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

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Library News

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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! Come for one or both parts of this event.

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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National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Sunday, June 25, 2023 | 2-4 pm

Join us at the Cultural Corner stage outside the Hearth Gallery and the Bowen Library for a performance by the Eagle Song Dancers. There will also be an unveiling and blessing of Simon Winadzi James' artwork, "Eagle Descending," which will grace the new outdoor stage.

See This Event in our Calendar

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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.

See This Author Talk in our Calendar

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Thank You, BookFest Supporters!

Our thanks go out to the Friends of the Bowen Island Library Society (FOBILS) volunteers for putting together another well-attended and well-shopped BookFest this past May long weekend.

Thank you also to everyone who came out and bought books in support of the Bowen Library.

We hope that these important fundraisers can continue. The Friends are looking for a space to store and sort books  between sales, as they have recently lost use of their current space.

The Friends are seeking approximately 500 square feet of space, with level entry and preferably with heat. If you have space or know of space available, please contact the Library via email and we will pass your contact info on to the Friends.

Read the Undercurrent Article About the Friends

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We're Hiring!

Library Assistant II - Customer Service

Permanent part-time job. Includes weekends. Please apply by 5 pm, June 9, 2023 by email to

Find Out More About This Position

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Connecting with Youth at IPS Pride Celebration

Our thanks go out to Island Pacific School for inviting us to their multi-school Pride Season celebration. We got to connect with many youth from on- and off-island around our love of learning, reading, and just having a shady spot to chill!

See our LGBTQ+ Resource Page & Booklists

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Photos 1 & 4 by Alex Kurial.

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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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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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French Connections

Sunday, 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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Thursday, June 8, 2023 | 6:00-7:30 pm

Calling all chess lovers—this is our final spring date! 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!

Chess boards and games provided.

See ChessMates+ in our Calendar

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Career Advisor

Our final date until the fall:

Tuesday, June 27, 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. June 27 is our final spring date, 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 Saturday, July 1

The Library will be closed Saturday, July 1, for Canada 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.

Under the Weather by Green, Poppy,
Tegan and Sara: Junior High by Quin, Tegan,
 Read an excerpt Polar Wildlife at the Ends of the Earth by Carmichael, L. E. (Lindsey E.),
 I Am the Walrus by Shusterman, Neal,
The Secrets We Keep by Gustafson, Cassie,
What Happened to Rachel Riley? by Swinarski, Claire,


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.

 Together at SoBo More Recipes and Stories From Tofino's Cherished Restaurant by Ahier, Lisa,
 The Covenant of Water a Novel by Verghese, Abraham, 1955-
Upgrade A Novel by Crouch, Blake
 Walking With Sam a Father, a Son, and Five Hundred Miles Across Spain by McCarthy, Andrew, 1962-
Bad Summer People a Novel Rosenblum, Emma
 Fire Weather the Making of a Beast by Vaillant, John,


Featured This Month

Designing Green Communities Dyer, Janice,

Kids' Books on Climate Action

Does the child in your life have questions about climate change and environmental concerns? Here's a booklist with some helpful titles to aid the conversation and find actions your family can take to help our earth.

See All Titles in this Booklist


Climate Action What Happened and What We Can Do by Simon, Seymour,
 Peppa Pig and the Earth Day Adventure
Our House Is on Fire Greta Thunberg's Call to Save the Planet by Winter, Jeanette,
Join the No-plastic Challenge! a First Book of Reducing Waste by Ritchie, Scot,
The Water Walker by Robertson, Joanne, 1960-,
You Are the Earth Know Your World So You Can Make It Better  bySuzuki, David T., 1936-
The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge by Cole, Joanna
50 Ways to Save the Earth by Jankeliowitch, Anne


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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