Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • March 2024

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Library News

film poster for Small Town Pride

Small Town Pride: Film & Discussion

Saturday, March 23 | 1:00 pm

1 pm: Film: Small Town Pride

Join us for a showing of this Canadian documentary, an intimate look at the joys and challenges of being queer in a small town, following LGBTQ2S+ people and allies as they prepare for their local Pride celebrations. Co-written and directed by Bowen-born and raised Riley Sparks!

2 pm: Discussion led by Leah Gregg

Bowen Island local, Leah Gregg, will lead a conversation on “What can Bowen Island do to better support our LGBTQ2S+ community?” and “What could a community Pride event look like on Bowen Island?”

Come for the film (1 pm-2 pm) and/or the discussion afterward—whatever works for you.

Members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, their families, friends, allies, and all interested community members are encouraged to share thoughts and listen to others’ after the film.

Want to Put on a Pride Event on Bowen Island?

If you’re interested in seeing an all-ages Pride event happen on Bowen, or want to be involved in it’s creation, this is a great opportunity to meet others who want the same. You’ll also meet members of the Literacy Task Group, a group of local non-profits interested in supporting a Pride event for Bowen. They will be present to hear your visions for Pride on Bowen, and share information about funding that is available to support such an event.

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Author Carol Cram and book cover for the Many Faces of MAID book

The Many Faces of MAID: an Author Talk with Carol Cram

Sunday, March 24 | 1:30 pm

Join Carol Cram, Bowen Island local and co-author of The Many Faces of MAID: What to Expect When Someone You Know Chooses Medical Assistance in Dying, as she talks about compiling the stories of 17 people, including herself, who supported a loved one through MAID. Reverend Lorraine Ashdown will join Carol to offer her perspective.

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Nowruz Scavenger Hunt

March 12-19, 2024

Come play our Nowruz Scavenger Hunt at Bowen Library! Find pictures of Haft-Seen items hidden in the children’s section to discover what they symbolize.

Check out our new books on Persian New Year below as well!

See Scavenger Hunt in our Calendar

Hooray! Hooray! Nowruz Is Here! by Roohani, Mojgan
Soraya's Nowruz Dance by Tamaddon, Anahita
Norooz a Celebration of Spring! the Persian New Year Hejazi, Gail,

The Seed Library is Back!

Find the Bowen Island Seed Library display once again inside the Library during our open hours.

How does it work?

  • Take free seeds
  • Grow plants
  • Let some go to seed, save seeds, and donate seeds back for future gardeners!

We're accepting seed donations now and throughout the growing season as well. If you have saved or store-bought seed to share, bring it to the library, and we'll add them to the Seed Library.

The Seed Library is currently stocked with seed packets prepared and decorated by the the Bowen Island Community School Student Garden Club, as well as seeds donated from West Coast Seeds and patrons like you!

Learn More

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Movie Night: Rockfield

Thursday, March 28 | 6 pm

Join us for a screening of Rockfield (2020), a documentary about Rockfield Studios, a farm and live-in recording studio in Wales, where some of the greatest bands and musicians of our time have recorded some of their biggest hit records. Musicians include Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Plant, Tony Iommi, Dave Brock, David Bowie, Jim Kerr, Kingsley Ward, Charles Ward, Ann Ward, Lisa Ward; bands include Black Sabbath, Queen, Stone Roses, Oasis, and Coldplay.

Directed by Hannah Berryman. In English. Rated 14A.

Drop in, no registration required. Come a little early and grab a comfy chair—film starts promptly at 6 pm, and runs 90 minutes.

We have a new sound system! Come enjoy the improved clarity of sound for this musical film.

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Save the Date: 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Old General Store

Saturday, August 10, 2024

Save Saturday, August 10th for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Old General Store, a beloved building which has had many functions and identities, and which now houses the Bowen Island Library. Stay tuned in the spring and summer for more details.

See the Youth Curators' Exhibit

The Bowen Island Community School Youth Curators have an excellent exhibit on now in the BICS foyer, open to the public, called "The many layers of the Old General Store and its rich history." See the photos below and make a trip to the school to learn all about the life of this unique building.

See Undercurrent Article about the Youth Curators' Exhibit 

Photo of cows in front of Old General Store from Bowen Island Museum and Archives.

youth exhibit on old general store
youth exhibit on old general store
youth exhibit on old general store
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Closed March 29 & 31

The Library will be closed Friday, March 29, and Sunday, March 31.

Come visit us another time during our regular open hours.



Fresh on the Shelves

See our Recommended Reading page for more reading suggestions and new adult books.
Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

Beneath the Surface of Things : New and Selected Essays Davis, Wade
End of Story a Novel Finn, A. J.,
Rogers V. Rogers the Battle for Control of Canada's Telecom Empire Posadzki, Alexandra,
Apeirogon a Novel McCann, Colum, 1965-
California Bear a Novel Swierczynski, Duane,
Dixon, Descending a Novel Outen, Karen,

New Children's and Teen Books

See our Recommended Reading page for more Kids & Teens book suggestions and booklists.
Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

 Up the Mountain Path Dubuc, Marianne, 1980-
Art Club Doucet, Rashad,
 Daughters of the Lamp Lewers, Nedda,
Snowglobe Park, Soyoung,
Born a Girl It Takes Courage Dussutour, Alice
 The Swifts a Dictionary of Scoundrels Lincoln, Beth,

Featured This Month

The Story of Art Without Men Hessel, Katy, 1994-

International Women's Day

Celebrate the perseverance, courage, and achievement of women by reading books by women authors and stories about strong women characters.

See Full Booklist

Feminism's Fight Challenging Politics and Policies in Canada Since 1970
Shut Up, You're Pretty Stories Mutonji, Téa, 1995-
Unbroken My Fight for Survival, Hope, and Justice for Indigenous Women and Girls Sterritt, Angela,
Blood the Science, Medicine, and Mythology of Menstruation Gunter, Jen,
The Patriarchs the Origins of Inequality Saini, Angela, 1980-
Bitch on the Female of the Species Cooke, Lucy, 1970-
Defiant Dreams the Journey of An Afghan Girl Who Risked Everything for Education Mahfouz, Sola, 1996-
In Defense of Witches the Legacy of the Witch Hunts and Why Women Are Still on Trial Chollet, Mona, 1973-

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.

Mini Book store in library entrance with books on display

More Ongoing Programs

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Book Donation Days

Sundays, March 10 & 24 | 10 am-12 pm

Donations of clean, good condition used books can be brought to the Bowen Island Library Annex starting at 10:00 am, going until volunteers' bins are full (no later than 12:00 pm).

The volunteers are especially looking for novels and children's books at this time, but other types will be considered.

A Friends of the Library 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.

We thank everyone who donates books in support of the Bowen Library!

See All Donation Dates in Our Calendar

See Donation Guidelines

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Bring Your Own Book Club

Sunday, March 10 | 12 pm

Join us on the second Sunday of the month for a casual book club hour with a twist! Come discuss books you’ve read—old and new, loved or hated. Get recommendations and meet other book-loving locals!

All ages of adults and youth welcome to drop in.

See BYOBook Club in our Calendar

See Books We Discussed in January

teen advisory group with graphic of young person reading book, click for more info

Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, March 9 | 1:30-3:00 pm

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) 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 our 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

Membership is open to anyone 13-18 years of age living on Bowen Island. Registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome!

See TAG Dates in our Calendar

The career advisor, a woman, waving and smiling. click to see all dates in our web calendar

WorkBC Career Advisor

Tuesday, March 26 | 11 am-2 pm

Drop in to meet with Janice, a WorkBC Career Advisor, in the Library Flex Room, and get one-on-one help with resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job searches, insights on the job market, career and education advice, and more.

Janice is very likely to be able to see you right away! This drop-in service is available is available in the Flex Room from 11 am-2pm on Tuesdays, March 26, April 23, May 28, and June 25, 2024.

This service is brought to you by the North Vancouver WorkBC Centre. See their website for more services and resources.

See All Career Advisor Dates

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Community Integration Services Drop-In

Tuesday, March 26 | 11 am-2 pm

Drop in at the Bowen Island Library and get help from a Community Integration Specialist to access supports regarding housing, health, services, finances, and more. For example:

  • Assistance applying for income and disability assistance
  • Funding for urgent needs, such as food or clothing
  • Case management
  • Housing support referrals
  • Health support referrals

This drop-in service (as well as the WorkBC Career Advisor) is available in the Flex Room from 11 am-2pm on Tuesdays, March 26, April 23, May 28, and June 25, 2024.

For online communication, visit the Self Serve Portal for income and disability assistance. For general inquiries, call 1-866-866-0800.

Learn More

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French Connections

Saturdays, March 2, 16, 30 | 10:30 am

Drop in and join us to practice your conversational French, and get to know other French language learners on Bowen Island! The focus is on beginner and intermediate speakers, but all levels are welcome.

We meet 10:30-11:30 am, but participants are welcome to stay longer if the conversation is still rolling!

Stay tuned for more dates this spring.

See All Dates

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Wednesdays, January 17-March 13 | 10:30 am

A free, 30-minute drop-in program of stories and songs for 2-4 year-olds and their caregivers!

Afterwards, from 11:00-11:30 am, families are welcome to stay and socialize in the cozy Annex, read books, and hang out!

See Storytime in our Calendar


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!

library staff person holding a microphone in one hand and holding the book "My Name is Barbra" (Barbra Streisand autobiography) in front of face so it looks like they have Barbra's face and are singing into the microphone
valentines in many languages atthe circulation desk
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  • 10 am-5 pm Tuesday & Wednesday
  • 10 am-7 pm Thursday
  • 10 am-4 pm Friday & Saturday
  • 12 pm-4 pm Sunday
  • Closed Monday
  • Book return open at all times.