Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • January 2024

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Library Events

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Family Party!

Saturday, January 27 | 12:30-1:30 pm

Join us for a Family Party at the Library on January 27, Family Literacy Day!

We'll have a short Storytime followed by game stations, Lego, blocks, puzzles, crafts, and snacks! Drop in, for children and their caregivers.

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Family Literacy Week

January 21-28

Come enjoy our Family Literacy Week activities at the Library!

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Bring Your Own Book Club

Sunday, January 14 | 12 pm

Join us on the second Sunday of the month for a casual book club hour with a twist! Come discuss books you’ve read—old and new, loved or hated. Get recommendations and meet other book-loving locals!

All ages of adults and youth welcome to drop in.

See BYOBook Club in our Calendar

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Study Club

Wednesdays, January 10-February 28 | 4 pm

Study Club is a free one-hour drop-in program of quiet study time for high school students.

If you’re interested in volunteering as a peer tutor we’d like to hear from you — please contact us at

See Study Club in our Calendar

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Movie Night: Rosie

Thursday, January 25 | 6 pm

Join us for a screening of Rosie (2022).

A film about family, love, and misfits, Rosie tells the story of a young, orphaned, Indigenous girl who is forced to live with her reluctant, street-smart Aunty Fred (Frédérique). Rosie is thrust into the fringes of 1980’s Montréal into the care of Fred, who just lost her job, is on the verge of eviction, and who looks and sounds nothing like her. Fred, an artist who creates art from found and discarded objects or other peoples’ trash, introduces Rosie to her two best friends Flo and Mo, glamorous human beings who refuse to be confined by gender. Rosie transforms the lives of these colourful characters and finds what she's been searching for with her new chosen family of glittering outsiders.

Directed by Gail Maurice. In English (with some spoken French, with English subtitles).

Drop in, no registration required. Come a little early and grab a comfy chair—film starts promptly at 6 pm, and runs 92 minutes. Rated 14-A.

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French Connections

Saturday, January 20 | 10:30 am

Drop in and join us to practice your conversational French, and get to know other French language learners 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!

This session meets Saturdays, January 20, February 3 & 17, March 2, 16 & 30.

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Folks enjoying laughs and conversation in French at our French Connections meetup in December.

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Wednesdays, January 17-March 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, January 25-February 29 | 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.

At 12 pm, stay for a casual baby & caregiver social hour in the Annex.

See Babytime in our Calendar

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WorkBC Career Advisor

Tuesday, January 23 | 11 am-2 pm

Drop in to meet with Janice, a WorkBC Career Advisor, in the Library Flex Room.

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.

Come by during these drop-in hours; Janice is very likely to be able to see you right away!

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

See All Career Advisor Dates

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Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, February 10 | 1:30-3:00 pm

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) 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 our 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

Membership is open to anyone 13-18 years of age living on Bowen Island. Registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome!

See TAG Dates in our Calendar

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Movie Night: Chevalier

Thursday, February 22 | 6 pm

Join us for a screening of Chevalier (2022).

Based on the incredible true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, Bologne (Kelvin Harrison Jr. in a tour de force performance) rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, complete with an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton) herself and her court.

Directed by Stephen Williams. In English.

Drop in, no registration required. Come a little early and grab a comfy chair—film starts promptly at 6 pm, and runs 107 minutes. Rated PG.

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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.

Deadly Game Caine, Michael
The Ball at Versailles a Novel by Steel, Danielle,
They Called Me a Lioness a Palestinian Girl's Fight for Freedom by Tamimi, Ahed, 2001-
Again and Again a Novel by Evison, Jonathan,
Held by Michaels, Anne, 1958-
The Future a Novel by Alderman, Naomi,

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.

Wings of Fire. Book Seven, Winter Turning the Graphic Novel Sutherland, Tui T.,
Heartstopper. Volume 5 Oseman, Alice,
Sue & Tai-chan. 1 Konami, Kanata, 1958-
 Dogs An Illustrated Guide to 100 Brilliant Breeds Kington, Emily
Storm Skinner, Nicola,
We Are Starlings Inside the Mesmerizing Magic of a Murmuration Furrow, Robert, 1985-

Featured This Month

A World of Curiosities by Penny, Louise,

Most-Borrowed Books of 2023

These books were some of the most-borrowed at the Bowen Island Library this past year.

Curious? Click on the titles to place a hold in our catalogue, or click the buttons below to see the full booklists.

Most-Borrowed Kids' Books

Most-Borrowed Adult Books

 A Psalm for the Wild-built Chambers, Becky,
Desert Star Connelly, Michael, 1956-
 Five Little Indians Good, Michelle,
The Myth of Normal Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture Maté, Gabor,
Jessi's Secret Language a Graphic Novel Chau, Chan,
 Cat Kid Comic Club. 4 Collaborations Pilkey, Dav, 1966-
Fox & Rabbit. 2, Make Believe Ferry, Beth,
The Emerald Berries Green, Poppy,

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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