March Is Youth Art Month!

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Ready to get colorful at your library?  With a brace of crayons at the ready, we are here and waiting for you at Handley Regional Library!

In addition to the color sheets available after Wednesday and Saturday Preschool Storytimes at Bowman Library, the library hosts several other programs to make your own art.

At Handley Library, we have crafts projects after Preschool Storytime at 10:30AM on Mondays.  The crafts tie into the storytime theme of the week.  For our Spring storytime theme, the kids made stained glass windows to take home.

At Bowman Library, we have Twilight Tales Family Storytime, Tuesdays at 6PM, which provides all the supplies you need for a craft project after storytime each week.  Twilight Tales is designed for the whole family, so crafts are intended to appeal to a wide variety of ages.  Check out some of the arts and crafts the students have created on display on the Youth Art Month bulletin board in the Children’s Room as well as in this photo gallery.

For the Teens and Tweens, Bowman Library and Handley Library have Coloring Clubs. Bowman Library also has a Manga Art Club.  Learn more about these clubs here: The Coloring Craze.

We look forward to seeing what you can create!


NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program Tonight @ HRL!

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Calling all aspiring writers in middle and high school!  You’re invited to join your fellow young writers in the Handley Regional Library’s National Novel Writing Month Young Writer’s Program.

Register online at to set goals and track your progress, and join us Mondays at 6PM – 7:30PM at Handley Library or Tuesdays 6PM – 7:15PM at Bowman Library.


Young writers listen for instructions as they prepare to get writing.

The first meeting, a launch party to kick off your novel-writing efforts, is tonight, Monday October 26, from 6PM – 7:30PM.  Bowman Library’s launch party will be tomorrow, Tue, October 27, from 6:00PM – 7:15PM.

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Young writers hold up the box with their incarcerated inner editors.

Come prepared to lay your inner editor to rest for the duration of the month while you challenge your writing skills with writing dares, word wars, writing tips, and writing frenzies.  There’ll be food, fun, and prizes.

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Young writers read aloud selections from their work to the group.

You’ll also have the opportunity to share your work to gain feedback from your community of fellow writers.

More information available on the library’s website: NaNoWrimo-Young Writer’s Program – HL and NaNoWriMo Launch – BL.

Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

Get Away @ Your Library with Teen Read Week

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It’s Teen Read Week at Handley Regional Library!  From Oct. 18 – 24th we’re putting the focus on reading for Teens.  This year, we encourage your to grab a good book, and get away from your everyday life.  Let your classes, your chores, your job, your grades, your college applications, your worries and stresses melt away as you enter the world of a book.

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HRL youth volunteer Abby displays some of the signs she and Kristyna created for Teen Read Week

While you’re at the library to pick up books full of new worlds to explore, drop in for one of the other teen events we have upcoming:

Game Night at Bowman Library
 Fri, October 16, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Chess Champs at Bowman Library Sat, October 17, 10am – 11am

NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s Program at Bowman Library Tuesdays, October 27 – December 1, 6:00pm – 7:15pm

NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s Program at Handley Library Mondays, October 26 – November 30, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Día de Muertos Celebration at Handley Library November 2, all day

Bowman Library Teen Advisory Board Mon, November 9, 6pm – 7pm

Night at the Library Friday, November 13, 8 pm – 8 am, Saturday November 10 (All-night lock in).