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!


Summer Opportunities for Teens

Teens in middle and high school, are you ready for Summer?

The Bowman Library has some great opportunities for teens to escape the heat for some socializing, fun, and a little learning on the side.

2017 Reading By Design will continue with your favorite activities, such as Anime & Pocky, Manga Art Club, and Game Night, with a few exciting additions, like our Worker Wednesday STEM activities, and a bit of Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey with Doctor Who.

Worker Wednesdays will meet Wednesday evenings starting in July at 5:30 with special STEM challenges, including exploring circuits, challenges in rock stacking, learning about sound waves by creating music with boom whackers, and building challenges with KEVA planks. Registration will be required for participants but spectators are encouraged.

On Thursdays in July, the Teen Advisory Board will be offering a showing of the first season of Doctor Who, featuring Christopher Eccleston as the ninth doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler.

Game Night will have add on activities this summer, starting with photography in June, and in July, watch for a library sponsored Escape Room! More details on that to come.

Our Anime Nights this summer include Noragami, Hetalia, Durarara, and Voltron, with snacks, including Pocky.

Get out those calendars and mark your events!

Summer Events
Wednesdays, July 5—Aug 9 at 5:30pm (registration required)
Worker Wednesdays, STEM events for ages 9-17
Thursdays, July 6—July 27 at 5:30pm
Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey, Doctor Who Season 1

Monthly Events
1st & 3rd Mondays at 5:30pm, Manga Art Club
2nd Monday at 6pm, Teen Advisory Board
4th Monday at 6:30pm Anime and Pocky
3rd Friday at 5:30pm Teen Game Night
Saturdays at 10am, Chess at Bowman
Saturdays at 1pm, Pokémon TCG

A Wonderland of YA Books for Winter Break

Thank you Alex Costello for this guest blog post, just in time for winter break! 


Winter is best spent curled up with a good book. A mug of hot cocoa, wrapped up in blankets, maybe with a good fire going? Sounds like the ideal snowy day to me! Here are eight great YA (Young Adult) winter reads to help ease you into the holiday season and warm up your cold winter days:

bookthief1) The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
The Book Thief is a thought-provoking historical novel about a young German girl named Liesel. Set during World War II, the novel gives a glimpse of what life might have been life for a young girl back then. Told from the perspective of Death, it is a captivating and often heartbreaking novel about Liesel as she steals book after book and befriends several interesting people – a boy named Rudy, her foster parents, and the Jewish refugee named Max that they have agreed to hide at a great risk to themselves. This book also has a movie adaption!

shiver2) Shiver by Maggie Steifvater
Looking for something romantic? Shiver is a romantic Fantasy novel about a young girl named Grace who lives on the edge of a forest, dependent on the presence of a wolf that she calls “her wolf”. The wolf’s name is Sam, who spends his winters in the forest with his pack, and his summers as a human. They meet during the summer, but as winter approaches, Sam must fight to stay with her.

letitsnow3) Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle
Let It Snow is a compilation of three short stories set in a town called Gracetown during a gigantic snow storm. The stories follow three teenagers – Jubilee, Tobin, and Addie – as they find love and romance during a snowstorm at Christmas time.


coldest-girl4)The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Like Vampires? The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a book about a girl, Tana, who has become infected with vampirism. Coldtowns are walled-off cities designed to contain the infected, and once inside, you can’t ever leave. In order to save herself, her ex-boyfriend, and a mysterious boy named Gavriel, she ventures into Coldtown itself in a race against time.

snowlikeashes5) Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Snow Like Ashes takes place in a fantasy world, set 16 years after the fall of the kingdom of Winter, leaving its people enslaved and its magic gone. Meira, now a teenager, is one of the few who escaped and is now living as a refugee – and is in love with Winter’s future king. Meira learns of the location of a locket that could give Winter back its magic and decides go after it herself.

shadowandbone6) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone is a story of a girl named Alina, who is taken from everything she knows after she saves her friend using a power she did not know she had. She is taken to be trained as a member of the Grisha, a group of elite magic wielders led by the mysterious Darkling. Alina discovers that she may be her country’s only hope.


shadesofgray7) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Between Shades of Gray follows a teenaged girl named Lina, whose life is turned upside down when the Soviets invade her home in Lithuania. She, her mother, and brother are forced to travel to a Siberian work camp, and Lina finds comfort in making art – and in her art she leaves clues to her location, hoping that somehow they will make their way to her father in prison camp.

Stop by any branch of the Handley Regional Library system and take a look at our Young Adult displays with more great reads for your winter break!

Our Future Library Leaders


In this month of thankfulness, the Bowman Library would like to show appreciation for our Teen Advisers! On the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. a handful of enthusiastic teenagers join together to help decide which events they believe local teens will enjoy, advise our library on materials for their age group, and volunteer to assist in other activities through the year.

Through helping with our Teen Advisory program, local teens have an opportunity to build life long leadership skills, work in groups, plan and execute ideas, and network with other motivated teens in the area. Furthermore, the teens can assist in other programs to gain needed volunteer hours and learn more about our library programs for all ages.

In addition to regularly scheduled events and displays, our current teen advisers always have creative ideas they love to add to enhance regular activities, such as their planned “Teen Ugly Festive Party” to be held at the Game Night in December. (3rd Friday of each month.) The teens will encourage their peers to attend wearing ugly socks, sweaters, scarves, and shoes to show off their crazy holiday spirit. More information will be forthcoming as the December Game Night approaches.

New to the schedule next month will be a Chess Champs meeting Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Bowman Library, which will be lead by teen chess enthusiasts. December meetings will be the 3rd, 10th, and 17th.

Additional Teen activities include their Anime & Pocky evenings, meeting the 4th Monday of the month at 6:00pm, and a Manga Art & Coloring Club, meeting the 1st and 3rd Monday at 5:30pm.

Don’t forget NaNoWriMo! Join other teens this month at either Bowman or the Handley Branch. For more information, you can see our post on National Novel Writing Month.

Call Donna Hughes, 869-9000 x215, to request more information and to apply for a teen leadership position.

Your Next Young Adult Novel

Young Adult Novels are the latest phenomenon of the publishing world. If you haven’t looked into this very diverse genre, which has teens standing in line for their next book and raising up their favorite authors as the new super stars of modern literature, here is a fun quiz through to help you find just the right book to get you started!


Last summer Epic Reads, a great site for anyone who loves books, linked to a fun quiz:


Summer has come and gone, but with the cool weather coming in, perhaps it’s an even better time to grab the fuzzy blanket and find a great read for the Thanksgiving break.

Parents who are looking for reviews on the books their teens are reading may enjoy the book section of Common Sense Media.  Age suggestions are given for many of today’s favorite Young Adult books, as well as topics for discussion.

For even more great reads for teens, the Bowman Library has a teen display always available, including selections from the Teen Advisory Board. If you are teen or preteen in middle or high school, consider joining them on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 pm.  Call Donna Hughes at 540-869-9000 x215 for more information.

Did you take a quiz? Tell us which book you got!

Books for Tweens to Young Teens!

img_0199Too old for picture books, but not quite ready for the more mature Young Adult novels? The Bowman Library has created a display of great books, perfect for children in later elementary through middle school.

This month we will feature great reads for Native American Heritage Month. Older children can stop by to find both fiction by Native American authors, as well as non-fiction books describing the heritage and diversity of the first Americans.

Head around the corner of the display for additional selections from favorite classic authors, as well as some wonderful options from modern lists.

Tell your story during NaNoWriMo!

The leaves are falling, the airYWP logo is getting chilly. ‘Tis the season for sweaters, hot chocolate, and curling up with your favorite book. This November, make it truly YOUR book and join the Handley and Bowman Libraries for National Novel Writing Month’s (NaNoWriMo) Young Writer’s Program!

Your local library can help you with your goals and get that story idea out of your imagination and into your own novel. Middle and high school students will meet weekly at Handley Regional Library from 6-7:15 every Monday in November or at the Bowman Library from 6-7:15 every Tuesday of November.

We’ll provide prizes, word wars, dares and pep talks, as well as brain food to get your ideas flowing. You provide your creative imagination and writing enthusiasm!

Register online at to set goals and track your progress. For more information, contact  Aimee Gangai (540) 662-9041 x21 at Handley Library or Donna Hughes (540) 869-9000 x215 for the Bowman Library event.





Read to the Rhythm Booklists Now Available!


Many of you have probably made use of our booklists (lists of books with a common theme) at the library, and we’ve heard from you that you would like for the booklists to be accessible electronically.  Some of our most popular booklists are now available right here on the blog on our booklists page.  What theme would you like to see a booklist about?

Each year we create booklists of titles matching the Summer Reading program theme.  This year’s theme is “Read to the Rhythm,” so each booklist features titles about music, musicians, dance, and poetry from a variety of genres (fiction, non-fiction, picture books, and poetry).  Check them out here:

Read to the Rhythm Booklist (Preschool)

Read to the Rhythm Booklist (Primary)

Read to the Rhythm Booklist (Elementary) 

Read to the Rhythm Booklist (Middle and High School)

What’s your favorite book about music?