The Youth Services team at Handley Regional Library provides a variety of fun and educational programs. In addition to the ones listed below, we have many seasonal programs and special events throughout the year, so make sure to check the Calendar of Events for the current programs – you’re sure to find one to fit your age and interests!
Programs for ages 0-5 years old
For newborns to 15 months for pre-walkers and their parents or caregivers. Enjoy stories, clapping, tapping, playing, moving, and singing.
Bowman Library: Thursdays @ 11:00 am
Handley Library: Tuesdays @ 10:30 am
Lots of music, dance, and interactive activities make this best for wiggly, wandering toddlers.
Bowman Library: Mondays @ 11:00 am
Handley Library: Thursdays @ 10:30 am
Children ages 3 and up and their caregivers enjoy stories, fingerplays, movement songs, dancing, puppets, and more!
Bowman Library: Wednesdays @ 11:00 am
Handley Library: Mondays @ 10:30 am
Clarke County Library: Tuesdays @ 10:30 am
Family Programs are for all ages
A story time for the whole family, with stories, songs, action rhymes, puppets, and more!
Bowman Library: Saturdays @ 11:00 am
Handley Library: Saturdays @ 10:30 am
A lively 30 minute program for all ages, filled with music and movement.
Bowman Library: Tuesdays @ 4:00 pm
Handley Library: Fridays @ 10:30 am
Stories, songs, and crafts for the whole family as STEAM elements are explored.
Bowman Library: Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm
Calling all builders of all ages! Come explore LEGO bricks, blocks, and much more.
Handley Library: Thursdays @ 6pm, Fridays @ 4pm, & Saturdays @ 11am
Films for all ages! Join us on select Saturdays at Bowman and Handley libraries. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to the show. Check the calendar for dates and show titles.
Families, adults, and kids of all ages and skill levels are welcome to come and play.
Bowman Library: Saturdays @ 10:00 am & second Thursdays @ 5:30 pm
Handley Library: Wednesdays @ 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Magic the Gathering Club
Drop-in Magic the Gathering game for all ages. Bring your own cards or use cards provided by us!
Handley Library: Saturdays @ 3:00 pm
Program ages listed in description
For children ages 5-10 at Clarke County Library. Join us for books and art-unleash your creativity with a hands on project.
Clarke County Library: Thrusdays @ 3:45pm
After School Arts
Introducing arts and crafts from literature for ages 8-14. Registration and details available through the library catalog.
Bowman Library: 2nd Wednesdays @ 5:00 pm
Paws for Reading
For beginning readers. Read a favorite book to a canine reading tutor at all Handley Regional libraries. These great listeners are certified therapy dogs. Check the library calendar for specific dates!
School age children from 6-12 years old design and engineer with Lego blocks! Each class has an assignment and challenge to be completed by groups or individual. We’ll show off your creation all week in our display case, then take them apart for a new challenge the next Monday.
Bowman Library: Mondays @ 5:00 pm
Children 6-12 years old can join our monthly STEM laboratory and learn about exciting scientific principles. Registration is required through the library catalog.
Bowman Library: 4th Fridays @ 2:00 pm
Nature Surprises for Kids
Hands-on activities for ages 8 and up are presented by VCE volunteers of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association. Registration is required. See the library calendar for specific activities and registration.
Bowman Library: 3rd Wednesdays @ 5:00 pm
Stitch a Story
For ages 10 and up, hear a story then create a stitching project. Registration required through the library calendar. Supplies provided. Sponsored by the Winchester Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America and the Shenandoah Valley Tapestry project.
Handley Library: 3rd Saturdays @ 1:00 pm
All Teen Programs are for ages 12-18
Teen Sketch & Draw
Bring your sketch book to create your sketches and manga drawings. Get tips from other teen artists and share your work.
Bowman Library: 1st and 3rd Mondays @ 6:00 pm
Graphic Novel Club
Chat about your favorite DC and Marvel characters and enjoy snacks with our friends at Four Color Fantasies.
Handley Library: 3rd Mondays @ 6:00-8:00 pm
Teen Advisory Board
All teens (12-18) are welcome to come and give input on new teen programming for all system libraries.
Bowman Library: 2nd Mondays @ 6:00 pm. Contact Donna Hughes at 540-869-9000 x215
Handley Library: 4th Mondays @ 4:30 pm. Contact Christine Forbes at 540-662-9041 x 21
A teen-only, after-hours event (12-18). Play the board or video game of your choice, eat snacks, and hang out with friends new and old.
Bowman Library: 3rd Fridays @ 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Anime and Pocky
Eat some pocky and snacks while you watch a select anime title.
Bowman Library: 4th Mondays @ 6:00pm
Teen Art Nights
Learn about art styles and mediums.
Bowman Library: 1st Thursdays @ 5:00 pm
Teen Writer’s Guild
Participate in the creation of the Teen Times newsletter with creative writing, book reviews, poetry, and event promotion.
Bowman Library: 1st Mondays @ 6:00 pm during first half of Teen Sketch and Draw
Dungeons and Dragons
Teen groups, led by teen dungeon masters get together for this traditional role playing game. Contact Cheryl Costello at email@example.com for available spots or to be placed the waiting list.
Bowman Library: Saturdays @ 1:00 pm