Land of Merry Unbirthdays Activity Badge and all of the virtual programs that accompany this. You will find these on Beanstack when you log into your account and click on the tab for Activity Badges. If you aren't registered, there is plenty of time and we have links below to help you navigate the summer reading challenge. 

If you have a summer reading child in elementary or middle school, or are a teen reader who is logging min...

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Land of the Ocean Deep for Middle Grades and Teens

We have an ocean of books this week! Enter the Land of the Ocean Deep this week for your summer reading!

This week, we'll focus on the Land of the Ocean Deep Activity Badge and all of the virtual programs that accompany this. You will find these on Beanstack when you log into your account and click on the tab for Activity Badges. If you aren't registered, there is plenty of time and we have links below to help you navigate the summer reading challenge. 

If you have a summer reading child in elementary or middle school, or are a teen reader who is loggin...

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