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Fun, Educational Wildlife Program to be Held at Handley Library

Handley Regional Library System will be presenting a fun, educational wildlife program in the Handley Robinson Auditorium at the Handley Library branch on July 23, 2021 in-person at 2 PM for kids, teens, and families as part of their youth summer reading program “Tails and Tales”.

Meet your backyard neighbors and learn about their natural history as well as ways humans can help and not hurt native wildlife. Focus is on the survival skills of area wildlife, the impact of humans on our wild neighbors and the importance each of these animals has to our ecosystem. Animals may include ...

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Welcome to Hoopla flex!

Our digital collection just got better! Starting June 23, 2021, library patrons have even more to love about the digital collection on hoopla. Hoopla is a web and mobile library media streaming platform that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, eBooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone, even your TV. 

New hoopla Flex Borrows!

In addition to the 3 hoopla Instant borrows you receive each month with your library card, you will now have 6 hoopla Flex borrows you can use on thousands of specially marked hoopla Flex eboo...

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We are Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Bowman Library!

Handley Regional Library System is thrilled to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Mary Jane and James L. Bowman Library, which opened to the public on July 16, 2001. An anniversary celebration will be held on Saturday, July 17, at Bowman Library from 11 AM to 1 PM. The festivities will include a live, old-time music jam session, so community members are encouraged to bring an instrument and join the fun, or just come to enjoy the music. There will also be an indoor family photo booth, a “History of Bowman” outdoor story walk, Mattie’s Mobile Soft Serve for purchase, displays of the ...

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New Virtual Exploring the Library Adult Summer Reading Series

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

The first program is "Finding eBooks, Magazines, and Audiobooks through Libby" on Wednesday, June 16, at 7 PM. Libby is an application that allows library patrons to read or listen to books and magazines on devices such as phones, tablets, or computers.

Did you know that the library makes available thousands of books in digital format, many of which cannot be found...

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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!

Now our book club is virtual as with many of our programs. ANYONE can join the book club in any location! Won’t you join us?

Join us LIVE virtually on our next discussion, July 7, at 12:00 PM.

Search our Online Catalog for Another Country by James Baldwin.

Click here to register!

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Winchester Alamo Film Club DVDs at the Library

The Show Must Go On!

When you think about public library offerings for patrons, material books are usually the first thing that comes to mind. Handley Regional Library System has a lesser known collection of unique DVD movies donated by partner Winchester Alamo Film Club that would satisfy even the greatest fan of cult, foreign, and independent films.

Search the film club DVDs in our catalog now.


Originally shown in the local theater for their members, the Alamo Film Club over the years has donated more than 700 DVDs that library patrons can now e...

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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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Back to School Help from Your Local Library

This year’s Back to School Season looks substantially different for countless families. Many 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? Or...

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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 ...

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SU Business Students Create Promotional Videos for Library System

Handley Regional Library System and a Design Thinking class at Shenandoah University’s Byrd School of Business collaborated on a project that resulted in students creating promotional videos for the library system to use for marketing purposes. The students of Professor Montressa Washington’s Design Thinking class took on the challenge to develop and create short videos to encapsulate the services of all three library locations to the general public.

Broken up into three groups, students produced two videos that would engage library patrons to use services and materials, attend pr...

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