Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • October 2023

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Hot Tip: Add Our Events to Your Calendar in a Few Clicks!

Did you know that you can easily add our web calendar events and programs to your personal calendar? Never miss a Library program you want to attend!

Add a single event to your calendar:

Go to one of our web calendar events (e.g. Movie Afternoon: Death on the Nile), scroll to the bottom, and click "Add to Calendar," then choose the type of calendar you use. A calendar file will download. Open the file and the event will automatically appear in your calendar software.

Add all Library events to your calendar:

Want to add a unique calendar to yours that contains all of our events, which refreshes regularly? Scroll to the bottom of our Events Calendar and find the "Add to Calendar" button there, choosing your calendar type and opening the downloaded file.

(This option adds a new calendar, not an event, to your software; this means you can turn it off and on within your calendar software, depending whether you'd like to see it or not at any given time.)

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Poet Talk: Emily Osborne

Sunday, October 15 | 1:30 pm

Join us for a talk by local Bowen Island poet, Emily Osborne, who will be reading from her new book of poetry, Safety Razor, published by Gordon Hill Press (2023).

Safety Razor combines personal lyrics with translations from Old Norse, its taut poems running like high-wires between the poles of terror and joy, danger and safety, erudition and naivety. Mingling subjects as diverse as dinosaur bones and diacritical markers, Vikings and mothering, Safety Razor pits cultural and historical flotsam against the intimate and the academic. Be prepared for a voice that is both vulnerable and scientific as it explores the exploitation of Jumbo the Elephant, how a baby experiences a tornado, or a Viking demonstration of poetic prowess through vomit and blood. Every line in Osborne’s sharp verse is like a “pin dipped in tobacco spit,” something inked with precision and grit.

Read the Undercurrent Article about Emily

See this Poet Talk in our Calendar

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Author Talk: Gérard Martinez

Sunday, October 22 | 1:30 pm

Join us for an author talk by Bowen Island local, Gérard Martinez, speaking on his new book, Windows on a Sanctioned Country: Iraq 1997-1999.

As head of the French Cultural Centre, Gérard Martinez was tasked with revitalizing the cultural and linguistic relations between France and Iraq during these years.

This presentation includes original photography by the author and others.

See this Author Talk in our Calendar

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Murder Mystery Movie Afternoon: Death on the Nile

Saturday, October 28 | 1:30 pm

Join us for a showing of the film Death on the Nile (2022), based on the book by Agatha Christie and directed by Kenneth Branagh. Thanks to our Teen Advisory Group for organizing and presenting this event!

Drop in, no registration required. Come a little early and grab a comfy chair (seating is limited)—film starts promptly at 1:30 pm, and runs 127 minutes. Rated PG (Ontario).

Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids, this tale of unbridled passion and incapacitating jealousy features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travellers, and enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences guessing until the final, shocking denouement.

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Movie Night: All My Puny Sorrows

Thursday, November 2 | 6 pm

Join us for a screening of All My Puny Sorrows (2021).

Based on the international best-selling novel by Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows unexpectedly infuses wry humour into this heart-wrenching story of two loving sisters: one a gifted pianist (Sarah Gadon) obsessed with ending her life, the other a struggling writer (Alison Pill) who, in wrestling with this decision, makes profound discoveries about herself. Directed by Michael McGowan.

Drop in, no registration required. Come a little early and grab a comfy chair—film starts promptly at 6 pm, and runs 103 minutes. Rated PG.

See this Movie in our Calendar

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Dementia Workshop: Understanding Behaviour Changes

Wednesday, November 8 | 1-3 pm

Explore various changes in behaviours caused by dementia and learn practical strategies for responding in supportive ways. Free to attend. For caregivers.

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.

See this Workshop in our Calendar

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Thank you to everyone who made this event happen, and to those who attended.

Many thanks to Brenda Morrison and the Social Echoes for bringing ReconciliACTION, a Truth and Reconciliation event, to the Library Annex on Saturday, September 30.

We were honoured to have Simon James (Winadzi) open the event for us, and grateful to Simon for sharing his very personal story and his hopes for a better future for his own children and Indigenous children everywhere.

The event inspired us to do what we can with single acts of courage and commitment for reconciliation. Participants were encouraged to read the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, and to choose one to commit to for the coming year.

Our gratitude also to artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas for allowing the use of his hummingbird artwork for this initiative. Silkscreened hummingbird flags were emblazoned with the call to action chosen, and can be hung at home or work to remind us that every day is a day for reconciliation.

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Summer Reading Club Wrap Up

On September 9th, a group of eager young readers earned a medal, bestowed on them by Mayor Andrew Leonard, for a summer's worth of daily reading. We are proud of their dedication, and hope they enjoyed their reading adventures!

We thank everyone who contributed to another great Summer Reading Club, including our SRC Coordinator, Lucie Robichaud, Mayor Andrew Leonard, The Bowen Island Fibre Arts Guild, the Province of BC, CUPE BC, and BC Library Association.

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3-Hour Parking

Library parking spots now say three hours maximum, but this doesn't mean you can't come use the Library for longer than that—indeed, you can!

If your stay looks to be longer than three hours at the library, please come to our front desk and we can give you a pass to put on your dashboard. This way, you won't get a ticket from municipal bylaw officers.

Parking passes are for patrons staying in the library only, and dated for use on that day only.

See all Snug Cove Parking Options

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BC Libraries Present—John Vaillant: Our New Fire Weather

Wednesday, November 8 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm PDT

Fire has changed communities across BC this year. After the most devastating wildfire season in recorded history, many are wondering how these fires got so big, what we can learn from our current responses, and whether we are prepared for an ever warming future.

John Vaillant’s book Fire Weather has become a de-facto guide on the new dangers posed by these fires supercharged by a warming planet. He’ll discuss his findings on the Fort McMurray fire of 2016, to help us understand what’s at stake for our cities, towns, and ecosystems.

Moderated by Fatima Syed, climate reporter at The Narwhal.

Register to Attend this Live-Streamed Event

John Vaillant is the author of three bestselling, award-winning nonfiction books: The Golden Spruce, The Tiger, and Fire Weather. His debut novel, The Jaguar’s Children, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award. Vaillant has received the Governor General’s Literary Award, British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, and the Pearson Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and The Walrus.

Fatima Syed is an Ontario-based reporter for The Narwhal, the vice-president of the Canadian Association of Journalists, and the winner of the 2022 World Press Freedom Canada Award. She has worked for The Walrus, the Toronto Star, The Logic and Canada’s National Observer. She is a National Magazine Award nominee, a Digital Publishing Award winner, and has contributed chapters to two anthologies published by Coach House Books—Subdivided and House Divided.

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October is Canadian Library Month

All month long, libraries and library partners across Canada are raising awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives.

More than just a place to find books, libraries promote cultural awareness, engage in the community, provide educational programs, support freedom of expression and so much more.

Now is a great time to sign up for a Bowen Island Library card! We offer not only a continuously-updated collection of books and DVDs, but also:

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Session 1: Thursdays, September 14-October 19 | 11:30 am

Session 2: Thursdays, November 9-December 7 | 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.

See Babytime in Our Calendar

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Wednesdays, October 11-December 13 | 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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Gather for Games with SKY

Thursdays, October 12 & 26 | 1:30-3:30 pm

Fun and brain-stimulating games for 55+! Join us for games and boost your memory and cognitive health, while meeting new people. Coffee and tea available.

Free, drop-in (SKY membership not required).

We have bridge, chess, cards, UNO, Boggle, Yahtzee, Mah Jong, Scrabble, Rummikub, Cattan, and more!

Join us on these fall 2023 dates: October 12, 26, November 9, 23, and December 14.

Presented by Seniors Keeping Young and Bowen Island Public Library.

See this Series in our Calendar

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SKY is Seeking a Mah Jong Instructor

Our program partner, Seniors Keeping Young (SKY), is looking for a Mah Jong instructor to show a keen group of adults how to play.

If this might be you, please be in touch with SKY at, with "Mah Jong Instructor" in the subject line.

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ChessMates Plus

Thursday, October 12 | 5:00-6:30 pm

Calling all chess lovers! Drop in for casual chess at the Library—all experience levels welcome (though it helps if you know the basics).

We also have lots of other games available: Catan, Scrabble, Monopoly, Jenga, Mah Jong, cards, blocks, and more!

Join us on Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 pm, on these fall dates:

  • October 12
  • October 26
  • November 9
  • November 23
  • December 7

See ChessMates+ in our Calendar

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Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, October 21 | 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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French Connections

Saturday, October 21 | 10:30 am

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

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

  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2
  • December 16

See This Program Series

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WorkBC Career Advisor

Tuesday, October 24 | 11 am-2 pm

Drop in to meet with Janice, a WorkBC Career Advisor, in the Library Flex Room on these fall Tuesdays, from 11 am-2 pm:

  • October 24
  • November 28

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.

Come by during these drop-in hours; Janice is very likely to be able to see you right away!

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

See Career Advisor in Our Calendar

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Book Donation Days

Sunday, October 15 | 10 am-12 pm
Saturday, October 28 | 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 All Donation Dates in Our Calendar

See Donation Guidelines

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Closed Sunday, October 8

The Library will be closed Sunday, October 8, for Thanksgiving.

Come visit us another time during our regular open hours.



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.

The Lost Supper Searching for the Future of Food in the Flavors of the Past Grescoe, Taras,
Learned by Heart Donoghue, Emma, 1969-
 The Fire Still Burns Life in and After Residential School George, Sam (Samuel James),
 The Armor of Light Follett, Ken,
The Future of Us the Science of What We'll Eat, Where We'll Live, and Who We'll Be Ingram, Jay,
The Running Grave Galbraith, Robert,

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.

Game Face Green, Shari, 1963-
 Hunted Melki-Wegner, Skye,
 Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston Symes-Smith, Esme,
The Sea of Terror Gibbs, Stuart, 1969-
Word Travelers and the Taj Mahal Mystery Haldar, Raj,
Where in the Wizarding World ... ? a Hidden Objects Book Inspired by the Adventures of Harry Potter Grashuis, Imana,

Featured This Month

Arlo et Pips le roi des oiseaux Gravel, Elise

Kids' Books in French

We have purchased more childrens' books in French, at your request! Click the titles below to see them in our catalogue and place a hold.

If you have suggestions for titles in French or Spanish for the childrens' or adult collection, please use our online Suggest a Purchase form.

We also subscribe to a large collection of French eBooks and eAudiobooks for all ages.

See Full Booklist

See Our French eBooks Collection

Je joue de la trompette! Willems, Mo
Nutshimit un bain de forêt Mollen Dupuis, Melissa,
Une amie pour Dragon Pilkey, Dav, 1966-
Aimes-tu mon vélo? Feuti, Norman,
Pat le chaton et le super bolide Dean, Kim, 1969-
Je vais faire une sieste! Willems, Mo,
C'est mon tour! Feuti, Norman,
Les cochons me font éternuer! Willems, Mo,

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.

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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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