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

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Library News

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Movie Night: All My Puny Sorrows

Thursday, November 2 | 6 pm

Join us for a screening of All My Puny Sorrows (2021).

Based on the international best-selling novel by Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows unexpectedly infuses wry humour into this heart-wrenching story of two loving sisters: one a gifted pianist (Sarah Gadon) obsessed with ending her life, the other a struggling writer (Alison Pill) who, in wrestling with this decision, makes profound discoveries about herself. Directed by Michael McGowan.

Drop in, no registration required. Come a little early and grab a comfy chair—film starts promptly at 6 pm, and runs 103 minutes. Rated PG.

See this Movie in our Calendar

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Climate Action Week

November 4-10

Join libraries and other organizations across BC and all of Canada to focus on the climate change related challenges and emergencies facing our communities.

At Bowen Island Library, we have booklists for kids, teens, and adults, plus a Climate Change subject guide, and we'll have book displays and a climate action pledge wall at the Library up all week!

Be informed, get connected, and take action this Climate Action Week!

See our Climate Action Week Resources

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Movie Night: Cat Daddies

Thursday, November 30 | 6 pm

Join us for a screening of Cat Daddies (2022).

A heartwarming collective portrait of eight unique men whose lives have been changed by their love for cats. Some of these men will navigate the unprecedented challenges of 2020 with the help of these feline friends. Directed by Mye Hoang.

Drop in, no registration required. Come a little early and grab a comfy chair—film starts promptly at 6 pm, and runs 90 minutes. Rated PG.

See this Movie in our Calendar

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Dementia Workshop: Understanding Behaviour Changes

Wednesday, November 8 | 1-3 pm

Explore various changes in behaviours caused by dementia and learn practical strategies for responding in supportive ways. Free to attend. For caregivers.

Registration is required. Please call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033 to register to attend.

Presented by Alzheimer Society of BC, with support from the Bowen Island Public Library.

See this Workshop in our Calendar

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BC Libraries Present—John Vaillant: Our New Fire Weather

Wednesday, November 8 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Fire has changed communities across BC this year. After the most devastating wildfire season in recorded history, many are wondering how these fires got so big, what we can learn from our current responses, and whether we are prepared for an ever warming future.

John Vaillant’s book Fire Weather has become a de-facto guide on the new dangers posed by these fires supercharged by a warming planet. He’ll discuss his findings on the Fort McMurray fire of 2016, to help us understand what’s at stake for our cities, towns, and ecosystems.

Moderated by Fatima Syed, climate reporter at The Narwhal.

Register to Attend this Live-Streamed Event

John Vaillant is the author of three bestselling, award-winning nonfiction books: The Golden Spruce, The Tiger, and Fire Weather. His debut novel, The Jaguar’s Children, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award. Vaillant has received the Governor General’s Literary Award, British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, and the Pearson Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and The Walrus.

Fatima Syed is an Ontario-based reporter for The Narwhal, the vice-president of the Canadian Association of Journalists, and the winner of the 2022 World Press Freedom Canada Award. She has worked for The Walrus, the Toronto Star, The Logic and Canada’s National Observer. She is a National Magazine Award nominee, a Digital Publishing Award winner, and has contributed chapters to two anthologies published by Coach House Books—Subdivided and House Divided.

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Movie Night: 23 Décembre / Two Days Before Christmas

Thursday, December 14 | 6 pm

Join us for a screening of 23 Décembre / Two Days Before Christmas (2022).

Comedy • Romance • Canadian • Québec

Drop in, no registration required. Come a little early and grab a comfy chair—film starts promptly at 6 pm, and runs 102 minutes. Rated G. In French with English Subtitles. Directed by Miryam Bouchard.

It’s December 23, the day before Christmas Eve. A storm is preparing to hit Québec. Some people experience this time as full of peace and serenity, others less so. Elsa is a children’s novel author who has never managed to find love. She is expecting a visit from a long-time friend, who is arriving from London. Meanwhile, her sister and her lover are counting the days until the birth of their first child. Will this arrival put an end to their precious freedom? Elsa’s mother works hard in the kitchen to provide a worthy New Year’s Eve for her children with multiple demands. An incident will disrupt everyone’s daily lives. They will find themselves in the heart of Québec City, in a chic hotel whose daily life is made up of clashes and happiness, a place of all possibilities. Between snowstorms, disappointments and hopes, will love triumph?

See this Movie in our Calendar

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BC Libraries Present—Brandi Morin: On the Frontlines of Indigenous Land Defence

Thursday, December 7 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Indigenous communities are on the frontlines of the most devastating climate catastrophes across the world. And they are also leading the most powerful movements to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry, major culprits of these disasters.

Brandi Morin risks her freedom to report on these protest movements, and brings us the most critical stories of how people are pushing back against the economic status quo. She will discuss her memoir, Our Voice of Fire, about overcoming adversity to find her purpose as a journalist—and share her experiences reporting on Indigenous activism that is pushing towards a brighter climate future.

Brandi will appear in conversation with Karyn Pugliese, Editor-in-Chief of Canadaland.

Register to Attend this Live-Streamed Event

Brandi Morin is an award-winning French/Cree/Iroquois journalist from Treaty 6 in Alberta, and one of Canada’s most prominent voices on Indigenous issues. She has published or broadcast with the New York Times, National Geographic, the Guardian, the Toronto Star, Al Jazeera English, Vice, Elle Canada, CBC, and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network National News (APTN), among many other outlets. She won a Human Rights Reporting award from the Canadian Association of Journalists for her work with the CBC’s Beyond 94 project tracking the progress of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

Karyn Pugliese is the Editor-in-Chief of Canadaland and an award-winning journalist. Previously, Karyn worked as Editor-in-Chief of Canada’s National Observer, Managing Editor of Investigations at CBC, and Executive Director of News and Current Affairs at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. From 2018-2020, Karyn was president of the Canadian Association of Journalists and still sits on the national board of directors. She is also a board member of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. Karyn is a citizen of the Pikwàkanagàn First Nation in Ontario and is of mixed Algonquin and Italian descent.

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NEW Session!
Thursdays, November 9-December 7 | 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.

See Babytime in Our Calendar

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Wednesdays, until 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

Thursdays, November 9 & 23 | 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: 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

Thursdays, November 9 & 23 | 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:

  • November 9
  • November 23
  • December 7

See ChessMates+ in our Calendar

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Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, November 25 | 1:30-3:00 pm

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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French Connections

Saturdays, November 4 & 18 | 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!

  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2
  • December 16

See This Program Series

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WorkBC Career Advisor

Tuesday, November 28 | 11 am-2 pm

Drop in to meet with Janice, a WorkBC Career Advisor, in the Library Flex Room.

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 their website for more services and resources.

See Career Advisor in Our Calendar

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Book Donation Days

Sunday, November 12 | 10 am-12 pm
Sunday, November 26 | 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 Donation Dates in Our Calendar

See Donation Guidelines

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Closed Saturday, November 11

The Library will be closed Saturday, November 11, for Remembrance Day.

Come visit us another time during our 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.

Some of Us Are Looking O'Connor, Carlene
Double Eagle King, Thomas, 1943-
Land of Milk and Honey a Novel Zhang, C Pam,
Moon of the Turning Leaves a Novel Rice, Waubgeshig, 1979-
The Class a Memoir of a Place, a Time, and Us Dryden, Ken, 1947-
The End of Drum-time a Novel Pylväinen, Hanna,

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.

City Spies Ponti, James,
Hockey Stories Books 1 to 6 Braithwaite, Meg,
Hans Christian Andersen Lives Next Door Fagan, Cary
Curious Tides Lacelle, Pascale,
A Mystery at Fairy School Lockhart, Melody,
Weird Rules to Follow Spencer, Kim,

Featured This Month


Fresh Films and Series'

Winter is on it's way and all that added darkness is a great excuse to cosy up to a new film or series at home!

Click on the DVD titles below to see them in our catalogue and place a hold. Most of these titles are here already, some are on order—be the first to watch them!

See More New DVDs in our Catalogue

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. Season 3
Joy Ride
Sister Boniface Mysteries
Succession. The Fourth and Final Season
The Crown. The Complete 5th Season
Bones of Crows
Past Lives

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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