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

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Library Events

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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 and 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.

A Canadian film set in Quebec, this smart & funny romantic comedy reminds us that family is complicated and relationships are tricky, but sometimes all it takes is a major weather event and a chic Quebec City hotel to show us that love can indeed triumph.

See this Movie in our Calendar

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French Connections

Saturdays, December 2 & 16 | 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, but participants are welcome to stay longer if the conversation is still rolling!

See This Program Series

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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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Thursdays, until 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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Gather for Games with SKY

Thursday, December 14 | 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!

Presented by Seniors Keeping Young and Bowen Island Public Library.

See this Series in our Calendar

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ChessMates Plus

Thursday, December 7 | 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!

See ChessMates+ in our Calendar

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Closed December 15, 24, 26, 31

We will be closed December 15 for a staff development day.

We will also be closed December 24, 26, & 31. We are always closed Mondays, including December 25 & January 1.

Our book return is open 24 hours. Come visit us another time during our regular open hours.


Online Events

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Meet the Author—Gordon Korman (Online)

Monday, December 4 | 9:30-10:30 am — Grades 3-5
Monday, December 4 | 2-3 pm — Grades 6-9

Meet one of Canada’s best-known authors for children and teens! In his presentation, Gordon Korman will speak about his early start as a writer, where he gets his ideas, his love of humour and his favourite books for the audience at the talk.

This is a live event streamed on YouTube and moderated by library staff. ASL interpretation provided. Watch from home or show it at your school.

Go to Grades 3-5 Online Event

Go to Grades 6-9 Online Event

Presented by the Youth Services Committee of Public Library InterLINK.

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

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

Brandi Morin risks her freedom to report on protest movements against fossil fuel expansion, 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 watch from your device, live online.

Register to Attend this Live-Streamed Event


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.

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau a Novel by Moreno-Garcia, Silvia,
Tiny Humans, Big Emotions How to Navigate Tantrums, Meltdowns, and Defiance to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children by Campbell, Alyssa Blask,
The Secret Life of John Le Carré by Sisman, Adam,
The Manor House a Novel Macmillan, Gilly,
 The End of Eden: Wild Nature in the Age of Climate Breakdown by Welz, Adam,
The Seventh Son by Faulks, Sebastian,

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.

Murtagh by Paolini, Christopher
Roaming by Tamaki, Jillian, 1980-
Winter a Solstice Story by Gross, Kelsey Ebben, 1982-
A Whale of the Wild by Parry, Rosanne,
What You Need to Be Warm a Poem of Welcome by Gaiman, Neil,
Octagon Valley. 1, The (super Secret) Octagon Valley Society by De la Cruz, Melissa, 1971-

Featured This Month

 Prophet Song by Lynch, Paul

2023 Booker Prize Longlist and Shortlist Titles

...and the winner is—Prophet Song by Paul Lynch!

Enjoy these books that were nominated for the 2023 Booker Prize. Click on the titles to place a hold in our catalogue.

See our Booklist

The Bee Sting a Novel by Murray, Paul, 1975-
Western Lane by Maroo, Chetna,
Study for Obedience by Bernstein, Sarah
If I Survive You by Escoffery, Jonathan,
How to Build a Boat by Feeney, Elaine,
Old God's Time a Novel by Barry, Sebastian, 1955-

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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