Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • August 2023

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Library News

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Kids' Acting Workshop with Calder Stewart

Friday, August 4| 1:00-2:30 pm | Ages 8-12

We're so excited to have Bowen's own Calder Stewart offering an acting and improv class for kids ages 8 to 12.

This one-time workshop will lead kids through improvisation exercises designed to grow their creativity, develop empathetic listening, and have tons of fun!

This is a free Summer Reading Club event, but spots are limited, so please register soon.


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Map Mayhem: Summer Reading Club

Thursday, August 3 | 1:00-2:30 | Ages 5-7

Come to the library and make your own personalized map of wherever you want!


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Map & Alphabet Creating: Summer Reading Club

Saturday, August 5 | 1:00–2:30 | Ages 8–10

Come to the library and make your own personalized map of wherever you want and have fun creating your own alphabet!


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Fancy Fortune Tellers & Modern Art: Summer Reading Club

Thursday, August 10 | 1:00-2:30 | Ages 5-7

Have fun making fortune tellers and your own modern art piece at the library.


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Rad Retro Glasses & Modern Art: Summer Reading Club

Saturday August 12th | 1:00–2:30 | Ages 8–10

Enjoy designing a pair of retro glasses, and creating your own modern art piece at the Summer Reading Club!


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Letters for the Future & Crazy Creatures: Summer Reading Club

Thursday August 17th | 1:00–2:30 | Ages 5–7

Create a crazy creature and write a letter for your future self at the library!


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Pea Pot Decorating: Summer Reading Club

Friday August 18th | 1:00–2:30 | Ages 8–10

Have fun decorating a clay pot for your pea plant and participating in other futuristic activities!


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Medal Ceremony: Save the Date!

Saturday, August 19 | 11:30 am | All Ages

Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Club with the Medal Ceremony and art activities! If you’ve finished the 50-Day reading Challenge, come for your medal. This year we have special guest Mayor Leonard to hand out awards.

If you can’t make it, collect your medal anytime at the front library desk.


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Enter the Summer Reading Club Prize Draw!

When you receive a sticker for a week of reading at the library, you can enter your name in the prize raffle box! You can enter a new slip for every week of reading. Each week, two new winners will be announced, and they can come pick up their prize at the library.

Note: If you previously received stickers, you can also come to the library to enter your name.

We thank the Bowen Island Fibre Arts Guild for sewing these amazing book bags as prizes for our summer readers!

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Two Fully Subsidized Tickets Now Available • Apply by August 6

Subsidized Tickets

Through generous funding from the Friends of the Bowen Island Public Library Society, the Library is pleased to be able to offer two fully-subsidized Write on Bowen Festival passes to community members for whom the ticket price is a barrier.

Whether you are a senior on a fixed income, a teen who is interested in writing, or anyone else who self-identifies as needing a no-cost ticket, please let us know.

Email the Bowen Library at and ask to be entered in the random draw. You do not need to give a reason for entering the draw. Please apply by Sunday, August 6, and we will draw two names on August 9.

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Write on Bowen • Tickets Now On Sale

September 16 & 17, 2023

Come to the 2023 Write on Bowen Festival of Readers & Writers, held on Bowen Island on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17.

The festival, sponsored by the Bowen Island Public Library and the Hearth, Arts on Bowen, will once again be presenting eight workshops over two days, plus a Saturday Night Festival Gala, featuring Bowen's own Wade Davis.

Buy Tickets

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Summer Reading Club

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 weekly newsletter, so you don't miss our free kids' programs!

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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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Closed Sundays, August 6 & September 3

The Library will be closed Sunday, August 6, in lieu of BC Day, and Sunday, September 3, in lieu of Labour Day.

Come visit us another time during our regular open hours.



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.

The Airport the Inside Story by Walton, John (Journalist),
Buzzing by Sattin, Samuel,
The Little Folk by Illuitok, Levi,
Mission: Arctic a Scientific Adventure to a Changing North Pole by Weiss-Tuider, Katharina,
The Secret Explorers and the Sunken Treasure by King, SJ,
Don't Trust the Cat by Tracy, Kristen, 1972-


Fresh on the Shelves

Browse New Books for adults in our catalogue.
Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

Honeybees and Distant Thunder by Onda, Riku, 1964-
The Heat Will Kill You First Life and Death on a Scorched Planet by Goodell, Jeff,
The Summer Skies a Novel Colgan, Jenny,
The Last Ranger a Novel by Heller, Peter, 1959-
 Unbroken My Fight for Survival, Hope, and Justice for Indigenous Women and Girls by Sterritt, Angela,
The Block Party a Novel by Day, Jamie,


Featured This Month

Sipping Dom Pérignon Through a Straw Reimagining Success as a Disabled Achiever by Ndopu, Eddie

Disability Visibility

Challenge ableism and elevate people with disabilities by reading about their experience with this mix of fiction and non-fiction books and eBooks. Visit for more information.

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Demystifying Disability What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be An Ally by Ladau, Emily, 1991-
The Disability Experience Working Toward Belonging by Leavitt, Hannalora,
Read This to Get Smarter About Race, Class, Gender, Disability & More by Imani, Blair,
Unmasking Autism Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity by Price, Devon,
What Doesn't Kill You a Life With Chronic Illness-lessons From a Body in Revolt by Miller, Tessa, 1988-
Sitting Pretty the View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Taussig, Rebekah,
 Read an excerpt Haben the Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law Girma, Haben, 1988-
Crip Kinship the Disability Justice & Art Activism of Sins Invalid by Kafai, Shayda,


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.

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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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