Book Fest programs at Handley!

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Shenandoah Valley Book Fest is happening
Saturday, September 22
at many locations in downtown Winchester
including Handley Library!



Writing Discussions
10:15 a.m. to noon
Lower Level

Author Toni Shiloh will discuss diversity in fiction, and Shenandoah University assistant professor
Kelley Crowley will talk about how to become a writer after the age of 50.



Teen and young adult fantasy book discussion
3 to 4 p.m.
Lower Level

Bring your favorite book, share a few lines, and let us know why it’s your fave!


Plus, visit our Youth Services staff
for Children's Story Time
at the Old Town Farmers Market
9:30 a.m. / Taylor Pavilion


Click here for more details about the Shenandoah Valley Book Fest.

National Great Blacks in Wax Exhibit

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Handley Regional Library System is excited to announce a unique exhibit coming September 17-21 known as the Great Blacks in Wax! 

The exhibition is from the National Great Blacks Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, one of the nation’s most dynamic cultural and educational institutions focused on highlighting historical and contemporary personalities of African ancestry.  Figures on display include Mary Elizabeth Bowser (Union spy during the Civil War), Chappie James (four-star general), Frederick Douglass (an abolitionist), Lewis Latimer (an American inventor), and Carter G. Woodson (a historian and father of Black History Month). 

The exhibition is free and open the public, taking place in the Handley Benham Galley at the Handley Library in Winchester.  On September 17th, the figures will be on display in the Handley Robison Auditorium following a discussion from Dr. Joann Martin, co-founder of the museum, starting at 6:30PM.  Exhibition hours will run September 18-20 from 3PM-7PM, and September 21 10AM-2PM.  Patrons can take selfies and post them on social media for a chance to win “book bucks” to use at the Fall Used Book Sale in October.   The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Handley Regional Library.


A Civil War Spy Tale: One Act Play Reading

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Rebecca and Thomas:  A Civil War Spy Tale is a play in one act, written by Winchester resident Sharon Dixon. This event is a reading of this play.

A bit of history regarding this tale:

Rebecca Wright started teaching in Winchester at age 15, but when she was 16 years old, she took a year's course of study at the Friends School in Goose Creek, Loudoun County, taught by Samuel Janney.  She then returned to Winchester where she taught at the Friends school, and later at private school.

In need of intelligence about Confederate troop movemets in and around occupied Winchester, Union General Philip Sheridan learned of Miss Wright's loyalties and asked her for information about General Jubal Early's movements, telling her that Thomas Laws, a slave,  would carry her reply to Union troops. Meanwhile, Laws had been contacted by Union scouts and was asked to make contact with Miss Wright. The information provided by Miss Wright and transported by Mr. Laws, in his mouth, was crucial to Sheridan's decision to attack in Winchester a few days later.

Thursday, September 20, 2018
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Handley Robinson Auditorium
Handley Library

Winchester Art & Music Festival

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ABCs Of Medicare

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Join us for a free presention provided by the Virginia Insurance Counseling Assistance Program (VICAP).   Topics include Medicare options for those new to Medicare, savings with prescription drug costs, updates on the new Medicare card and protections against fraud and abuse. There will be time for a Q&A with Scott Terndrup, VICAP Counselor from the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging.


Free and open to the public. No registration required.


This program is also being held at 2 p.m. at Bowman Library on Thursday, September 20.

Nature Surprises for Kids

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Hands-on classes presented by VCE volunteers of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association.

Register online here.

Timothy O’Grattan O’Leary , Leprechaun comes to America and lands in Frederick County, Virginia

The September class for kids at Bowman library will be a class on making a leprechaun/fairy garden. Timothy is a leprechaun that just might live near the pond behind Bowman Library. This class will hear a short story written by Meredith Groark Waltman who knows a lot about leprechauns. Her grandfather was born in Lislaughna, County Mayo, Ireland and she knows for sure about leprechauns. There were a fairy or two on the family farm back in Mayo and for sure the little ones followed people over to America.

The kids will be able to hear about Timothy and how to make a garden that might make a fairy or leprechaun come to live in their yard once they take it home.

And we have a wonderful young artist, Shannon Cox, who also knows a thing or two about fairies, who drew a wonderful picture of Timothy and his friend Cyrus, the swan landing on a pond in Virginia. It looks very much like the pond near Bowman Library. The children will be able to take the picture home to color and then bring it back to the library to post so the other children can check for Timothy or Cyrus when they visit the library.

For ages 8 and up

Registration required.


Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!

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Professional and amateur bakers unite against the fight to ban books! Create a banned book cake masterpiece. Some materials provided. Local patrons and community partners will vote for noteworthy banned book delicacies and bid on their favorite cakes to then take home as we celebrate our freedom to read. All money raised will be donated to Literacy Volunteers of the Winchester Area. Call Youth Services Supervisor, Katie Moss, with any questions at 540-662-9041 x21 or email at

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Q: What is a Banned Book?

A: A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.  A banning is the removal of those materials. Learn more here. A list of the 2017 Top 10 Most Challenged Books can be found here.


Q: Who is the Literacy Volunteers of the Winchester Area?

A: LVWA works to improve the Winchester community by advancing essential literacy skills for adults through education and advocacy. Learn more here.













Health Screenings

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The Handley Regional Library system is hosting two free on-site health screenings
provided by the Sinclair Health Clinic.


The first screening will be held at the Handley branch in downtown Winchester
on September 27 in the Benham Gallery.

The second screening will be held at the Bowman branch off Tasker Road in Frederick County
October 2 in the Meeting Room. 

Both screenings will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members of the public ages 18 and over may get a free flu shot* and
screenings of blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, and health education.

*Flu shots are available at no cost for those not having insurance. A Cholesterol test is also available for a fee of $15.00 cash.


For more information contact Todd Strader at (540) 662-9041 ext. 18
or The Sinclair Clinic at 540.536.1680

Book Club

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Bring your lunch and a friend! All are welcome.

Join us at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville for the Library's monthly book club.
The 'Brown Bag and Books' club meets the first Thursday of every month at noon.

For more information, contact Laurine at Clarke County Library: 540-955-5190.



July 5th: Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
August 2nd: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
September 6th: Tribe by Sebastian Junger
October 4th: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
November 1st: The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora
December 6th: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson