Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • Mid-March 2023

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Programs Update

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Earth Month Talks in April

Bowen Island Food Resilience Society and the Bowen Island Public Library have collaborated to bring you two talks filled with information, reasons for optimism, and ideas for building a healthy, safe, and resilient world.

Dr. Phil Gregory

Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 2 pm

Resilient Bowen Island: Helping to Build a Resilient Food System

Phil Gregory is Professor Emeritus of Physics & Astronomy at UBC. His book, Pathway to Regeneration, shows how climate change, agricultural collapse, and chronic diseases are interconnected, and how a key part of the solution is regenerative agriculture.

Dr. Charles McNeill

Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 2 pm

Climate Change, Biodiversity, and the Future of Food: A Global Perspective to Inform Local Action

Charles McNeill is the Senior Advisor on Forests & Climate for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). For the past 30 years, he has been a leader in the United Nations building innovative multi-sector partnerships to solve global environmental challenges.

Read more about Earth Month Talks in our Calendar

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Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 6:00-7:30 pm

Calling all chess lovers! Drop in for casual chess at the Library–all experience levels welcome (though it helps if you know the basics).

We also have lots of other games available: Catan, Scrabble, Monopoly, Jenga, Mah Jong, cards, blocks, and more!

Join us from 6:00-7:30 pm on these Thursdays:

  • April 13
  • April 27
  • May 11
  • May 25
  • June 8

Chess boards and games provided.

See ChessMates+ in our Calendar

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Spring Storytime

Wednesdays, April 5-June 14, 2023 | 10:30 am

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

See Storytime Dates


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Gather for Games with SKY Continues in April & May

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:

Sundays, 12:30-2:30 pm:

  • March 26
  • April 23
  • May 28

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

  • April 13
  • May 11

Good for your brain, great for your soul!

See Gather for Games in our Calendar

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Film Night: The New Corporation

Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 6:00 pm

Join us for a showing of the film The New Corporation (2020), directed by Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan

Drop in, no registration required. Come a little early and grab a comfy chair—film starts promptly at 6 pm, and runs 105 minutes. Rated PG (Ontario).

The Corporation (2003) examined an institution within society and diagnosed it as psychopath. With The New Corporation co-directors Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott are back with their lightning-rod of a sequel that reveals a world now fully remade in the corporation’s image, perilously close to losing democracy. They trace the devastating consequences, connect the dots, and now with the #1000 Screenings campaign they hit the streets to join in the resistance and change movements from around the world.

See this Film Night in our Calendar

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Poet Talk: Jane Munro

Saturday, April 1, 2023 | 2:30 pm

Join us for Poetry Month kickoff with this special reading and Q&A with Jane Munro!

Jane Munro is a Canadian poet, writer, and educator. Blue Sonoma (Brick Books, 2014) won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Munro’s newest poetry collection is False Creek (Harbour Publishing, 2022). Her recent books include Open Every Window: A Memoir (Douglas & McIntyre, 2021) and Glass Float (Brick Books, 2020). She has taught creative writing at universities across BC, led writing workshops, and given readings around the world. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

This event is supported through financial assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.

See this Poet Talk in our Calendar

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Kwilakm Website Launch

Sunday, March 26, 2023 | 3:00 pm

The Bowen Island Conservancy invites you to the launch of their new website featuring stories from the human and natural history of Kwilákm/Deep Bay/Mannion Bay.

Program of Activities

  • Bob Turner’s Snorkel-Explore Video
  • Adam Taylor’s SCUBA Videos of Octopus and More
  • Will Husby’s Big Screen Microscope Live
  • Featured Event: A Tour of the Discovering Kwilákm Website
  • A Nature Walk to the Causeway and Sandy Beach

This event is supported by the Bowen Island Library.

See this Event in our Calendar

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See All of Our Programs in Our Calendar

You can always see what we have planned by going to our Events Calendar on our website at, including dates for Teen Advisory Group, the Career Advisor, French Connections, Book Donation Days, and more.

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Library Open Hours

  • 10 am-5 pm Tues, Wed, Fri
  • 10 am-8 pm Thurs
  • 12-4 pm Sat & Sun
  • Book return open at all times.