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

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Library News

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April is Poetry Month!

Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us!

Poetry Month kicks off with a free talk, reading, and Q&A with poet Jane Munro on April 1, at 2:30 pm (see below for details).

This month, you can also come down and contribute your poetry to our poetry wall. Pick up a fillable submission sheet and let us know what brings you joy—this year's theme!

Find Out More About Poetry Month

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Library of Things

Our Library of Things is stocked for spring!

  • Birdwatching Kits
  • Telescope Kits
  • Seed Library
  • Tongue Drums
  • Puzzles & Sphero Robots (for those rainy days!)
  • Memory Care Kits

Plus medical Equipment, Pulse Oximeters, Thermal Imaging Cameras, Power Use Monitors, Radon Detectors, and more! Why purchase when you can borrow? Search and place a hold in our catalogue or contact us for assistance.

Find Out More About Our Library of Things

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The OverDrive App will be Discontinued May 1

Attention, OverDrive app users! On May 1, 2023, OverDrive is discontinuing the legacy OverDrive app and transitioning users to the Libby app.

Libby is OverDrive’s newer app for browsing and enjoying digital content from our library.

It’s time to give Libby a try! All your loans, holds, and wish list items will be waiting for you in Libby when you add your library card.

Libby also comes with new features we know you’ll love, like:

  • Tags to categorize books however you’d like—you can even sync your OverDrive wish list into a tag!
  • A central bookshelf for all loans and holds
  • Customizable notifications for ready holds, new magazine issues, and more
  • Compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Sonos speakers

Note: Our library’s digital collection will continue to be available in browsers here on desktop and mobile devices.

Learn More

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Thank You, Volunteers!

April 16-23, 2023 is National Volunteer Week. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our many volunteers who contribute to the Library.

Last month, our team of fundraising volunteers (who were flexible around some sudden snowy weather) came down to BIRD to sort refundable bottles, and got it done all in one day. The Friends of the Library sort and gather book donations throughout the year, and fundraise for us through their successful book sales.

Our program volunteers partner with us to organize programs for the public, as well as lead events. Library volunteers cover books, do repairs, and work on our garden. The Library Board members are valued volunteers who steer the direction of the Library for the benefit of all patrons.

From all of us here at the Bowen Library, thank you!

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Thursdays, April 13 & 27, 2023 | 6:00-7:30 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 from 6:00-7:30 pm on these Thursdays:

  • April 13
  • April 27
  • May 11
  • May 25
  • June 8

Chess boards and games provided.

See ChessMates+ in our Calendar

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Earth Month Talks

Bowen Island Food Resilience Society and the Bowen Island Public Library have collaborated to bring you two talks filled with information, reasons for optimism, and ideas for building a healthy, safe, and resilient world.

Dr. Phil Gregory

Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 2 pm

Resilient Bowen Island: Helping to Build a Resilient Food System

Phil Gregory is Professor Emeritus of Physics & Astronomy at UBC. His book, Pathway to Regeneration, shows how climate change, agricultural collapse, and chronic diseases are interconnected, and how a key part of the solution is regenerative agriculture.

Dr. Charles McNeill

Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 2 pm

Climate Change, Biodiversity, and the Future of Food: A Global Perspective to Inform Local Action

Charles McNeill is the Senior Advisor on Forests & Climate for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). For the past 30 years, he has been a leader in the United Nations building innovative multi-sector partnerships to solve global environmental challenges.

Read more about Earth Month Talks in our Calendar

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Poet Talk: Jane Munro

Saturday, April 1, 2023 | 2:30 pm

Join us for Poetry Month kickoff with this special reading and Q&A with Jane Munro!

Jane Munro is a Canadian poet, writer, and educator. Blue Sonoma (Brick Books, 2014) won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Munro’s newest poetry collection is False Creek (Harbour Publishing, 2022). Her recent books include Open Every Window: A Memoir (Douglas & McIntyre, 2021) and Glass Float (Brick Books, 2020). She has taught creative writing at universities across BC, led writing workshops, and given readings around the world. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

This event is supported through financial assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.

See this Poet Talk in our Calendar

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Spring Storytime

Wednesdays, April 5-June 14, 2023 | 10:30 am

A free, 1/2 hour drop-in program of stories and songs for 2-4 year-olds and their caregivers!

See Storytime Dates


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Film Night: The New Corporation

Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 6:00 pm

Join us for a showing of the film The New Corporation (2020), directed by Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan

Drop in, no registration required. Come a little early and grab a comfy chair (seating is limited)—film starts promptly at 6 pm, and runs 105 minutes. Rated PG (Ontario).

The Corporation (2003) examined an institution within society and diagnosed it as psychopath. With The New Corporation co-directors Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott are back with their lightning-rod of a sequel that reveals a world now fully remade in the corporation’s image, perilously close to losing democracy. They trace the devastating consequences, connect the dots, and now with the #1000 Screenings campaign they hit the streets to join in the resistance and change movements from around the world.

See this Film Night in our Calendar

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Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, April 15, 2023 | 2:00-3:30 pm

This TAG, we'll be planning a fun program for the community, a family-friendly crafts-based event for Pride Month in early June. If you're a teen with ideas for how we can make this a great event, come to TAG on April 15!

Never heard of TAG? The Teen Advisory Group 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 the Library’s 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

No registration required. Drop-ins welcome. Want to learn more? Check out the TAG page on our website.

This will be our final TAG date this spring/summer—join us again in the fall!

See TAG in Our Calendar

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Final Book Donation Days

Sundays, April 2, 16, & May 7, 2023 | 10:30 am

Donations of clean, good condition used books and DVDs can be brought to the Bowen Island Library Annex starting at 10:30 am, going until volunteers' bins are full (no later than 12:30 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.

These are the three final book donation dates until volunteers resume in the fall.

Thanks you for all your donations this year, and be sure to check out the BookFest Book Sale at the BICS Gym on May 20, 21, & 22.

See Book Donation Guidelines

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Gather for Games with SKY

Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Sunday, April 23, 2023 | 12:30-2:30 pm

Seniors Keeping Young (SKY) and Bowen Island Public Library invite you to join us for tea/coffee and fun and friendly games in the cozy Library Annex.

Anyone aged 55+ can come enjoy a variety of tabletop and card games: Bridge, Mah Jong, chess, cards, UNO, Boggle, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Rummikub, Catan, brain games, and more!

Free to participate, SKY membership not required. Join us in May as well: May 11 at 10:30 am and May 28 at 12:30 pm.

Good for your brain, great for your soul!

See Gather for Games in our Calendar

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French Connections

Sundays, April 2, 16, 30, 2023 | 1:00 pm

Fun and friendly conversation practice in French! Drop in and join us to practice your French, and get to know other French speakers on Bowen Island.

The focus is on beginner and intermediate speakers, but all levels welcome.

Runs 1-2 pm, but participants are welcome to stay longer if the conversation is still rolling!

See French Connections in our Events Calendar

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Career Advisor

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 | 11 am-2 pm

Drop in for a WorkBC Career Advisor session at the Bowen Island Library! 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 Janice, a WorkBC Career Advisor.

This free drop-in service is in the Library Flex Room from 11 am-2 pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month:

  • April 25
  • May 23
  • June 27

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

See Career Advisor Dates in our Calendar

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Alzheimer's Society Workshop: Understanding Communication Changes

Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 1-3 pm

Explore how communication is affected by dementia and learn effective communication strategies.

This session is intended for caregivers of a person living with dementia to discuss strategies and learn more about how to best communicate as a caregiver.

Pre-registration is required. To register, please call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033

See this Workshop in our Calendar

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Author Talk: Rosella M. Leslie

Saturday, May 27, 2023 | 2 pm

Hailing from the Sunshine Coast, Rosella M. Leslie will speak on her candid, compassionate and sometimes humorous memoir Losing Us: A Dementia Caregiver's Journey (Quintessential Publishing), about her heartbreaking struggles and triumphs as her husband’s primary caregiver.

The book is also an informal guide to dementia caregiving, including helpful resources for caregivers, their friends, families and communities.

See this Author Talk in our Calendar

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Closed April 7 & 9

The Library will be closed Friday, April 7, and Sunday, April 9, for the Easter weekend.

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.

Physics for Curious Kids An Illustrated Introduction to Energy, Matter, Forces, and Our Universe by Baker, Annie,
 The Moth Keeper by O'Neill, Kay (Cartoonist),
 Leeva at Last by Pennypacker, Sara, 1951-
A First Time for Everything by Santat, Dan,
Imaginary Borders by Martinez, Xiuhtezcatl,
My Powerful Hair by Lindstrom, Carole, 1964-

Fresh on the Shelves

Browse New Books for adults in our catalogue.
Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

Now You See Us a Novel by Jaswal, Balli Kaur,
On the Ravine a Novel by Lam, Vincent,
The Island of Extraordinary Captives a Painter, a Poet, An Heiress, and a Spy in a World War II British Internment Camp by Parkin, Simon,
He Said He Would Be Late by Sullivan, Justine,
The Employees a Workplace Novel of the Twenty-second Century by Ravn, Olga,
Fit to Die A Thriller by Kalla, Daniel

Featured This Month

Beavers Radical Rodents and Ecosystem Engineers by Backhouse, Frances,

Wildlife Near & Far!

New children's non-fiction books are here, from orcas to elephants! Check out these animal books from two fabulous non-fiction series for kids: Orca Wild, and Young Zoologist.

See All Titles in this Booklist


Giant Panda a First Field Guide to the Bamboo-loving Bear From China by Hull, Vanessa,
Bird's-eye View Keeping Wild Birds in Flight by Eriksson, Ann, 1956-
Humpback Whale a First Field Guide to the Singing Giant of the Ocean by De Vos, Asha,
Return From Extinction the Triumph of the Elephant Seal by Richards, Linda L. (Linda Lea), 1960-
Orcas Everywhere the Mystery and History of Killer Whales by Leiren-Young, Mark
Honey Bee a First Field Guide to the World's Favorite Pollinating Insect by Basu, Priyadarshini Chakrabarti,
Sea Otters a Survival Story by Groc, Isabelle,
African Elephant a First Field Guide to the Big-eared Giant of the Savanna by Ihwagi, Festus W.,

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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Stay Posted on Social

Here's some of what we're up to on Facebook & Instagram. Check it out, give us a follow, and tag us @bowenislandpubliclibrary on your Bowen Library-related posts!

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