New Website Changes

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We’re making it easier for you to access our website. 
Your connection to entertainment and information just got better!

On March 27th, we’re launching a brand new website!  You’ll be able to see what’s happening at your local library, find your next great read, discover what to watch next, and more – easier and faster than ever before.

Between 6AM-8AM, the website and catalog will be updating, so you may experience a brief interruption of service.  We are working quickly behind the scenes to update the site and catalog.


Here are some quick tips to help make the transition easier for you.

Our website URL will still be 
If you still access our site through an older URL of, you’ll want to start using our current website link right away. 

Our website will be better optimized for mobile devices.  This means you can use our online digital library 24/7, search our site, do research, or download an eBook –on your smartphone, laptop, or tablet without interruption.

Our online catalog will be available at and directly through our website at 

No need to access our online catalog from another website! 

What do I Need to Do?

1. You might need to clear your search history, update your bookmarks, and clear your cache if you are accessing our website and online materials any other way. 


2. Go ahead and bookmark now and stay tuned for further updates on social media and in our email newsletter. 

Questions?  We’re here to help!  Contact us at

Brown Bag with Books

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Feb: Vinegar Girl By Anne Tyler
March: In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
April: In the Woods by Tana French
May: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
June: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Tax Forms Available at HRL

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Tax forms and instruction booklets are available
for the 1040 at our Bowman and Handley branches.

The 1040A and 1040EZ have been discontinued as of this year.
Materials are located near our Information Desks.
See below for additional resources.


Federal Tax Information

Download Tax Forms and Instructions: Online Forms
Order IRS Forms by Mail (order as early as possible)

IRS Official Website - Forms, instructions, publications, updates
E-filing Information - for individuals, businesses, and the self-employed. Free E-filing options explained

Virginia Tax Information

Virginia State tax forms are not sent to the library.
You can call to order forms by phone: 804.367.8031

Check the Virginia State site for more information
Virginia Tax Forms and Instructions for individuals


Local Tax Help
AARP offers free tax preparation help from February 1, 2019 to April 15, 2019.
Site Locations and Schedules:


War Memorial Building

1001 E Cork Street
Winchester, VA 22601-5575
(540) 247-6479
Moday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
9:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Site inclement weather schedule is concurrent with Winchester City School schedule. The tax site will be closed when Winchester City Schools are closed for inclement weather.
Due to budget cuts, the Internal Revenue Service is not able to supply libraries with the full range of printed tax forms, instruction booklets, and tax publications provided in the past.
Library staff can assist with locating and printing online tax forms but are not able to give advice regarding the forms that you might need. Black and white printing/copying is $.15 per page.


Gardening Programs

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Starting plants from seeds doesn’t have to be hard. Come and learn about the requirements for successfully getting an early start on your summer garden. Starting plants from seeds also saves money so you have more for garden whimsey. We will discuss basic requirements for successful planting as well as the important dates for planting specific plants. You will leave this workshop not only with seeds to start plants in your own garden, but basic equipment to get started. We will plant and label seeds to be taken home.

Registration Required


Mark Your Calendar for our Upcoming Gardening Programs


May 18th @ 2 PM Native Plants: Attract Pollinators to your Garden (Bowman Library)


June 5th @ 6 PM Garden Problems: How to stop and Prevent Some Common Issues (Bowman Library)

Problems may come up in your garden from pest (bug variety) , 4 legged pest, fungus, and water problems.  Come and we can commiserate and perhaps arrive at some solutions together.


July 13th @ 2 PM Veggies In Your Garden: Grow and Eat The Best Types of Vegetables (Handley Library)

Come learn about what kinds of vegetables you can grow and enjoy in your cooking and right out of the garden.  Try some different varieties to taste and see the difference.


August 10th @ 2 PM Let's Use What You Grow In Your Garden; Crafting With Flower and Plants (Handley Library)

Class will focus on different ways to preserve flowers for crafting.  Demonstrations will be presented on pressing flowers, preserving in different mediums, and air drying.  Hands on craft will utilize a variety of pressed flowers then applied to wood round ornament.

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