Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • February 2021

Library News

Birdwatching Kits Now Available

Bowen Island Library now has two birdwatching kits available for loan, as part of our ever-expanding “Library of Things.” Birdwatching (or “birding”) has become one of the fastest-growing, relaxing, and educational pastimes in North America for all ages, and we live in an ideal location to appreciate it.

Birdwatching supports STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). The study of birds and their habitat can provide a deeper understanding of ecology, biodiversity, and the environment.

All you need is your Bowen Island Library card to check out a Birdwatching backpack kit! The current loan period for these kits is three weeks, with no renewals. You can place a hold through our online catalogue, or ask us to help.

Kits must be returned while we are open, and brought to the front desk.

What’s inside the backpack:

  • A pair of high-quality Vortex Crossfire binoculars with soft case and straps
  • The National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America
  • British Columbia Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species

Learn More


Printing with Email-to-print

There are now two ways to print at the library:


  1. Email your document to
  2. Come to the library circulation desk where staff will release your document for printing.

Please note: You may attach one or more documents per email; however, we are only able to print one copy of each document per email. If you are in need of multiple copies, you may use our photocopier to make copies. Alternately, you may attach the same document multiple times in your email. If you have a complicated print job, you may prefer our second option:

Public Internet Computer with Printer

To print items yourself, you are welcome to use our public internet computer with black and white printer. Drop in, call, or email us to book a time.

More about our printing service:

  • 20 cents per page
  • black & white
  • 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper

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Virtual Career Advisor Appointments Available from WorkBC North Shore

Pre-COVID, WorkBC North Shore and the Bowen Library partnered to provide one-on-one career advisor appointments for Bowen Islanders. These appointments are still available—now virtually!

WorkBC North Shore career advisors offer help with:

  • Career planning
  • Job coaching
  • Job searches
  • Resume writing
  • Interview practice
  • Preparation for self-employment
  • Connecting you with skills training, wage subsidies, work experience placements, and more

Contact (604) 988-3766 or to make an online or in-person (in North Vancouver) appointment.

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You Asked About... Take-home Kits

In our fall 2020 survey, many of our library patrons liked the idea of take-home kits. We've since been building kits for patrons to check out very soon. 

As mentioned above, we now have Birdwatching kits for patrons to enjoy.

In our growing "Library of Things," we also have Sphero Robotics Kits and Telescope Astronomy Kits in the works, for checking out in the near future. Check our website and e-Newsletter in the next while for more information on these.

Library of Things


New Children's & YA Books

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

Fresh on the Shelves

Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

Featured Collection

Poster link to Library Winter Book Sale event on events calendar

eMagazines Now on Libby

Reading magazines on your smart device or computer is now easier than ever! eMagazines are now available for instant download on the Libby app and Library2Go (OverDrive).

Read the latest issues of popular titles like Newsweek, Reader's Digest, National Geographic, The New Yorker, O The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Wired, and more—no waiting!

All you need is a Bowen Library card. Sign up online here.

See eMagazines


Stay Posted on Social

We're sharing what we're up what to on Facebook & Instagram. Check it out, give us a follow, and tag us on your Bowen Library-related posts!


More Available Library Services

Takeout for Contactless Pickup

Still available! Just ask.

If you are not comfortable coming inside the library, please be in touch with us to arrange for contactless pickup of your requested items. We are happy to pre-checkout your items and hand them to you at the door.

If you are self-isolating or are feeling unwell, please contact us so we can prepare your items to be picked up by a friend or another family member.

You can request specific available items, or we can choose a variety of books for at-home browsing. Contact the library by email at or call (604) 947-9788.

Learn More About Holds and Takeout


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Library Open Hours

  • 12-4 pm Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat
  • Seniors' Hours: Friday 10 am-12 pm 
  • Book return open at all times.