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

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Library News

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Bring Your Drink Bottles to BIRD

Help us fundraise until Monday, March 6

Our volunteers will be at BIRD this and next week, sorting and packing refundable drink bottles, which will raise funds for the Bowen Library.

Bring in your beverage containers now until end of day March 6, and the library will benefit from your recycling!

Our thanks to our volunteers and to the Bowen Island Recycling Depot for making this fundraising opportunity happen!

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Poet Talk: Jane Munro

Saturday, April 1, 2023 | 2:30 pm

Join us for Poetry Month kickoff with this special reading and Q&A with Jane Munro!

Jane Munro is a Canadian poet, writer, and educator. Blue Sonoma (Brick Books, 2014) won the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. Munro’s newest poetry collection is False Creek (Harbour Publishing, 2022). Her recent books include Open Every Window: A Memoir (Douglas & McIntyre, 2021) and Glass Float (Brick Books, 2020). She has taught creative writing at universities across BC, led writing workshops, and given readings around the world. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

This event is supported through financial assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.

See this Poet Talk in our Calendar

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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. 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 by the the Bowen Island Community School Student Garden Club, Bowen Agriculture Alliance, and Bowen Island Food Resilience Society—a big thank you from us to these local groups.

We've also received a generous donation by Salt Spring Seeds, including copies of the book, Medicial Herbs to Know and Grow by Dan Jason and Rupert Adams, ready to be borrowed.

Come down and pick up the seed you need!

Find More Resources on the Seed Library Page

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Kwilakm Website Launch

Sunday, March 26, 2023 | 3:00 pm

The Bowen Island Conservancy invites you to the launch of their new website featuring stories from the human and natural history of Kwilákm/Deep Bay/Mannion Bay.

Program of Activities

  • Bob Turner’s Snorkel-Explore Video
  • Adam Taylor’s SCUBA Videos of Octopus and More
  • Will Husby’s Big Screen Microscope Live
  • Featured Event: A Tour of the Discovering Kwilákm Website
  • A Nature Walk to the Causeway and Sandy Beach

This event is supported by the Bowen Island Library.

See this Event in our Calendar

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Film Night: Carmen

Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 6:00 pm

Drop in for a movie in the Annex! On March 2, we'll be showing Carmen (2022), written and directed by Valerie Buhagiar.

Drop in, no registration required. Come a little early and grab a comfy chair—film starts promptly at 6 pm, and runs 87 minutes. Rated PG (Ontario).

Carmen is a charming story, inspired by true events, set in a village in Malta. Carmen has looked after her brother, the priest at the local church, since she was sixteen years old. Now almost fifty, she is suddenly left to start a new life. Facing her past, Carmen brings colour to the lives of the villagers in this compelling story about a woman finding her voice.

Carmen won Best Film at the Canadian Film Festival in Toronto.

See Carmen in our Calendar

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Film Night: The New Corporation

Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 6:00 pm

Join us for a showing of the film The New Corporation (2020), directed by Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan

Drop in, no registration required. Come a little early and grab a comfy chair—film starts promptly at 6 pm, and runs 105 minutes. Rated PG (Ontario).

The Corporation (2003) examined an institution within society and diagnosed it as psychopath. With The New Corporation co-directors Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott are back with their lightning-rod of a sequel that reveals a world now fully remade in the corporation’s image, perilously close to losing democracy. They trace the devastating consequences, connect the dots, and now with the #1000 Screenings campaign they hit the streets to join in the resistance and change movements from around the world.

See this Film Night in our Calendar

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We're Hiring: Library Supervisor Weekends

Bowen Library is hiring a permanent part-time Supervisor to provide outstanding customer service and to take responsibility for the management of the library on weekends.

Go to Job Posting

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Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, March 25, 2023 | 2:00-3:30 pm

The Teen Advisory Group 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 the Library’s 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

No registration required. Drop-ins welcome. Want to learn more? Check out the TAG page on our website.

See TAG in Our Calendar

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Game Night!

Thursday, March 9, 2023 | 5-7:30 pm

Drop in for all ages, family-friendly Game Night at the Bowen Library

Cards & board games • Chess • Catan • Mah Jong • Uno • Snakes & Ladders • Scrabble • Boggle • Puzzles • Keva blocks • Lego • Jenga • Yahtzee • Monopoly & more!

Cozy up in the Library Annex for some fun games. Bring family or friends, or drop in and make new friends here!

See Game Night in our Calendar

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Next Book Donation Day

Sundays, March 5 & 19, 2023 | 10:30 am

Donations of clean, good condition used books and DVDs can be brought to the Bowen Island Library Annex starting at 10:30 am, going until volunteers' bins are full (no later than 12:30 pm).

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.

Book Donation dates for winter/spring 2023 are on the following Sundays, 10:30 am:

  • March 5 & 19
  • April 2 & 16
  • May 7

See Book Donation Guidelines

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Gather for Games with SKY

Thursday, March 9, 2023 | 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Sunday, March 26, 2023 | 12:30-2:30 pm

Seniors Keeping Young (SKY) and Bowen Island Public Library invite you to join us for tea/coffee and fun and friendly games in the cozy Library Annex.

Anyone aged 55+ can come enjoy a variety of tabletop and card games: Bridge, Mah Jong, chess, cards, UNO, Boggle, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Rummikub, Catan, brain games, and more!

Free to participate, SKY membership not required.

Good for your brain, great for your soul!

See Gather for Games in our Calendar

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French Connections

Sundays, March 5 & 19, 2023 | 1:00 pm

Fun and friendly conversation practice in French! Drop in and join us to practice your French, and get to know other French speakers on Bowen Island.

The focus is on beginner and intermediate speakers, but all levels welcome.

Runs 1-2 pm, but participants are welcome to stay longer if the conversation is still rolling! Join us on these upcoming Sundays:

  • March 5
  • March 19
  • April 2
  • April 16
  • April 30

See French Connections in our Events Calendar

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Winter Storytime

Wednesdays January 18-March 8, 2023 | 10:30 am

A free, 1/2 hour drop-in program of stories and songs for 2-4 year-olds and their caregivers!

See Storytime Dates

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Career Advisor

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 | 11 am-2 pm

Drop in for a WorkBC Career Advisor session at the Bowen Island Library! Come get one-on-one help with resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job searches, insights on the job market, career and education advice, and more from Janice, a WorkBC Career Advisor.

This free drop-in service is in the Library Flex Room from 11 am-2 pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month:

  • March 28
  • April 25
  • May 23
  • June 27

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

See Career Advisor Dates in our Calendar


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.

Great STEM Projects
The Kindest Red by Muhammad, Ibtihaj, 1985-
 Sharks Forever the Mystery and History of the Planet's Perfect Predator by Leiren-Young, Mark
 Yellow Butterfly A Story From Ukraine by Shatokhin, Oleksandr
Whale Done by Gibbs, Stuart
 These Infinite Threads by Mafi, Tahereh,

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.

Revery a Year of Bees by Butler, Jenna,
The Emotional Lives of Teenagers Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents by Damour, Lisa,
Crying in H Mart a Memoir by Zauner, Michelle,
Vuelta Skelter Riding the Remarkable 1941 Tour of Spain by Moore, Tim, 1964-
The Last Kingdom a Novel by Berry, Steve, 1955-
 Hotline a Novel by Nasrallah, Dimitri, 1978-

Featured This Month

A Psalm for the Wild-built by Chambers, Becky,

Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2022 Hugo Award-Winners and Nominees at the Bowen Library

Enjoy these 2022 Hugo Award-Winning science fiction and fantasty titles, and nominees, newly purchased and now available in our collection at the Bowen Island Library.

See All Titles in this Booklist


 A Desolation Called Peace by Martine, Arkady,
Light From Uncommon Stars by Aoki, Ryka,
 A Master of Djinn by Clark, P. Djèlí,
Project Hail Mary a Novel by Weir, Andy,
She Who Became the Sun by Parker-Chan, Shelley,
Elder Race by Tchaikovsky, Adrian, 1972-
The Past Is Red by Valente, Catherynne M., 1979-
 The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Chambers, Becky,

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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