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Summer Reading Tips for Picky Readers

For families with kids of all ages finding a “just right” book can be tricky. Handley Regional Library System staff offer numerous ways to help you and your reader try new genres or authors of books. Specifically, we have a service called BookMatch Junior! for ages 12 and under, which matches your reader with books to try based on a quick survey form you fill out. However, a generally good practice when helping to build strong readers in your home is the following:

Choose a book that you think you will enjoy based on the cover. It’s okay to judge a book by its cover in this case! ...
Blog Type: Homepage Kids
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PUSHING MY SHELF DURING THE BINGO CHALLENGE 2022: KATIE M.

In this installment of the Pushing My Shelf  blog series, Katie M. tries her hand at writing a haiku after reading a book about poetry.

This month we thought we would do a blog series for the Push Your Shelf Bingo Challenge. The challenge is to complete Bingo squares that “push your shelf.” In other words, read or try something that you might not ordinarily consider; something not typically found on your bookshelf. Find out more here.

To cheer you on some participating staff members* are contributing short blogs that recount their experience completing a Bingo chall...

Blog Type: Homepage Adults
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Database Spotlight: "NoveList K-8 Plus"

It's a New Year, and a perfectly good new time to learn about the Handley Regional Library System Digital Library! We are kicking off 2022 with our continued monthly series called "Database Spotlights" where we will highlight one of our databases, specifically focusing on youth and families. Do you want support when it comes to Homework Help? Are you looking to build your research skills? Let us share the wonders of our Digital Library with you and your family! Learn about some of our online databases that you can access for free with your library card. 

Newly integrated into...

Blog Type: Homepage Kids Teens
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Database Spotlight: "Infoplease"

We are kicking off another school year with our monthly series called "Database Spotlights" where we will highlight one of our databases, specifically focusing on youth and families. Do you want support when it comes to Homework Help? Are you looking to build your research skills? Let us share the wonders of our Digital Library with you and your family! Learn about some of our online databases that you can access for free with your library card. 

As our students and teachers head back into the classroom in some shape or form, "Infoplease" is a free library database you're goi...

Blog Type: Kids Teens
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Database Spotlight: "Gale in Context- Elementary"

It's a New Year, and a perfectly good new time to learn about the Handley Regional Library System Digital Library! We are kicking off 2021 with a monthly series called "Database Spotlights" where we will highlight one of our databases, specifically focusing on youth and families. Do you want support when it comes to Homework Help? Are you looking to build your research skills? Let us share the wonders of our Digital Library with you and your family! Learn about some of our online databases that you can access for free with your library card. 

 

New to our Digit...

Blog Type: Homepage Kids
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Social Justice Education Reads for Grades K-12

If you and your family are wanting to read more diverse books with a central theme around Social Justice Education, then look no further than your local public library! We've compiled a list of books for Elementary, Middle School, and High School readers. You can find these books in our library catalog here and/or in our digital library in Hoopla here. All you need is a library card! If you do not have one, simply email information@handleyregional.org and we can help get you one today. 

Additionally, you can easily count these books and time spent reading them for t...

Blog Type: Kids Teens
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Celebrating Children's Book Week: May 4-10

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes—wherever young readers and books connect! Children’s Book Week is not only a celebration of books, but of connection. It is a vehicle to unite kids and adults with books, authors, and illustrators in order to foster a love of reading. As we all take the recommended measures to keep ourselves and loved ones...

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Virtual and Live Programs for Kids & Teens

Take a break with your library by participating in these free, interactive virtual programs. There is something for everyone in the family! Registration may be required, so check the library calendar for more information. Our Youth Services team has been hard at work planning to bring the library world to you virtually during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Check back monthly for more interactive programs.

March 2nd is NEA's Read Across America Day that "launched in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA) and guided by a committee of educators, NEA’s Read ...

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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...

Blog Type: Homepage Kids Teens Adults
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