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Teen Book Spotlight--Hispanic Heritage Month Authors!!!

With it being Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th), our teen book spotlight this week is on books that are authored by Latino and Latina authors!!!  These books are amazing and so many of these authors have written more than just the titles that are being featured--so if you like this one there are others you can read as well.  Most of the titles featured are standalones so if you want a book that has a beginning, middle, and end these may be a perfect choice!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yahispanicheritage...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Duologies!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is focused on books that are the first in a duology!  A duology is basically like a mini-series of books; the series is a total of two books which is perfect if you want more than one to read but not too many.  The titles for this week are the first out of the two and the duology is complete so you do not have to wait to figure out what happens at the cliffhanger ending.  While many duologies tend to be of the fantasy genre, we have some this week that are realistic and science fiction as well and even a dystopian!  These books and mor...

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Extracurricular Activities Fair will be held at the Handley branch on September 18th

Handley Regional Library System will be presenting an Extracurricular Activities Fair in the Handley Library Children’s Room on September 18, 2021, from 2 PM to 4 PM for all ages. 

Do you know what activity you're doing after school this year? Find out at this open house event. Ask questions, try out the activity, and get price breakdowns from local community organizations all in one convenient place. 

Some of the organizations in attendance include: 

Armstrong Irish Dance Academy (live interactive dance demo at 3 PM)  Blue Ridge United So...
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Teen Book Spotlight--Colorful Covers!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is focused on books that have some amazing Colorful Covers!!!  Let’s be real here for a minute because we all judge and choose a book on the front cover (most of the time) even though we are told not to do so, but that can honestly lead us to read some books that we would not have picked up otherwise.  Since we are choosing these books based on their front covers, then we have an amazing selection that are all completely different from realistic to humor, fantasy, horror and even some award winners! These books and more can be found by searching t...

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Teen Book Spotlight--September 11th

Our teen book spotlight this week is focused on books that examine the events of September 11, 2001.  As we approach the 20th anniversary of that fateful Tuesday, it is a date that should be remembered and examined as everything changed at home and abroad by the end of that day.  Books are an amazing way of not only reflecting but also learning about that day and the events that took place as many of you may not be old enough to remember what happened and is just a mention or a blip in your history class or textbook; for those of us who were alive and knew what was happening, it i...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Graphic Novels!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is focused on graphic novels!!!  Graphic novels are incredibly visual stories that can feature pretty much anything fiction and nonfiction.  Done in the style of comic books, there is a huge variety of choices; literally something for everyone so even if you have never read one before, you will definitely be able to find something.  For our talk this week, we have a great selection of nonfiction, fantasy, historical, humor, and realistic to get you started. These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yagre...

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Teen Book Spotlight--On the Ocean!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is focused on books that take place in or on the ocean leading to some pretty epic adventures!  When something takes place on the open water, it leads to scenarios that are filled with danger and choices which could lead to life or death given the limited options.  We have a great selection of titles this week, ranging from historical, adventure, fantasy, stand alones and a few first in a series.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yaseaadventure as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back ne...

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Teen Book Spotlight--New Books Pt. 6!!!

Our teen 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.  We are featuring some amazing fiction and nonfiction this time including titles from a few our favorite and most popular authors!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #2021yanewbooks as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Tales That Inspire!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is all about Tales That Inspire!!!  This is the final week for the 2021 Summer Reading Program and we are using this week as a launching point for you all to be inspired going into the new school year!  Inspiration means something different to everyone; some people will want to try new things while others may take on a challenge to better themselves and the world around them or maybe you just need some encouragement to get you through the day or even as you look down the road into the future.  These titles are ones that you can use to find ...

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A Look Back at Virtual Program "Third Thursday-Exploring the Outdoors"

In a time when most of us were spending more time with friends and family outside thanks to COVID-19, The Friends of Handley Regional Library System brought us a multi-part virtual series titled "Third Thursday-Exploring the Outdoors". Each month featured a different outdoor enthusiast presenting their story and sharing tips to enjoy the outdoors. While this program will take a break for the month of August, it will be back in September! Here's a look back at past sessions:

January 21, 2021-The premier featured two Appalachian Trail hikers, Rose "Comics" Turner...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Tales From New Places!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is all about Tales of New Places!!!  We are taking a look at books that take place in other places that are not here; they are in other parts of the world or even in places that do not exist in the “real world” but only in “book world”.  That is one of the best things about books--they can go as far as our imaginations let them.  We have a great selection this week of fantasy, dystopian, and adventure; a mixture of stand alone titles as well as some firsts in a series.  By the time you are done reading some of these titles, you will be w...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Tales of the Real!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is all about Tales of the Real!!!  We are exploring everything nonfiction which is one of my favorites to read!  With nonfiction, there is literally something for every interest and even topics you have never even heard about.  I highly suggest taking a look at the new nonfiction books when you come to the library because there is always an amazing selection--we even have a bonus selection because there were too many to choose from.  We have some great highlights this week from books all about history to movies and even some conspiracies...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Tales About Others!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is all about Tales About Others!!!  We are taking a look at books that deal with relationships with others whether it be family, siblings, friendship, and even classmates; if how the main character interacts with others is central to the plot then it is a book about others!  All of the books we are featuring this week have a unique look at how people connect with one another in various situations, some more serious than others.  Most of the books fall into the realistic category but within that we have diary formats, some magical realism, a...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Tales From the Dark!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is all about Tales From the Dark!!!  We are exploring books that will keep you on the edge of your seat with some amazing thrillers, suspense filled, mysterious, and supernatural titles that will keep you turning page after page and staying up way past your bedtime.  Some are darker than others so there is something for everyone, no matter the level of “dark” it needs to be.  We have some amazing stand alone titles as well as some first in a series; realistic, dystopian, historical, and even some folklore can be found in this collection of ti...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Tales From Time Past!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is all about Tales From Time Past!!!  Our titles this week are all historical fiction stories; this is one of my favorite genres because it provides an opportunity to read about times and events in history that many times we do not know much, if anything, about because they are not taught in typical school classes.  Historical fiction books are filled with true facts (authors need to do a ton of research) and many times the characters are inspired by real people.  We have books that take place in the United States and others on other continen...

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