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

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Library News

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New: French eBook Collection

Bowen Library card holders now have access to a new resource: Bibliothèque Numérique by Cantook, a collection of French language eBooks and audiobooks from Canadian and international publishers. It includes popular genre fiction, bestsellers, non-fiction and more. There are titles for adults, teens and children.

See our "Featured This Month" section below, with recommended titles from this collection.

Find Out More & Access Bibliothèque Numérique

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Join the Library Board!

Deadline to Apply: Friday, November 25, 2022 | 4 pm

Interested in joining the board of directors at the Bowen Island Public Library?

Bowen Island Municipality and Bowen Island Public Library are seeking applications from members of the public with diverse skills and interests who are committed to the ideals of open and equitable access to information through public library service.

Find Out More & How to Apply

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Way To Go!: Poetry, Music, and Conversation at the End of Life

Sunday, November 20, 2022 | 1:30-3:30 pm

Let poetry and music guide you into thoughtful conversation about death and dying. Mingle with friends over hot mulled (non-alcoholic) wine and savoury treats. This is a free, drop-in event.

  • Pauline Le Bel: Poems
  • Chris Corrigan: Conversation Guide
  • Matthew van der Giessen: Cello

Interested in learning more on this subject? Find book suggestions at our online End of Life Booklist.

See Way To Go! in our Events Calendar

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Thank You, Fundraising Volunteers!

You sorted, you lifted, you packed, you got a little dirty, and you fundraised hard for the Bowen Library—a big thank you to our thirteen generous volunteers!

Because you donated your time, we were able to participate once again in Bowen Island Recycling Depot's refundable bottles fundraiser program, which generates significant funds for the Bowen Library.

Would you like to join our team of fundraising volunteers next time? Let us know and we will happily add you to our list.

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We Lend Radon Detection Kits

Did you get a recent mailout from the government about the hazards of radon gas in your home?

We can help you detect radon with our Radon Detection Kits, one of the many items we lend out from our Library of Things!

Place a Hold on a Radon Detection Kit in our Catalogue

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Next Book Donation Day

Saturday, November 5, 2022 | 1 pm

Donations of clean, good condition used books and DVDs can be brought to the Bowen Island Library Annex starting at 1 pm, 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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Thursday, November 10 & 24, 2022 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Drop in for all-ages, family-friendly casual chess at the Library! All experience levels welcome, (though it helps if you know the basics). Chess boards provided. Come to one, a few, or all of these dates:

  • Oct. 13 & 27
  • Nov. 10 & 24
  • Dec. 8 (this final date is a friendly tournament!)

See ChessMates Dates in our Calendar

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French Connections

Saturday, November 19, 2022 | 12:00-1:00 pm

Fun and friendly conversation practice in French!

  • Saturday, October 15
  • Saturday, November 19
  • Sunday, December 11

Drop in and join us to practice your French, and get to know other French speakers on Bowen Island!

The focus is on beginner and intermediate speakers, but all levels welcome.

Runs 12-1 pm, but participants are welcome to stay longer if the conversation is still rolling!

See French Connections in our Events Calendar

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Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, November 19, 2022 | 2:00-3:30 pm

The Teen Advisory Group is for teens who want to make the Library better for themselves and for other teens! Joining TAG gives you a voice in what happens at the Library!

  • Suggest items for the Library’s teen collections
  • Suggest programs and services you’d like us to offer
  • Participate in library and community activities
  • Earn volunteer hours and boost your resume

No registration required. Drop-ins welcome. Want to learn more? Check out the TAG page on our website.

See TAG in Our Calendar

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WorkBC Career Advisor

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 | 2-5 pm

Drop in to meet with Janice, a WorkBC Career Advisor, at the Library! This is our final date of 2022 (with more to come in the new year!)

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 is a free drop-in service in the Library Flex Room.

See Career Advisor in Our Calendar

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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 the Sept 30 & Nov 11 statutory holidays.

See Storytime Dates

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Closed Friday, November 11

The Library will be closed Friday, November 11, for Remembrance Day.

We will be open Thursday, November 10, 10 am-8 pm and Saturday, November 12, 12-4 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.

Meanwhile Back on Earth... Finding Our Place Through Time and Space by Jeffers, Oliver,
 The Lost Whale by Gold, Hannah,
Secrets So Deep by Sain, Ginny Myers,
Curse of the Werewolves by Ogle, Rex,
 Well Done, Mommy Penguin by Haughton, Chris

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.

Shrines of Gaiety a Novel by Atkinson, Kate,
The Magician by Tóibín, Colm, 1955-
The Three-body Problem by Liu, Cixin,
Fayne a Novel by MacDonald, Ann-Marie, 1958-
Madly, Deeply the Diaries of Alan Rickman by Rickman, Alan,
The Cookie Bible by Beranbaum, Rose Levy,

Featured This Month

Quand on aime plus rien n'est pareil Author: Edith Chouinard

French eBook Titles by Bibliothèque Numérique

Click on the book cover images below to check out an eBook in French, or to start browsing our new French eBook and audiobook collection!


Diabète et coups de fourchette Author: Annabelle Schachmes
Le feu ou rien Authors: Laura-jane Gautier, Florent Manelli
Jean-Michel Basquiat Author: Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara
La Vie privée d'Arsène Lupin Author: Frédéric Lenormand
La Capture Author: Nicolas Lebel
Pax, le chemin du retour Author: Sara Pennypacker
Rajeunir votre mémoire Author: Marie-Paule Dessaint Narrator: Marie-Paule Dessaint
Née comme ça Author: Clémence Bellanger

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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Screenshot of Instagram post that says: We have some great books, programs, and resources lined up for you this #MediaLiteracyWeek!  See it all on the Bowen Library Media Literacy Week event page ( )  • Internet Security Talk on Saturday, Oct 29, 12:30 in the Annex • NEW Booklist in our catalogue • NEW Misinformation & Fake News resource page • Link to MediaSmarts’ site with tons of resources for all ages • LinkedIn Learning videos on media literacy • Book a Tech Tutor appointment at the Bowen Library  Image description: shelf of books on display with media literacy topics (see our booklist in our catalogue) Image description: Media Literacy Week purple image with bullhorn Image description: poster for Internet Security Talk at The Bowen Library, Saturday October 29, 12:30 pm in the Annex; image of a laptop and hand. #digitalmedialiteracy #medialiteracyweek
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