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One more reason to #LoveHRL….
The Checkout Challenge


Every check out is a chance to win!
The more you check out during Library Week (April 10 -15)
 the more chances you have.

Three top prizes:  Kindle Fire
Three second place prizes: $20 in Book Bucks
(to use during the Summer and Fall Book Sales)

With a Handley Regional Library card,
you can check out up to 100 items at a time.

Items checked out between April 10 -15 (Library Week)
will automatically be entered in our Checkout Challenge.

Winners will be announced by the end of April.


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Click here to check out the newest gardening books
available @ your library!

Garden Talks Learning Series
All presenters are members of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Part One @ Handley Library:
Secrets of the Garden

Saturdays @ 2 p.m. in the Handley Auditorium

March 11: Spuds (A Potato Story)

April 8: Successfully Growing Vegetables and Herbs in Containers

May 20: From Monticello to Your Backyard: Growing Your Own Historic Garden


Part Two @ Bowman Library:
Success in the Garden

2 p.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month in the Bowman Meeting Room

June 10: I Love My New Home, But Where are the Flowers?

Jul 8: Water Wise Gardening

Aug 12: Save Seeds, Save Money, and (Maybe) Save the Planet

Sep 9: How Not to See Your Neighbors: Successful Tree Screens


Part Three @ Barns of Rose Hill
 in partnership with Clarke County Library

Sustainability in the Garden

April 15: Natives the in Garden: Identifying, Planting and Encouraging Native Trees and Shrubs

July 15: Swat, Spray, Squash - or Smile? How I learned to Love (Some) Garden Bugs

October 21: Happy Soil, Happy Plants


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Music, Music Videos, Movies, eBooks, Audiobooks, & More!
Great Downloadable & Streaming Options for Everyone in the Family


Download (and keep) 5 free songs each week and
stream up to 3 hours per day using Freegal.

Read or listen to free eBooks and eAudiobooks from the 
Blue Ridge Download Consortium through OverDrive.
Check out the Kids & Teens page




Take A Tour

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Handley tours will take you behind the scenes to all floors of the library.
Learn about the architecture and history of the library.
See the famous glass floors and the well under the stage.

Staff members and volunteers will give tours of Handley Library
first Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) and the third Saturday (1 p.m.) of each month:

January 4 & 21

February 1 & 18

March 1 & 18

April 5 & 15

Meet in the Rotunda for the tour.

The tours are free, but making reservations is helpful.

To make reservations or for more information, call 540 662-9041, ext. 11.

Maker Mondays

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Click here to check out the best books for DIYers and hobbyists available @ your library!

Handley Regional Library presents Maker Mondays with the Valley Makers Association

Maker Mondays are free and open to all tinkerers, hobbyists, DIY-ers, code monkeys, engineers, and makers of every shape and size!
Are you interested in making things and collaborating with other like-minded hackers? If so, we want you!
Join us for Swap Meets, Show & Tell Nights, and Workshops on the 2nd Monday of each month @ Your Library


Monday, March 20: Maker Monday Workshop: Master Keying Class @ Handley Library

To be rescheduled: Maker Monday Workshop: Making a Living as a Maker @ Handley Library
(originally scheduled for March 27)

Monday, April 10: Maker Mondays: Swap Meet @ Bowman Library

Monday, May 8: Maker Mondays: Show & Tell @ Bowman Library

Swap Meets: Participants are asked to bring clean, useful items to trade or swap with other makers. Suggestions include old laptops or other electronics, like new art supplies, tools, electronics supplies, etc…  All remaining items must return with the person who brought them.

Show & Tell Nights: Makers bring in completed projects, works-in-progress, or even project ideas to discuss with fellow makers.This is a great way to share and build on your project ideas.

Workshops: These facilitated learning sessions bring experts in a particular field to instruct makers on new skills or techniques for a given topic. Topics could include basic soldering, intro to coding, master keying, and beginners knitting. [Registration may be required for some workshops.]

About the VMA: The Valley Makers Association seeks to create and sustain an educational environment where community members can collaborate, innovate, and create using information, resources, and equipment in an attempt to foster creativity, art, and community involvement. For more information, visit 

Contact Ryan Hall with Valley Makers Association
Adrienne Davis, Adult Services Division Head
540-869-9000 ext. 212

Cooking Workshops

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Lunch and Learn @ Your Library
provided by Virginia Cooperative Extension
and Friends of Handley Regional Library


Noon to 1 p.m. // Bowman Library Meeting Room
Free and open to the public // Registration required

April 14: Soup's On!

Soup is the perfect make-ahead meal for busy people. Soups and stews can be made in large batches and frozen for days when you need a quick, healthy lunch or dinner ready in minutes. This class will feature at least three different healthy soups that take just minutes to get in the pot. Plus you’ll receive tips and ideas for other soup recipes. Recipes and samples are included!

April 21: Eat the Mediterranean Way

Research shows that eating patterns from countries surrounding the Mediterranean promote good health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases. Mediterranean style food is not only good for you but satisfying and delicious, too. This class will focus on lifestyle changes and cooking techniques from Mediterranean countries. You will sample dishes and receive recipes, resources, and tips on weight management.

May 12: Five Ingredient Meals

Wholesome, good meals don’t need a lot of ingredients or time to make. This class will focus on meals using 5 or fewer ingredients, plus common pantry items such as seasonings. It’s easy to have a full week’s meals on the table with just 15-minutes of planning time and a quick trip to the grocery store. You’ll taste at least two 5-ingredient dishes and receive recipes and shopping tips to help you plan a week’s worth of homemade goodness.


To register, click on the dates above.

Questions? Contact:
Adrienne Davis, Adult Services Division Head
540-869-9000 ext. 212


tax forms at HRL

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Tax forms available at library branches
For 2016 income taxes, the following income tax forms and instructions will be available at our libraries:
1040, 1040A, 1040EZ.* 

Federal Tax Information
The IRS suggests obtaining print forms, instructions, and publications in 3 ways: Online Forms
Order IRS Forms by Mail (order as early as possible)
• Call 1-(800) 829-3676 to order tax products to be delivered by mail (order as early as possible)
IRS Official Website - Forms, instructions, publications, updates
E-filing Information - for individuals, businesses, and the self-employed. Free E-filing options explained.

Virginia Tax Information
Virginia Tax Forms and Instructions for individuals
Virginia Tax E-filing Instructions

Local Tax Help
AARP offers free tax preparation help starting on February 2, 2017. AARP’s tax help will be at the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park in Winchester, Virginia. Their schedule is as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 
from 9:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

If area schools are closed for weather, AARP will be closed.


*Due to budget cuts, the Internal Revenue Service is not able to supply libraries with the full range of printed tax forms, instruction booklets, and tax publications provided in the past.

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