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

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Library News

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ChessMates is Back!

Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Thursday evening chess at the Library returns!

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

Poster for French Connections French conversation group with photo of group of people smiling with speech bubbles and French language greetings in them. Images of Eiffel tower, fleur de lis, bicycle, poutine. Text as below.

French Connections

Saturday, October 15, 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! For 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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Municipal Election Information

We are continuing to update our Municipal Election 2022 Information page, which features links to:

  • articles & interviews
  • local events
  • candidate information
  • information for voters and candidates

We've done our best to gather information, interviews, and local events related to the election in one spot.

If you would like to suggest an event or resource to add to this page, please email us at

Go to Municipal Election Information Page

Teen Advisory Group Poster with illustrations of a teen reading, a stack of books, and shapes in bright colours in green, yellow, pink and blue.

Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, October 29, 2022 | 2:00-3:30 pm

We'll have some Halloween candy to snack on this session, and costumes are encouraged!

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 Upcoming TAG Dates

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We Are Looking for a Few More Volunteers!

Do you love the Library? We have an important fundraising opportunity coming up, and we would love your help!

Please let us know by this Saturday, October 8 if you can help! If we cannot fill all the shifts, we will have to give up this fundraising opportunity.

Sorting and packing refundable drink containers at the Bowen Island Recycling Depot is a much-valued source of funds for the Library every year.

If you have time to help us raise funds (while moving your body, getting some fresh air, and meeting other amazing library supporters), please let us know by Saturday, October 8!

The shifts are:

Tuesday, October 25:

  • 8:30-11:30 - 3 helpers needed
  • 11:30-2:20 - 2 helpers needed

Tuesday, November 1:

  • 8:30-11:30 - 2 helpers needed
  • 11:30-2:20 - 3 helpers needed

Each shift needs at least 2 strong people to lift 30 lb totes full of glass bottles. Instructions on how to sort and pack the bottles will be given at the beginning of each shift.

Interested in helping out? Please email us at with your shift preference, and we will happily slot you in!

Thank you to those who have already responded and filled shifts!

Email the Library to Sign Up

 red, white, and black poster with image of mushrooms, moss, and moths. Text says: “Way To Go! Poetry, Music, and Conversation on the End of Life. 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. A free, drop-in event. Pauline Le Bel: Poems, Chris Corrigan: Conversation Guide, Matthew van der Giessen: Cello. Artwork by Julya Hajnoczky.” Presented by Bowen Island Public Library and Pauline Le Bel, with support from Bowen Island Community Foundation (Neighbourhood Small Grants), Vancouver Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Writers’ Union of Canada.

Save the Date: Way To Go!

Poetry, Music, and Conversation on 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

See Way To Go! in our Events Calendar

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WorkBC Career Advisor

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | 2-5 pm

Drop in to meet with Janice, a WorkBC Career Advisor, at the 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 a WorkBC Career Advisor.

This free drop-in service is in the Library Flex Room, and also on Wednesday, November 23.

See Career Advisor Dates

Illustration of two men, one holding a box of books, another at a table waiting to receive books

Next Book Donation Day

Saturday, October 8, 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 and 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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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 Sunday, October 9

The Library will be closed Sunday, October 9 in lieu of Thanksgiving.

We will be open Saturday, October 8, 12-4 pm and Tuesday, October 11, 10 am-5 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.

Spy School Project X by Gibbs, Stuart, 1969-
Dinosaur Atlas
 Thrive by Oppel, Kenneth, 1967-
Night Lunch by Fan, Eric
Witch Hat Atelier. Volume 7 Shirahama, Kamome,
Oculum by Dowding, Philippa, 1963-

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.

Namwayut a Pathway to Reconciliation : We Are All One by Joseph, Robert, 1939-
A Foreboding of Petrels Birder Murder Mysteries by Burrows, Steve
Three by Perrin, Valérie, 1967-
 The Myth of Normal Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture Maté, Gabor,
 A Memory Called Empire by Martine, Arkady, (306 ratings)
The Shadow Murders by Adler-Olsen, Jussi,

Featured This Month

How to Play Chess for Kids Simple Strategies to Win! by Martin, Jessica E.,

Get Ready for Chess!

Interested in coming to one of our ChessMates all-ages chess dates, but need a few tips or want to learn the basics?

Click on the chess book titles below to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

Chess for Children by Chandler, Murray
 A Kid's Guide to Chess Learn the Game's Rules, Strategies, Gambits, and the Most Popular Moves to Beat Anyone! : Tips and Tricks for Kings and Queens! by Reppen, Ellisiv,
 Chess for Dummies by Eade, James
Chess for Kids by Basman, Michael,

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.

Photo of mini book store in library entrance, books on display to purchase

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!

Screenshot of a facebook post that says: Today is UNESCO World Teachers' Day!  Many of us are lucky to have learned under wonderful teachers throughout our lives, some as interesting and quirky as the ones in these books! Let a teacher know today how much you value their work.  Image description: a photo of five books on the green couch in the children's section of the Bowen Library, with light from the window hitting them. The titles are: Mr. Wolf's Class: Field Trip; Ms. Frogbottom's Field Trips: Long Time, No Sea Monster; Mrs. Dole is Out of Control; Magic School Bus: The Search for the Missing Bones; Mr. Harrison is Embarrassin!
A screenshot of an instagram post that says: bowen islandpubliclibrary On display this week are books by Indigenous authors, brave writers sharing their ideas and stories for our benefit. Learn with us this week for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Sept 30), and join us for a film showing of Indian Horse on Thursday evening.  #nationaldayfortruthandreconciliation #indiginousvoices #indigenousauthors #orangeshirtday #indianhorse  Image descriptions: three photos of books on display in the Bowen Island Library by indigenous authors. One photo includes a library staff person with an orange shirt on, holding the book “Orange Shirt Day” by the display of indigenous authors in the children's section. Final image is of a program poster with movie cover for film Indian Horse, which has a boy holding a hockey stick in the air above his head, while skating on ice outside, with a residential school’s rooftop cross in the background.
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