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

Library News


In-Person Programs Return!

We're pleased to bring back our in-person programs this February!

See our upcoming offerings below and in our Events Calendar.

Events Calendar


Flex Room Rentals Now Free for Youth

Flex Room rentals for youth are now free!

Are you between the ages of 13 and 18 and need a place to group study, run a DnD tournament, or organize an event? You can now book the Flex Room at no cost, subject to library capacity. Learn more here.

Make a booking using our website booking calendar.

Book the Flex Room


Lunar New Year Scavenger Hunt in the Children's Section

Come take our Lunar New Year Children’s Section Scavenger Hunt! Find the letters hidden in the Children’s Section that match each picture to discover the secret Lunar New Year phrase!

Available until Saturday, February 12.

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Write & Share a Valentine's Haiku

In February, 2022, people of all ages are invited to write Valentine’s Day haiku and submit them at the Bowen Library! We’ll post them in the library for all to read and share some on our social media, website, and newsletter. Short poems also welcome.

Fill in a submission sheet at the library, or print it at home from our website and fill it in, then drop it off at our front desk or through our book drop. You can also submit your haiku/poem via email to

A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Haiku often use nature imagery and a simple, direct style.

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The Seed Library Returns!

Find the Bowen Island Seed Library display once again inside the library during our open hours.

How does it work?

  • Take free seeds
  • Grow plants
  • Let some go to seed, save seeds, and donate seeds back for future gardeners!

We're accepting seed donations now and throughout the growing season as well. If you have saved or store-bought seed to share, bring it to the library, and we'll add them to the Seed Library.

The Seed Library is currently stocked with many seed packets prepared and even decorated by the the Bowen Island Community School Student Garden Club (see photo below of some of the students and their seed packages! Photo by Sarah Haxby).

The Bowen Island Seed Library is made possible thanks to a collaboration between the Bowen Island Public Library and volunteers from Bowen Agricultural Alliance, the Bowen Island Community School Student Garden Club, the Bowen Gardeners Facebook group—and you!

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Vaccine Verification Required for Programs Only

We are legally required by current Public Health orders to ask for proof of vaccination from our program attendees aged 12 and up.

There is a Health Order exception for youth programs, so youth attending Teen Advisory Group are not required to show proof of vaccination. For all-ages programs (e.g. our film series), those aged 12 may show proof of one vaccine dose only.

Proof of Vaccination is not required to enter the library and access library services other than programs.

You can always check our Events Calendar and our Library COVID-19 Updates page for further details and the most current health requirements.

If you need help printing your vaccine proof or accessing the digital version, library staff are happy to assist you.

We appreciate our patrons' continued understanding and courtesy towards our staff and each other as we follow public health orders.

Library COVID-19 Updates


Black History Film Series

Join us in the Library Annex on the last Thursday of each month beginning February, Black History Month, to see one of three biopic films:

Registration is required as seating is limited. Please call (604) 947-9788 to register, or register in-library.

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BYOBook Club

Saturday, February 12, 2022 | 12-1 pm

If you’re between 18-35 and want to discuss books and meet other Bowen Islanders, drop in to Bring Your Own Book Club on any or all of these dates: Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14, Jun. 11.

Find the books we've discussed so far in our booklists section of our catalogue.

Find Out More


Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, February 26, 2022| 2:00-3:30 pm

We’ll have games and activities, discuss our favourite books, and spend some time planning a teen programs you’ve voted for!

Teens are welcome to register with us via email at or drop in to any TAG dates.

TAG Meetings are the last Saturday of every month from February–May 2022.

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Book Donation Days

Saturday, February 5, 2022 | 1 pm

The next Friends of the Bowen Library book donation day is in the Library Annex on Saturday, February 5, from 1 pm until the volunteers’ 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. You will be asked to please take back any items that do not meet the donation guidelines.

Donation Guidelines


$380 Raised for the Food Bank with Your Fines!

Thank you to everyone who paid their fines at half the cost between December 15-January 15—almost $400 was collected for the Bowen Food Bank to make fresh food purchases!



Library Closed Sunday, February 20

We will be clsoed Sunday, February 20, in lieue of Family Day. We will be open as usual on Saturday, February 19, from 12-4 pm, and Tuesday, February 22, from 10 am-5 pm.



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.


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.


Featured This Month

Chocolate Stories

February is a time to celebrate your relationship... with chocolate! Enjoy these chocolate-themed novels this Valentine's Day and all month.

Click on the book covers to place a hold from our catalogue.


Featured @ the Mini Book Sale

Come pick up some great reads for all ages at the Mini Book Sale, curated and organized by Friends of the Bowen Island Library Society volunteers, with all funds raised supporting the Bowen Library.

The Mini Book sale is located in the library's main (south) entrance foyer.


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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