HRLS removes fines for children’s materials

The Handley Regional Library System is removing overdue fines from most children’s materials including books, CDs, audio-books, and DVDs regardless of the age of the person checking them out.

The items are still required to be returned.

John Huddy, the director of the Library System believes this will “improve literacy for the youth in our area and remove any barriers that our patrons may have to get access to our materials.”

Evidence has been cited by the American Library Association that eliminating fines increases sign up and library use.

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Natsu Con at Bowman Library

Natsu Con will be celebrating anime, comics, gaming, and more on Saturday, July 23, beginning at 10 AM at Bowman Library at this all-day event. 

The program is returning this year brought to you by the Teen Advisory Board and Natsu Con Committee.

Hear engaging speakers, participate in character panels, meet Andrew Joseph White author of Hell Followed with Us, show off your talent in our masquerade, and compete in our cosplay contest!

Registration is only required for the Character Panel and the Masquerade.  The Cosplay contest sign-up (ages 13-18) will begin at 11 AM on the day of the conference.


10:00 Artist Alley Opens: Artists are being sought for the Artist Alley, and interested artists should contact Donna Hughes at 540-869-9000 x215 or

Rina Riggs, sensei and Japanese instructor of language and origami.

10:00-12:30 Just Dance in the Children’s Room

11:00 Opening Speakers in the Meeting Room

Andrew Joseph White, author, shares about his writing. It has been said of his debut novel (now a NY Times Bestseller), Hell Followed With Us, that it is a “book with teeth, with fire, and with a bloody, beating heart.”

Andrew Joseph White grew up falling in love with monsters and wishing he could be one too. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University in 2022 and has a habit of cuddling random street cats.

Book signing by the author will follow the presentation courtesy of the Winchester Book Gallery. His website is

LaTasha Do’zia of Selah Theater leads us with acting and cosplay techniques and developing a character’s voice.

12:30 Character Panels: Ouran High School Host Club

1:30 Character Panels (open for registration)

Registration for the 1:30 PM Character Panels can be found here!

Character Panel participants must be in middle or high school and at least 13 years old. Register in advance with character information and genre (anime, comic, or uniquely created characters welcome.)

Participants are to move to the Meeting Room to prepare for the cosplay contest.

All middle and high school youth are welcome to attend. Contest and masquerade participants should be over 13 and abide by the guidelines listed below for cosplay and weapons allowed.

2:30 Cosplay Contest: Multiple categories and prizes. Registrations for the contest will be on the day of the event, beginning at 10 AM. Ages 13-18 welcome. Details and time are subject to change.

3:30 Masquerade: Registration for the Masquerade can be found here! Register your group and prepare your skit or music act for your 5 minutes of fame! Please register in advance for one 5-minute slot per group. One group per participant.

4:00 Artist Alley closes

4:30 Cosplay Contest Winners and Closing Remarks

*Cosplay guidelines: Because of the family nature of our library, all cosplay outfits should be family-friendly. Library staff reserves the right to request alterations or clothing changes

For all programs, go to

For more information, contact Cheryl Nakagawa, Public Relations and Outreach Manager at or visit

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Spring Into the Library at HRLS

Spring Into the Library today with events at all three branches of the Handley Regional Library System.

Some of the events will include chess, Story-time and Puppets, and an Author Talk with Rita Finch Petit at Bowman Library.

The Clarke County location will have a story with a craft.

The Handley Library will hold a Behind The Scenes Tour, a Lego club, an “Adulting 101 Workshop,” and more.

For a full list of events and times, head to the

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News Maker Adrienne Davis of Handley Library’s new program

Handley Regional Library Systems launched a month long program today Mar. 1.

The program called Push Yourself Reading Bingo Challenge encourages and rewards people of all ages to read more.

We spoke to the Library System’s Branch Manager Adrienne Davis in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Adrienne tells us about the program and its rewards.

She also tells us that all Handley Library System Branches are back open with normal hours.

Adrienne also tells us the program is available in all branches of the library system including Handley in Winchester, Bowman in Stephen City and the Clarke County’s branch.

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News Maker Adrienne Davis of Handley Library's new program

HRLS’s “Push Your Shelf” Bingo Challenge

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The River 95.3 and Handley Regional Libraries are coming together for the “Push Your Shelf” Bingo Challenge which will run throughout March.

The Challenge is a fun way for patrons to explore new genres, authors, movies, and more while competing to win a mini iPad.

Once you have your Bingo card, you can fill out each square with a different title that you’ve checked out during March.

All three branches of the HRLS are participating.

Entries must be submitted through an email or in person before 5 pm on April 2nd.

For complete instructions and how to get your bingo card, head to

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HRLS prepares for used book sale

The Handley Regional Library System is collecting gently used books, CDs, DVDs, video games, and sheet music for their upcoming Spring Used Book sale.

VHS, cassette tapes, and Readers Digest books are no longer accepted.

Volunteers will be accepting donations today from 9 am to noon at Bowman Library.

Proceeds from the book sales benefit the Clarke County, Handley, and Bowman Libraries.

The next used book sale is scheduled for April 5th through the 9th at the Bowman location. 

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Bowman Library offers a series of programs on Diversity

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A news release from Bowman Library’s Public Relations Outreach Manager Cheryl Nakagawa announced a series of monthly programs.

The 2022 International Cultures Program will begin on Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Library at 871 Tasker Rd. in Stephens City.

The Diversify Our Narrative high school students of Frederick County will present the programs to learn in depth about different cultural backgrounds, practices, and peoples of ethnicities from around the world.

The Jan. program focuses on the climate, food, customs, traditions, languages, industry and travels of indigenous people of the American continents.

A special presentation on those who lived in and around Frederick County will also be featured in Jan. as well.

Other presentations include

Feb. 12’s presentation will focus on Africa.

Europe will be featured on Mar. 5.

On Apr. Oceania will be the featured presentation.

An International Culture Finale will take place May 28.

Each participant in the program will receive a passport to record their progress in the programs.

Each program features stories, art and discoveries of our region and the world.

You can find out more and register for the event here.

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Bowman Library honors Women’s Suffrage in VA.

A press release from Bowman Library relays that they will be displaying the exhibit We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia.

The display and exhibit will be in the library lobby at 871 Tasker Rd. Stephens City through Dec. 4.

This is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia with support from the task force to commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote.

The exhibit features text and images to trace the history of the women’s suffrage movement in Virginia from 1909 to 1920.

More information is available here.

Bowman Library is a part of the Handley Regional Library System.

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Bowman Library celebrates 20 years

The Bowman Library off Tasker Road in Stephens City is celebrating their 20th anniversary today from 11 am to 1 pm.

There will be an outdoor story walk on the new trail circling the library and surrounding lake on the history of Bowman.

The library is also encouraging patrons who attend to bring a musical instrument with them as they plan to have an old-time music jam session.

Make sure to also take a picture with your family in the photo-booth and check out the other displays as well.

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Bowman Library holds a ribbon cutting

Stephen City’s Bowman Library will hold a ribbon cutting from 11 to noon tomorrow Jul. 14.

Tours and history of the library will be available after the ribbon cutting.

This Saturday Jul. 17 a 20 anniversary celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..

That celebration has something for the entire family including tours and refreshments.

Saturday’s celebration also includes live music in which you can participate so bring your instrument.

The latest on Bowman Library’s 20 anniversary celebration can be found at

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