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

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Library News

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Gather for Games with SKY

Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 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.

Take a break from holiday busy-ness and drop in between 12:30-2:30 on Dec. 10. Anyone aged 55+ can come enjoy a variety of tabletop and card games.

Free to participate, SKY membership not required.

Some of the games we'll have available:

  • chess
  • cards
  • Bridge
  • UNO
  • Boggle
  • Yahtzee
  • Scrabble
  • Rummikub
  • brain games, and more!

Good for your brain, great for your soul!

See Gather for Games in our Calendar

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Next Book Donation Day

Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 1 pm

Donations of clean, good condition used books and DVDs can be brought to the Bowen Island Library Annex starting at 1 pm, going until our bins are full (no later than 3 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.

See Book Donation Guidelines

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Donating to the Bowen Island Public Library Charitable Foundation

The Bowen Island Library Foundation supports literacy and lifelong learning by funding special one-time projects and providing supplemental assistance to Bowen Library in times of change or unforeseen circumstances.

The Foundation has funded: pilot projects like the now very popular Tech Tutor Program, Books for Babies, Summer Reading Club, and most recently the pavilion and landscaping of the Snug Cove Cultural Corner Project.

If you are able, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Library Foundation to support islanders of all ages to learn, be entertained, stay informed, and feel connected.

Donations can be made by credit card online, or in person by cash, debit, or cheque. Donate $20 or more by December 31 and receive a tax receipt for 2022.

Donate Now

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Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Drop in to our final fall ChessMates session: all-ages, family-friendly casual chess at the Library! All experience levels welcome, (though it helps if you know the basics). Chess boards provided.

See ChessMates Dates in our Calendar

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French Connections

Sunday, December 11, 2022 | 12:00-1:00 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 12-1 pm, but participants are welcome to stay longer if the conversation is still rolling!

See French Connections in our Events Calendar

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Fall Storytime

Fridays Sept 16-Dec 9, 2022 | 10:30-11:00 am

A free drop-in program of stories and songs for 2-4 year-olds and their caregivers, in the Library Annex!

See Storytime Dates

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Closed Dec 24, 25, and Jan. 1

The Library will be closed Saturday and Sunday, December 24 and  25, as well as Sunday, January 1.

We will be open all other days with our regular open hours.



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.

Working Boats An Inside Look at Ten Amazing Watercraft by Crestodina, Tom
The Rabbit's Gift by Vitalis, Jessica,
The Fairy Atlas Fairy Folk of the World by Claybourne, Anna,
 Read an excerpt The Night Gardener by Fan, Terry,
Doodleville. Art Attacks! by Sell, Chad,
How Everything Works From Brain Cells to Black Holes

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.

Dickens and Prince a Particular Kind of Genius by Hornby, Nick,
 The Dictator's Wife by Berry, Freya
Our Missing Hearts a Novel Ng, Celeste,
Rogue Protocol by Wells, Martha,
 True Reconciliation How to Be a Force for Change by Wilson-Raybould, Jody, 1971-
 On the Rooftop a Novel by Sexton, Margaret Wilkerson,

Featured This Month

Lessons in Chemistry a Novel by Garmus, Bonnie,

Books Being Turned into Screen Adaptations

Read these fantastic books before the screen adaptation influences how you imagine the characters!

See the Full Booklist


The Color Purple b yWalker, Alice, 1944-
The Great Hunt by Jordan, Robert, 1948-2007,
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Blume, Judy,
The Three-body Problem by Liu, Cixin,
 Red, White & Royal Blue by McQuiston, Casey,
Turtles All the Way Down by Green, John, 1977-
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Collins, Suzanne,
Pachinko by Lee, Min Jin

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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