HRLS removes fines for children’s materials

The Handley Regional Library System is removing overdue fines from most children’s materials including books, CDs, audio-books, and DVDs regardless of the age of the person checking them out.

The items are still required to be returned.

John Huddy, the director of the Library System believes this will “improve literacy for the youth in our area and remove any barriers that our patrons may have to get access to our materials.”

Evidence has been cited by the American Library Association that eliminating fines increases sign up and library use.

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Spring Into the Library at HRLS

Spring Into the Library today with events at all three branches of the Handley Regional Library System.

Some of the events will include chess, Story-time and Puppets, and an Author Talk with Rita Finch Petit at Bowman Library.

The Clarke County location will have a story with a craft.

The Handley Library will hold a Behind The Scenes Tour, a Lego club, an “Adulting 101 Workshop,” and more.

For a full list of events and times, head to the handleyregional.org.

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HRLS’s “Push Your Shelf” Bingo Challenge

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The River 95.3 and Handley Regional Libraries are coming together for the “Push Your Shelf” Bingo Challenge which will run throughout March.

The Challenge is a fun way for patrons to explore new genres, authors, movies, and more while competing to win a mini iPad.

Once you have your Bingo card, you can fill out each square with a different title that you’ve checked out during March.

All three branches of the HRLS are participating.

Entries must be submitted through an email or in person before 5 pm on April 2nd.

For complete instructions and how to get your bingo card, head to handleyregional.org/bingo.

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HRLS prepares for used book sale

The Handley Regional Library System is collecting gently used books, CDs, DVDs, video games, and sheet music for their upcoming Spring Used Book sale.

VHS, cassette tapes, and Readers Digest books are no longer accepted.

Volunteers will be accepting donations today from 9 am to noon at Bowman Library.

Proceeds from the book sales benefit the Clarke County, Handley, and Bowman Libraries.

The next used book sale is scheduled for April 5th through the 9th at the Bowman location. 

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Handley Public Library teams with WPC for Computer Science Education week

In an email from Handley Library the announcement was made that the library is teaming with Winchester Public Schools (WPS) for Computer Science Education week.

Computer Science Education week is Dec. 6 through the 11 and is designed to encourage students to learn more about computer sciences.

Several free activities are being offered geared toward students K-12 but can include the whole family.

For starters the whole family can participate in the 5 plus Makerspace Monday program Dec. 6 starting at 4 p.m..

There is a week of activities scheduled including information on coding and debugging.

Click here to learn more on the events and register for the programs.

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Handley Library host the Winchester AAUW Candidate Forum

The Winchester Branch of the American Association of University Woman (AAUW) and Friends of Handley Regional Library are co-sponsoring a forum for candidates.

The event will start at 10:30 a.m. Sat. Oct. 9 at the Handley Robinson Auditorium at Handley Library.

Candidates for the 10, 29 and 33 districts of the Virginia House of Delegates will be there.

This is not a debate but a forum for voters to get to know the candidates.

For more information go to handleyregional.org/aauw.

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Handley Library’s Winter Reading Challenge

Handley Regional Library System which includes Clarke, Frederick Counties and the City of Winchester announces the 2021 Winter Reading Challenge: Books Like Us for kids and teens.

The Library systems program runs through the month of January with a chance to win online tickets based on the number of books read.

Library staff will also be conducting a series of programs online including interactive story time, teen video game nights, crafts and more.

All programs are designed to connect literacy and entertainment. Learn more and sign up for the Winter Reading Challenge here.

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