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

Library News

Cool Down in the Annex!

The library Annex is always a cool place to be—literally! We have air conditioning in this work/study space, as well as tables and chairs for patrons to work at.

In addition, the Annex will be open extended hours on Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31, on the warmest days of the current heat wave, to act as a cooling centre.

  • *Annex will stay open on Friday, July 30 until 8 pm as a cooling centre*
  • *Annex will stay open on Saturday, July 31 until 8 pm as a cooling centre*

Our regular Library open hours are:

  • Tuesday 10 am-5 pm
  • Wednesday 10 am-5 pm
  • Thursday 10 am-5 pm
  • Friday 10 am-5 pm
  • Saturday 12 pm - 4 pm

Write on Bowen

Festival of Readers & Writers—Only a few spots left!

Saturday and Sunday, August 7 & 8, 2021, in the lush gardens of David & Aubin van Berckel, on Bowen Island.

Writing Workshops: 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Reception & Presentations: 2:30 pm to 5 pm

1-day pass: $30 / 2-day pass: $50

Choose one of three writing workshops offered each day, to be held outdoors in the spacious gardens of our hosts. Enjoy an afternoon presentation by local poets, authors, and actors. Tickets limited to 30 people per day. For tickets & full program description, visit:

Presented by the Write on Bowen Committee in partnership with the Hearth and the Bowen Island Public Library.

Carpooling encouraged. COVID Safety Plan in place. Please note the property features areas of uneven ground and is not wheelchair accessible. Please wear suitable shoes and dress for any weather.

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Summer Reading Club:
Word-Scramble Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, August 14th, 2021. Come by the library between 12-3pm to collect the first clue!

Calling all super sleuths! Follow eight clues around Snug Cove to solve a riddle. This all ages outdoor event runs rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather.

Learn more about Summer Reading Club here


Summer Book Sales

Friends of the Bowen Island Library volunteers are hosting book sales from 10 am-12 pm every other Saturday:

August 7 • fiction/gardening books
August 21 • fiction/cook books
September 4 • fiction/arts books

These are outdoor events and are weather-dependent. Social distancing protocols will be in place.


New to the Library of Things: Memory Care Kits

The Memory Care Kits at the Bowen Library are designed to stimulate the brain activity in people experiencing cognitive decline, including memory loss and forms of dementia like Alzheimer’s disease.

Each kit includes games, puzzles, books, art projects, sing-along music, and other fulfilling activities that are designed for the person’s success. They are meant to be explored together with a caregiver, and encourage social connection, exercise the mind, and help the user retain skills.

Anyone with a library card may check out a Memory Care Kit, or place a hold from our catalogue. The lending period is 3 weeks.

For help learning how to use Memory Care Kits, have a look at the video below, provided courtesy of Prince George Public Library (kit contents and lending information may differ from those available at the Bowen Library). Find another, more in-depth video on our Memory Care Kits web page.


Children's Books

We Recommend: Kids' Series

This month we're recommending kids' book series in our collection for the enthusiastic young readers out there. If you've devoured one series, there's always more great series on our shelves!

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

If you liked the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan, you'll like the York Series by Laura Ruby.

If you liked the Sophie Mouse and According to Humphry series, you'll like the Heartwood Hotel series by Kallie George.

If you liked Pippy Longstocking, you'll like the Dani series by Rose Lagercrantz.

If you liked the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, you'll like the Max Tilt series.

If you liked the Ramona series, you'll like Ryan Hart series.

If you liked the Percy Jackson series, you'll like Monstrous Devices by Damien Love.

Click here to find links to more recommended reading and our latest Kids & Teens books.


Fresh on the Shelves

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


Featured Collections

New Books on Mental Health Topics

It's been a challenging year for many people in many ways. This month we feature some of our new titles in mental health topics—click the titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

If you're looking for books and resources on other mental health topics, don't hesitate to contact us by phone, email, or in-person. 


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 now in its old location by the library exit door foyer.


Stay Posted on Social

We're sharing what we're up what to on Facebook & Instagram. Check it out, give us a follow, and tag us on your Bowen Library-related posts!


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  • 10 am-5 pm Tuesdays-Fridays
  • 12-4 pm Saturdays
  • Book return open at all times.