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National Library Week 2024

10 Ways You Can Celebrate National Library Week

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Welcome to National Library Week, a time when communities across the nation join hands to celebrate the cornerstone of knowledge, inspiration, and community: libraries. At Handley Regional Library System, we're thrilled to be part of this annual celebration, and we invite you to join us in commemorating the incredible contributions libraries make to our lives. This year's theme, "Ready, Set, Library!" embodies the excitement and readiness to explore the myriad offerings libraries provide. Here are ten ways you can celebrate National Library Week with us:

  1. Visit Your Local Library: Step into the welcoming embrace of your local library. Whether it's to check out a book, attend an event, or simply bask in the quiet ambiance, your presence is what makes our library truly special.

  2. Attend an Event: Dive into the diverse array of events happening at the library. From author talks and workshops to book clubs and children's storytimes, there's something for everyone. Bring a friend or family member along for an enriching experience.

  3. Explore New Books: Take a leisurely stroll through the stacks and discover your next literary adventure. Whether you're into fiction, non-fiction, or graphic novels, our shelves are brimming with stories waiting to be uncovered.

  4. Get a Library Card: If you haven't already, now is the perfect time to sign up for a library card. Gain access to a treasure trove of resources, from books and e-books to online databases and educational tools, all for free!

  5. Share Your Library Love: Spread the word about the magic of libraries by sharing your experiences on social media. Use the hashtag #loveHRL to join the conversation and inspire others to explore all that libraries have to offer.

  6. Support Library Funding: Advocate for the importance of libraries in your community. Whether it's attending town hall meetings, writing to elected officials, or simply talking to your neighbors, raising awareness about the value of libraries is essential for their continued success.

  7. Volunteer Your Time: Consider giving back to your local library by volunteering your time and skills. Whether it's shelving books, leading a workshop, or helping with community outreach, your contributions make a difference.

  8. Explore Our eLibrary: Can't make it to the library in person? No problem! Dive into our eLibrary, where you can access a wealth of resources from the comfort of your own home. Explore databases covering a wide range of topics and dive into eBooks, movies, and audiobook right from your device at home. Our eLibrary is accessible anytime, anywhere, making it easier than ever to tap into the resources and services your library has to offer. Check out our website for a full list of eLibrary offerings and start exploring today!.

  9. Purchase Books at Our Used Book Sale: Join us for our annual used book sale at Bowman Library from April 13th to April 15th to April 19th. Discover hidden literary gems while supporting your library. Every purchase helps fund our programs and services for the community.

  10. Say Thank You: Last but certainly not least, take a moment to express gratitude to the library staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to make our library a vibrant hub of learning and discovery. A simple thank you goes a long way in showing appreciation for their dedication.

As we celebrate National Library Week together, let's reaffirm our commitment to the power of libraries to transform lives and strengthen communities. Whether you're a longtime library enthusiast or a newcomer eager to explore, there's never been a better time to embrace the magic of libraries. Happy National Library Week!

 

 

 

 

 

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YA VRC Nominees Book Covers

Teen Book Spotlight--2024-25 VRC High School Titles

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Our teen book spotlight this week is all about books that have been nominated for the Virginia Reader’s Choice (VRC) High School award for the 2024-2025 school year!!  The VRC award was started back in the 1980s with the goal being that students across the state choosing what they thought the best book of the year is instead of adults.  Every year, there are 10 YA books nominated for the award by a committee; readers then have a few months to read as many of the 10 as they can and then they will cast their vote for which one they think is the best.  The book with the most votes wins the award!!  Every teen, as long as you live in Virginia, qualifies to participate in this amazing experience and you can vote right here at your local Handley Regional Library System library (if you are interested just stop by and see someone in Youth Services!).  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #vrchigh2024 as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

Killer of the Flower Moon: Adapted for Young Readers by David Grann--In 1920s Oklahoma, sixty murders of Osage Native Americans occurred over a period spanning thirteen years. It is believed that most of the murders occurred as the result of trying to secure the oil rights on land owned by Osage members. This nonfiction, young adult account chronicles why it took so long for officials to take notice and respond, how the Bureau of Investigation got involved, and the tangled web of greed and corruption that marred the case from the beginning. Though some individuals were prosecuted, it's believed that many more were involved and were never brought to justice.

Bluebird by Sharon Cameron--In 1946, Eva Gerst and her sister Brigit arrive in New York City as German refugees with one mission: find their father and turn him over to the United States government. Eva and Brigit's father was the head of a cruel Nazi program that carried out medical experiments on Sachsenhausen concentration camp prisoners. Though Eva has intimate details of the program, she isn't interested in sharing them with anyone. Her personal mission, unbeknownst to government authorities, is to kill her father in an act of revenge on behalf of his victims.

The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart--High school teenager Lily has been trying to hold things together since she found her sister Alice on the bathroom floor--bleeding from cutting herself--and her family sent Alice to a treatment center. Lily's unprocessed feelings about what happened come to a head when she finds out Alice is coming home. At school she meets new kid Micah who knows Alice because he was in treatment with her. He tries to get Lily to process her feelings about what happened through an art project they're paired together on that uses poetry to express their truths.

Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier--Making his way home after surviving a three-year imprisonment during a war and a pestilence ravaging the land, Lord Cassia learns he has a newfound ability to see ghosts. When he arrives at his family's enclave, he discovers that the new royal family--composed of the Oliveran King and the enemy Brisan Queen--is living there to escape the pestilence, and that their union ended the war. When Lord Cassian discovers someone is targeting the queen and her companions, he sets out to find the killer, enlisting the help of the king's sister, a historian-in-training named Lena. Together, the pair look into the queen's past and discover a secret that threatens their hard-fought peace.

The Getaway by Lamar Giles--Jay discovers that the mountain resort where he lives and works with his friends and family is also a doomsday oasis for the rich and powerful who expect top-notch customer service even as the world outside the resort's walls disintegrates.

Me (Moth) by Amber McBride--Two years after the death of her family in a car accident, sole survivor Moth still feels adrift and lost, even though she's mostly comfortably cared for by her aunt. When she meets junior classmate Sani, whose ancestors are Navajo, she finds a kindred spirit who understands what it feels like to be disconnected from family. Abused by his stepfather, Sani decides to leave home and search for his biological father on the Navajo Nation in the western United States. Moth tags along, also hoping to find freedom from her negative thoughts and unhappy life. As the pair visit landmarks and national parks, they find love and a trustworthy companion with which to share their pain and joy.

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Sensory Bag

Handley Branch Enhancing Accessibility for Patrons with Sensory Needs

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Handley Library branch has achieved KultureCity® Certification as a Sensory InclusiveTM space. This certification marks a significant step forward in the library's commitment to providing an inclusive environment for all patrons, including those with sensory processing needs.

Through a partnership with KultureCity®, the Handley Library branch has implemented a range of accommodations and resources to better support individuals with sensory sensitivities. This initiative reflects the library's dedication to raising awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by those with sensory processing needs.

Among the accommodations available are KultureCity® Sensory bags, which include noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, feeling thermometers, and special KCVIP badges. These resources are provided for in-house use and are accessible to patrons at no cost by leaving an ID at designated service desks within the library.

Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which can be a major part of the events or services.

"We are excited to reinforce our dedication to serving every patron at the Handley Library branch," said John Huddy, Director of Handley Regional Library System. "By partnering with KultureCity®, we can better serve patrons with sensory needs and ensure that everyone in our community feels welcome and supported."

Patrons can obtain KultureCity® Sensory bags and other accommodations at the Greeter Desk located at the entrance and the Youth Services Information Desk on the Second Floor. Additionally, an extra pair of noise-canceling headphones is available for in-house use at the Information Services Desk in the Adult Reading Room.

KultureCity® is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using its resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs, not just those with autism. Since the program’s inception, KultureCity® has created over 1,000 Sensory InclusiveTM public and private services, organizations, events, and venues in 6 countries: this includes special events such as the NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, MLB World Series, and MLB All-Star Weekend.

Prior to their visit, families and individuals can download the free KultureCity® App where one can view what sensory features are available and where they can access them including, how to get a KultureCity® Sensory Bag. Also, on the App is the Social Story which will provide a customized visual preview of what to expect while participating. Access the social story here: https://venue.kulturecity.org/venues/handley-regional-library-system

For more information about the Handley Library branch's sensory-inclusive initiatives, please visit www.handleyregional.org/accessibility or contact 540-662-9041.

For more information, contact Public Relations and Outreach Manager Cheryl Nakagawa at cnakagawa@handleyregional.org or visit www.handleyregional.org.

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Upcoming Events for Teens

This event is in the "Teens (12+)" group.

Teen Perler Beads

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Bowman Library
Library Branch: Bowman Library
Room: BL Reading Porch - Teen Area
Age Group: Teens (12+)
Program Type: Hangout, Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Make your own Perler Bead creations!  Supplies will be provided but personal Perler Bead supplies are welcomed. Snacks will be available. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Library Consent Statement for Photography and Video

Programs, events, and daily happenings sponsored by Handley Regional Library System may be photographed or recorded.  Attendance at any sponsored program, event or general library use constitutes the consent of all attendees and the consent of the parents or legal guardians of any minor children in attendance, to the future broadcast, publication, and other use of photography or videos at the sole direction of Handley Regional Library System.

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Ages 6-11" group.
This event is in the "Teens (12+)" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.

Homeschool Together

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Bowman Library
Library Branch: Bowman Library
Room: BL Children's Room
Age Group: Children, Ages 6-11, Teens (12+), Families
Program Type: Hangout
Event Details:
Bring your current assignments and projects and work on them together with other children who homeschool. Each month will have a new enrichment subject and activities with books to use for research. This month's subject is...Nature Conservation! ...

Disclaimer(s)

Library Consent Statement for Photography and Video

Programs, events, and daily happenings sponsored by Handley Regional Library System may be photographed or recorded.  Attendance at any sponsored program, event or general library use constitutes the consent of all attendees and the consent of the parents or legal guardians of any minor children in attendance, to the future broadcast, publication, and other use of photography or videos at the sole direction of Handley Regional Library System.

Photography Notification

While we do allow professional photography inside the property of Handley Regional Library System, we do ask that we are notified ahead of time of photoshoots at 540.662.9041 x 25.  Photography activities may be limited to specific areas due to reserved use and cannot impede any patron activity using the library. 

This event is in the "Ages 6-11" group.
This event is in the "Teens (12+)" group.

Homeschool Hub Combined

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Handley Library
Registration
Library Branch: Handley Library
Room: Benham Gallery Room
Age Group: Ages 6-11, Teens (12+)
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Workshops & Camps
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
Event Details:
Homeschooling families of all ages 5-14 can meet and socialize in this group through guided STEAM activities that focuses on a monthly theme with special career guests throughout the season.  This Month's Theme: "Skype a Scientist"  ...
This event is in the "Ages 6-11" group.
This event is in the "Teens (12+)" group.

T(w)een Crafternoons

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Handley Library
Library Branch: Handley Library
Room: HL Children's Room
Age Group: Ages 6-11, Teens (12+)
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Get your creativity flowing as we take on learning a new artistic hobby each month in this pop-up program for tweens, teens, and everyone in between. Program is intended for Ages 10+. This Month's Theme: "Earth Day Flower Pots" ...
This event is in the "Teens (12+)" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.

Scrabble Club

5:00pm - 8:00pm
Bowman Library
Library Branch: Bowman Library
Room: BL Reading Porch
Age Group: Teens (12+), Adults, Families
Program Type: Game Nights, Hangout
Event Details:
Whether you’re a competitive player or just happy to play and enjoy a social chat, this club is a great place to get to know other locals and take part in a good game of Scrabble! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Ages 0-5" group.
This event is in the "Ages 6-11" group.
This event is in the "Teens (12+)" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.

Imagination Station

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bowman Library
Registration
Library Branch: Bowman Library
Room: BL Children's Room
Age Group: Children, Ages 0-5, Ages 6-11, Teens (12+), Families
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, DIY Workshops, STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 20
Event Details:
Join us at the Bowman Library for a STEAM based program with hands-on activities for children of all ages. Each station is designed to best suit various ages, abilities, and interests. Today's theme is...Celebrate Autism Awareness Mon...

Disclaimer(s)

Library Consent Statement for Photography and Video

Programs, events, and daily happenings sponsored by Handley Regional Library System may be photographed or recorded.  Attendance at any sponsored program, event or general library use constitutes the consent of all attendees and the consent of the parents or legal guardians of any minor children in attendance, to the future broadcast, publication, and other use of photography or videos at the sole direction of Handley Regional Library System.

Photography Notification

While we do allow professional photography inside the property of Handley Regional Library System, we do ask that we are notified ahead of time of photoshoots at 540.662.9041 x 25.  Photography activities may be limited to specific areas due to reserved use and cannot impede any patron activity using the library. 

This event is in the "Teens (12+)" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Silent Book Club

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bowman Library
Library Branch: Bowman Library
Room: BL Reading Porch
Age Group: Teens (12+), Adults
Program Type: Book Club, Hangout
Event Details:
Silent Book Club is an introvert's happy hour. Once a week, we get together and read. That's it!  Bring a book, bring a friend, grab a quiet snack, and then settle in for some quiet reading with fellow book lovers. There's no assigned reading...
This event is in the "Teens (12+)" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Sit & Stitch

11:00am - 12:00pm
Bowman Library
Library Branch: Bowman Library
Room: BL Reading Porch
Age Group: Teens (12+), Adults
Program Type: Hangout, Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Hooks and needles and fiber, oh my! Bowman Library is pleased to host a weekly stitching meetup. Whatever your craft (knit, crochet, embroidery, latch hook…), we invite you to bring your works-in-progress to “Sit and Stitch” every Friday at 11am. ...
This event is in the "Teens (12+)" group.

Teen Game Night

5:30pm - 8:00pm
Bowman Library
Registration
Library Branch: Bowman Library
Room: BL Reading Porch - Teen Area
Age Group: Teens (12+)
Program Type: Gaming, Hangout, Video Games
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 63
Event Details:
Every 3rd Friday of the month join us for video and table top games, a music/dance area, and a time to relax and enjoy time with friends. This month's theme is...Neon! ...

Disclaimer(s)

Library Consent Statement for Photography and Video

Programs, events, and daily happenings sponsored by Handley Regional Library System may be photographed or recorded.  Attendance at any sponsored program, event or general library use constitutes the consent of all attendees and the consent of the parents or legal guardians of any minor children in attendance, to the future broadcast, publication, and other use of photography or videos at the sole direction of Handley Regional Library System.

Photography Notification

While we do allow professional photography inside the property of Handley Regional Library System, we do ask that we are notified ahead of time of photoshoots at 540.662.9041 x 25.  Photography activities may be limited to specific areas due to reserved use and cannot impede any patron activity using the library.