Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • September 2023

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Library News

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Saturday, September 30 | 10 am-2 pm

Dukdukdiya, the little hummingbird from the Quechan parable and illustrated here by local artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, inspires us to do what we can in the work of reconciliation ahead—single acts of courage and commitment.

This is a drop-in event from 10 am-2 pm. We encourage folks to come at 10 am to hear opening words by artist Simon Winadzi James.

Stay and silkscreen your own little hummingbird flag to take home, and reflect on and commit to one of the 94 Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, which will be displayed in the Library.

A note on the venue: This event will take place in the Library Annex, but the old library building will be closed. Therefore, please access this event from the Annex entrance on the northwest side of the building.

This program is presented by SFU professor Brenda Morrison and the group the Social Echoes, in partnership with the Bowen Island Public Library. We are grateful to artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas for granting us permission to use his hummingbird artwork for this initiative, and to artist Simon Winadzi James for speaking at this event.

See ReconciliACTION in Our Calendar

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Summer Reading Club Medal Ceremony

Saturday, September 9 | 11:30 am

Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Club with the Medal Ceremony and art activities! If you’ve finished the 50-Day reading Challenge, come for your medal. This year we have special guest Mayor Leonard to hand out awards.

Register for the Medal Ceremony

If you can’t make it, collect your medal anytime at the front library desk.

BC Summer Reading Club is a free literacy program that encourages reading throughout the summer and engages children ages 5-14 years old.

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Last Chance! Write on Bowen Tickets

September 16 & 17, 2023

There are a few tickets left! Grab your chance to come to the 2023 Write on Bowen Festival of Readers & Writers, held at the Bowen Island Library Annex on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17.

The festival, sponsored by the Bowen Island Public Library and The Hearth—Arts on Bowen, will once again be presenting eight workshops over two days.

See Workshops and Buy Tickets

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French Connections

Saturday, September 23 | 10:30 am

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

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

  • September 23
  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2
  • December 16

See This Program Series

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Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, September 23 | 1:30-3:00 pm

This TAG session, we’ll be planning a movie showing for late October. If you’re a teen with ideas for how we can make this a great event, come to TAG on September 23!

About TAG:

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is for teens who want to make the Library better for themselves and for other teens! Joining TAG gives you a voice in what happens at the Library!

  • Suggest items for our teen collections
  • Suggest programs and services you’d like us to offer
  • Participate in library and community activities
  • Earn volunteer hours and boost your resume

Membership is open to anyone 13-18 years of age living on Bowen Island. Registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome!

See TAG Dates in our Calendar

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WorkBC Career Advisor

Tuesday, September 26 | 11 am-2 pm

Drop in to meet with Janice, a WorkBC Career Advisor, in the Library Flex Room on these fall Tuesdays, from 11 am-2 pm:

  • September 26
  • October 24
  • November 28

Come get one-on-one help with resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job searches, insights on the job market, career and education advice, and more from a WorkBC Career Advisor.

Come by during these drop-in hours; Janice is very likely to be able to see you right away!

This service is brought to you by the North Vancouver WorkBC Centre.

See Career Advisor in Our Calendar

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Poet Talk: Emily Osborne

Sunday, October 15 | 1:30 pm

Join us for a talk by local Bowen Island poet, Emily Osborne, who will be reading from her new book of poetry, Safety Razor, published by Gordon Hill Press (2023).

Safety Razor combines personal lyrics with translations from Old Norse, its taut poems running like high-wires between the poles of terror and joy, danger and safety, erudition and naivety. Mingling subjects as diverse as dinosaur bones and diacritical markers, Vikings and mothering, Safety Razor pits cultural and historical flotsam against the intimate and the academic. Be prepared for a voice that is both vulnerable and scientific as it explores the exploitation of Jumbo the Elephant, how a baby experiences a tornado, or a Viking demonstration of poetic prowess through vomit and blood. Every line in Osborne’s sharp verse is like a “pin dipped in tobacco spit,” something inked with precision and grit.

Read the Undercurrent Article about Emily

See this Poet Talk in our Calendar

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Author Talk: Gérard Martinez

Sunday, October 22 | 1:30 pm

Join us for an author talk by Bowen Island local, Gérard Martinez, speaking on his new book, Windows on a Sanctioned Country: Iraq 1997-1999.

As head of the French Cultural Centre, Gérard Martinez was tasked with revitalizing the cultural and linguistic relations between France and Iraq during these years.

This presentation includes original photography by the author and others.

See this Author Talk in our Calendar

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Save & Donate Seed to the Seed Library

Now is the time to save seeds!

If you are collecting seeds from your garden, consider donating some to the Seed Library, located at the Bowen Island Library.

Drop them off any time. We will hold onto them and put them out next spring for others to take and sow! Find out more about the Seed Library, including seed saving and donating, on our Seed Library page.

Learn More on our Seed Library Page

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September is Literacy Month

Each September, Decoda Literacy Solutions leads a province-wide awareness and fundraising campaign to celebrate Literacy Month.

The campaign highlights the importance of literacy and raises funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives across BC. This year's theme is “Literacy connects us!”

You can be a part of Literacy Month by:

Learn More

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September Book Donation Days

Sunday, September 10 | 10 am-12 pm
Sunday, September 24 | 10 am-12 pm

Donations of clean, good condition used books and DVDs 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).

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.

See All Upcoming Donation Dates in Our Calendar

See Donation Guidelines

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Babytime Starts Next Week

Thursdays, September 14-October 19 | 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.

Join us afterwards, at 12 pm, for a casual baby & caregiver social hour in the Annex.

Come for one or both parts, on any of these 6 fall dates: Thursdays, September 14, 21, 28, & October 5, 12, 19.

See Babytime in Our Calendar

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Wednesdays, October 11-December 13 | 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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Gather for Games with SKY

Thursday, October 12 | 1:30-3:30 pm

Fun and brain-stimulating games for 55+! Join us for games and boost your memory and cognitive health, while meeting new people. Coffee and tea available.

Free, drop-in (SKY membership not required).

We have bridge, chess, cards, UNO, Boggle, Yahtzee, Mah Jong, Scrabble, Rummikub, Cattan, and more!

Join us on these fall 2023 dates: October 12, 26, November 9, 23, and December 14.

Presented by Seniors Keeping Young and Bowen Island Public Library.

See this Series in our Calendar

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ChessMates Plus

Thursday, October 12 | 5:00-6:30 pm

Calling all chess lovers! Drop in for casual chess at the Library–all experience levels welcome (though it helps if you know the basics).

We also have lots of other games available: Catan, Scrabble, Monopoly, Jenga, Mah Jong, cards, blocks, and more!

Join us on Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 pm, on these fall dates:

  • October 12
  • October 26
  • November 9
  • November 23
  • December 7

See ChessMates+ in our Calendar

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Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17 — The Annex will not be available for public use during the Write on Bowen Festival of Writers & Readers. The old library building and regular library services will be available.

Saturday, September 30 — The Library will be closed for this statutory holiday, except that the Annex will be open for the ReconciliACTION event from 10 am-2 pm. To attend this event, please come to the Annex door. Regular library services will not be available.

Sunday, October 8 — The Library will be closed in lieu of Thanksgiving.

Come visit us another time during our regular open hours.


New Children's and Teen Books

Click here to find links to recommended reading and our New Kids & Teens books.
Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza Barnett, Mac,
The Wild Robot Protects Brown, Peter
Serwa Boateng's Guide to Vampire Hunting Brown, Roseanne A.,
Flying Machines How the Wright Brothers Soared Wilgus, Alison,
Hockey in the Wild Oldland, Nicholas,
Curious About Unicorns Kammer, Gina


Fresh on the Shelves

Click here to find links to recommended reading and our New Adult books.
Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

The Underworld Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean
The Romantic the Real Life of Cashel Greville Ross : a Novel Boyd, William, 1952-
Quinn Strang, Em,
Sure, I'll Join Your Cult A Memoir of Mental Illness and the Quest to Belong Anywhere Bamford, Maria
Breaking and Entering a Novel Gillmor, Don,
Mother Nature Curtis, Jamie Lee,


Featured This Month

The Joy of Quitting Roberts, Keiler,

Graphic Novels for Adults

Check out our new adult graphic novel collection, and stay posted as we keep adding new titles to the "AGN" (adult graphic novel) shelves!

See All Titles in this Booklist

See All of Our Booklists

The Talk Bell, Darrin,
Juliette Or, the Ghosts Return in the Spring Jourdy, Camille, 1979-
 The He-Man Effect How American Toymakers Sold You Your Childhood
Moon Boots the Chronicles of a Country Crooner Peter, Lorenz, 1971-
They Called Us Enemy Written by George Takei, Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott ; Art by Harmony Becker
JAJ a Haida Manga Yahgulanaas, Michael Nicoll,
Ducks Two Years in the Oil Sands Beaton, Kate, 1983-
The Keeper Soccer, Me, and the Law That Changed Women's Lives Ervick, Kelcey,


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.

Photo of mini book store in library entrance, books on display to purchase

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