Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • July-August 2020

Library News

Two teens sitting together. Photo by Luis Quintero from Pexels

Summer Reading Club 2020: Explore Our Universe

BC Summer Reading Club is FREE and FUN online and at Bowen Library! A great way to maintain or improve reading skills over the summer!

There are 2 ways to participate this year. Choose the one that’s right for you and your family – or do both!

Online: Go to BC Summer Reading Club and sign up (a parent or guardian needs to provide an email address and their permission).

In Person: Pick up a Summer Reading Club package at Bowen Library, with a Reading Log, stickers and a bookmark! Click here for our open hours.

Click the link below for more information. For registration help, contact us at or 604-947-9788

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Storytime Returns to the Library!

Join Aubin for outside Storytime at the Library this summer. Fridays at 11am, on the Plaza Lawn out front of the Bowen Library. Starting next Friday, July 31st through August 28th.

To maintain social distancing, registration is required. Please pre-register each week to confirm your attendance. Follow the link below and fill out our registration form:

Storytime Registration

Space is limited and sessions are weather permitting. Registered participants will be updated on the status of the event.


Welcome, Jordyn!

Jordyn Zirk is our new summer staff member, in the position of Library Assistant-Virtual Program Coordinator.

Jordyn will complete her Master's degree in Library and Information Studies at UBC this August, and she is excited to be applying her studies in a real-world setting.

We are thrilled to have her developing what may be our "new normal"—online programming, and enhancing our social media presence. Jordyn is also managing the Summer Reading Club program and working with us to welcome our patrons back into the library. Jordyn will be with us part time until at least October.

Please say hi to Jordyn next time you're in the Library!


Connecting Through COVID: Tech Help & Computer Access

Bowen Library is pleased to present the Connecting Through COVID program, providing library access and technical assistance to seniors and other vulnerable populations to find and use online resources that will support them during the pandemic and beyond.

The Connecting Through COVID program is provided in partnership with the Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation and is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, Community Foundations of Canada, and the Bowen Island Community Foundation.

We are offering specific times for seniors only to use the library (Thursdays 10 am -12 pm), and times for seniors and other vulnerable people to safely connect with staff to receive training and instruction on internet resources and social media. Whether you have your own device or not, we can help you navigate the online world that is becoming the “new normal”. From doctor’s appointments to family gatherings, COVID has changed the way we connect and the way we have our needs met. The Connecting Through COVID program is here to help you use the online resources, platforms and government services that will connect you to health, financial and social support.

Public internet computers and one-hour appointments for seniors or other vulnerable populations are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Email to make an appointment for public computer access or for one-on-one internet tutoring.


Ceremony Video Available • Coast Salish Sign Blessing Ceremony • National Indigenous Peoples Day

You can now watch the full Squamish Nation Nexwlélexwm sign blessing ceremony that happened on June 21, on National Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Read the video description notes as you watch, to learn about the steps in the ceremony. A short documentary is also in the works, so please stay tuned for that.

Hosted by Pauline Le Bel, The Hearth, and Bowen Island Public Library. Photos below of ceremony by Len Gilday.

Watch Video, See More Photos & Find Out More


Donor Recognition Sign Installed

The Cove Commons building, completed in April 2018, has become a key fixture in Snug Cove and an essential element for the services offered by The Hearth (Bowen Island Arts Council) and the Bowen Island Library.

We are pleased to share that our permanent donor recognition sign, which replaces the temporary one, has been installed on the building. We hope you stop by to see the sign located on the Annex side of the Cove Commons near the north entrance. 

This new sign recognizes the generous donors whose contributions ensured the completion of this highly valued building.


Library Open Hours

The Library is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 12 pm-3 pm.

Seniors' Hours are Thursdays from 10 am-12 pm.*

Our Takeout service is still available, allowing patrons to have contactless pickup of library items.

Our book return is now open at all times. Please return all items from our external book return, rather than bring them inside the library.

All items are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being checked in and reshelved. Fines that accumulate during the quarantine period will be removed upon check-in.

Find Out More About Visiting the Library

*Seniors Hours are part of the Connecting through COVID program, provided in partnership with the Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation and supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, Community Foundations of Canada, and the Bowen Island Community Foundation.


Feeling Unwell? Please Stay Home.

Please do not come to the Library if you are feeling unwell.

Our Takeout service is available, allowing you to place holds on items from home. Please send a friend or family member to pick up your items for you if you are feeling unwell, and please inform us of who will be picking up your items.

We thank our patrons for caring for the community by staying home when feeling under the weather.

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Follow Us on Instagram!

Our summer staff, Jordyn Zirk, is posting regularly on Instagram and Facebook for the Library this summer, so make sure to follow us on both!

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New Children's & YA Books

Click here to find links to recommended reading and our latest Kids & Teens books.
Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

Fresh on the Shelves

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

Featured Online Resource

Points to the Past

History buffs, students, and educators, check out Points to the Past, the searchable primary source material—maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons, poems, and more—for research, teaching, and learning.

Supported by University of Victoria Libraries, University of British Columbia Library, and Simon Fraser University Library, in collaboration with Gale, part of Cengage Learning. No library card is required to access this resource.  

Go To Points to the Past


More Available Library Services

Need a Library Card?

If you don't yet have a Bowen Library card, no problem—patrons can apply for one online.

You can access our many eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, video courses, film streaming, and learning tools online, via our website, but for many of these, you will need a Bowen Library card. 

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Library Open Hours

  • 12-3 pm Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat
  • Seniors' Hours Thurs 10 am-12 pm 
  • Book return now open at all times.