Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • June 2020

Library News

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We're Hiring!
Virtual Program Coordinator

Temporary part-time position to start as soon as possible.

Application deadline June 21, 2020

Bowen Library is seeking a technology inspired, creative, enthusiastic, customer service driven individual to help us establish and run virtual programs for Bowen’s kids, youth and adults. There will be plenty of opportunity to develop new and innovative online programming, as well as welcoming the public back into the library after months of closure.

Learn More & Apply

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Summer Reading Club 2020: Explore Our Universe

BC Summer Reading Club is FREE and FUN online and at Bowen Library! A great way to maintain or improve reading skills over the summer!

This year Summer Reading Club will be available online, as well as with the traditional paper materials.

There are 2 ways to participate. Choose the one that’s right for you and your family – or do both!

Online: Starting Tuesday, June 16, 2020, go to BC Summer Reading Club and sign up (a parent or guardian needs to provide an email address and their permission).

In Person: Starting Wednesday June 17, pick up a Summer Reading Club package at Bowen Library. Pick up times are the same as our Takeout service.

For more information click here, and to get help registering online or using the paper package email us at or call us at 604-947-9788

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Library Takeout Hours Expanded

We've expanded our Takeout from two days to four! Pick up your items from the Library on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 12 pm-3 pm.

Place a hold from home on books, DVDs, Med Shed equipment & more. You'll be notified when your items are ready for pickup.

Takeout Info


Book Return Now Open During Takeout Hours

Our book return is now open the same hours and days as our Takeout service, (now Wed to Sat, 12-3 pm), so you can return items through our dropbox when you pick up your new items.

To return Med Shed items, please also return them Wed to Sat, 12-3 pm. Please come to the staff door (on the parking lot side of the old library building) to let us know that you are returning medical equipment. We ask that patrons please clean all medical equipment before returning it. (Staff will do a final sanitize and quarantine of medical equipment.)

Takeout Info


Library Takeout Service Safety Measures

We are taking extra care to ensure that materials you borrow are safe to bring home. Based on the best available research on the lifecycle of the COVID-19 virus, we are quarantining all materials for a minimum of the recommended 72 hours before handling, reshelving or using in the Takeout service. Medical equipment returns will also be sanitized.

Staff wash or sanitize their hands before retrieving your requested items, and wash or sanitize their hands again before placing the materials outside for your pickup.

Our book return is now open the same hours and days as our Takeout service, so you can return items through our dropbox when you pick up your new items. Please clean medical equipment after use and return during our Takeout hours by coming to the staff door and waiting for instructions from staff.

Please ensure you use 2-metre physical distancing measures at pickup. Staff will place materials on the pickup table outside the door, then withdraw to a safe distance while you collect your Takeout materials.

If you are feeling unwell or if any member of your household is sick or in isolation, we ask that you refrain from borrowing library materials. This will help us all feel more comfortable and confident with the safety of our collections.

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Suggest a Program or Service

Got an idea for an online library club? Is there a skill the library might be able to help you and others acquire? Think we should have a robotics collection? We want to hear from you—the sky's the limit!

Send us your program or service ideas using our online form, be they for seniors, adults, youth, or children, online or in-person.

Share Your Ideas


Coast Salish Sign Blessing Ceremony • National Indigenous Peoples Day

Apologies to those who were planning to watch the live stream of Sunday’s blessing ceremony for the Coast Salish sign—we are unable to provide live streaming.

However, we will be posting video as soon as possible after the event. A short documentary of the ceremony, the sign, and how it came to be is in the works to share with the community.

Due to COVID-19 health orders, we ask that members of the public please do not attend the ceremony itself. To ensure everyone’s safety and to respect the specific wishes of the Skwxwú7mesh Nation participants, this event cannot be a public in-person event.

The sign will be unveiled June 21 (National Indigenous Peoples Day) with representatives from the Skwxwú7mesh Nation and invited representatives of Bowen Island. Squamish Nation will bless our new sign, as it is unveiled to welcome residents and guests to Nexwlélexwm (Bowen Island).

Again, to ensure physical distancing measures we ask that members of the public please do not attend this event in person but enjoy the video from the comfort of home. The full documentary, being created by Meribeth Deen, will be available to watch after the event and will be available at and at

Pauline Le Bel said in her recent article in the Undercurrent about this historic event “Squamish people called this island Kwilàkm and Nexwlélexwm long before settlers attached “Bowen Island” to its shores. Now the island will recognize its original name with a sign at the Snug Cove Dock alongside the “Bowen Island Welcomes You” sign. The unveiling of the sign is part of the Knowing Our Place reconciliation initiative, which I began three years ago with the dedicated support of the Bowen Island Arts Council and the Bowen Library.” Read the full article here.

Funding for this initiative was gratefully received from the following contributors: Rina Freed of Source Environmental Associates, Bowen Island Municipality, who will install and maintain the sign, Heritage Canada, and through a Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Bowen Island Community Foundation, Bowen Island Municipality, and the Vancouver Foundation.

Hosted by Knowing Our Place — Pauline Le Bel, The Hearth and Bowen Island Public Library

More Info

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Closed for Canada Day

Library Takeout will not be available on Wednesday, July 1, as we will be fully closed for Canada Day. We will be open for Takeout as usual the following day, from 12-3 pm.


New Children's & YA Books

Click here to find links to recommended reading and our latest Kids & Teens books.
Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

Fresh on the Shelves

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

Featured Online Resource

Clicklaw Wikibooks: COVID-19 Resources for British Columbians

Clicklaw's new COVID-19 Resources for British Columbians includes chapters on housing, employment, taxes, and more.

Clicklaw is an internet subject guide to authoritative legal resources in BC and Canada. It is developed by the Legal Services Society of BC and now maintained by the BC Courthouse Library Society. No library card is required to access this online resource.

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More Available Library Services

Storytime Online

Find Storytime videos on our website, with new ones posted weekly on Fridays. Storytime is a program for 2-4 year-olds and their caregivers.

Go to Storytime


Remote Tech Help Available

The Bowen Library's friendly Tech Tutor, Leo, is available remotely!

Need help accessing eBooks? Can't get into your email? New to Zoom? Trying to share a file? Facetime not behaving? Setting up a new device?

Email us to arrange one-on-one remote help with your tech issues.

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Medical Equipment Lending

Along with our book takeout service you can also borrow medical equipment. You can place a hold from our catalogue, or contact us to request to borrow medical equipment. Pick up is on Wednesday and Saturday between 12 and 3 pm or by appointment.

Please note that, as with all library materials checked out, we cannot accept returns of medical equipment at this time. Please keep all your library materials at home for now. All items currently out have extended due dates, to be further extended if needed. No fines will be charged for any overdues during this closure.

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Bowen Library ...Online!

While our building may be closed, we're still always open online! (And staff are still here to help you!)

Using your smartphone, tablet, computer, or e-reader, you can access a huge selection of reading materials, video courses, films, and other electronic resources through our website.

  • Learn more about our resources for adults and children here
  • See our Complete List of Electronic Resources here
  • See our Library COVID-19 Updates here
  • And keep scrolling down to see this month's two featured online resources

We hope you'll keep in touch with us via Facebook, email, and our e-Newsletter, and stay tuned for updates on our online offerings, future programs, and more.


Need a Library Card?

If you don't yet have a Bowen Library card, no problem—patrons can apply for one online.

You can access our many eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, video courses, film streaming, and learning tools online, via our website, but for many of these, you will need a Bowen Library card. 

Apply for a Library Card


Library Open Hours

Although the library building is currently closed due to COVID-19, we are always open online!

Contact Us

(604) 947-9788