Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • August 2022

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Library News

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Write on Bowen: A Few Tickets Left!

Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2022

A few tickets are still available for some of the individual workshops, the Luncheon Panel, and the Saturday Gala for Write on Bowen Festival of Readers and Writers, happening this weekend!

Write on Bowen is a two-day writing festival presented by the Write on Bowen Committee in partnership with the Hearth and the Bowen Island Public Library.

Buy Tickets

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Summertime Baby Jams

Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2022 | 10:30-11:00 am

Join us in the Library Annex for a free, drop-in program of songs, books, and rhymes for babies 0-18 months and their caregivers!

See Dates

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Pico’s Puppet Palace & Summer Reading Club Medal Ceremony

August 25th | Drop-in | All ages & caregivers

1:30 pm — Young readers can participate in the Summer Reading Club Medal Ceremony, where we celebrate them completing their 50-day Reading Challenge. Come for medals, snacks, and a group photo, then stay for Pico’s Puppet Palace at 2 pm!

2 pm — Through puppetry, live music, and storytelling, Pico's Puppet Palace connects audiences across generations. Each show is an episode of Pico’s adventures and introduces ecological and environmental issues, innovations and ideas.

Join us for one or both of these events!

If you're not able to collect your medal at the ceremony, not to worry, just come to the Library front desk and show us your reading tracker booklet to collect your medal!

Learn More

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Summer Reading Club

BC Summer Reading Club is a free literacy program which encourages reading throughout the summer and engages children (ages 5-14 years old). SRC includes programs and a reading tracker booklet where kids can collect stickers and a medal for their reading progress.

Upcoming Summer Reading Club Programs:


Learn More About SRC


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Saving Seeds for the Seed Library

Did you grow a garden this year? Now's a great time to think about letting certain plants go to seed. And if you are collecting seeds from your garden this summer and fall, consider donating some to the Seed Library for others to enjoy!

We welcome seed donations any time of year. If you're new to saving seed, we have links to relevant books and websites on our Seed Library page.

Thank you to the individuals, community groups, and businesses who have donated seed this past year, making the Seed Library a well-loved free resource for the community!

Learn More About the Seed Library & Donating Seed


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Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Bowen Library challenges teens to a summer of great reading!

Pick up your tracker at the library, or download the fillable PDF (found below) and complete seven Reading Challenges and three Bonus Challenges.

Submit your tracker to the library, or email it to by August 30, 2022 to enter the grand prize draw! Winners will be contacted Friday, September 2.

Download your tracker here: Teen Summer Reading Challenge Tracker

Need book suggestions? Ask library staff or check out these teen booklists:

Learn More

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WorkBC Career Advisor

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 | 2:00-5:00 pm

Drop in to meet with a WorkBC Career Advisor at the 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 a WorkBC Career Advisor.

This free drop-in service is in the Library Flex Room on the 4th Wednesday of the month: August 24, September 28, October 26, and Nov 23.

See Dates

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Next Book Donation Day

Saturday, September 10, 2022 | 1:00 pm

Donations of clean, good condition used books and DVDs can be brought to the Bowen Island Library Annex starting at 1 pm and going until our bins are full (no later than 3 pm).

A 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.

See Donation Guidelines

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Save the Dates: Fall Storytime

Fridays Sept 16-Dec 9*, 2022 | 10:30-11:00 am

A free drop-in program of stories and songs for 2-4 year-olds and their caregivers, in the Library Annex!

*No Storytimes on Sept 30 & Nov 11 statutory holidays.

See Dates

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Closed Sunday, September 4

The Library will be closed Sunday, September 4, in lieu of Labour Day.

We will be open Saturday, September 3, 12-4 pm and Tuesday, September 6, 10 am-5 pm as usual.


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 Tea Dragon Festival by O'Neill, Kay (Cartoonist),
Spirit of the Cheetah A Somali Tale by Williams, Karen Lynn
Heartstopper. Volume 4 by Oseman, Alice,
Nothing Ever Happens Here by Hagger-Holt, Sarah,
Beetle & the Hollowbones by Layne, Aliza,
We Dream of Space by Kelly, Erin Entrada,

Fresh on the Shelves

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

Tomb of Sand Gītāñjali Śrī, 1957-
Chrysalis a Thriller by Child, Lincoln,
The It Girl a Novel by Ware, Ruth,
This Is How We Love by Moore, Lisa, 1964-
A Prayer for the Crown-shy by Chambers, Becky,
The Every Or, at Last a Sense of Order; Or, the Final Days of Free Will; Or, Limitless Choice Is Killing the World by Eggers, Dave,

Featured This Month

The Woo Woo How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family by Wong, Lindsay, 1987-

Books by Write On Bowen Author Presenters

Are you going to Write on Bowen Festival of Readers & Writers? Get acquainted with some of the author presenters if you haven't already, with these titles in our collection. Click on the book covers to place a hold.

See Full Booklist


Hell and Gone by Wiebe, Sam,
 Do Not Call Me by My Name Poems by Shatzky, Lisa
Gifts From Raven by Jaadee, Kung,
Fire by Humphreys, C. C. (Chris C.),

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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