Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • July 2022

Library News

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Fine-ally! We've Gone Fine Free

The Bowen Library Board and staff are thrilled to announce the Bowen Library is now fine-free! In an effort to provide more equitable and accessible library service, patrons are no longer charged for returning items late, and staff will clear old overdue charges on patron accounts.

The Bowen Library joins public libraries all across the country in going fine-free, and believes that everyone should have access to the same information, resources, and support that the Library has to offer, regardless of their financial situation.

Overdue fines were originally implemented in libraries as a motivator to return materials on time, however studies have found that late fees have the consequence of disproportionally impacting lower-income and marginalized populations as well as children and families. Read more...

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Community-created Squamish Weaving in Annex

Come see our community-created weaving, now up in the Library Annex. This weaving was created on June 26 by islanders at a drop-in event led by celebrated weaver and artist Chex̱imiya, who combines modern techniques with the ancient Sḵwx̱wú7mesh art of weaving.

The plaque by the weaving says:

‘To lift each other up’

Created by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh weaver, Cheximiya, and Nex̱wlélex̱wm/Bowen Islanders on June 26, 2022 as part of Knowing Our Place, a reconciliation initiative by Pauline Le Bel, the Bowen Island Public Library, and Hearth Arts on Bowen.

With open hearts and minds, and under Cheximiya’s masterful guidance, participants wove in the ancient twill technique of the Skwxwú7mesh people. May we continue to move forward in respectful relationship with the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, on whose traditional, unceded territory we live.

We thank Chex̱imiya for her artistry, openness, and kind leadership in facilitating this group artwork, which will remain in the Annex for all to enjoy.

Image Description: BC Summer Reading Club poster with cartoon images of children playing, making music, gardening, by artist Elaine Chen.

Summer Reading Club

50-Day Reading Challenge Trackers Now Available

Pick up your reading tracker at the Library! Kids ages 5-14 can track 50 days of reading to earn a medal, and collect stickers for every week of reading! (Reading to your child also counts!)

Sign Up for the SRC Weekly e-Newsletter

Our weekly SRC kids' programs begin this week so be sure to sign up for the SRC newsletter (select the Summer Reading Club box on the form) to get reminders and updates.

Save the Dates & Register for Programs

We have a lot of fun programs for kids this summer. Most are drop-in, but some require registration. See our upcoming SRC programs here.

Learn More About SRC

Image Description: BC Summer Reading Club poster with cartoon images of children playing, making music, gardening, by artist Elaine Chen.

Save the Date: Pico’s Puppet Palace & Summer Reading Club Medal Ceremony

August 25th | Drop-in | All ages & caregivers

1:30 pm — Young readers can participate in the Summer Reading Club Medal Ceremony, where we celebrate them completing their 50-day Reading Challenge. Come for medals, snacks, and a group photo, then stay for Pico’s Puppet Palace at 2 pm!

2 pm — Through puppetry, live music, and storytelling, Pico's Puppet Palace connects audiences across generations. Each show is an episode of Pico’s adventures and introduces ecological and environmental issues, innovations and ideas.

Join us for one or both of these events!

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Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Bowen Library challenges teens to a summer of great reading!

Pick up your tracker at the library, or download the fillable PDF (found below) and complete seven Reading Challenges and three Bonus Challenges.

Submit your tracker to the library, or email it to by August 30, 2022 to enter the grand prize draw! Winners will be contacted.

Download your tracker here: Teen Summer Reading Challenge Tracker

Need book suggestions? Ask library staff or check out these teen booklists:

Learn More

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Summertime Baby Jams!

Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2022 | 10:30-11:00 am

Join us in the Library Annex for a free, drop-in program of songs, books, and rhymes for babies 0-18 months and their caregivers!

See Dates

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WorkBC Career Advisor

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 | 2:00-5:00 pm

Drop in to meet with a WorkBC Career Advisor at the 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 a WorkBC Career Advisor.

This free drop-in service is in the Library Flex Room on the 4th Wednesday of the month: July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26, and Nov 23.

See Dates

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Write on Bowen: A Few Tickets Left!

Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2022

Tickets are still available (though limited!) for Write on Bowen Festival of Readers and Writers, presented by the Write on Bowen Committee in partnership with the Hearth and the Bowen Island Public Library.

Write on Bowen is a two-day writing festival with workshops from acclaimed authors like CC Humphries and Lindsay Wong. Explore book publishing, killer opening scenes, and find out how to silence your inner critic. August 6 & 7 in the Library Annex and Copper Spirit Distillery.

Buy Tickets

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Closed Sunday, July 31

The Library will be closed Sunday, July 31 in lieu of BC Day.

We will be open Saturday, July 30, 12-4 pm and Tuesday, August 2, 10 am-5 pm as usual.


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.

One Turtle's Last Straw the Real-life Rescue That Sparked a Sea Change by Boxer, Elisa,
Raven's Feast by Jaadee, Kung,
Horse Country Friends Like These by Méndez, Yamile Saied
The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Jansen, Dani
 Tales of Ancient Worlds by Milosavljevich, Stefan,
Dragon Kingdom of Wrenly. #1 : The Coldfire Curse by Quinn, Jordan,

Fresh on the Shelves

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

Return to Solitude More Desolation Sound Adventures With the Cougar Lady, Russell the Hermit, the Spaghetti Bandit and Others by Lawrence, Grant
The Two Spoons Cookbook More Than 100 French-inspired Vegan Recipes by Sunderani, Hannah,
Rebel My Escape From Saudi Arabia to Freedom by Mohammed, Rahaf,
Meant to Be a Novel by Giffin, Emily,
 Learning to Talk Stories by Mantel, Hilary
The King Arthur Case by Bannalec, Jean-Luc

Featured This Month

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YA Books for The Teen Summer Reading Callenge

Here are a few title ideas to get you started with our Teen Summer Reading Challenge! Find more great reads in our YA section, as well as eBooks and eAudiobooks in our catalogue online!

Yes, No, Maybe So by Albertalli, Becky,
The Mindful Teen Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time by Vo, Dzung X.,
The Hchom Book by Churchland, Marian, 1982-

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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