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

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Library News

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Film Night: Carmen

Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 6:00 pm

Drop in for a movie in the Annex! In March, we'll be showing Carmen (2022), written and directed by Valerie Buhagiar.

Drop in, no registration required. Come a little early and grab a comfy chair—film starts promptly at 6 pm, and runs 87 minutes. Rated PG (Ontario).

Carmen is a charming story, inspired by true events, set in a village in Malta. Carmen has looked after her brother, the priest at the local church, since she was sixteen years old. Now almost fifty, she is suddenly left to start a new life. Facing her past, Carmen brings colour to the lives of the villagers in this compelling story about a woman finding her voice.

Carmen won Best Film at the Canadian Film Festival in Toronto.

See Carmen in our Calendar

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Workshop: Getting to Know Dementia

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 | 1-3 pm

Register for this free workshop where you'll learn basic information about dementia and support services available. Enhance your knowledge about dementia and learn about the different types of resources that are available at any stage of the disease.

Pre-registration is required. To register, please call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033

This is a Bowen Library Supported program, presented by the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia, and taking place in the Bowen Library Annex.

See this Workshop in our Calendar

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Best Wishes to Christine Miller

After four decades of involvement with the Bowen Island Public Library, Christine Miller is leaving her position here as of February 12 and starting a well-earned retirement. Christine has been at the library, most recently, since 2006 as a Library Supervisor working weekends and overseeing much of our adult fiction collections. Prior to her current position, Christine ran the Bowen Library three separate times in the 1980’s and 1990’s and has also served on the Bowen Library Board.

In and among all those activities Christine managed to operate her own businesses, Evergreen Books and Evergreen Acres, and work part time at West Vancouver Memorial Library. Upon her first “retirement” from West Vancouver Library in 2006, Christine immediately came back to Bowen Library bringing a wealth of expertise and experience. She provided excellent customer service, and created displays and booklists to share the best features of the adult fiction and mystery collections that she carefully curated.

We wish Christine lots of time for reading and relaxing in her retirement, though I suspect she will find new ventures that will keep her busy. We will miss Christine’s contributions to the library but even more so, her easy-going nature, subtle dry wit and her indispensable contribution to the library team. All the best for your future adventures Christine.

With best wishes from all the library team.

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We Need a Few More Helpers!

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—and we just need 5 more helpers!

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 - 1 helper needed
  • 11:30-2:20 - 2 helpers needed

Tuesday, March 7:

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

Interested in helping out? Please email us at with your shift preference, and we will happily slot you in! Instructions on how to sort and pack the bottles will be given at the beginning of each shift.

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

Email Us

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We're Hiring: Library Supervisor Weekends

Bowen Library is hiring a permanent part-time Supervisor to provide outstanding customer service and to take responsibility for the management of the library on weekends.

Go to Job Posting

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Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 2:00-3:30 pm

The Teen Advisory Group 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 the Library’s 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

No registration required. Drop-ins welcome. Want to learn more? Check out the TAG page on our website.

See TAG in Our Calendar

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Game Night!

Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 5-7:30 pm

Drop in for all ages, family-friendly Game Night at the Bowen Library on these upcoming Thursdays from 5:00-7:30 pm:

  • February 9
  • February 23
  • March 9

Cards & board games • Chess • Catan • Mah Jong • Uno • Snakes & Ladders • Scrabble • Boggle • Puzzles • Keva blocks • Lego • Jenga • Yahtzee • Monopoly & more!

Cozy up in the Library Annex for some fun games. Bring family or friends, or drop in and make new friends here!

See Game Night in our Calendar

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Next Book Donation Day

Sunday, February 12, 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:

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

See Book Donation Guidelines

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Gather for Games with SKY

Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Sunday, February 26, 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, Mah Jong, chess, cards, UNO, Boggle, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Rummikub, Catan, brain games, and more!

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

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

  • February 9
  • March 9

Sundays, 12:30-2:30 pm:

  • 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

Sunday, February 12, 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 these upcoming Sundays:

  • 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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Career Advisor

Tuesday, February 28, 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:

  • 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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Closed Sunday, February 19

The Library will be closed Sunday, February 19, in lieu of Family Day.

Come visit us another time during our regular open hours.


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Many Valentine's Days ago, library staff and patrons arrived to find the library front doors and windows covered in hearts! We never did find out who was spreading the love that day, but it sure put smiles on our faces.

From the library, wishing you a happy February, a chilly month made warmer by the hearts around 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.

Wonders of the World by Jackson, Tom, 1972-
 Look Back by Fujimoto, Tatsuki,
One More Mountain by Ellis, Deborah, 1960-
 The Flamingo by Guojing, 1983-
 Read an excerpt The Greatest in the World by Clanton, Ben, 1988-
 Read an excerpt Walter Had a Best Friend by Underwood, Deborah,

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.

The Villa by Hawkins, Rachel, 1979-
The Foghorn Echoes a Novel by Ramadan, Ahmad Danny,
The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly Life Wisdom From Someone Who Will (probably) Die Before You by Magnusson, Margareta (Artist),
 The Poison Machine by Lloyd, Robert J.,
 Dune the Heir of Caladan by Herbert, Brian,
Echoes of the Supernatural the Graphic Art of Robert Davidson by Wyatt, Gary, 1958-

Featured This Month

500 Miles From You a Novel by Colgan, Jenny,

Christine's Favourite Books at the Bowen Library

From Christine:

"Here are some of my favourite authors with books in the Bowen library. You will not find anything academic or of great literary merit here I'm afraid—my days of such reading are long gone and now I just go for the soft option!

As you will see I read for relaxation and escapism in books with interesting characters, usually set in attractive surroundings and often involving animals. Even the mysteries I enjoy are rarely "noir" and again the settings and personalities are the attraction rather than the crime."

See All Titles in this Booklist


A Glove Shop in Vienna and Other Stories by Ibbotson, Eva
The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett a Novel by Lyons, Annie,
The Locked Room by Griffiths, Elly,
Mum & Dad by Trollope, Joanna,

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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