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

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Library News

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BookFest is Back!

Saturday, May 20, 2023 | 10 am-4 pm
Sunday, May 21, 2023 | 10 am-2 pm
Monday, May 22, 2023 | 10 am-12 pm

The Friends of the Bowen Island Library volunteers present BookFest, a giant sale of quality used books and media, held in the gym at Bowen Island Community School.

This is a great time to shop for gifts for others and yourself. Prices are very reasonable and the selection is huge! On Sunday, bring a box and fill it with books for only $10!

All proceeds benefit the Bowen Island Public Library.

See BookFest in our Calendar

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Pride Season Kickoff:
Crafting + Mini Pride Parade

Saturday, June 3, 2023 | 1 pm

Come craft mini floats and flags with us! Then we’ll parade them around the Library to celebrate the start of Pride Season!

1 pm — Craft a mini float or flag

2 pm — Mini Pride Parade followed by snacks & celebration

Crafting supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own photos, decorations, flags, or a favourite toy to ride in your float! Wearing bright clothing is also encouraged!

Families & All Ages • Everyone Welcome • A Mini Parade with BIG Heart!

Presented by The Bowen Library & the Teen Advisory Group.

Sponsored by The Snug Cove General Store and the Ruddy Potato.

See Mini Pride Parade in our Calendar

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Tuesdays, May 30-June 27, 2023 | 11:30 am

A free, 1/2 hr drop-in program of songs, books, and rhymes for babies 0-18 months and their caregivers!

See Babytime in our Calendar

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We're Hiring!

Library Assistant II - Customer Service

Permanent part-time job. Includes weekends. Please apply by 5 pm, May 26, 2023 by email to

Summer Reading Club Library Assistant

Part time summer job for applicants 15 to 30 years old. Please apply by 5 pm, May 19, 2023 by email to

Find Out More About Both Positions

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Star Wars Scavenger Hunt

Up until Sunday, May 7

Come do our Star Wars Day scavenger hunt in the kids’ section, and find the punchline to a Chewbacca-themed joke! ...and May the Fourth Be With You!

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Queen vs. Green

Saturday, May 20, 2023 | 11 am

Come out for the Green Man Festival of yore—resurrected and re-imagined! A team of dedicated Bowen youth have brought back this much-loved festival for the community.

Join them at 11 am outside the Bowen Library, and see whether the Ice Queen and the icicles or the Green Man and the buds will win the most epic battle of the season(s)!

Theatre! Taekwondo! Crafts! Music! And so much more!

Supported by the Bowen Island Library, The Hearth Gallery, Bowen Island Municipality, and Bowen Island Taekwondo, and with financial support from the Bowen Island Comunity Foundation.

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Final Book Donation Day!

Sunday, May 7, 2023 | 10:30 am

Donations of clean, good condition used books and DVDs can be brought to the Bowen Island Library Annex starting at 10:30 am, going until volunteers' bins are full (no later than 12:30 pm).

A Friends of the Library 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.

This is the final book donation date until volunteers resume in the fall.

Thank you for all your donations this year, and be sure to check out the BookFest Book Sale at the BICS Gym on May 20, 21, & 22.

See Book Donation Guidelines

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Seeking Tissue Boxes!

The Library would love your empty tissue boxes for a craft program coming up. If you have some you'd like to give us, please drop them off before June 1.

They can be dropped off at the desk, or through our book drop slot (flattened) anytime.

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Alzheimer's Society Workshop: Understanding Communication Changes

Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 1-3 pm

Explore how communication is affected by dementia and learn effective communication strategies.

This session is intended for caregivers of a person living with dementia to discuss strategies and learn more about how to best communicate as a caregiver.

Pre-registration is required. To register, please call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033

See this Workshop in our Calendar

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Author Talk: Rosella M. Leslie

Saturday, May 27, 2023 | 2 pm

Hailing from the Sunshine Coast, Rosella M. Leslie will speak on her candid, compassionate and sometimes humorous 2022 memoir Losing Us: A Dementia Caregiver's Journey (Quintessential Publishing), about her heartbreaking struggles and triumphs as her husband’s primary caregiver.

The book is also an informal guide to dementia caregiving, including helpful resources for caregivers, their friends, families and communities.

Rosella has published seven books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Cougar Lady: Legendary Trapper of Sechelt Inlet (Caitlin Press), and The Federov Legacy (Caitlin Press), and co-authored A Stain Upon the Sea: West Coast Salmon Farming (Harbour Publishing).

See this Author Talk in our Calendar

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Internet Security Talk

Saturday, May 13, 2023 | 12:30 pm

Drop in and bring your questions! Bowen Library Tech Tutor, Leo Pedersen, will discuss how to safely navigate internet services, followed by a Q&A session. For new and intermediate computer users.

See Tech Tutor Talk in our Calendar

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French Connections: May & June Dates Added

Sundays, May 14 & June 11, 2023 | 1:00 pm

Fun and friendly conversation practice in French! 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 1-2 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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Slides & Video from the Earth Month Talks Now Available

Did you miss our April Earth Month talks? If so, you can still read the presentation slides online and watch Dr. Charles McNeill's talk on video.

These talks were presented in partnership by Bowen Island Food Resilience Society and the Bowen Island Library.

See Both Earth Month Talks in Our Calendar for Details

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Thursdays, May 11 & 25, 2023 | 6:00-7:30 pm

Calling all chess lovers! Drop in for casual chess at the Library–all experience levels welcome (though it helps if you know the basics).

We also have lots of other games available: Catan, Scrabble, Monopoly, Jenga, Mah Jong, cards, blocks, and more!

Join us from 6:00-7:30 pm on these Thursdays:

  • May 11
  • May 25
  • June 8

Chess boards and games provided.

See ChessMates+ in our Calendar

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Spring Storytime

Wednesdays, April 5-June 14, 2023 | 10:30 am

A free, 1/2 hour drop-in program of stories and songs for 2-4 year-olds and their caregivers!

See Storytime Dates


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Gather for Games with SKY

Thursday, May 11, 2023 | 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Sunday, May 28, 2023 | 12:30-2:30 pm

Seniors Keeping Young (SKY) and Bowen Island Public Library invite you to join us for tea/coffee and fun and friendly games in the cozy Library Annex.

Anyone aged 55+ can come enjoy a variety of tabletop and card games: Bridge, Mah Jong, chess, cards, UNO, Boggle, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Rummikub, Catan, brain games, and more!

Free to participate, SKY membership not required.

Good for your brain, great for your soul!

See Gather for Games in our Calendar

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Career Advisor

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 | 11 am-2 pm

Drop in for a WorkBC Career Advisor session at the Bowen Island Library! 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 Janice, a WorkBC Career Advisor.

This free drop-in service is in the Library Flex Room from 11 am-2 pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month. May 23 and June 27 are our final spring dates, with more dates resuming in the fall.

This service is brought to you by the North Vancouver WorkBC Centre. See their website for more services and resources.

See Career Advisor Dates in our Calendar

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Closed May 21

The Library will be closed Sunday, May 21, for the Victoria Day long weekend.

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.

The Science and Superpowers of Seaweed a Guide for Kids by Swinimer, Amanda,
The Sinister Booksellers of Bath by Nix, Garth,
Sandy Toes A Summer Adventure by Grant, Shauntay
 Truly Tyler Libenson, Terri,
 Bea Wolf by Weinersmith, Zach, 1982-
Housecat Trouble by Dickerson, Mason,


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.

 Read an excerpt Held by the Land a Guide to Indigenous Plants for Wellness = Wa Ch'ích'estway Ta Temíxw : Spénem Txwnam Ta Ha7lh Skwalwen by Joseph, Leigh,
Skull Water by Fenkl, Heinz Insu, 1960-
 Quitting A Life Strategy : The Myth of Perseverance and How the New Science of Giving Up Can Set You Free by Keller, Julia
Snow Road Station a Novel by Hay, Elizabeth, 1951-
Calling Ukraine by Lichtman, Johannes,
A Guest at the Feast Essays by Tóibín, Colm, 1955-


Featured This Month

When Someone You Know Has Dementia Practical Advice for Families and Caregivers

Books on Dementia, Alzheimer's, and Memory Care

We have two events at the Library this month on this topic, so we've created a booklist for those who may want to research further. Click on the book covers to place a hold.

See All Titles in this Booklist


Losing Us :  a Dementia Caregiver's Journey by Leslie, Rosella M., 1948-
Save Your Mind Seven Rules to Avoid Dementia Hakim, Antoine,
Chicken Soup for the Soul Living With Alzheimer's & Other Dementias 101 Stories of Caregiving, Coping, and Compassion
The Alzheimer's Solution a Breakthrough Program to Prevent and Reverse the Symptoms of Cognitive Decline at Every Age by Sherzai, Dean,
Alzheimer's Disease the Complete Introduction Poirier, Judes, 1961-
The Alzheimer's Prevention Program Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life by Small, Gary W.
 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-related Memory Loss Carper, Jean
The Official MIND Diet A Scientifically Proven Program to Lose Weight and Prevent Cognitive Decline Morris, Martha Clare


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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