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Introducing Tech Tuesdays

Join us for Tech Tuesdays with George Williams from Senior Technology Services at 11 a.m. at Bowman Library.

Each session includes 40 minutes guided instruction followed by 40 minutes for Q&A. So bring your laptop, devices, and questions!

Seating is limited, so reserve your spot. Register for all that apply using the links below or by contacting the Bowman Library Information Desk at 540-869-9000 ext. 203.


Sept 17  Take out the garbage and learn Windows 10         

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5 Reasons it’s a Great Time to be a Nerd at the Library

Your local library is making it easier than ever to geek! We all know it can be hard to find our people and even harder to keep up with our favorite fandoms on a budget. Now the library is expanding our collections, not just for teens, but for adults too. Keep an eye on our catalog for our ever-expanding collection of games, graphic novels, movies, books, and shows. And keep an ear to the ground for our upcoming programming that was developed with you in mind.

1. Adult Graphic Novels

So, this one is big. We just added a brand new coll...

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It's Play Time at HRLS!

It's been a fantastic summer! I hope everyone had as much fun as your library Youth Service staff and volunteers did. At the end of the season the staff (and puppets!) take a brief break from storytimes as we prepare for the next exciting set of storytime themes. Meanwhile, we welcome all of our pint sized participants to keep heading over to the library each week to enjoy some informal play times with blocks and other activities! While you're there, the library staff will be present to help you select some great books to take home. 

In addition to the play times, H...

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Take What You Need Today

     Life can be tough sometimes, and it is really easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the challenges and negativity that the world throws at you. No one should have to wade through all of it without some encouragement. No one should feel alone. So if you are needing a little extra inspiration, come to the Bowman Library to find some with one of our new displays. Whether you need a pick me up, food for thought, some motivation, or just someone to tell you that you can make it through the day, we hope that you can find that here. In this new display in the Young Adult/Teen sect...

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From our Intern: Matt Geczy

College student Matt Geczy worked on a number of projects for the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives this summer and wrote this blog post to share his experience. 

As a history major with a vested interest in pursuing a career in history, finding a job has always seemed like an insurmountable task. Beyond teaching, professorships, and authoring books the job pool for historians has always seemed rather shallow. My experience working in the archives as an intern has revealed a larger field of professions in the field of history. Working as a part of the city of Winchester and the Shena...

Blog Type: Archives
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Book Drop-Off at Bowman Library

Handley Regional Library System, along with the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System, announce the next book drop-off date at Bowman Library on August 17th from 9AM-12PM. Participants can bring gently used books, CDs, DVDs and electronic games. Donations will become part of the Fall Used Book Sale in October. Volunteers will be onsite to assist. 

Add this to your calendar here.

Questions about book donations?  Read what we can accept as donations here.

Learn more about the Friends of the Handley Regional Library System.

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Kids and Teens Summer Reading Finale

It's finally here!  We are excited to announce the summer reading finale celebration for kids and teens on August 10th at 11AM-1PM at Bowman Library in Stephens City. The system-wide celebration concludes the summer reading program, It’s Showtime at Your Library, for youth and features the Teen Puppet Troupe, the Tri-State Division of the Eastern Panhandle Ghostbusters who are displaying their ghostbusting vehicles and equipment, a giant marshmallow man and slime monster, a book reading of I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More, and more surprises.

Add the program to your calendar here....

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We are the Dinosaurs Storytime

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Archosauria
Subclass: Ornithodira
Scientific name: Dinosauria

More commonly known as DINOSAURS!

This is our final storytime of the summer season before we take a short break to prepare some great fall themes and we thought we'd end with a bang! Or perhaps a ROOOOAAARRRRR!  

If you have a preschooler, you may have heard of the Laurie Berkner band and their famous song, "We Are the Dinosaurs"! Two years ago Laurie Berkner published a book to go with the song, which is ...

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Perfect Pets

Do you have a pet? Do you wish you had a pet? What would be your perfect pet? Explore the answer to these questions this week at the Handley Regional Library System!

You can find the perfect book about the perfect pet by typing in the tag: #iheartpets in the library catalog, take some books home to explore, and even play a game to practice the sounds and actions of your favorite pet, such as the game, "Trainer Says". Play this game like “Simon Says” except you’ll say "Trainer Says.” You could use: lie down, beg for a treat, roll over, speak, scratch your ear, wag yo...

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One Book One Community Events Announced

One Book One Community announces events to be held this fall in conjunction with the 2019 selection, “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sontomayor. Events are free and open to the public.  Copies of the book will be sold at the events.

This is the 17th consecutive year Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties have read the same book during the same time period to promote reading as a meaningful part of everyday life while uniting the community around a common activity and discussion of important issues.

The events are scheduled as follows:

Justice Sontomayor ...

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Crafting with Flowers and Plants Garden Program Coming to Handley Library

We are excited to announce the next gardening program for adults, Let’s Use What You Grow in Your Garden: Crafting with Flowers and Plants, on August 10th at 2PM at Handley Library.

The Master Gardeners will focus on different ways to preserve flowers for crafting. Demonstrations will be presented on pressing flowers, preserving in different mediums, and air drying. A hands-on craft will utilize a variety of pressed flowers applied to a wood ornament.

Registration is required, however the program is free and open to the public, and supplies are included.  Register a...

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Beetlejuice Showing at Handley Library

Calling all teens!  We are excited to announce a special showing of  “Beetlejuice” (Rated PG) for teens in the Mike Forman Rotary Reading Garden on August 7th at 8:30PM at Handley Library.  The movie is free and open to the public. Teens are encouraged to bring snacks and blankets for the outdoor movie.

About the Movie

The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out.  Stars Alec Baldwin, Michael Keaton, and more.

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Alien Science Show at Handley Library

We are excited to announce a new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) based program at Handley Library in Winchester on August 7th at 2PM called Alien Science Show. Presented by the interactive group ScienceTellers, kids and families will enjoy an action-packed alien adventure using science experiments for special effects. The story follows a midnight meteor shower where something mysterious falls from the sky toward Earth — but it’s not a shooting star!  The program is free, open to the public, and part of the It’s Showtime! Summer Reading Program for kids, teens, and f...

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Exhibit Spotlights New Collection at Stewart Bell Jr. Archives

Visitors to the Handley Library can enjoy a new exhibit put together by Archives intern Matt Geczy featuring items from the Jeannette and Robert G. Harper Family Papers. This new collection consists of personal and business papers of the Gray family of Berkeley County, West Virginia, and shows the family’s role in the history and development of Berkeley County from the late 1700s through the Civil War, when it became part of the newly formed state of West Virginia, and into the early twentieth century. 

The story of the Gray family begins in 1765, when John Gray immigrated to...

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It's Time for Natsu Con!

Celebrating Japanese Anime and Beyond!

We’re just days away from the first annual Natsu Con at Bowman Library! Natsu, meaning “summer”, is a conference presented by the Teen Advisory Board to celebrate Japanese Anime and beyond, including comic books, fandoms, and anime fans of all ages. It all happens on Monday, July 29th, beginning at 1:00 PM. 

Highlights include some great speakers on topics important to the youth of today, beginning with Nick Coleman of the Crossroads Counseling Center who will take you through the issues that even superh...

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