Bowman Library unveils new amphitheater

The Bowman Library is celebrating the grand opening of the new amphitheater with a Rally for Reading today from 10:30 AM to 2 PM.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will start things off followed by a puppet show, stories and interactive musical play in the children’s room.

Then back at the amphitheater they will hold a Children’s Concert by Tony M. Music and a Biodiversity program from the North Mountain Wildlife Center.

There will also be a magician, face paintings, a bounce house, food served by the Boy Scouts and more!

For more information on the grand opening celebration, click here.

The amphitheater will host many upcoming programs and events including Frederick County Parks and Recreation’s Sunset Series.

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Family fun with the HRLS and Genesis Henry

The Handley Regional Library System has special events all day today at their various locations.

At the Handley Library in Winchester, they will host a Community Literacy Instructional Program, Paws for Reading session with therapy service dogs, and the Lego Club will have their weekly building challenge.

The Bowman Library starts their day with Chess followed by Storytime and Puppets at 11 am with our own Genesis Henry from the Midday Boost!

For times and information on additional events, click here.

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Bowman Library hosts indoor plant clinic

Handley Regional Library System and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners are hosting an Indoor Plant Clinic at Bowman Library in Stephens City today from 11 am to 2 pm.

They will help teach you how to take care of the plants you already have and send you home with free easy-to-grow houseplants.

Different discussions will be led on topics like topiaries, propagating indoor plants, and growing orchids.

They will also have a children’s activity where they make their own nature creature and create a seed picture.

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HRLS and MSV bring back kid’s program

The Handley Regional Library System and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley are bringing back their program Tiny Tales.

The program is intended for children up to 6 years old and their caregivers.

On the second Wednesday of each month until December, a different story theme will be chosen that complements exhibits in the museum.

Scheduled programs include the Harvest Hoedown, Rock, Paper, Scissors, and Holidays Around the World.

Admission to the program is free and there is no registration required. For more info, click here.

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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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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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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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HRLS celebrates 20 years of Bowman Library

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Handley Regional Library System (HRLS) will celebrate the 20 anniversary of the Mary Jane and James L. Bowman Library.

The Library opened  July 16, 2001 with an anniversary celebration next Sat. Jul. 17.

The celebration includes a chance for visitors to join in a musical jam so bring an instrument or just enjoy an old time music session.

A family photobooth will be in the library along with the history of the library itself.

A story walk around the library’s spacious grounds as well.

This is a prime opportunity to see and enjoy what the Bowman Library has to offer Stephens City and community.

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