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

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Library News

Poster with photo of photographer Andrew S. Wright taking a photo out of a helicopter with mountain and forest landscape. Includes book cover title page of a pelican on a rocky beach and surf with a rainbow. Has logos for Bowen Island Library and Bowen Island Food Resilience Society and text as above.

Author Talk: Andrew Wright

Sunday, September 25, 2022 | 2 pm

Conservation and documentary photographer, Andrew S. Wright, presents on and shows photos from his most recent book, The Pelican’s Paradise: Preventing Extinctions.

Andrew has been working with the non-profit, Island Conservation. They have removed invasive species on 65 islands worldwide and protected 500 species on fragile and remote islands. Andrew has documented their work on five of these islands, including the Gwaii Haanas in BC and will present their fascinating story through his incredible photographs.

This program is presented by Bowen Island Public Library and Bowen Island Food Resilience Society.

See Author Talk Event

Poster with Movie cover for film Indian Horse, which has a boy holding a hockey stick in the air above his head, while skating on ice outside, with a residential school’s rooftop cross in the background.

Film Night: Indian Horse

Thursday, September 29, 2022 | 6:30 pm

An adaptation of Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s Indigenous Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of aboriginal people.

Join us for a drop-in movie in the Library Annex, as an opportunity to learn through story about the residential school experience, in honour of National Day for Truth & Reconciliation on Sept. 30.

See Film Night Event

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Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, September 17, 2022 | 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 Upcoming TAG Dates

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Thank You, Jennifer! Welcome Back, Tina!

This week we wished Interim Library Director, Jennifer Streckmann, a fond farewell as she wrapped up her productive year at the Bowen Island Library. Staff, volunteers, and patrons alike have enjoyed her warm and positive leadership this year.

We were also happy to welcome back our long-time Chief Librarian, Tina Nielsen. After a much-deserved year off, Tina is returning fresh to lead our Library once again into a bright future.

Photo 1: Tina and Jennifer in front of the Library doors.

Photo 2: Library staff rolling up their blazer sleeves (always ready to dive in to the task at hand) in tribute to Jennifer on her final day.

Five Library staff rolling up their blazer arms in tribute to Jennifer, in front of the library front doors
Image description: poster with young woman with glasses and raised eyebrow and shrugging with hands up. Poster text says: “career confusion? Questions about job interviews? Is your resume not getting you results?” with details as listed above. Includes WorkBC Centre logo, Government of Canada logo, British Columbia government logo, and Bowen Island Library logo.

WorkBC Career Advisor

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | 2-5 pm

Drop in to meet with Janice, a WorkBC Career Advisor, at the Library! Click on her image below to hear Janice explain a little about what she does for Bowen Islanders during her drop-in sessions.

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 a WorkBC Career Advisor.

This free drop-in service is in the Library Flex Room on the 4th Wednesday of the month: September 28, October 26, and Nov 23.

See Career Advisor Dates

IMAGE STILL FROM A VIDEO OF Janice, the career advisor, a woman in a cream top and black cardigan, standing in the Library Annex Flex Room, describing her work and how she enjoys seeing people succeed. click image to go to Instagram video
Illustration of two men, one holding a box of books, another at a table waiting to receive books

Next Book Donation Day

Saturday, September 10, 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 and going until our 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. Donors will need to take back any items that do not meet the guidelines.

See Donation Guidelines

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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!

*No Storytimes on the Sept 30 & Nov 11 statutory holidays.

See Storytime Dates

Woman in dinosaur costume in front of a jungle puppet scene with kids in front of here and a man playing guitar on the side, in the Library Annex.

Photos from August Events

Here are some photos from a couple fantastic events held at the Library this summer: Pico's Puppet Palace and Write on Bowen Festival of Readers and Writers.

Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed these opportunites to learn and play, as well as the many presenters and organizers.


fiona tinwei lam, an author, reading from a notebook in front of a microphone in the Library Annex.
Lisa Shatzky, a local poet, speaking into a microphone at a panel table with two others by her side.
Kung Jaadee the storyteller in a red and black west coast indigenouse art dress with hands up, speaking into a microphone in front of an audience in the library annex.
a man with a guitar singing and playing into a microphone as part of the band Tuesday Duo, in the library Annex.
sorry we are closed poster; closed sign in doorway

Closed Friday, September 30

Bowen Library will be closed Friday, September 30 for National Day for Truth & Reconciliation.

We will be open Thursday, Sept 29, 10 am-8 pm and Saturday, Oct 1, 12-4 pm as usual.



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.

Indiana Bones and the Lost Library by Heape, Harry,
Room to Dream by Yang, Kelly,
The Secret Explorers and the Moon Mission by King, SJ,
Hacking, Heists & Flaming Arrows by Muchamore, Robert,
Boy in the Blue Hammock by Groth, Darren, 1969-
Me and Banksy by Kyi, Tanya Lloyd, 1973-

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.

Making Love With the Land Essays Whitehead, Joshua (Writer)
Babysitter a Novel by Oates, Joyce Carol
Estates Large and Small by Robertson, Ray
The Deal Goes Down by Beinhart, Larry
Secrets of the Sprakkar Iceland's Extraordinary Women and How They Are Changing the World by Reid, Eliza,
Fermenting Made Simple Delicious Recipes to Improve Your Gut Health Parrish, Emillie,

Featured This Month

Includes book cover title page of a pelican on a rocky beach and surf with a rainbow.

Oversized Books

You'll find local photographer Andrew S. Wright's book The Pelican's Paradise in our New Books shelf at the moment; it's part of our greater collection of beautiful oversized books, with dazzling photos and images for the reader to take in.

Here are a few from this collection to get you started. Find more in this collection behind the YA section in the northwest corner of the Library.

Marian Bantjes Pretty Pictures (Oversize) by Bantjes, Marian,
Solstice the Art of Roy Henry Vickers.(Oversize) by Vickers, Roy Henry, 1946-
A History of Pictures From the Cave to the Computer Screen (Oversize) by Hockney, David,
 Wade Davis Photographs (Oversize) by Davis, Wade,

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.

Photo of mini book store in library entrance, books on display to purchase

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!

Screenshot of an instagram post, with photo of a hand holding up a children's book titled "The Diggers are Coming" by Susan Steggall, which has an illustration on its cover with a person in an orange digger. Book is being held up against a background of a real digger and a white truck near the Bowen Library and its parking lot.
Image description: video of woman in colourful blazer and face mask holding a stack of books walking up to the Bowen Library south front door, hitting the button on the door frame to the left of the door, glancing at the camera, and walking in as the door opens automatically.
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