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!


Spotlight on Programs: Teen Anime Movies

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Love Anime?  Then we have the program for you!  Bowman Library is hosting a series of teen anime movie nights throughout the summer.  Movies are for middle and high school students, and are shown Mondays from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Upcoming movies are:

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July 13: Full Metal Alchemist
July 27: Princess Jellyfish
August 24: Ruby

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Cosplayers at one of our Anime Nights

Drop in for this free, fun event, no registration required!  Eat some pocky and popcorn, cosplay your favorite character, and check out our manga and anime titles.  Can’t find a favorite title that you’ve been looking for? Let us know!  We’re always on the lookout for good titles to add to the library’s collection.

Movie Marathon Monday

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Looking for an activity for middle and high schoolers?  Drop by Bowman Library for a free marathon showing of Annie this coming Monday, July 6th, from 5 p. m. to 8 p.m. Come for one or both versions of the movie. Compare, contrast, debate with your friends over which is better, join in the sing-a-long, or just sit back and enjoy the movie and the popcorn and lemonade we’ll be serving as a snack.

Part of the Summer-long Teen Cinema Center program, the movie is for all youth grades 6-12 and is brought to you by the Teen Advisory Board.

Teen Movie Tonight!

Join us for the Summer Cinema Center for middle and high schoolers on Mondays at the Bowman Library from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Tonight’s movie will be a showing of Maleficent.

Can’t make it tonight?  Then join us for one of the other upcoming movies:
July 6: Annie
July 20: The Avengers
August 3: Thor
August 17: Into the Woods