Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • Mid-September 2021

Library Mid-Month Update

Vaccine Verification Not Required

Libraries are not required by BC Public Health to verify vaccination status of their patrons. Therefore, the Bowen Library will not be requiring proof of vaccination for any library programs or services. This includes all activities held inside the library building that are under 50 people.

We thank our patrons for continuing to help us prioritize the safety of all by wearing masks, social distancing, and hand washing/sanitizing.


Come to Our First Teen Advisory Group Meeting! • Saturday, September 25, 2:00 pm

Want to help make the Library more teen-friendly? Have an idea for a teen event? Are there books you wish were in our collection?

Have your say by joining a Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at the Bowen Island Public Library! Have fun, meet other like-minded teens, and gain community service hours and experience all at the same time.

Saturday, September 25, 2021| 2 pm

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Reading for Reconciliation • Thursday, September 30 • Free Book Giveaway

On Thursday, September 30th, Bowen Island Public Library invites you to visit the library to pick up free books for you and your family to learn more about Indigenous culture and history. We have books to give away for both children and adults. The titles are:

These items will be available while supplies last. Patrons may take one Calls to Action booklet and one children's book per family.

We hope to see you at the library on this important day.

Thursday, September 30, 2021| 10 am-5 pm

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Storytime Fridays Return!

Storytime is stories, songs, and play activities for 2-4 year-olds and their caregivers in the Library Annex.

Registration is required. To register, call us (604) 947-9788. (Please leave a voicemail if calling after hours.) Registration is for all 10 sessions.

Proof of vaccination is not required. Adults must wear masks, and COVID protocols will be followed.

If you cannot make a session or need to un-register, please let us know so we can release your spot to someone on the waitlist.

Fridays, Oct. 8-Dec. 10, 2021| 10:30-11:00 am

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Welcome Jennifer Streckmann, Interim Library Director!

Have you met our new Interim Library Director?

Jennifer Streckmann has begun her year with the library, and will be with us until September 2022, while our Chief Librarian, Tina Nielsen, takes a year leave to spend time with family.

Jennifer comes to us from Vancouver Public Library where she worked in children's and adult programming and with Indigenous partners.

Please join us all in welcoming Jennifer to the Library!

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Bring Your Own Book Club • Saturday, September 18

If you’re between 18-35 and want to discuss books and meet other young Bowen Island book lovers, drop in to one or all of our Bring Your Own Book Club dates!

This is a welcoming group where you can rave (or rant!) about a book you’ve read or an audiobook you've listened to, and find your next great read.

Even if you almost never read books, if you've read one at some point and have some thoughts about it, you're welcome here!

We meet Saturdays September 18, October 16, and November 20 from 12-1 pm.

We will meet in the Library Annex but could move outside depending on the group’s preference and if weather permits. Masks required indoors and COVID protocols will be in place, but proof of vaccination is not required.


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Fall Book Sales

Come to the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sales, in the Library Annex, from 10 am to 12 pm on the second Saturday of the month:

  • Saturday, October 9: fiction/biography/history
  • Saturday, November 13: fiction/handicrafts/arts/house & home
  • Saturday, December 11: fiction/travel/CDs/DVDs

All funds raised support the library.

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Weekly PhonoFun Games

Phonological Awareness Activities You Can Do with Your Kids!

Each week in September Literacy Month 2021, we are releasing a new PhonoFun video and activity package, demonstrating Phonological Awareness games that you can play with your pre-reading child.

Children about to enter kindergarten, in kindergarten, and those a little older but who may be struggling with learning to read will all benefit from these games that explore sounds in English.

The videos and activity packages cover the same activities, and the packages contain simple written instructions, explaining the same content as in the video. The activities will cover these areas of Phonological Awareness:

  • Available Now—Introduction Video
  • Available Now—Week 1: Counting Words in Sentences
  • Available Now—Week 2: Counting Syllables in Words
  • *NEW*—Week 3: Rhyming
  • Week 4: Finding the First Sound in Words

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PhonoFun Introduction

Why build and strengthen Phonological Awareness in your child?

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PhonoFun Week 1: Counting Words

Learn an easy story-building game to help your child hear words as whole units.

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PhonoFun Week 2: Counting Syllables

Learn a simple drumming game to build syllable awareness.

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*NEW* PhonoFun Week 3: Rhyming

How to build rhyming games into an outdoors walk!

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Library Open Hours

  • 10 am-5 pm Tuesdays-Fridays
  • 12-4 pm Saturdays
  • Book return open at all times.