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

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Library News

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Author Talk: Ingrid Hauss

Saturday, July 8, 2023 | 2 pm

Bowen Island author, Ingrid Hauss, speaks on her new book, Toward Renewal and Belonging: Art, Movement, and Community (Peter Lang). Ingrid invites readers to engage in a creative process of self-discovery. Leading through a series of creative encounters, each chapter inspires and nurtures the renewal of wellness, vitality, and creativity.

Read More About this Author Talk

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Write on Bowen - Tickets Now On Sale

September 16 & 17, 2023

Following on the heels of the rave reviews of last year’s festival, the Write on Bowen Fetsival Society is pleased to announce the 2023 Write on Bowen Festival of Readers & Writers, to be held on idyllic Bowen Island, Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17.

The festival, sponsored by the Bowen Island Public Library and the Hearth, Arts on Bowen, will once again be presenting eight workshops over two days, plus a Saturday Night Festival Gala, featuring Bowen's own Wade Davis.

Early bird festival passes, including a 20% discount on workshops, are available until July 14. Workshop space is limited.

Register for Write on Bowen


Subsidized Tickets

Through generous funding from the Friends of the Bowen Island Public Library Society, the Library is pleased to be able to offer two fully-subsidized Write on Bowen festival passes to community members for whom the ticket price is a barrier.

Whether you are a senior on a fixed income, a teen who is interested in writing, or anyone else who self-identifies as needing a no-cost ticket, please let us know.

Email the Bowen Library at and ask to be entered in the random draw. You do not need give a reason for entering the draw. Please apply by Sunday, August 6, and we will draw two names on August 8.

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Welcome Lucie & Mia!

We were happy to welcome two new staff members, Lucie and Mia, to the Library team in June. As Summer Reading Club Library Assistant, Lucie is planning programs for children and youth under the popular Summer Reading Club banner. Mia has joined us as a Library Assistant, and will be helping patrons at the desk and working with the collection.

Please give them a warm hello next time you're in the Library!

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New Library Open Hours Start Tuesday, July 18

We will be modifying our open hours slightly, beginning the week of Tuesday, July 18. Of special note is that we'll be open earlier on Saturdays, a popular time for patrons to visit the Library. 

Our new open hours will be:

  • Tuesday - 10 am-5 pm
  • Wednesday - 10 am-5 pm
  • Thursday - 10 am-7 pm
  • Friday - 10 am-4 pm
  • Saturday - 10 am-4 pm
  • Sunday - 12 pm-4 pm
  • Monday - Closed

Our book return, located by the Library Annex entrance, remains open at all times.

We look forward to serving you during our new hours!

See Our Current Hours

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Summer Reading Club

Come in and register for Summer Reading Club at the Bowen Library!

BC Summer Reading Club is a free literacy program that encourages reading throughout the summer and engages children (ages 5-14 years old).

It includes weekly crafts, games, & activities at the library, and a 50-day reading challenge where kids track their reading to win a medal at the end of the summer! Throughout the challenge kids can collect stickers for every 7 days of reading.

Sign up for our SRC newsletter, so you don't miss our free kids' programs!

Register for our Week 1 Programs:

Sign up for the SRC Newsletter

Read the Week 1 SRC Newsletter

Find Out More About SRC

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Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Bowen Library challenges you to a summer of great reading! Pick up your tracker at the Library, or download the fillable PDF and complete seven Reading Challenges and three Bonus Challenges. Books can be hard copies, graphic novels, ebooks, audiobooks and braille.

On your tracker check off the challenges you complete, list the books you’ve read, and tell us which challenge was your favourite and why. Feel free to include any work you produced to meet the challenges.

Submit the finished tracker to us (at the front desk or through the book drop), or email it to by August 31, 2023 to enter the grand prize draw! Winners will be contacted.

Need book suggestions? Ask library staff or check out our teen booklists.

Learn More & Download Your Reading Tracker

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Closed Saturday, July 1 & Sunday, August 6

The Library will be closed Saturday, July 1, for Canada Day, and Sunday, August 6, in lieu of BC Day.

Come visit us another time during our regular open hours.



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.

 Read an excerpt The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. 1 by Glaser, Karina Yan,
Ruling Destiny by Noël, Alyson,
 Fiona the Fruit Bat by Riskin, Dan,
Stanley's Train by Bee, William,
 The Case of the Fishy Detective by Rangeley, Iona,
 Wretched Waterpark by White, Kiersten,


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.

 August Blue by Levy, Deborah,
Size How It Explains the World by Smil, Vaclav,
The Private Life of Spies and the Exquisite Art of Getting Even McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
Standing in the Shadows Robinson, Peter, 1950-2022,
 Read an excerpt Harold a Novel by Wright, Steven, 1955-
Truth Telling Seven Conversations About Indigenous Life in Canada by Good, Michelle,


Featured This Month

 Dinosaur! Dinosaurs and Other Amazing Prehistoric Creatures as You've Never Seen Them Before by Woodward, John, 1954-

Dinosaurs Galore!

Enjoy this mix of non-fiction and picture books all about dinosaurs for young readers.

See All Titles in this Booklist

 Dinosaur Atlas When They Roamed, How They Lived, and Where We Find Their Fossils
Dinosaur Feathers by Nolan, Dennis, 1945-
Dinosaurs by the Numbers a Book of Infographics by Jenkins, Steve, 1952-
Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Stutzman, Jonathan,
Dinosaurs a Visual Encyclopedia
Dogosaurus Rex by Staniszewski, Anna,
'Dinosaurs' of the Deep Discover Prehistoric Marine Life by Verstraete, Larry,
Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? by Middleton, Julie, 1960-


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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New Open Hours Starting July 18, 2023

  • 10 am-5 pm Tuesday & Wednesday
  • 10 am-7 pm Thursday
  • 10 am-4 pm Friday & Saturday
  • 12 pm-4 pm Sunday
  • Closed Monday
  • Book return open at all times.

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