Science Fiction Author featured at Handley Library

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The Friends of Handley Regional Library System is bringing local science fiction author Edward M. Lerner to the Robinson Auditorium today at 2 pm.

Lerner has worked in high tech and aerospace for 30 years and uses that experience to write his books set in the future.

He has written on topics like colonizing the Moon, time travel, and encountering other intelligent life.

The discussion with the author will range from beyond just his books to science fiction and science.

For more information on the author and his projects, head to

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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

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Handley Library offers a rare behind the scenes tour

The Handley Regional Library announced in The latest Winchester CIT-E newsletter a rare tour of their Winchester branch.

This behind the scenes look at the library will feature information and items not always available to the public.

The tour will meet in the building’s rotunda at 11 a.m. at 100 Piccadilly St. Winchester.

Attendees will learn of the building’s iconic architecture and history.

The tour will walk the glass floors and get to few the rarely seen well that is under the facility’s stage.

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News Maker Adrienne Davis of Handley Library’s new program

Handley Regional Library Systems launched a month long program today Mar. 1.

The program called Push Yourself Reading Bingo Challenge encourages and rewards people of all ages to read more.

We spoke to the Library System’s Branch Manager Adrienne Davis in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Adrienne tells us about the program and its rewards.

She also tells us that all Handley Library System Branches are back open with normal hours.

Adrienne also tells us the program is available in all branches of the library system including Handley in Winchester, Bowman in Stephen City and the Clarke County’s branch.

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News Maker Adrienne Davis of Handley Library's new program

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

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News Maker Barbara Dickinson on a Handley Library event

Handley Regional Library Systems and Friends of Handley Library are hosting a virtual event Sat. Feb. 12 at 11 a.m..

We spoke with the Executive Director of the Friends of Handley Library Systems Barbara Dickinson about the event in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Barbara tells us about the Creative Women of Fisher’s Hill session at the library.

Barbara tells us of the origin of the historical discovery of three ladies that lived in and around Fisher’s Hill at the turn of the century.

She also tells us about how successful the ladies were.

Barbara also includes information about future plans for a genealogy workshop at the library.

Click here for Barbara’s interview.

Registration for Sat’s. event and information about future events at Handley Library Systems can be found here.

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Handley Regional Library present Creative Women of Fisher’s Hill

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An email from Handley Regional Library System Public Relations and Outreach Manager Cheryl Nakagawa announced a locally historical presentation at the library.

The Creative Women of Fisher’s Hill is a program that will focus on three accomplished women who lived in Shenandoah and Frederick Counties in the late 1800 into the 20th century.

The three featured are renowned endurance walker Bertha Von Hillern, painter Maria J.C. Becket and prolific author Emma Howard Wight.

All three lived in and around Fisher’s Hill in Shenandoah County during the height of their popularity.

Their stories are shared by researchers that recently discovered and researched their stories.

For links to the zoom meeting go to to register for the February 12 presentation.

The program is co-sponsored by the Winchester Frederick County historical Society.

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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 Regional Library branches suspend all in person programs

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Handley Regional Library Systems announced on their website that they are suspending all in person programs events and activities.

The suspension of those activities begins today Dec. 29 and will last through all of January.

This is in an abundance of caution in light of the current surge in COVID-19 cases.

A social media post from the library shows that study rooms and tables will be available but it is recommended that you call the branch you hope to use before going.

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Handley Regional Library Systems Youth Reading Challenge

Handley Regional Library System will be presenting a Winter Reading Challenge for youth to run the entire month of January 2022. The theme for this year is “Read for a Better World”, which encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. 

“We are joining thousands of libraries and schools across the nation that are encouraging their communities to read a target number of books,” says Donna Hughes, Youth Services Division Head. 

Handley Regional Library System is challenging youth patrons to read at least 128 books (pre-readers), 32 books (ages 6-10, or 16 books (ages 11-17) during the month of January. Kids can earn a registration and a completion badge and prize, a virtual ticket for a physical prize for logging books, and a super scratch-n-sniff bookmark just for reading! 

Top-performing libraries and schools will earn prizes from Lerner Publishing Group, including book collections, signed books, and virtual author visits. Happy reading! 

Readers can pre-register on December 20 and keep track of reading on the Beanstack site at beginning January 1, 2022, and ending January 31, 2022. 

 For more information, contact Cheryl Nakagawa, Public Relations and Outreach Manager, at or visit