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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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New Virtual Exploring the Library Adult Summer Reading Series

In conjunction with the 2021 Adult Summer Reading Program, library staff held a series of virtual workshops about Exploring the Library to help patrons best utilize the library and its resources. 

Programs in this series focused on Library platforms that provide digital content to our patrons including eBooks, Audiobooks, Magazines, Music, Comics, and streaming video. The three platforms explored were Libby (for iOS and Android, Hoopla, and Amazon Kindle).

Below is a list of the workshops with a link to the video recordings of each.

Workshop 1: Blog Type: Adult Program Page Homepage Adults News

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Winners! Adult Summer Reading Program 2021

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 Adult Summer Reading Program. We had over 600 people sign up for this years program. We hope everyone will join us next year.

Here are this years prize package winners!

Exploring the Outdoors Prize Package Winner - Rachel Novick

Prize package includes: America the Beautiful annual pass, Mountain Trails gift card, America the Beautiful: A story in photographs

Valley Locals Package - Edward Heddinger

Prize package includes: Museum of Shenandoah Valley Family Membership, Winchester Ciderworks g...

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One-on-One Seeker Job Assistance Offered by NW Works at Handley Library

Handley Regional Library System is excited to announce a program where individuals can get one-on-one job seeker help from NW Works at Handley Library.  Held the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 11AM-12PM, the public can meet with a representative from NW Works for help searching for a job, filling out an application, making a resume, and other job search related tasks. 

To get help, patrons can inquire at the Information Desk at Handley Library during the program time.  Registration is not required.  The individual job seeker program complements the o...

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Dr. Karen Huff to Discuss Children’s Literature at Friends of Handley Regional Library System Annual Meeting

The Friends of Handley Regional Library System will hold their annual meeting on May 19th from 7:00PM-8:30PM online through Zoom.  The meeting is open to the public where the Friends will formally announce the slate of officers for the upcoming year where members of the Friends can vote during the session.  After voting, Dr. Karen Huff, from Shenandoah University, will give a presentation titled, Shenandoah University's Children's Literature Conference:  Continuing the Legacy of Nancy Larrick Crosby.  Crosby, a Winchester native born in 1910, was a Professor of Education...

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This Book Club is for You!

Have you ever joined a book club? Wanted to but never had the opportunity? Never wanted to but thought you should? Still don’t want to but I am making you feel guilty?

Whatever the case, Brown Bag with Books is for you (it’s for everyone!) You can sit back quietly and listen in or talk as much as you want. Believe it or not, friendships have been created out of this club.

We meet monthly via Zoom, on the first Wednesday of the month at noon.  All you need to do is check our website for the book of the month and read it! It’s a great way to push yourself to try a new...

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3-Part Virtual Series: Exploring the Library

We held a special series designed to educate the public on different ways to use library services in March  titled Exploring the Library.  These virtual sessions offered through Zoom were ideal for new, prospective, and current users of all library system locations – Bowman Library, Clarke County Library, and Handley Library. 

Topics included tips and tricks on using the online catalog to access materials and online content, hidden treasures on the library website, and a deep-dive session exploring the 24/7 Digital Library.  To view video of the recorded progra...

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Introducing the Graphic Novel Book Club!

Are you familiar with our adult graphic novel collection? Graphic novels are not just for children or teens. Whether you enjoy fiction, nonfiction, biographies or memoirs, these novels are a format that encompasses all genres and has something for everyone. It is one reason why I enjoy them, since the combination of text and artwork adds variety and something different to my reading list. In between the regular novels I read, it’s great to squeeze in a graphic novel, especially while I’m waiting for my next eBook hold to come in through our Libby app.

Within the past couple of yea...

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Game Nights Are Back! Virtually!

We’re very happy to announce that our After-Hours Game Nights for adults are making a comeback. By teaming up with Discord and the online gaming platform Board Game Arena, we can come together while still keeping our distance. We’ve really missed seeing you all at Game Nights this past year, so we hope you’ll join us again online.

How will it work?

First of all, we’ll be posting the link for our Discord server on the calendar event and our Facebook event page about half an hour before we start so that people can have extra time if they want it to get used to the f...

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Plan Your Next Adventure

The weather has gotten colder but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck inside. We’re all at greater risk of cabin fever this year, so there’s no time like the present to break out your cold weather gear and a sturdy pair of shoes and hit the trail.

I know that I, for one, have certainly been hiking more this year and gone on more outdoor adventures in general. In light of social distancing concerns, it’s one of the safest ways right now to get exercise and have fun. There’s nothing quite like resting beside a waterfall in a sunny spot at Shenandoah National Park and listening to...

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Virtual Book Club: Brown Bag with Books

Book club participants normally would meet at Clarke County Library and bring their lunch to the discussion, thus the name Brown Bag with Books. But, for now, you can join from the comfort of your own home virtually!

ANYONE can join the book club in any location! Won’t you join us?

Join us LIVE virtually on our next discussion, September 1st at 12:00 PM.

To check out the book, click here. Click here to register!


Current Book Club Selection

The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey. This New York Times Notable Book of...

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Do You Zoom?

What is Zoom?

Have you Zoomed yet?  No, it’s not a car commercial, it is a popular platform for virtual meetings and events that has become very prevalent in the age of COVID 19.

More and more, people and groups are holding meetings and events virtually from religious services, to book clubs, to library programs. Zoom is a popular platform that allows participants to see one another, hear each other, and interact without being physically present together.  It is one way we as a library have been able to continue to bring programs to our community. 

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Magic Lantern Theater Presents That’s Dancing at Handley Library

The Friends of the Handley Regional Library System and Magic Lantern Theater are pleased to bring That’s Dancing! to Handley Library on March 14th at 2PM.  Free and open to the public, the film is a documentary about dancing on the screen, from its origins after the invention of the movie camera, over the movie musical from the late 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s up to the break dance and the music videos from the 80s.  Gene Kelly hosts a compendium of great moments of dancing in the movies, from Busby Berkeley to Astaire & Rogers to the Nicholas Brothers to Sammy Davis Jr. and Jo...

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Emily Martin and Friends

The Friends of the Handley Regional Library System is pleased to bring the next Little Noon Music, Emily Martin and Friends, to Bowman Library. The performance is on March 13th at 12:15 and is free and open to the public. Based in the Washington DC region, Emily Martin, of The Martin Family Band, carries on the tradition of playing, teaching and performing. Her styles include Old Time Appalachian traditional music and Irish music on the mandolin, mountain dulcimer, tenor banjo and voice. Emily will be joined by Josh Henderson on guitar, bass and vocals and Elora Martin on Irish Flute and vo...

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