Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • Mid-August 2023

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Mid-Month Update

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*New Date*: Medal Ceremony is Now Saturday, September 9

Saturday, September 9 | 11:30 am | All Ages

Our Saturday, August 19 Medal Ceremony has been moved to Saturday, September 9.

Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Club with the Medal Ceremony and art activities! If you’ve finished the 50-Day reading Challenge, come for your medal. This year we have special guest Mayor Leonard to hand out awards.

If you can’t make it, collect your medal anytime at the front library desk.

BC Summer Reading Club is a free literacy program that encourages reading throughout the summer and engages children ages 5-14 years old.

Register for the Medal Ceremony

Find Out More About SRC

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It's Cool In Here! Air Conditioning in the Library

We now have air conditioning throughout the Library. A heat pump has been installed in the old library building, thanks to a COVID Relief and Recovery grant from the Public Libraries Branch of the BC Provincial Government.

All are welcome in the Library to get a reprieve from the heat. Come be cool in the old building or the Annex, and read, work, play some board games, or just sit and enjoy the cool air.

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Babytime Starts September 14

Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 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.

Join us afterwards, at 12 pm, for a casual baby & caregiver social hour in the Annex.

Come for one or both parts, on any of these 6 fall dates: Thursdays, September 14, 21, 28, & October 5, 12, 19.

See Babytime in Our Calendar

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September Book Donation Days

Sunday, September 10, 2023 | 10 am-12 pm
Sunday, September 24, 2023 | 10 am-12 pm

Donations of clean, good condition used books and DVDs 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).

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.

See Donation Dates in Our Calendar

See Donation Guidelines

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Write on Bowen Luncheon

Saturday, September 16, 2023 | 12:30 pm

Beyond Words: Exploring the Future of AI Bots in Writing and Creativity—Workshop with Vered Shwartz

As an author, writer, poet or anyone who loves the written word, have you wondered or been concerned about the impact of the game changing new AI technology?

Vered Shwartz, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia and a distinguished CIFAR AI Chair at the Vector Institute, will provide an overview of the vast capability, potential and impacts of new bots such as ChatGPT. She will outline the remarkable ways these bots have revolutionized various industries and offered unique solutions to everyday challenges.

We’ll also delve into fears surrounding AI bots threatening jobs and explore how the burgeoning technology might influence the work of writers, editors, and other creative entrepreneurs.

Have your questions answered and share your thoughts and perspectives on the fascinating future of AI and the dynamic relationship between human creativity and AI technology.

Lunch provided by Doc Morgan’s Restaurant & Pub $35 (includes lunch).

Write on Bowen Festival of Readers & Writers is sponsored by Bowen Island Public Library.

Register for Luncheon

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Teen Summer Reading Challenge: Submit your Reading Tracker by August 31

Bowen Library challenges you to a summer of great reading! Pick up your tracker at the Library, or download the fillable PDF and complete the reading challenges.

Submit the finished tracker to us (at the front desk or through the book drop), or email it to by August 31, 2023 to enter the grand prize draw! Winners will be contacted.

Need book suggestions? Ask library staff or check out our teen booklists.

Learn More & Download Your Reading Tracker

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BC Wildfire Emergency Information & Resources

If you are travelling in BC, here are some important resources concerning wildfires and emergency measures:

Emergency Information BC. Alerts and orders, as well as links to resources and guidance.

BC Wilfire Service Website and BC Wildfire App. Gives the status of wildfires in BC.

For the most up-to-date information on wildfire alerts and orders, please visit your Local Authority or First Nation‘s website.

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Closed Sunday, September 3

The Library will be closed Sunday, September 3, in lieu of Labour Day.

Come visit us another time during our regular open hours.



Open Hours

  • 10 am-5 pm Tuesday & Wednesday
  • 10 am-7 pm Thursday
  • 10 am-4 pm Friday & Saturday
  • 12 pm-4 pm Sunday
  • Closed Monday
  • Book return open at all times.

Contact Us

(604) 947-9788

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