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

Library News

September is Literacy Month!

Here's what's going on at the Library this September Literacy Month (more details below!):

  • Weekly PhonoFun Videos & Activities
  • Fall StoryWalk
  • Book Sale Saturday, September 4, 10 am-12 pm
  • Bring Your Own Book Club (ages 18-35) Saturday, September 18, 12-1 pm
  • Reading for Reconciliation Book Giveaway Thursday, September 30
  • Teen Advisory Group

Reading for Reconciliation

On Thursday, September 30th, Bowen Island Public Library invites you to visit the library to pick up free books for you and your family to learn more about Indigenous culture and history. We have books to give away for both children and adults. The titles are:

These items will be available while supplies last. Patrons may take one Calls to Action booklet and one children's book per family.

We hope to see you at the library on this important day.

September 30, 2021| 10:00am to 5:00pm

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PhonoFun Activities

Phonological Awareness Activities You Can Do with Your Kids!

Each week in September Literacy Month 2021, we will release a new PhonoFun video and activity package, demonstrating Phonological Awareness games that you can play with your pre-reading child.

Children about to enter kindergarten, in kindergarten, and those a little older but who may be struggling with learning to read will all benefit from these games that explore sounds in English.

The videos and activity packages cover the same activities, and the packages contain simple written instructions, explaining the same content as in the video. The activities will cover these areas of Phonological Awareness:

  • Introduction Video
  • Week 1: Counting Words in Sentences
  • Week 2: Counting Syllables in Words
  • Week 3: Rhyming
  • Week 4: Finding the First Sound in Words

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Teen Advisory Group

Want to help make the Library more teen-friendly? Have an idea for a teen event? Are there books you wish were in our collection?

Have your say by joining a Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at the Bowen Island Public Library! Have fun, meet other like-minded teens, and gain community service hours and experience all at the same time.


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Bring Your Own Book Club for Young Bowen Islanders (18-35 yrs)

If you’re between 18-35 and want to discuss books and meet other Bowen Island book lovers, drop in to one or all of our Bring Your Own Book Club dates!

This is a welcoming group where you can rave (or rant!) about a book you’ve read, and find your next great read.

We meet Saturdays September 18, October 16, and November 20 from 12-1 pm.

We will meet in the Library Annex but could move outside depending on the group’s preference and if weather permits.

Masks are required in the Annex, and we have paper masks if needed.

If this program needs to become virtual via Zoom this fall, we will pivot—just check our website ( for details.


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Get outside with a StoryWalk!

StoryWalk® is a free self-guided family activity! Read pages of a story as you stroll around the library grounds, use your imagination to complete the activities and search for the next page in the story. Find the first page outside the front of the library.

September's Book:
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

October's Book:
At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman

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Book Sale This Saturday

Friends of the Bowen Island Library volunteers are hosting another book sale from 10 am-12 pm this Saturday, September 4, of fiction and art books—all proceeds benefit the library.

The sale will be outdoors and weather-dependent. Social distancing protocols will be in place.

Donate Books This Saturday

Donations can be dropped off at the library Annex on the first Saturday of each month, from 1-3 pm.

A volunteer will pre-screen your donations while you wait, and will accept those that meet donation guidelines. You will be asked to please take back any items that do not meet the donation guidelines.


New Bibliocommons Catalogue

The new Bibliocommons catalogue lauched at Bowen Library this summer—somewhat unexpectedly sooner than we had anticipated! If you logged in to your account recently, you may have noticed the change.

Biibliocommons is the same catalogue interface you will have encountered at many other libraries, including West Vancouver Memorial and Vancouver Public Libraries. You'll be able to track your borrowing, rate and review items you borrowed, see booklists, and get personalized recommendations.

Logging In for the First Time

When you login for the first time since the switchover, please use your barcode on your library card and current password. You'll be prompted to create a new username and select some settings.

The process is quite simple, but if you are having trouble, we have a video demonstrating logging in for the first time. Bibliocommons also has a Logging In help page.

While you do not need to login to see the catalogue, logging in allows you to renew and place holds on titles as well as comment, rate titles, create booklists and use other social functions in the new Bibliocommons catalogue.

Feel free to call us, email us, or come in to the library if you need further assistance.


Congratulations Summer Reading Club Readers!

You can still collect your official Summer Reading Club medal throughout September! Come to the library during regular opening hours.

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Upcoming this Fall

Nightwatch: Stargaze with an Astronomer

Stargaze with astronomer John Reid. Learn how to use a telescope to explore the night sky, and discover how living on a giant spinning ball changes what can be seen each night.

An All Ages Event.

October 23, 2021 | 6:30pm

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Children's and Teen Books

We Recommend: Read-Alikes

Did you love a book or series, and want to find more just like it? See below for some great read-alike suggestions for children and youth.

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

If you like A Series of Unfortunate Events... You'll also like the Winterhouse series.

If you like the Captain Awesome series... You will like A is for Elizabeth.

If you like the Ivy and Bean series... You will like the Anna Hibiscus series.

If you like The Hate U Give... You will like Concrete Rose.

If you like Children of Blood and Bone... You will like Blue Window.

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

See Life Through Someone Else’s Eyes: Indigenous Biographies

Biographies are where the edges of story and facts meet. They submerge us in the lived experience of others and allow us to see the world beyond our own perspective.

This month we are featuring a few of our Indigenous Biographies—click the titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.


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.


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