Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • Mid-December 2020

Mid-Month Update

Link to Library's Storytime page, with Storytime videos

Thank You, Donors!

Wow! Since we asked last week if our patrons would consider making a donation to the Bowen Island Public Library Foundation, we have received so many generous donations!

We are blown away by your support for the library, and wish to convey our sincere thanks. These donations will serve as a very important support for the library in the new year.

If you would still like to donate or know someone who would, you can still do so. All donations of $20 or over made before 2021 will receive a 2020 tax receipt.


Link to library calendar event showing holiday closure days.

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be closed a few extra days during the holidays.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 23 — OPEN
  • Thurs, Dec 24-Tues, Dec 29 — Closed
  • Wednesday, Dec. 30 — OPEN
  • Thurs, Dec. 31-Tues, Jan. 5 — Closed

We encourage you to stock up! Patrons will be able to check out more than our 30-item limit; overdue fines will not apply during our closed days (as usual), nor for any returns from January 1-15.

Already have books out? Renew them anytime online using My Account or contact us to renew them before our closure.

Thank you for your understanding as we allow Library staff to have a holiday break.

See Our Calendar

Poster link to Library Winter Book Sale event on events calendar

RBdigital is Now Libby/OverDrive

The owners of our digital magazine and audiobook platform, RBdigital, have acquired Overdrive, another major eBook and audiobook platform that Bowen Library subscribes to.

All RBdigital content will be migrating over to OverDrive. For Bowen Library users, this means you will find that content on the Libby app (also the OverDrive app), and online at the Library2Go website.


When is this happening?

December 17/18, 2020: RBdigital audiobook collection moves to OverDrive/Libby/Library2Go. Current RBdigital checkouts, holds, history and wish lists for audiobooks and ebooks will no longer be available. Magazines will continue to be available through the RBdigital app and website.

The RBdigital audiobook collection will begin migrating to Libby/Library2Go and will become available for borrowing/holds.

TBD, early 2021: RBdigital Magazines will be moved to the Libby/Library2Go platforms. The RBdigital app/website will be discontinued.

2021 TBD: Access to RBdigital’s IndieFlix independent films will move to the Libby/Library2Go platform.


How will this affect me?

If you use the Libby app or use Library2Go on your computer, you will see added content.

If you use the RBdigital app, you can delete it and download the free Libby app to access Bowen Library eBooks and audiobooks. If this is your first time using these, you will need to register with your Bowen Library card.

We apologize for the inconvenience to our RBdigital users. This migration was a decision made by the owners of RBdigital and OverDrive and is out of our control. Please contact us if you need any help using Libby or Library2Go.

Find Out More

Link to library calendar event showing holiday closure days.

Extended Hours Starting January 6

We are expanding our COVID open hours in January! Starting Wednesday, January 6, the library will be open:

  • Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat 12 pm-4 pm
  • Seniors' hours are now Fridays 10 am-12 pm

Staff are also still available by phone and email Tues-Sat, 10 am-4pm.

See Our Calendar

Storywalk Stations at the Bowen Library this October. An outdoor reading activity for the whole family.

StoryWalk® Stations—New Book!

Our new story for December-January is The Mitten by Jan Brett.

StoryWalk® is a free activity that is open to the public this fall at the library! Families are encouraged to combine physical activity with reading in an outdoor environment.

Read pages of a story as you stroll around the library, use your imagination to complete the activities and search for the next page in the story.

Learn More


Library Open Hours

  • See our holiday hours here.
  • See our new COVID open hours, starting January 6, here.