Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • November 2021

Library News

Telescope Kits Now Available

Discover the wonders of the night sky with our two Telescope Kits, new to our Library of Things!

Our kits include:

  • Celestron Skywatcher Telescope: Heritage 130 Tabletop Dobsonian
  • 25 mm eyepiece
  • 10 mm eyepiece
  • Red dot finder
  • Instruction Manual
  • National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Night Sky of North America
  • 2021 Guide to the Night Sky: A Month-By-Month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above North America.

This kit has a 3-week lending period, and patrons may renew it two times unless another patron has requested it.

Place a Hold on a Telescope Kit

Find out more about our telescopes from the video below, viewable on our webpage.


Nov. 13 Book Sale

Come to the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale, in the Library Annex, from 10 am to 12 pm

  • Saturday, November 13: fiction/handicrafts/arts/house & home

All funds raised support the library.


Donate Books This Saturday, Nov. 6

Donations can be dropped off at the library Annex on the first Saturday of each month, from 1-3 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.


Annex & Flex Room Rentals Available Once Again

We have opened up the Library's Annie Laurie Wood Annex and Flex Room for rentals by groups and individuals once more!

The Annex is bookable for use after library open hours, and the Flex Room is available to book both during and outside library open hours.

Reserve one of these spaces on our bookings calendar on our website.

Find Out More & Book a Space


Library Entrance, Newspapers Back

Our main entrance is no longer just an exit—feel free to enter and exit from both the main (south) doors and the Annex (north) doors.

If you come in the south entrance and need to return books, our interior book return slot is at the north end of the circulation desk, just under the counter.

You can once again read newspapers in the library. You'll find these in the Annex seating nook by the windows.


Next Teen Advisory Group: Sunday, November 28, 2:30 pm

We had another great Teen Advisory Group meeting this October—thanks, teens! We've shared your book recommendations on the TAG October Booklist for all to see.

Next Meeting

We will be hosting another TAG meeting on Sunday, November 28, from 2:30-4:00 pm.

This time we'll have *pizza*, a few activities, discuss our favourite books, and we'll spend some time planning a teen Dungeons and Dragons event and discuss other possible events for the new year (all are welcome to come plan with us—no D&D experience necessary!)

Teens are welcome to register with us via email or drop in to any TAG dates. Let us know if you're planning on coming and have a food sensitivity/restriction.

What is TAG?

TAG is for teens who want to help make the Library more teen-friendly, have an idea for a teen event, or want to recommend books for our collection.

Have your say by joining the Teen Advisory Group. Have fun, meet other like-minded teens, and gain community service hours and experience all at the same time!

Sunday, November 28, 2021 | 2:30 pm

Learn More


Bring Your Own Book Club • Saturday, November 20, 12 pm

If you’re between 18-35 (or near there) 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!)

See our October BYOB Booklist created from BYOBook Club members' recommendations at our October meeting.

We meet in the Library Annex. Masks are required indoors and COVID protocols will be in place, but proof of vaccination is not required.


Saturday, November 20, 2021 | 12:00 pm

Learn More

Closed Remembrance Day

Closed for Remembrance Day

The library will be closed Thursday, November 11, but will be open as usual Wednesday, November 10 and Friday, November 12 from 10 am to 5 pm.


Thank You for Taking Our Survey

We appreciate everyone who took the time to complete our survey in October. You gave us helpful feedback about what you value and would like from the library in the next few years. We will be taking your feedback to our upcoming planning sessions wher we will be crafting a strategic plan for 2022 and beyond.


One Last Week to Read the 2-Sentence Horror Story Collection!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a 2-Sentence Horror Story in October!

We had funny ones, terrifying ones, and some real thinkers! We even had a full IDLC class submit their works, and a number of your stories were featured in the October 28 Bowen Island Undercurrent (thanks, Undercurrent!).

Here are a few more from our Instagram Stories in case you're missing Hallowe'en already. Come in before Nov. 10 to read them all!


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.


Fresh on the Shelves

Adult New Book Read-Alike Suggestions

Click here to browse New Books.
Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

If you liked The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris, you will like Black Girls Must Die Exhausted by Jayne Allen.

If you liked Bezonomics by Brian Dumaine, you will like Mine by Michael Heller and James Salzman.

If you liked The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki, you will like The Listeners by Jordan Tanahill.

If you liked Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, you will like Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty.

If you liked All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, you will like The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

If you liked American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings, you will like A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum.


Featured Booklist

Books that are being turned into movies and TV shows

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

Click to see these titles in our catalogue and place a hold.

See the Full Booklist


Featured @ the Mini Book Sale

Come pick up some great reads for all ages at the Mini Book Sale, curated and organized by Friends of the Bowen Island Library Society volunteers.

The Mini Book sale is located by the library's main (south) entrance foyer.


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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