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

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Library News

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Family Literacy Week

January 22-29, 2023

Celebrate Family Literacy Week January 22-28 at the Library! This year’s theme is “Make it Count.” From Decoda Literacy Solutions:

Numeracy is everywhere. Children start using math the moment they start exploring the world. Sorting, counting and measuring are ways of playing with math. Talking about math with children helps build a positive attitude towards math.

Come to one or more of our Family Literacy Week events at the Bowen Library:

We’ll also have a fun measuring activity for young ones in the Children’s Section—involving stuffies!

Find more resources on numeracy and early childhood literacy here:

See our Family Literacy Week Events in our Calendar

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Next Book Donation Day

Sunday, January 8, 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.

* Please note new day and time:

Book Donation dates for winter/spring 2023 are on the following Sundays, 10:30 am:

  • January 8
  • February 12
  • March 5 & 19
  • April 2 & 16
  • May 7

See Book Donation Guidelines

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Crafternoon Collages

Saturday, January 28, 2023 | 2:30 pm

Drop in and join us in making art and word collages! We’ll have old magazines, books, and craft supplies for you to create a picture or word-based masterpiece.

This event is drop-in, for all ages!

Organized by the Teen Advisory Group.

See Crafternoon Collages in our Calandar

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Gather for Games with SKY

Thursday, January 12, 2023 | 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Sunday, January 22, 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, chess, cards, UNO, Boggle, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Rummikub, brain games, and more!

Free to participate, SKY membership not required. Join us on these dates:

Thursdays, 10:30 am-12:30 am:

  • January 12
  • February 9
  • March 9

Sundays, 12:30-2:30 pm:

  • January 22
  • February 26
  • March 26

Good for your brain, great for your soul!

See Gather for Games in our Calendar

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French Connections

Sundays, Jan. 15 & 29, 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! Join us on the following Sundays:

  • January 15
  • January 29
  • February 12
  • March 5
  • March 19
  • April 2
  • April 16
  • April 30

See French Connections in our Events Calendar

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Winter Storytime

Wednesdays January 18-March 8, 2023 | 10:30 am

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

* Please note new day—Storytime is no longer on Fridays

See Storytime Dates

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Thursday, January 26, 2023 | 11:30 am

Join us for a special Family Literacy Week Babytime—”Make it Count!” numbers edition!

Babytime is a free, 1/2 hour drop-in program of songs, books, and rhymes for babies 0-18 months and their caregivers!

See Babytime in our Events Calendar

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Career Advisor

Tuesday, January 24, 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:

  • January 24
  • February 28
  • March 28
  • 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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Summer of Soul • Black History Film Night

Thursday, February 2, 2023 | 6 pm

Join us for a Black History Month Film Night, where we’ll be screening Summer of Soul, directed by Questlove.

Drop in, no registration required. Come a little early and grab a comfy chair—film starts promptly at 6 pm, and runs 118 minutes. Rated PG (Ontario).

Summer of Soul is part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten—until now.

Summer of Soul shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.

See Summer of Soul in our Calendar

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Help us Fundraise for the Library!

Do you love the Library? We have an important fundraising opportunity coming up, and we would love your help!

Sorting and packing refundable drink containers at the Bowen Island Recycling Depot is a much-valued source of funds for the Library every year. Our assigned 2023 slot is coming up already—so soon after our very successful fall 2022 stint.

If you have time to help us raise funds (while moving your body, getting some fresh air, and meeting other amazing library supporters), please let us know!

The shifts are:

Tuesday, February 28:

  • 8:30-11:30 - 3 helpers needed
  • 11:30-2:20 - 2 helpers needed

Tuesday, March 7:

  • 8:30-11:30 - 2 helpers needed
  • 11:30-2:20 - all filled!

Each shift needs at least 2 strong people to lift 30 lb totes full of glass bottles. Instructions on how to sort and pack the bottles will be given at the beginning of each shift.

Interested in helping out? Please email us at with your shift preference, and we will happily slot you in!

Thank you to those who have already responded and filled shifts!

Email Us


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.

I Hear You, Ocean by George, K. (Kallie), 1983-
A Place to Call Home by Castillo, Lauren,
Our Skin a First Conversation About Race  by Madison, Megan,
Foul Lady Fortune by Gong, Chloe,
Apartment 713 a Novel by Sylvester, Kevin,
Cone Cat by Howden, Sarah,

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.

Serpent's Point by Ellis, Kate, 1953-
How to Talk to a Science Denier Conversations With Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason by McIntyre, Lee C.,
 The Sleeping Car Porter by Mayr, Suzette,
 Empire of Ice and Stone the Disastrous and Heroic Voyage of the Karluk by Levy, Buddy, 1960-
The Bullet That Missed by Osman, Richard, 1970-
Next in Line by Archer, Jeffrey, 1940-

Featured This Month

Five Little Indians by Good, Michelle,

Most Popular Bowen Library Books of 2022

Looking for a book to kick off 2023? Why not try one of our most popular books of 2022?

The following books were checked out the most times in their category last year. Click on the book images below to see them and place a hold in our catalogue.

See All Titles in this Booklist


The Dark Hours by Connelly, Michael, 1956-
Heartstopper. Volume 1 by Oseman, Alice,
The Detective Dog  by Donaldson, Julia,
Braiding Sweetgrass Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Kimmerer, Robin Wall,
Human Body!
 The Björkan Sagas by Johnson, Harold, 1954-2022,
Catwad. You're Making Me Six by Benton, Jim,
Dinosaurology Being An Account of An Expedition Into the Unknown South America -- April 1907 by Rimes, Raleigh

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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