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Book Drop-Off at Bowman Library

Handley Regional Library System, along with the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System, announce the next book drop-off date at Bowman Library on August 17th from 9AM-12PM. Participants can bring gently used books, CDs, DVDs and electronic games. Donations will become part of the Fall Used Book Sale in October. Volunteers will be onsite to assist. 

Add this to your calendar here.

Questions about book donations?  Read what we can accept as donations here.

Learn more about the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System.

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Kids and Teens Summer Reading Finale

It's finally here!  We are excited to announce the summer reading finale celebration for kids and teens on August 10th at 11AM-1PM at Bowman Library in Stephens City. The system-wide celebration concludes the summer reading program, It’s Showtime at Your Library, for youth and features the Teen Puppet Troupe, the Tri-State Division of the Eastern Panhandle Ghostbusters who are displaying their ghostbusting vehicles and equipment, a giant marshmallow man and slime monster, a book reading of I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More, and more surprises.

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One Book One Community Events Announced

One Book One Community announces events to be held this fall in conjunction with the 2019 selection, “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sontomayor. Events are free and open to the public.  Copies of the book will be sold at the events.

This is the 17th consecutive year Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties have read the same book during the same time period to promote reading as a meaningful part of everyday life while uniting the community around a common activity and discussion of important issues.

The events are scheduled as follows:

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Crafting with Flowers and Plants Garden Program Coming to Handley Library

We are excited to announce the next gardening program for adults, Let’s Use What You Grow in Your Garden: Crafting with Flowers and Plants, on August 10th at 2PM at Handley Library.

The Master Gardeners will focus on different ways to preserve flowers for crafting. Demonstrations will be presented on pressing flowers, preserving in different mediums, and air drying. A hands-on craft will utilize a variety of pressed flowers applied to a wood ornament.

Registration is required, however the program is free and open to the public, and supplies are included.  Register a...

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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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Alien Science Show at Handley Library

We are excited to announce a new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) based program at Handley Library in Winchester on August 7th at 2PM called Alien Science Show. Presented by the interactive group ScienceTellers, kids and families will enjoy an action-packed alien adventure using science experiments for special effects. The story follows a midnight meteor shower where something mysterious falls from the sky toward Earth — but it’s not a shooting star!  The program is free, open to the public, and part of the It’s Showtime! Summer Reading Program for kids, teens, and f...

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Bags 4 My Cause: You Shop, We Win!

Bags 4 My Cause at MARTIN'S

It’s the giving program that makes it easy for you to support your community and a healthy environment – at the same time!

For the month of August, each time a $2.50 reusable Bags 4 My Cause Bag is purchased at the MARTIN'S located at 400 Gateway Drive, Winchester, $1 will be donated the library system.  This means more funding for programs, services, and materials at your local library. 

For more information on this program, visit https://martins.bags4mycause.com/about. 

Thank you in advance for your support...

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John Brown: Monuments and Mythology at Handley Library

We have a special program reflecting on the history of John Brown’s raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859 and the impact of race relations. John Brown:  Monuments and Mythology will be on August 3rd at 2PM at Handley Library in Winchester.

Add this event to your calendar here.

Free and open to the public, the presentation is led by David Fox, a recently retired park ranger from the National Park Service. Fox will tell the stories of monuments and plaques dedicated to a key figure, Winchester’s own Heyward Shepherd, who was recognized as a free black man who lived in Winches...

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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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Financial Literacy Workshop for Adults & Kids

The Valley Assistance Network, a program of United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley, is joining forces with the Handley Regional Library System and United Bank to host a free, family fun event focused on financial education. The "Money Smart" event will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Handley Library.

Add the event to your calendar here.

What's Included?

The inaugural event includes free dinner, interactive presentations for adults and children, and giveaways for attendees. 

Topics for the adults include ways to increas...

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New Logo for the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System

The new logo is now one color and has the word “system” added to it to represent how the non-profit group supports the entire library system - Bowman Library, Clarke County Library, and Handley Library - through funding of materials, programs, and services for patrons.

“For so many years, we’ve been known as the Friends of the Handley Regional Library,” says Barbara Dickinson, Executive Director for the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System. “When the library system went through the rebranding with the new website and logo, we knew that it was time to update to really s...

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Listen Now: Radio Interview with Library Director John Huddy

We were recently interviewed on the popular radio show, Valley Feedback, about the upcoming programs, events, and new services available at all 3 library locations.  Hear from John Huddy, Director of Handley Regional Library System, during the10-minute segment.

Listen now to the radio interview.

Original Air Date:  7/7/19

Listen on the Valley Feedback website.

 

 

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Bus Trip to 2019 National Book Festival with the Friends

The Friends of the Handley Regional Library System’s annual bus trip to the 2019 National Book Festival is on August 31st. The cost is $25 per seat and the conference is free and open to the public at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The festival is packed with 140 authors and other programs centered on literacy from every genre. This year’s lineup includes U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, historians David McCullough and Michael Beschloss, celebrity D.C. chef and humanitarian José Andrés, graphic novel superstar Raina Telgemeier, and Library of Congress Prize for A...

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Gardening Program at Handley Library: Veggies in Your Garden

We are excited to announce their next successful gardening program for adults– Veggies in Your Garden – on July 13th at 2PM at Handley Library. Attendees will learn the types of vegetables they can grow and cook right from their garden. Vegetable tastings will also be available to understand the difference. The program is free and open to the public.

Program Details

Come learn about what kinds of vegetables you can grow and enjoy in your cooking and right out of the garden. Try some different varieties to taste and see the difference.

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Stranger Things Escape Room for Teens at Handley Library

We are excited to announce a “Stranger Things” themed escape room for teens on July 19th at Handley Library at 6PM. Teens will solve clues, follow the story, and work together to escape before time runs out. Registration and more information is at www.handleyregional.org. The program is free

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