Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • July 2021

Library News

Write on Bowen

Festival of Readers & Writers

Saturday and Sunday, August 7 & 8, 2021, in the lush gardens of David & Aubin van Berckel, on Bowen Island.

Writing Workshops: 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Reception & Presentations: 2:30 pm to 5 pm

1-day pass: $30 / 2-day pass: $50

Choose one of three writing workshops offered each day, to be held outdoors in the spacious gardens of our hosts. Enjoy an afternoon presentation by local poets, authors, and actors. Tickets limited to 30 people per day. For tickets & full program description, visit:

Presented by the Write on Bowen Committee in partnership with the Hearth and the Bowen Island Public Library.

Carpooling encouraged. COVID Safety Plan in place. Please note the property features areas of uneven ground and is not wheelchair accessible. Please wear suitable shoes and dress for any weather.

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Summer Reading Club

Calling Kids of All Ages—Join the BC Summer Reading Club!

This FREE summer program is a great way to discover new books and have fun reading throughout the summer.

Sign up at the Bowen Island Public Library. You will get a reading tracker, bookmark, and tatoos.

Join our Summer Reading Club mailing list and visit our website for more information about the BC Summer Reading Club, including upcoming programs and activity kits.

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Welcome back!

Starting on July 13th the annex study space will be available to the public. The Annex will be open during regular library hours with a limited capacity of 10 people. The Annex is not available for bookings at this time.

We very much want to open up our study space. Given closer proximity and longer time spent in the study space, masks are required in the Annex for now. Staff and public safety is our highest priority.


Books for Babies

Have you welcomed a baby in 2021? Come by the library to receive a FREE Books for BC Babies package.

Reading, talking, singing and having conversations with newborns are the best ways to build early language and literacy skills. Research confirms that this strong foundation is critical to a child’s ability to thrive and succeed in school and in life.

There is no easier way to get started than with a free Books for BC Babies bag from the Bowen Island Public Library.

Learn More About Books for Babies


Catalogue Unavailable 9 pm, July 10 to 9 pm, July 11

The catalogue will be migrating to a new server, so will be unavailable for searching and placing holds during this time.

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New Catalogue Interface Coming

We are switching to a new, more user-friendly catalogue interface this summer. If you've ever used the West Vancouver Memorial Library or Vancouver Public library online catalogues, you'll be familiar with what it will look like.

In our new catalogue, you'll be able to find booklists, suggested read-alikes, save your favourites and books to read later, make your own booklists, review books, and even browse the shelves as if you're in the library!

You will not need to take any action, and no settings will change in your account. Logging in will be the same. We are just letting our patrons know to expect this change in the near future.

Once we have made the transfer to the new catalogue, staff are here to help by phone, email, and in-person if you have any questions.


Children's Book Sale

Friends of the Bowen Island Library volunters are hosting a book sale on Saturday July 10 from 10am-12 pm. This book sale will exclusively offer children's materials.

This is an outdoor event and is weather dependent.


New Children's & YA Books

Click here to find links to recommended reading and our latest Kids & Teens books.
Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

Fresh on the Shelves

Click the following featured book titles to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

Featured Collections

Cookbooks for Summer Entertaining

Now that we can invite a few friends over, why not try out some new recipes perfect for al fresco dining?

Whether you're barbecuing or picnicing, spice up your dining game with one of the many cookbooks in our collection.

Browse Cookbooks


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.


Stay Posted on Social

We're sharing what we're up what to on Facebook & Instagram. Check it out, give us a follow, and tag us on your Bowen Library-related posts!


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