Superhero Storytime at Handley Regional Library


Five Brave Superheros Fingerplay
Five brave superheroes (hold up five fingers)
Ready to save the day. (hands on hips in ‘superhero stance’)
One flies off to chase a villain, (“fly” one finger behind back)
Up, up and away! (stretch arms up into the air, i.e. ‘flying pose’)

 Count down from 4, 3, 2…

One brave superhero
Ready to save the day.
She flies off to chase a villain
Up, up and away!
Hooray for superheroes! (clap hands, shout hooray!)

Two Little Superheros
Two little superheroes, (hold up 2 fingers)
Brave and true.

One wears yellow,
And the other wears blue.

Fly away yellow zip! (one hand behind back)
Fly away blue, zap! (other hand behind back)

Come back yellow. whoosh! (bring first hand out)
Come back blue. zoom! (bring other hand out)

Superhero, Superhero!
Superhero, superhero turn around
Superhero, superhero touch the ground

Superhero, superhero put on your suit
Superhero, Superhero put on your boots.

Superhero, Superhero, jump up high
Superhero, Superhero, fly, fly, fly

Superhero, Superhero, turn around.
Superhero, Superhero, please sit down.


Choose Your Battles: D&D and What It Teaches Us

D&DDungeons & Dragons and rumors have gone hand in hand since Gary Gygax released the game in 1974… and yet, the core idea of the game is to get together, make friends, and tell stories. The game’s parent company, Hasbro, even works hard to make D&D family friendly. This weekend, Hasbro is hosting its first convention called HASCON, where families can join in on short, family-oriented campaigns with experienced DMs and pick up things like a custom My Little Pony dice tin with a set of sparkly pink dice inside. You can even have your photo taken with a friendly, cuddly goblin on the D&D floor! D&D players also frequently stream campaigns for Extra Life, playing strictly to raise donations for children’s hospitals. This year, players will be streaming on November 3rd and 4th from all over the globe to raise money for the kids!

D&D isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, however. It’s meant to be fun, but D&D is also frustrating after the initial rush wears off. Wheelhouse Workshop, a therapy group formed by two self-proclaimed geeks, uses tabletop role-playing to teach coping mechanisms to players for things like conflict resolution and frustration tolerance, among others. The safety of *playing* D&D means you get tired of the rules, but have to focus on controlling your frustrations to get your character out of a tight spot. You get sick of the limits, but have to work within the [relative] safety of those limits to work with your adventuring companions to defeat monsters. You have to add up your character’s attack bonus – or worse, calculate how much damage they just took, and man, things aren’t looking too good – and hold on, when did math come into this?

When you look past the role-playing aspects of Dungeons & Dragons, there are countless skills a player must rely on in order to make the game function: mathematics being one of the most vital. Nearly every aspect of the game relies on math in order to work, although it may not seem that way at first – you roll four six-sided dice six times to determine your character’s base ability scores, which then determine how you continue to flesh them out for the rest of the game. For example, my half-elf rogue, Bree, has scores of 12, 15, 13, 9, 14, and 12. The Dungeon Master may ask for a for a wisdom check (to use her knowledge of Medicine to stabilize a wounded teammate). Bree would then use her score of 15, plus an additional +2 modifier for a total of 17 for either ability check.

There’s a huge educational benefit to D&D that often gets ignored as people focus on the “game” and “monster” aspect of it, preferring to focus on the stereotypes that are traded around. As Adam Davis and Adam Johns show, there is a therapeutic quality to the games as well, and with younger players creating their own campaigns, lore, and rules, the possibilities are endless as they ask questions and rediscover the world they live in to ensure that things make sense. One common fear is that kids playing role-playing games won’t be socialized, but the very nature of D&D is social: you cannot play without socializing with the others on your team. You learn how to problem-solve while playing D&D – and that, my friends, is perhaps the most important skill of all.

Dungeons and Dragons Flyer

Beginning Saturday, September 9th at 1pm, the Bowman Library will host teen groups playing Dungeons and Dragons. Because of the need to keep groups consistent, there will be registration, but all new groups will be formed from the waiting list, so be sure to register.

Now that you’ve learned so much, grab your dice and your character sheet, and get to playing!


Did you know September is Library card sign up month?
We have lots of events planned for this month, starting with our School’s Out! Library Superhero Day at Bowman Branch and the Superhero Dance Party at Handley Branch:

Check out this great article about the ways your kids benefit from having a library card:

If your kids are ready for that responsibility, bring them in and sign them up!  Children can get their first card if they are at least 5 and are able to write their own name.

Fun and Fabulous Teen Events for Fall

Here at the Bowman Library, we are excited to be expanding our programs for teens this fall. In addition to bringing back your favorites, such as Anime & Pocky, Manga Art, and Game Night, thanks to the suggestions from our Teen Advisers, we have added the following:

Teen Art Nights
1st Thursdays @ 5 pm
Join other teen art enthusiasts in the exploration of different art styles, techniques, and mediums, and display your creations in the Bowman Teen area. Make it your own! Personalize the Teen area at Bowman Library.


Bowman Teen Writer’s Guild
3rd Thursdays @ 5 pm
Participate in the creation of a Bowman Teen newsletter with creative writing, book reviews, poetry, and event promotion.

NANOWRIMO Young Writer’s Program
Tuesdays in November @ 6 pm
Join other teens participating in National Novel Writing Month.
Begins Tuesday, October 31—Launch your novel-writing project with a party!
Ends Tuesday, December 5—Celebrate finishing your novel!

Dungeons and Dragons
Saturdays @ 1pm (beginning Sept 9) Teen groups get together for this traditional role playing game. Registration is required.


Looking for something to do during your day off from school? Friday, September 1st is a staff development day, so we’re going to take advantage of your free day to kick of Library Card Sign-up Month!  This year’s theme is DC Comics and the Teen Titans so we will be playing a double feature, Battle of the Billionaires!

Come watch the Dark Knight and Iron Man, back to back. You decide who has the best gadgets.

You may also wish to take note of a few small changes in our regular programs. For example, after our showing of Voltron on Monday, August 28, instead of sampling a new anime each month, beginning September 25th our Anime & Pocky nights will host a season of Death Note, playing 2-3 episodes each month. This gives everyone an opportunity to get into the series, providing a more complete understanding of the plot.

Anime & Pocky
4th Mondays @ 6 pm
Eat some pocky and snacks and check out our  manga and anime titles.
August 28: Voltron
Join us Sept 25, Oct 23, & Nov 27 for 2-3 episodes of Death Note per month.

Manga Art is back with a new time.

Manga Art
1st & 3rd Mondays @ 6 pm
Join us as you color enchanting designs or bring a sketch book & create manga art. Materials provided.


Game Night is a definite highlight to the activities offered at the Bowman Library and will be back with monthly themes!

Check out this video we took from our July event.

Play close attention to October’s Game Night because we plan to include an Escape Room and will need your help.

Game Night
3rd Fridays @ 5:30 pm—8 pm
Middle & high school students stop by to play electronic, card, & computer games. Enjoy snacks!
September 15, Superheroes
October 20: Escape Room
November 17: Fantasy
December 15: Ugly Festive Party

Have more ideas or wish to be involved in future planning? Participate in our Teen Advisory Board.

Teen Advisory Board
2nd Mondays @ 6 pm
A planning group open to middle & high school students for library programs & events. To join call Donna Hughes at 540-869-9000 x215

There is always more to do and see at the library. Our teen writers will soon have their first newsletter out and it’ll keep you up to date, as well as give you more great YA book suggestions. Here is a sneak preview of our first draft: September 2017 Teen Newsletter

Here’s to a great fall season!

Be a Friend Storytime at Handley Regional Library

Storytime Friends, this week we’re reading all about friendship.  Join us at storytime at one of our branches or read along at home.  Find the times and locations here: Calendar of Events

Books to Share:

 All of these books can be found in the HRL catalog by searching for the tag:  #beafriend

Rhymes and Songs: 

Where is Thumbkin?
Tune: Frere Jacques

(Begin with hands behind back)
Where is Thumbkin? Where is thumbkin?
Here I am. Here I am.
(hands forward, thumbs up)
How are you today, sir?
(Wiggle thumbs as if ‘talking’ to each other)
Very well, I thank you.
Run and play. Run and play.
(hands run behind back)

Where is Pointer? Where is Pointer?
Where is tall man? Where is tall man?
Where is ring man? Where is ring man?

Make New Friends
Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.

A circle is round,
it has no end.
That’s how long,
I’ll be your friend.

A fire burns bright,
it warms the heart.
We’ve been friends,
from the very start.

You have one hand,
I have the other.
Put them together,
We have each other.

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

I love you in the morning,
And in the afternoon
I love you in the evening,
Underneath the moon…

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

The More We Get Together
The more we get together
Together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be
Cause your friends are my friends
And my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be


Worker Wednesday: A Bowman STEM Activity for Preteens and Teens

The Bowman Library will be offering a summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program aimed at preteens and teens beginning July 5th.


Each Wednesday at 5:30 pm we will have something different to explore with special presenters and hands on activities for preteens and teens, ages 9 to 17. Space is limited so registration is required to participate, but observers are welcome. Space is limited on most dates so book mark this page to have a direct link to the registration page for each event!

July 5th – Squishy Circuits! 
legoDiscovering and making electrical circuits!

See a demonstration of a Tesla Coil in action, then get hands-on to learn about electricity by creating and lighting your own circuit with conductive play dough.

July 12th – Sound Waves


Discovering sound waves and musical pitch.

Learn how sound is created and explore musical terms with pitch. Use this knowledge to create music with Boomwhackers in different octaves, observing how the size changes the sound.

July 19th – Stone Stacking (ages 11-17)
steinmann-60007_640_burnedDiscover the challenge of stone stacking!

Local Stone Stackers will demonstrate their patience and knowledge of balance as they build creative stone  structures. There will be 8 teams creating their rock stack. (This event is for ages 11 – 17 for strength requirements and safety for all participants.)

July 26 – Animal Habitats
squirrel-47528_1280Discover the wonder of animals and their homes–burrows, nests, dens, dams.

Valley Wildlife Care will talk about how animals prepare their homes within a habitat that provides shelter and nearby food.

August 2 – Wood Plank Construction
keva_burnedTake the challenge to build with KEVA planks and construction materials.

Groups of teens will work together on challenges using wooden planks. Who can build the tallest tower? The widest bridge? Recreate a complex structure or a maze!

August 9 – Build-A-Band (All Ages Welcome!)
amber waves

Discover how to build a band with sound, style, and musicians!

Teens and their families will enjoy a performance by the Amber Waves Band while they learn about the instruments that make up a bluegrass band and their individual roles.

Whee, Whee, Wheels! Storytime at Handley Regional Library

Here are a few of our favorite books, songs, poems and games that we’ll be sharing this week.  We hope you’ll keep sharing these with your little ones at home.

Books to Share: 

You can find our storytime selections in the HRL catalog here: Wheels Storytime Booklist

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Freight Train- Donald Crews

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My Car- Byron Barton

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Race Car Count- Rebecca Kai Dotlich

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A Truck Goes Rattley- Bumpa-Jonathan London

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Red Light, Green Light- Anastasia Suen

Book Jacket for: The seals on the bus
The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort, illustrated by Brian Karas – JE Hort
“Different aniamls–including seals, tigers, geese, rabbits, monkeys, and more–make their own sounds as they ride all around the town on a bus.”

Book Jacket for: Toot toot beep beep
Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia – JE Garcia
“As youngsters toot, beep, vroom and whoosh along with the many colored vehicles in this noisy story, each car eventually finds its parking space and settles down for the night.”

Book Jacket for: Honk honk! Beep beep!

Honk honk Beep Beep by Daniel Kirk – JE Kirk
“When a father and son set out early one morning for a cross-country drive in their jeep, they see all sorts of vehicles and pick up diverse passengers along the way.”

Book Jacket for: Froggy rides a bike

Froggy Rides a bike by Jonathan London – JE London and J CD London
“With encouragement from his friends and family, Froggy learns how to ride his shiny new bike.”

Book Jacket for: What do wheels do all day?
What do wheels do all day? / April Jones Prince ; illustrated by Giles Laroche – JE Prince
“Simple, direct text, combined with brilliant cut-paper relief illustrations, captures kids’ fascination with “things that go” and opens their minds to the wide variety of wheels and what they do.”


Songs and Poems

Available at the library on: Buzz Buzz by The Laurie Berkner Band – J CD Berkner

There’s a Little Wheel a Turnin’ in My Heart 

There’s a little wheel a-turning in my heart
There’s a little wheel a-turning in my heart
In my heart in my heart
There’s a little wheel a-turning in my heart

There are two hands clapping in my heart . . .
There are two feet stomping . . .
There’s a little dog barking . . .
There are two eyes blinking . . .
There are some kids sleeping . . .
There’s a big truck honking . . .
There’s a little wheel a-turning in my heart . . .

Down by the Station

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row
See the station master
Turn the little handle
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Driving in my Car

I’m driving in my car, I’m driving in my car
Beep Beep Toot Toot
I’m driving in my car
I’m driving very fast, I’m driving very fast
Beep Beep Toot Toot
I’m driving very fast
I’m driving very slow, I’m driving very slow
Beep Beep Toot Toot
I’m driving very slow
The lights have turned to red, The lights have turned to red,
Beep Beep Toot Toot
So I must stop the car
The lights have turned to green,
The lights have turned to green,
Beep Beep Toot Toot
So I can drive again


I have a little bicycle (hold hands together for little)
I ride it to and fro (rolls hands)
And when I see that big green light
I know it’s time to go! (pedal in air fast)
I have a little bicycle (hold hands together for little)
I took it to the shop (rolls hands)
And when I see that big red light
I know it’s time to STOP! (freeze)

You can also try playing these games together:
Red Light, Green Light

Just for babies rhyme:

This little train ran up the track
Trail fingers up baby’s arm from fingers to shoulder
It went Choo Choo!
Tap baby’s nose!
And then it ran back.
Trail fingers back down baby’s arm.

The other little train ran up the track
Trail fingers up baby’s other arm from fingers to shoulder
It went Choo Choo!
Tap baby’s nose!
And then it ran back.
Trail fingers back down baby’s arm.

Learn Sign Language:

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Train in Baby Sign LanguageTrain




Good Morning in Baby Sign LanguageGood Morning




Suggested CDs: 

Book Jacket for: Cars, trucks, and trains [sound recording]

Whee, Whee, Wheels from Cars, Trucks and Trains by Jane Murphy – J CD Murphy

Of course, no wheel storytime is complete without a rendition of “The Wheels on the Bus!” The Library has numerous versions of this classic kids’ song available.  Check out some of them here: “The Wheels on the Bus” songs on J CD.

We look forward to seeing you at storytime!

Check the calendar for storytimes at your local branch of the library.

Bowman Library Chess Club Members Win Big at Tournament

Chess Players display trophies

Matthew Clark, Henry Fowler, and James Fowler display their trophies.

Congratulations to the three members of the Stephens City Chess Club who won trophies at the SilverKnights Spring Breakout K-8 Tournament in Ashland, VA!  Three out of the four semi-finalists for the 4th to 8th grade division were Stephens City Chess Club members. Of those who made it to the semi-finals, Henry Fowler won first place, James Fowler won third place, and Matthew Clark won fourth place.

These young men have honed their skills at the chess meets hosted by Bowman Library and founded by Matthew Clark. The all-ages, all skill-levels club meets every Saturday at 10AM on the Reading Porch.  The chess meets are free and open to all, no registration required.  Check the library’s calendar for more details.  Learn more about the Stephens City Chess Club at their website:


What’s New for Bowman Youth

Have you seen the changes at the Bowman Library youth departments recently? If you haven’t stopped by, (and why not???), you’ve missed some of the fun. We’ve been busy moving things around a bit to create a more open flow to the children’s area, adding displays to catch the eye and to help children, youth, and teens find a few great books to read.

A new shelf in the front now highlights our Spanish collection with the reduced height opening up the view.

New books can be found on our center display:

If you missed our bulletin board because it was hiding behind a taller shelf, it’s now in full view. Our winter theme included the darling rabbits from our winter reading program in February. 

Our spring display is now up! The tree has now bloomed with apple blossoms and characters from Beatrix Potter stories have moved in.

Additionally, we now have a LEGO display where our LEGO participants showcase the creations of the week. 

At the entrance of the area we have a display for our tweens, highlighting a new theme every month. We are currently showing books about outer space, both fact and fiction. 

For our TEEN area we have our theme display all dressed up as a rocket ship this month, providing a few space themed reading ideas from the Young Adult genre.

When you travel through the shelves of the Young Adult and Manga area of the library, you now are treated with some decorative displays on the shelves to highlight specific genres, including suggested authors.


Every month there is something new so stop by and browse around!

Colorful World Storytime @ HRL

With the return of Spring comes to the return of the full complement of colors.  No longer just gray skies and brown grass, we’re celebrating our colorful world in storytimes this week.

Here are some books we recommend for learning about colors with your little ones at home.  Find them in the catalog by searching for #colorfulworldstories


Here are some rhymes and games we’ll be sharing this week.  We hope you continue playing at home!

Blue is the lake,  (point to the floor)
Yellow is the sun  (point to the sky)
Silver are the stars,
When the day is done  (wiggle fingers in the air)
Red is the apple,  (make circle with hands)
Green is the tree  (raise arms over head like branches)
Brown is a chocolate chip cookie  (rub tummy)
for you and me!

Colorful Movement

Red, red, touch your head.
Blue, blue, tie your shoe.
Brown, brown, touch the ground.
White, white, take a bite.
Black, black, touch your back.
Purple, purple, turn in a circle.
Pink pink, give a wink.
Gray, gray, shout hurray!

Wave your Rainbow
(Tune: “Yankee Doodle”)

Red and orange yellow and green
Then there’s blue and purple.
Wave your rainbow, wave your rainbow,
Wave your pretty rainbow.

Hold your rainbow way up high.
Wave your pretty rainbow
Make it arc across the sky
Yes, wave your pretty rainbow
Rain your rainbow to one side.

Thinking of a Color Game
I am thinking of a color that is the color of the sky. What color am I? (Blue).

Sun … yellow
Grass …green

When I See Chant

When I See Red I put my hand on my head
When I see Blue I touch my shoe
When I see green I wash my face real clean
When I see yellow I wave to the fellows
When Orange is found I put my hand on the ground
When I see pink I think, I think, I think

The Colors in my World 
(Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)

There’s colors in my world,
There’s colors in my world.
Hi ho the cherrio
There’s colors in my world.
The yellow takes the blue,
The yellow takes the blue,
They hug together merrily,
And now there’s green too.
The white takes the red,
The white takes the red,
They hug together merrily
And pink appears instead.

Colorful Movement

Red, red, touch your head.
Blue, blue, tie your shoe.
Brown, brown, touch the ground.
White, white, take a bite.
Black, black, touch your back.
Purple, purple, turn in a circle.
Pink pink, give a wink.
Gray, gray, shout hurray!