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

Library News


Casual Tuesdays Book Club

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 11:30 am

Bring one or more books you love and join us for coffee/tea and conversation. Share your favourites, meet other book lovers, and find your next great read!

Drop in to this welcoming book club for adults and seniors on any or all of these upcoming Tuesdays: April 26, May 31, June 28.

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Teen Dungeons & Dragons

Saturday, April 30, 2022| 1:00-4:00 pm

A free program for teens (13-18 years old) created by our Teen Advisory Group! All levels of players welcome.

Curious about the game Dungeons and Dragons? Join our party to adventure through a one-shot campaign of monsters and storytelling.

Use your own character (from official D&D books) or borrow one of our character sheets. The only thing you need to bring is your imagination!

Registration required. Register in person or by phone at (604) 947-9788 (please leave a voicemail if calling after hours.)

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Earth Day Movie

Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Drop in and join us for the movie I Am Greta.

  • Rated PG
  • Run time: 1 hr 40 mins

Join us the day after Earth Day for a movie in the Annex about Greta Thunberg and her tireless fight for climate justice—come get inspired!

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Celebrtaing Our Volunteers

April 24-30 is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate all those who donate their time to make our communities better places to live.

At the Bowen Library, we are grateful for our many dedicated volunteers. Volunteers make up the Board of Directors, are involved in book procesing, library programs, and special maintenance projects, and raise funds through book sales—and have done so with positivity throughout the past few challenging years under COVID.

We have also been happy to welcome back our long-time library circulation volunteers in a new capacity, applying their library knowledge to now much-needed collections-based projects and library tasks.

Thank you, volunteers, for all that you do!

From the Bowen Library


Create Blackout Poetry for Poetry Month

In April, people of all ages are invited to make blackout poems and submit them to Bowen Library! We’ll post them in the library for all to read and share some on our social media, website, and newsletter. Short poems also welcome.

Visit us to pick up upcycled book pages, blackout your desired words or lines, and then drop it off at our front desk or through our book drop.

Blackout poetry is when you take a written piece of text from a book, newspaper, or magazine and redact words in order to come up with your very own poetry!

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Bowen's Cultural Corner Becoming a Reality

Shared space will offer many community programs between the Library and Hearth

Bowen Library submission published in the Undercurrent, March 18, 2022

Image: An artist rendition of the finished outdoor Cultural Corner outside the Library and Hearth. Tectonic Architecture

The Library and the Hearth Gallery will soon be swapping out orange fencing for sunny benches, a new plaza, and fresh landscaping.

Work will begin shortly on the Snug Cove Cultural Corner, a project that expands the outdoor community space in the Cove, and provides a sheltered structure for Library and Hearth events such as art demonstrations, live performances, and author readings.

South facing and with delightful views of Snug Cove Marina, the new space will be an aesthetically beautiful gathering place for all members of the community to relax, learn, share, and connect.

Designed by local Tectonic Architecture, the project features a covered programming area, new pathways and lighting, additional benches and seating areas, and landscape work around the Library Annex and Hearth Gallery to finish off the final phase of the Cove Commons project that began in 2018...

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One eRead Canada

Libraries across Canada are offering free, unlimited eBook and audiobook access to The Break by Katherena Vermette for the month of April. Join other Canadians in reading and discussing the book with participating libraries, the author and readers across the country.

This is a Canadian Urban Libraries Council initiative.

Download the eBook or eAudiobook on Library2Go / Libby app from April 1-30 with no wait times—it will be instantly accessible!

Find out more and join the conversation on:

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Closed April 15 & 17

The Library will be closed Friday, April 15 and Sunday, April 17 for the Easter long weekend.

We will be open Saturday, April 16 from 12-4 pm and Tuesday, April 19 from 10 am-5 pm as usual.


Black History Film Series

Join us in the Library Annex on the last Thursday of each month beginning February, Black History Month, to see one of three biopic films. The next films are:

Registration is required—sign up in person or by phone at (604) 947-9788 (please leave a voicemail if calling after hours).

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Book Donation Days

Saturday, April 2, 2022 | 1 pm

*Please note that the parking lot will be closed this day until April 5 due to construction of the Multi-Use Pathway.

The next Friends of the Bowen Library book donation day is in the Library Annex on Saturday, April 2, from 1 pm until the volunteers’ bins are full (no later than 3 pm).

A volunteer will pre-screen your donations while you wait, and will accept those that meet donation guidelines. You will be asked to please take back any items that do not meet the donation guidelines.

Donation Guidelines



Thursdays, April 7 & 21, May 5 & 19, June 2 & 16, 2022 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Join us every other Thursday for friendly all-ages chess! All experience levels welcome. Chess boards provided.

Registration is required—sign up for one or more sessions in person or by phone at (604) 947-9788 (please leave a voicemail if calling after hours).

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BYOBook Club

Saturday, April 9, 2022 | 12-1 pm

If you’re between 18-35 and want to discuss books and meet other Bowen Islanders, drop in to Bring Your Own Book Club on any or all of these upcoming Saturdays: Apr. 9, May 14, Jun. 11.

Find the books we've discussed so far in our booklists section of our catalogue.

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Spring Storytime

April 29-June 17, 2022 | 10:30-11:00 am

Storytime is stories, songs, and play activities for 2-4 year-olds and their caregivers!

Registration is required. To register, please call us at (604) 947-9788—please leave a voicemail if calling after hours. Registration is for all 8 sessions.

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COVID Requirements for Programs

We are legally required to check vaccine verification for our programs until April 8, 2022. Vaccine verification is not required to enter the library and access library services.

You can always check our programs on our Events Calendar and read our Library COVID-19 Updates page for further details and the most current health requirements.

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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.

Water, Water Fagan, Cary,
Not Quite Narwhal Sima, Jessie,
Learning to Carve Argillite Davidson, Sara Florence, 1973-
Once Upon a Tim Gibbs, Stuart, 1969-
The Aquanaut Santat, Dan,
Crooked Kingdom Bardugo, Leigh,

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.

Raising Critical Thinkers A Parent's Guide to Growing Wise Kids in the Digital Age
Bruno's Challenge And Other Stories of the French Countryside
Not Everybody Lives the Same Way A Novel Dubois, Jean-Paul
How to Be Perfect the Correct Answer to Every Moral Question
Diablo Mesa, Preston, Douglas J.,
 Glory a Novel Bulawayo, NoViolet,

Featured This Month

NEW! Tongue Drums

New to our Library of Things collection are a pair of Tongue Drums, instruments that are part of the idiophone family. They have a soft and calming sound and can be used by people of all ages.

In the Tongue Drum kit:

  • 8-tone Drum
  • Pair of Bamboo Mallets
  • 4 Instructional Pages
  • Carrying Bag

The soothing sounds of these pentatonic-scale tongue drums can be used to make music, be part of a meditation or relaxation practice, or help with practicing coordination. Check one of these instruments out for a 3-week period.

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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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