Video Games Now Available!

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Checkout at Bowman Library or reserve online.  Game on.

Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Wii video games are now available for patrons to checkout
in person from the Bowman Library in Stephens City or reserve online and pickup from the library location of their choice.  

Bowman currently has over 60 video games for a variety of ageswith plans to add additional titles over the next 60-90 days.  Patrons may check out one game at a time on their library card and keep it for up to 3 weeks.  Hold requests are allowed.  

To view or reserve available titles, click here or search for the gaming console or term “video games” in the catalog search or visit Bowman Library in person

Tj O'Connor Author Talk

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Jonathan Hunter, a rogue CIA consultant AWOL from his Middle East assignment,
returns home to witness his brother Kevin’s horrific murder.
For fifteen years, Hunter and Kevin were silent—until Kevin uttered his final words
… Khalifah … Not Them … Maya …

***** Of local interest is the setting of this thriller - the northern part of the Shenandoah Valley
including Winchester, Loudoun County and the Shenandoah River in Clarke County! ***

Launched into the hunt for Kevin’s killer, Hunter stumbles into a series of horrifying terrorist attacks—all at the hands of Middle Eastern refugees—that spark a backlash across the country and threaten another war. In the shadows, Hunter’s mentor, the omnipotent Oscar LaRue, is playing a dangerous game with Russian Intelligence. All the while, neither Hunter nor LaRue understand that a new threat—the Iranian threat—has entered the game. As stakes rise, two shadowy players are one-step ahead of Hunter—Khalifah, a dangerous and terrorist mastermind, and Caine, a nomadic assassin who only dances with the highest bidder. As the attacks escalate and the country drifts toward another Middle East war, innocent refugees become the victims between the terrorists and the terrorized. Prejudice, hate, and fear vent everywhere—is this who we’ve become? Before the country explodes, Hunter must find Khalifah, learn the target of the next terrorist attack, and pray he’s in time to stop it.


Tj O’Connor is the author of five published novels—four paranormal mysteries and his latest thriller, The Consultant, the first of The Jonathan Hunter Thriller series. The Consultant is Tj’s first published thriller—his true passion. Presently, he’s finishing a sequel, Provocateur, and an unnamed Book III in his Jonathan Hunter Thriller series. Tj hopes Provocateur and Book III will see the marketplace in 2019 and 2020.


Tj began writing in grade school and continued to dabble through his career as a military federal agent with the Air Force OSI, where he was an anti-terrorism agent and investigator, and through his years as a senior executive and international security consultant. During that time, he penned nine novels but began his publishing career with Dying to Know, his first paranormal mystery, in 2014. Thereafter, he published two sequels—Dying for the Past and Dying to Tell, and a standalone paranormal mystery, New Sins for Old Scores. Dying to Know won the 2015 Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY) for mysteries and it was a Finalist for both a 2015 Silver Falchion Award and the 2014 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Mystery Book of the Year.


Aside from writing, Tj is an independent security consultant in Northern Virginia, specializing in anti-terrorism, investigations, and threat analysis—life experiences that drive his novels. With his former life as a government agent and years as a consultant, he has lived and worked around the world in places like Greece, Turkey, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and throughout the Americas—among others. Tj was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and was raised in New York’s Hudson Valley. His loves include writing, reading, cooking, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and hanging with his lab companions, Tobias and Annie Rose—and of course, his wife! They continue to live in Virginia surrounded by their Labs, adult children, and a growing brood of grandchildren.


Winchester Book Gallery will provide books for purchase.

Join us at Bowman Library
Saturday, October 27
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room

New Storytime!

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Click to register! Must register for each storytime session.

Join us for a NEW storytime at Handley Library on Saturdays at 11:30am.

We meet weekly for stories, rhymes, movement, and play in a closed off space with sensitive light and sound.

For questions, please contact Katie Moss, Youth Services Supervisor at


From Van Eyck to Brueghel: Northern Renaissance Art

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War of the Worlds

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Fall Used Book Sale

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Fall Used Book Sale October 16 - 20, 2018

See Event on Facebook

Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road, Stephens City, VA
Hours:  Tuesday, October 16 through Thursday, October 18 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Friday through Saturday., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Monday, October 15, 2018 from 6 - 9 pm : Preview Night for members of the Friends of HRL only.  Memberships available at the door.
Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted. For more information, call (540) 662-9041, ext. 31 or email

Directions:  From I-81, take exit 310 (Kernstown exit); go east on Rt. 37, take a right onto Tasker Rd. (Rt. 642); travel 1.5 miles on Tasker Road to the library.

DIY Workshops

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Come make a fun DIY gift for the holidays. Participants will each make their own Lavendar Milk Bath.

*Registration Required








Come and make a fun DIY gift for the holidays. Participants will be making a Peppermint Sugar Scrub to take home.

*Registration Required

Book Club

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Bring your lunch and a friend! All are welcome.

Join us at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville for the Library's monthly book club.
The 'Brown Bag and Books' club meets the first Thursday of every month at noon.

For more information, contact Laurine at Clarke County Library: 540-955-5190.



July 5th: Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
August 2nd: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
September 6th: Tribe by Sebastian Junger
October 4th: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
November 1st: The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora
December 6th: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson