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Now in its 19th year, the 2023 series will be five programs, taking place weekly at 7PM, on Thursdays at Central Library, from October 5 - November 2. All are invited to come learn about local history from local experts in this popular event and MRL tradition, made possible through the generosity of the Deyerle family.

MRL invites the entire community to sign up for a library card this month, or renew a library card if it's been awhile since it's been used. All in the Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Page County and adjacent counties area are welcome to come inform, inspire, and connect with MRL.

Stephanie Mullins, MRL Circulation Desk Manager and Lesley Perkins, MRL Business Manager, each recognized for outstanding work.

MRL also now offers FinancialFit, a personal financial planning resource, online for free, too!

Community Gear Library and MRL partner to lend outdoor recreation gear, free of charge, starting August 30, 2023.

Participate in MRL's Strategic Planning process by taking a community survey or attending a community meeting.

"All Together Now" encourages the entire community to read, attend special events, and come together as a community.

Rosanna Johnson, Harrisonburg High School, chosen as the 2023 Honored Teacher of the Year!

Support 15 local authors at this free festival and attend panel sessions on getting started in the industry and character creation.

Community invited to discover #whereisdollynow at special story times with guest readers!

Massanutten Regional Library is pleased to announce that the 26th annual Robert B. and Gladys Hopkins Strickler Honored Teacher Essay Contest is underway.

Celebrate the holiday season with performances from Bright Star Theatre.

The Massanutten Regional Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Zachary Elder has been named Library Director.

Free Events Take Place Weekly in October, Registration Requested

The sounds and history of Australia will cover the Shenandoah Valley next week as Massanutten Regional Library’s annual Summer Reading Program brings six free Didgeridoo Down Under concerts to the area!

Massanutten Regional Library’s annual Summer Reading Program returns June 6, 2022 and runs through July 31, 2022 with the goal of encouraging thousands of Valley residents to read alongside MRL this summer. Themed “Oceans of Possibilities,” the free reading incentive program takes place at all seven MRL branches and includes special events throughout the Valley. The program ends on July 31, 2022.

Massanutten Regional Library proudly announces that the following students have been selected as award winners for the 25th Annual Robert B. and Gladys Hopkins Strickler Honored Teachers Writing Contest.

MRL is pleased to announce that Central Library in downtown Harrisonburg will offer children’s Story Times at a temporary storefront in Valley Mall from January 3 – March 3, 2022 while the largest and busiest branch in the regional library system undergoes painting.

Library re-opens January 10th, with patrons temporarily entering on Newman Avenue. Massanutten Regional Library’s Central location in downtown Harrisonburg will be closed to the public January 3-8, 2022 for painting of public spaces.

Massanutten Regional Library is pleased to have been selected by NASA to bring a special program on the James Webb Space Telescope to our community, live over Zoom, on November 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

The annual Deyerle Program Series on Local History returns to Massanutten Regional Library with four virtual events during the month of October.

Brainfuse HelpNow provides differentiated learning solutions for users of diverse needs and background. 

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Massanutten Regional Library system joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

MRL has new offerings available for jobseekers and veterans! Brainfuse JobNow provides live help and online resources to guide you through the steps to get a job, including building a resume, live interview coaching, and personality & career assessments. Brainfuse VetNow supports veterans and their families with navigating the VA bureaucracy, providing academic tutoring, career resources, and employment transition assistance. Live help is available with a veteran navigator or job coach. 

MRL is thrilled to announce our newest educational platform. Just for Kids Access Video offers a kid-safe, advertisement-free, media platform where young patrons can learn, explore and enjoy.

In an effort to better serve the residents of Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, and Page County, Massanutten Regional Library is pleased to announce extended hours at all seven library branches beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021. The library system will also launch a new, more robust, and easier-to-navigate website on that date as well.

Massanutten Regional Library’s annual Summer Reading Program returns this summer with the theme “Tails & Tales.” From June 7- August 14, 2021, all seven MRL branches will encourage Valley residents of all ages to join them in reading, attending virtual programming, and celebrating the importance of reading in a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Massanutten Regional Library Board of Trustees has announced the upcoming retirement of Library Director Lois W. Jones, effective August 31, 2021. Jones has held the position of Library Director since 2010 for the seven branch library system. Her MRL employment began in 1988 as a part-time reference librarian before assuming the subsequent roles of Head

Massanutten Regional Library has hired Mary Golden Hughes as its new Director of Advancement, a role which focuses on public relations, fundraising initiatives, marketing communications, and community building for the seven branch library system. Golden Hughes replaces Michael Evans who had been employed by MRL since 2014. Golden Hughes brings over 25 years of experience

Summer Reading 2023 Participation

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