Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • May 2024

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Library News

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Let's Chat in English!

Saturday, May 18 | 10:30 am

A Drop-In Conversation Club for English Learners

Come meet with other English language learners at the Library and practice your conversational English. This one-hour session is led by a volunteer with experience teaching English. Join us on any of these dates: Saturdays, May 18, June 1, 15, 29. Free, drop in.

See This Program in Our Calendar

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Poet Talk: John Givins

Saturday, June 2 | 1 pm

Join us for the launch of local poet John Givins’ first book of poetry, Blowing Up Growing Up (2024, Askance Publishing), from which he’ll be reading selected poems.

John Givins was led to scribbling poetic thoughts while navigating the traumas of his wife’s cancer treatments. The collection has a mix of many subjects and observations: love and whimsy, neighbourhood perspectives, travel experiences and autobiographical memories of family and friends.

See This Talk in Our Calendar

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Queen Versus Green

Saturday, May 18 | 11 am-1 pm

Join us for the yearly battle between the Winter Queen and the Green Man, brought to you by the youth of Bowen Island and their friends!

  • Face painting!
  • Wand making!
  • Live music!
  • May pole!

See this Event in Our Calendar

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Bowen Island Pride Stride, Ride, + Picnic

Saturday, June 1st | 10 am-3 pm

Pride Your Ride
10AM - 12PM@ The Bowen Farmer’s Market
Meet at the market to decorate yourself and/or your ride (bike/scooter/stroller/walker)to show your pride down the Multi-Use-Path.

Rainbow Pride Stride + Ride
From BICS Down TheMulti-Use-Path
After the 12PM boat leaves, we’ll stride and ride from BICS down the MUP, to the Library, and over to the BowFest Field. An accessibility shuttle will be available for folks in need of assistance to the picnic area.

Community Picnic
1PM - 3PM
@ Crippen Regional Park Picnic Shelters
Bring your own picnic and something to share with friends! We’ll eat, drink, and be merry together as we meet new folks!

Presented by Bowen Island Pride.
Funded by Bowen Island Literacy Task Group.
Supported by the Bowen Island Public Library, Bowen Island Farmers' Market, Bowen Island Community School Parent Advisory Committee, Island Pacific School, Knick Knack Nook, The Village Baker, and Qmunity.

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Songwriting Workshop with Sarah Jane Scouten

Sunday, July 14 | 12-2 pm

Space is limited • Registration required

Join Bowen-raised Sarah Jane Scouten for a free songwriting workshop! She’ll share her long-honed knowledge of crafting songs, earning her four Canadian Folk Music Award nominations.

All levels of songwriter welcome, whether you’re new to songwriting or have written songs before.

Song-Share 2-3 pm

After the workshop, from 2-3pm, we’ll host a drop-in song-share for those who’d like to stay and share their original song ideas with others.

Presented by the Bowen Island Literacy Task Group and the Bowen Island Public Library.

Register for this Free Workshop

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Thursdays, April 25-May 30 | 11:30 am

Babytime is a free, 30-minute drop-in program of songs, books, and rhymes for babies 0-18 months and their caregivers! Starts at 11:30 am. Drop in and join us when you can.

At 12 pm, stay for a casual baby & caregiver social hour in the Annex.

See Babytime in our Calendar

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Keep Scrolling to See More Ongoing Programs

We have our ongoing program series' listed below—keep scrolling!

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Borrow a DVD Player

Bowen Island Library now has Portable DVD Players available for loan, as part of our Library of Things.

With our Portable DVD Players (with Screen), you can play DVDs & CDs. Watch a movie at home or bring it in your car on your next road trip!

Find Out More & Place a Hold

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Notification of Privacy Breach

If you received an email or SMS notification from us between March 27 and April 29, 2024, your email address or phone number may have been leaked.

More Information

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Closed Sunday, May 19

The Library will be closed Sunday, May 19, on the long weekend. Come visit us another time!

Regular Open Hours


Fresh on the Shelves

See our Recommended Reading page for more reading suggestions and new adult books.
Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

Gathering Colour Foraging Magic & Making Art From the World Around You ffrench, Caitlin,
The Broken Places a Novel Peck, Frances,
Mal Goes to War a Novel Ashton, Edward (Science fiction writer),
Matterhorn Reich, Christopher, 1961-
The Global Pantry Cookbook Transform Your Everyday Cooking With Tahini, Gochujang, Miso, and Other Irresistible Ingredients Pittman, Ann Taylor,
The Mystery Writer a Novel Gentill, Sulari,

New Children's and Teen Books

See our Recommended Reading page for more Kids & Teens book suggestions and booklists.
Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

The Secret Language of Birds Kelly, Lynne, 1969-
Dinosaur Knowledge Genius! Barker, Chris (Chris Tijani),
The Reappearance of Rachel Price Jackson, Holly, 1992-
 Salma Makes a Home Ramadan, Ahmad Danny,
 Orris and Timble The Beginning DiCamillo, Kate,
Tree. Table. Book. Lowry, Lois,

Featured This Month

Love & Saffron a Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love Fay, Kim,

Epistolary Fiction

Letters, diaries, emails and more... Try these books that experiment with different methods of storytelling.

See Full Booklist

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous a Novel Vuong, Ocean, 1988-
Daisy Jones & the Six a Novel Reid, Taylor Jenkins,
Pack Up the Moon Higgins, Kristan,
Don't Cry for Me a Novel Black, Daniel,

Featured @ the Mini Book Store

Come pick up some great reads for all ages at the Mini Book Store, curated and organized by Friends of the Bowen Island Library Society volunteers, with all funds raised supporting the Bowen Library.

The Mini Book Store is located in the Library's main (south) entrance foyer.

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More Ongoing Programs

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Wednesdays, April 10-June 5 | 10:30 am

A free, 30-minute drop-in program of stories and songs for 2-4 year-olds and their caregivers!

Afterwards, from 11:00-11:30 am, families are welcome to stay and socialize in the cozy Annex, read books, and hang out!

See Storytime in our Calendar

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Book Donation Days

Sundays, May 19 & June 9 | 10 am-12 pm

Donations of clean, good condition used books can be brought to the Bowen Island Library Annex starting at 10:00 am, going until volunteers' bins are full (no later than 12:00 pm).

The volunteers are especially looking for novels and children's books at this time, but other types will be considered.

A Friends of the Library volunteer will pre-screen your donations while you wait and will accept those that meet donation guidelines. Donors will need to take back any items that do not meet the guidelines.

We thank everyone who donates books in support of the Bowen Library!

See All Donation Dates in Our Calendar

See Donation Guidelines

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French Connections

Saturdays, May 11 & 25 | 10:30 am

Drop in and join us to practice your conversational French, and get to know other French language learners on Bowen Island! The focus is on beginner and intermediate speakers, but all levels are welcome.

We meet 10:30-11:30 am, but participants are welcome to stay longer if the conversation is still rolling!

View in Our Calendar

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Bring Your Own Book Club

Sunday, May 12 | 12 pm

Join us on the second Sunday of the month for a casual book club hour with a twist! Come discuss books you’ve read—old and new, loved or hated. Get recommendations and meet other book-loving locals!

All ages of adults and youth welcome to drop in.

See BYOBook Club Dates in our Calendar

See Books We Discussed in April

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WorkBC Career Advisor

Tuesday, May 28 | 11 am-2 pm

Drop in to meet with Janice, a WorkBC Career Advisor, in the Library Flex Room, and get one-on-one help with resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job searches, insights on the job market, career and education advice, and more.

Janice is very likely to be able to see you right away! This drop-in service is available in the Flex Room from 11 am-2pm on Tuesdays, April 23, May 28, and June 25, 2024.

This service is brought to you by the North Vancouver WorkBC Centre. See their website for more services and resources.

See All Career Advisor Dates

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Community Integration Services Drop-In

Tuesday, May 28 | 11 am-2 pm

Drop in at the Bowen Island Library and get help from a Community Integration Specialist to access supports regarding housing, health, services, finances, and more. For example:

  • Assistance applying for income and disability assistance
  • Funding for urgent needs, such as food or clothing
  • Case management
  • Housing support referrals
  • Health support referrals

This drop-in service (as well as the WorkBC Career Advisor) is available in the Flex Room from 11 am-2pm on Tuesdays, April 23, May 28, and June 25, 2024.

For online communication, visit the Self Serve Portal for income and disability assistance. For general inquiries, call 1-866-866-0800.

Learn More

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  • 10 am-7 pm Thursday
  • 10 am-4 pm Friday & Saturday
  • 12 pm-4 pm Sunday
  • Closed Monday
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