Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • April 2024

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Library News

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Celebrating Our Volunteers!

Volunteer Week is April 14-20, 2024

National Volunteer Week is coming up, a time to celebrate the volunteers that make our community strong. Here at the Bowen Library, volunteers contribute in many ways. They cover books, serve on the board, lead programs, contribute expertise, and fundraise through book sales and sorting refundables.

(Speaking of which, our team of fundraising volunteers are sorting refundable bottles as we speak! Bring your beverage bottles down to BIRD by April 8 to raise funds for the Library.)

Here are some photos of just a few of our many volunteers. From all of us here at the Bowen Library and from our patrons, we thank all our volunteers for your contributions.

four volunteers sorting books
four people at a program, our volunteer leaders in the middle
a person stocking the mini book store in the library
two people leading a program in front of a white board of ideas
two people with a dolley full of book boxes
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Friends of the Library Annual General Meeting

Monday, April 8 | 3 pm

Come to the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Bowen Island Library Society (FOBILS).

This meeting is open to the public. Topics to be discussed are:

  • Financial status of the Friends
  • Library Report from the Chief Librarian
  • Future plans for the Friends
  • Discussion of this year’s BookFest

View in Our Calendar

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Dementia Workshop: Dementia Friends

Friday, April 19 | 1-3 pm

We all have a part to play! Become a dementia friend.

Small, everyday actions can help build a community that is inclusive, supportive of and safe for people living with dementia. Topics include:

  • What is a dementia-friendly community?
  • What is dementia?
  • How to recognize that someone might be living with dementia.
  • How to communicate in an effective and appropriate way.
  • Where you can go for more help.

Registration is required. Please call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033 to register to attend.

Presented by Alzheimer Society of BC, with support from the Bowen Island Public Library.

View in Our Calendar

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Keeping Mentally Fit: A Talk on Working with Stress, with Rob Wynen

Sunday, April 28 | 1 pm

Maintaining mental fitness is crucial, particularly during challenging times. In this talk, we’ll explore strategies and techniques to prioritize our mental well-being and ensure we’re taking care of ourselves. By prioritizing our mental fitness we can cultivate resilience, enhance our overall well-being, and ensure that we’re taking care of the most important person in our lives—ourselves. This is a drop-in talk, no registration required.

Rob Wynen is a counsellor and lifestyle coach on Bowen Island. He has over 30 years’ experience in physical fitness and community services and is beginning a new career in Mental Wellness Counselling on Bowen Island.

View in Our Calendar

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Job Opening: Literacy Outreach Coordinator

The Bowen Island Literacy Task Group (BILTG) is seeking a Literacy Outreach Coordinator (LOC) to provide administrative and strategic support to the Bowen Island Literacy Task Group.

The position is open as of April 1, 2024. We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

See Full Job Description

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Small Town Pride a Big Time Hit

On Saturday, March 23, fifty-one Bowen Islanders came to watch the film Small Town Pride and discuss the future of Pride events on Bowen.

Leah Gregg led a conversation full of creative ideas and enthusiasm, and the Bowen Island Literacy Task Group shared information about funding available for Pride events.

if you'd like to get involved and connect with folks who are interested in seeing more Pride events on Bowen, you can join their new email group, (not affiliated with the Bowen Island Library):

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April is Poetry Month

This month, celebrate poetry!

Come to the Library and make a black-out poem (black out words on a page and make poetry out of the remaining words), a cut-out word poem, or check out a book of poetry from our collection.

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Borrow a Birdwatching Kit this Spring

Bowen Island Library has two birdwatching kits available for loan, as part of our Library of Things. "Birding" has become one of the fastest-growing, relaxing, and educational pastimes in North America for all ages, and we live in an ideal location to appreciate it. (Useful for whale watching as well!)

What’s inside the backpack:

  • A pair of high-quality Vortex Crossfire binoculars with soft case and straps
  • The National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America
  • British Columbia Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species

Place a Hold on a Birdwatching Kit


Please Keep Off the Grass in Front of the Library

Lawn improvements are in progress and seedlings need time to establish before being walked on. Thank you for your patience.


Fresh on the Shelves

See our Recommended Reading page for more reading suggestions and new adult books.
Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

A Great Country a Novel Gowda, Shilpi Somaya,
Welcome to the Hyunam-dong Bookshop Bo-reum, Hwang,
Annie Bot a Novel Greer, Sierra,
The Battle for the Bird Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk, and the $44 Billon Fight for Twitter's Soul Wagner, Kurt,
Argylle Conway, Elly,
Smoke and Ashes Opium's Hidden Histories Ghosh, Amitav, 1956-

New Children's and Teen Books

See our Recommended Reading page for more Kids & Teens book suggestions and booklists.
Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

The Slug and the Snail DeBhairduin, Oein,
Amazing Immortals a Guide to Gods and Goddesses Around the World Williams, Dinah Dunn,
World Kitchen Wheatley, Abigail, 1974-
Force of Nature a Novel of Rachel Carson Burg, Ann E.,
The Secret Life of the Kraken Harper, Benjamin,
Crow Helps a Friend Fritz, Andrea,

Featured This Month

 Girlfriend on Mars a Novel Willis, Deborah (Deborah M.),


Explore the concerns around advancing technology and emerging trends with this list of speculative fiction.

See Full Booklist

City Under the City Yaccarino, Dan,
Upgrade a Novel Crouch, Blake,
Rogue Protocol Wells, Martha,
 Do You Remember Being Born? Michaels, Sean, 1982-

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.

Mini Book store in library entrance with books on display

More Ongoing Programs

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Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, April 6 | 1:30-3:00 pm

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) 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 our 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

Membership is open to anyone 13-18 years of age living on Bowen Island. Registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome!

See TAG Dates in our Calendar

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Book Donation Days

Sundays, April 7 & 21 | 10 am-12 pm

Donations of clean, good condition used books can be brought to the Bowen Island Library Annex starting at 10:00 am, going until volunteers' bins are full (no later than 12:00 pm).

The volunteers are especially looking for novels and children's books at this time, but other types will be considered.

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.

We thank everyone who donates books in support of the Bowen Library!

See All Donation Dates in Our Calendar

See Donation Guidelines

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

A free, 30-minute drop-in program of stories and songs for 2-4 year-olds and their caregivers!

Afterwards, from 11:00-11:30 am, families are welcome to stay and socialize in the cozy Annex, read books, and hang out!

See Storytime in our Calendar

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French Connections

Saturdays, April 13 & 27 | 10:30 am

Drop in and join us to practice your conversational French, and get to know other French language learners on Bowen Island! The focus is on beginner and intermediate speakers, but all levels are welcome.

We meet 10:30-11:30 am, but participants are welcome to stay longer if the conversation is still rolling!

Spring dates are: April 13, 27, May 11, 25, June 8.

View in Our Calendar

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Bring Your Own Book Club

Sunday, April 14 | 12 pm

Join us on the second Sunday of the month for a casual book club hour with a twist! Come discuss books you’ve read—old and new, loved or hated. Get recommendations and meet other book-loving locals!

All ages of adults and youth welcome to drop in.

See BYOBook Club Dates in our Calendar

See Books We Discussed in March

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WorkBC Career Advisor

Tuesday, April 23 | 11 am-2 pm

Drop in to meet with Janice, a WorkBC Career Advisor, in the Library Flex Room, and get one-on-one help with resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job searches, insights on the job market, career and education advice, and more.

Janice is very likely to be able to see you right away! This drop-in service is available is available in the Flex Room from 11 am-2pm on Tuesdays, April 23, May 28, and June 25, 2024.

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

See All Career Advisor Dates

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Community Integration Services Drop-In

Tuesday, April 23 | 11 am-2 pm

Drop in at the Bowen Island Library and get help from a Community Integration Specialist to access supports regarding housing, health, services, finances, and more. For example:

  • Assistance applying for income and disability assistance
  • Funding for urgent needs, such as food or clothing
  • Case management
  • Housing support referrals
  • Health support referrals

This drop-in service (as well as the WorkBC Career Advisor) is available in the Flex Room from 11 am-2pm on Tuesdays, April 23, May 28, and June 25, 2024.

For online communication, visit the Self Serve Portal for income and disability assistance. For general inquiries, call 1-866-866-0800.

Learn More

Babytime with photo of smiling baby and music notes. click to see babytime events on library website


Thursdays, April 25-May 30 | 11:30 am

Babytime is a free, 30-minute drop-in program of songs, books, and rhymes for babies 0-18 months and their caregivers! Starts at 11:30 am. Drop in and join us when you can.

At 12 pm, stay for a casual baby & caregiver social hour in the Annex.

See Babytime in our Calendar


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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  • 10 am-7 pm Thursday
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  • 12 pm-4 pm Sunday
  • Closed Monday
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