Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • Mid-June 2023

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Mid-Month Update

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Summer Reading Club

You can now come in and register for Summer Reading Club at the Bowen Library!

BC Summer Reading Club is a free literacy program that encourages reading throughout the summer and engages children (ages 5-14 years old).

It includes weekly crafts, games, & activities at the library, and a 50-day reading challenge where kids track their reading to win a medal at the end of the summer! Throughout the challenge kids can collect stickers for every 7 days of reading.

Sign up for our SRC newsletter, so you don't miss our free kids' programs!

Find Out More & Sign Up for the SRC Newsletter

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2023 summer reading club booklet, stickers, and medal
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Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Bowen Library challenges you to a summer of great reading! Pick up your tracker at the Library, or download the fillable PDF and complete seven Reading Challenges and three Bonus Challenges. Books can be hard copies, graphic novels, ebooks, audiobooks and braille.

On your tracker check off the challenges you complete, list the books you’ve read, and tell us which challenge was your favourite and why. Feel free to include any work you produced to meet the challenges.

Submit the finished tracker to us (at the front desk or through the book drop), or email it to by August 31, 2023 to enter the grand prize draw! Winners will be contacted.

Need book suggestions? Ask library staff or check out our teen booklists.

Learn More & Download Your Reading Tracker

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National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Sunday, June 25, 2023 | 2-4 pm

Join us at the Cultural Corner stage outside the Hearth Gallery and the Bowen Library for a performance by the Eagle Song Dancers, and the unveiling and blessing of Simon Winadzi James' artwork, "Eagle Descending," which will grace the new outdoor stage.

See This Event in our Calendar

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Celebrating Pride

Bowen Islanders of all ages recently came out to celebrate Pride season's kickoff at the Library—crafting mini floats and flags, parading them around to music, and celebrating together!

Our thanks go out to the Snug Cove General Store and the Ruddy Potato for sponsoring our Mini Pride Parade by donating food for our post-parade celebration.

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Survey: British Columbians Invited to Help Shape Anti-Racism Legislation

People are encouraged to share their thoughts through an online questionnaire about how government can best address systemic racism.

The information gathered will help inform new legislation that will hold government accountable for addressing systemic racism within its programs and services, and to provide supports for those who have been negatively impacted.

In addition to the anti-racism questionnaire, racialized, intersectional, 2SLGBTQIA+ and faith-based community organizations, and Indigenous governments are invited to apply for grants to conduct their own engagement sessions on the legislation. Successful grant recipients can receive up to $5,000 to pay for expenses, such as equipment rentals, communications materials and honorariums. Applications for community grants will be accepted until June 23, 2023, at 5 pm.

Learn More & Take the Survey

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Cancelled: June 27 Career Advisor Session

Our WorkBC Career Advisor will not be available on June 27, as previously planned. We apologize for the inconvenience.

More drop-in dates will resume in the fall.

In the meantime, you can check the North Vancouver WorkBC Centre website or call them at 604-988-3766 to learn about their services and resources, including free career advising from their North Vancouver office.

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Author Talk: Ingrid Hauss

Saturday, July 8, 2023 | 2 pm

Bowen Island author, Ingrid Hauss, speaks on her new book, Toward Renewal and Belonging: Art, Movement, and Community (Peter Lang). Ingrid invites readers to engage in a creative process of self-discovery. Leading through a series of creative encounters, each chapter inspires and nurtures the renewal of wellness, vitality, and creativity.

Read More About Ingrid Hauss

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Tuesdays, May 30-June 27, 2023 | 11:30 am

A free, 1/2 hr drop-in program of songs, books, and rhymes for babies 0-18 months and their caregivers!

See Babytime in our Calendar

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Closed Saturday, July 1

The Library will be closed Saturday, July 1, for Canada Day.

Come visit us another time during our regular open hours.



Library Open Hours

  • 10 am-5 pm Tues, Wed, Fri
  • 10 am-8 pm Thurs
  • 12-4 pm Sat & Sun
  • Book return open at all times.

Contact Us

(604) 947-9788

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