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When I think about my own reading interests, I tend toward books containing elements of fantasy, supernatural, humor, and a touch of science fiction and mystery. It’s always nice reading genres I enjoy since it is both comforting and entertaining. But I also work at a place where I’m surrounded by all sorts of reading materials, and one of the services we provide here at the library is assisting patrons in finding new things to read. If I’m only reading certain types of books, how can I best help other people explore new titles?

At the beginning of the New Year I decided to set so...

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Letter to the Community

Dear Residents of Frederick and Clarke Counties and Winchester City,

I’m writing today to provide an update on the operations and service availability of Handley Regional Library System.  The information in this letter has been carefully considered as we protect the health and safety of our staff and patrons due to COVID-19 – and reflect unified decisions made by Library staff and the Library System Board. 

As previously communicated, all library buildings are closed to the public, including to volunteers, and we have made the intentional decision to suspend o...

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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 ...

Blog Type: Kids Teens Adults
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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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Get Counted!

The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape your future. It even helps secure funding for your local public library! For the first time, you can complete the census online, by phone, or by mail.

While our libraries are closed due to COVID-19, we regret that we cannot provide public terminals at this time. However, we have extended the range of WiFi at each building so tha...

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Water is Life

Water is life, yet we very much take water for granted in the developed parts of the world. March 22nd is World Water Day, a yearly reminder that this precious resource is vital to survival. Water as a subject is broad and deep. It appears in the title of books on spirituality and religion; flows through science; policy and current events; swirls around fish, oceans, marine mammals, birds and all the wildlife that also depend on water for their existence.

There are lakes, ponds and wetlands; places so important to life both human and animal. We also have our own speci...

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Great Backyard Bird Count

Every year since 1998, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society have sponsored the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). About the GBBC (taken from their website): “The GBBC was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.”

Last year, members of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society (NSVA) surveyed the...

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Tax Resources at the Library

Each year the Handley Regional Library System participates in the IRS Tax Forms Outlet Program (TFOP). Recent changes from TFOP mean we're receiving fewer tax forms in print. Although the Internal Revenue Service is not able to supply libraries with the full range of printed tax forms, instruction booklets, and tax publications provided in the past, we will still be happy to assist you during this tax prep season. Library staff can assist with locating and printing online tax forms but are not able to give advice regarding the forms that you might need. Black and white printing/copying is $...

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Hidden Gems of 2019

When it comes to the latest films, the library has them. The latest Marvel films? Check. Summer blockbusters? Check. But don’t forget about the smaller films. As a movie lover I enjoy discovering new and different things to watch, so this month I have some selections that caught me by surprise from last year. If you’re looking for something different to watch here are some titles I recommend:

The Farewell When Billi learns that her grandmother, Nai Nai, has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, she flies back to her childhood home in China to see her one last time. But Billi lea...

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Enjoy Food From Around The World

Now that days are short there's more time for inside activities. Cold weather makes a warm kitchen that much more enjoyable. Why not try a new dish? It used to be ingredients featured in international recipes were hard to come by. A surprising number of exotic spices and international flavorings are now available in our local grocery stores. We have hundreds of cookbooks in the HRLS collection; dozens feature cuisines from other countries. Looking for a new pasta sauce? Korean BBQ? Real Irish food? Asian wraps and rolls? African Flavors? German baking? Mexican favorites?

Where to ...

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New Exhibit on Prohibition At Bowman Library

A travelling exhibit, the first in a series, will be coming to the Bowman Library on December 10th. On loan from the Library of Virginia, the exhibit is called Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled and consists of a series of informative banners on the Prohibition Era in Virginia from 1916 to 1933. It will be featured in the lobby of the Bowman Library for the next month and a companion exhibit which was prepared by our archivists will be on display at the Handley branch on the lower level outside of the Stewart Bell Jr. Archive.

Prohibition marked the ...

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Job Search and Resume Help

Need A Resume?  We’ve Got You Covered!

If you are looking for a job, having a stand out resume is a critical first step on the journey. At the Library, we have tools to get you on your way.

There are over 46 books and ebooks in our catalog on resume writing. These books answer questions about format, content and style.  What information should you include?  What should you leave out? If you don’t have a resume or yours needs an update, these books are a great place to get started.

The HRL Website allows you to explore online resume wri...

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What to Read Next...Novelist

What to read?

This age old question has new solutions. The library now subscribes to a feature called NoveList. NoveList can be reached from the HRLS homepage by hovering over “Research & Learn” then under “Subjects” click on “Reviews and Recommendations.”



Scroll down under the graphics and you will see a link for NoveList. (There is a NoveList for kids too!). Once you click on the link you will be taken to the NoveList homepage.



Along the left side you can find suggestions for fiction or n...

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Horror Films for Halloween

October is that time of year where I find myself watching mostly horror movies. While I never used to consider myself a horror fan, over the years I’ve discovered there are many different types of horror films. Not all horror movies have to be just frightening or disturbing. Some can be rather fun and entertaining. With Autumn officially here and Halloween not too far off, it’s a great time to delve into our horror film catalog. While our horror DVD collection can be browsed here, I’ve included a list of ten films that are well worth checking out if you’re looking for something new to view....

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Just for the Health Of It

October is Health Literacy Month. This makes it the perfect time to discover how the library can help you stay healthy and live well.  Join us for Just For The Health of It. And check out these great resources to help you live your best.

Magazines and eMagazines

A wealth of content is waiting for you. Most know we have books to checkout, but did you know we have magazines too? We have titles like Eating Well, Clean Eating, and Food Network to help you find the best meals. Others like Health, Diabetes Forecast, Men’s Health, and Natural Solutions to inform you on hea...

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