WINCHESTER — The kick-off celebrations for the summer reading programs sponsored by Handley Regional Library System begin this weekend.

Later in the Library, an after-hours program that includes beer tastings, will be held Friday night at Handley Library as a fun way to begin the adult program.

Rally for Reading — the kick off for the annual Valley Reads program for kids, teens and families — will be held Saturday morning at Bowman Library.

The summer reading programs encourage people to keep track of the books they read with a chance of winning a prize at the end of the summer.

The theme for both summer reading programs is “It’s Showtime at Your Library!,” with programming designed to highlight books that have been turned into movies.

Adult program

During the summer program, adults can track the number of books they read and enter to win prizes including Books Bucks (coupons for the used book sales sponsored several times a year by the Friends of the Handley Regional Library), discounts from local businesses and several prize packages featuring gift cards to local businesses and restaurants.

“This year’s adult summer reading program is going to be the best one yet,” John Huddy, director of Handley Regional Library System, said in a news release. “We’ve really ramped up our summer prizes and programming to better connect and engage with our adult patrons. We’re looking forward to an amazing summer with great results. If you’ve never participated in a summer reading program, now is the time.”

The reading program will be combined with special events such as several “book to screen” outdoor movies later this summer. (The first movie will be “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at 8 p.m. June 28 at Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road.)

Sponsored by the Friends of the Handley Regional Library, the summer reading program runs through Sept. 2 at all three library locations: Handley, Bowman and Clarke County.

To start off the program, adults are invited to Later in the Library from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Handley Library on the corner of Braddock and Piccadilly streets in Winchester.

The event includes beer tasting by the Better Beer Store based on popular book-to-screen titles including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Silence of the Lambs,” “Stand By Me,” and “Fight Club.”

The entertainment also includes a magician, a performance by SV Jazz and historic tours of Handley Library.

Participants must be over 21 with a valid ID for the beer tastings. Attendees can reserve their seat for one beer tasting (7, 7:45 or 8:30 p.m.) and select a scheduled tour time (7 or 7:45 p.m.) at

Adults can also register for the Adult Summer Reading Program or apply for a library card during the event. The Main Level of the library will be staffed during this time for patrons to check out books and other materials.

Prize packages for the adult program include:

• Grand prize is Dinner and a Show, which includes a season pass for the 2020 Shenandoah Theater Summer Music Program ($200 value) and a $50 Sweet Nola’s Gift Card, a $50 Oak Stone Pizza Gift Card and a Library Canvas Bag.

• Book Lover’s Bundle Prize Packages (three winners), which includes for all three winners: books that have been made into movies, book light, tablet and Book Plush Pillow Holder, a set of finger-point bookmarks and a library canvas bag. Bundle No. 1 also includes a Book Nerd Mug and a $25 gift card to Blue Plate Books. Bundle No. 2 also includes a red Check-Out Card Mug and a $25 gift card to Winchester Book Gallery. Bundle No. 3 includes a Lit-Erary mug, and a $25 gift card to Books A Million.

The three participants who read the most books will receive a Library Swag Bag and $25 Extra Book Bucks.

Kids and teens

Of course, the library hasn’t left out the kids.

The Rally for Reading Event that kicks off the summer reading program for kids, teens and families will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bowman Library., 871 Tasker Road near Stephens City.

“Our reading programs are designed to not only improve literacy skills within the communities we serve, but prevent any decrease of skills throughout the summer while school is out by offering a mix of literacy-based programs and entertainment,” said Huddy, in a news release.

Free and open to the public, Saturday’s event features stories from local authors, an interactive puppet show, dancing, face painting, and more.

During the summer reading program, participants can log reading hours and books read to win free books and other prizes donated by area businesses.

More information can be found online at

— Contact Robyn Taylor at

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