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

Library News

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We're Hiring: Summer Reading Club Library Assistant

Apply by May 15, 2022

Bowen Library is seeking a creative, enthusiastic, and customer service driven individual to implement in-person and virtual Summer Reading Club (SRC) programs for Bowen children ages 4–12; and to serve on the library’s circulation and information desk providing excellent customer service to the community.

See Position Details

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May 21-23, 2022 @ BICS Gym

BookFest is a giant sale of quality used books and media taking place at the Bowen Island Community School gym.

Visit BookFest on the May long weekend at these times:

  • Saturday, May 21, 10 am-4 pm
  • Sunday, May 22, 10 am-2 pm (Bring Your Own Box! Fill any box for $10)
  • Monday, May 23, 10 am-12 pm

All proceeds benefit the Bowen Island Public Library.

See Dates

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Final Book Donation Day

Saturday, May 7, 2022 | 1 pm

The final Friends of the Bowen Library book donation day is in the Library Annex on Saturday, May 7, from 1 pm until the volunteers’ 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. You will be asked to please take back any items that do not meet the donation guidelines.

This will be the final day to donate before BookFest on the May long weekend. After this, the Friends of the Library will be taking a much-deserved break over the summer.

Donation Guidelines

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Star Wars Day Scavenger Hunt

May 1-7, 2022

Come try our Star Wars Day Kids’ Scavenger Hunt the week of May 4th, Star Wars Day!

Find the letters hidden in the Children’s Section that match each picture to discover the answer to the riddle, and May the Fourth Be With You!

Learn More

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Write on Bowen • Save the Date

Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2022

Save the dates for Write on Bowen: Festival of Readers and Writers, presented by the Write on Bowen Committee in partnership with the Hearth and the Bowen Island Public Library.

Ticket sales, including festival passes, will be announced soon. In the meantime, please save these dates on your calendar!

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Thank You, BICS Classes!

Last week the staff at the Bowen Library got a surprise visit from Ms. Hicks' Grade 4-5 class and their Little Buddy Program class of Grade 1 students from Bowen Island Community School.

Together they have been working on a project to show appreciation for local businesses they've used during the pandemic.

Library staff were touched to hear some lovely prepared words of appreciation about the Library, and to receive decorated cards and flowering plants that the students grew from seed.

From the Library staff, thank you to these two BICS classes for their thoughtful visit—it sure made our month!

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Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, May 28, 2022| 2:00-3:30 pm

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!

We’ll have games and activities, discuss our favourite books, and spend some time planning a Bad Art Night event for June!

Teens are welcome to register with us via email at or drop in to any TAG dates.

Learn More

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Spring Storytime

April 29-June 17, 2022 | 10:30-11:00 am

Drop-ins are now welcome for Spring Storytime on Fridays!

Storytime is stories, songs, and play activities for 2-4 year-olds and their caregivers.

Learn More

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Thursdays, May 5 & 19, June 2 & 16, 2022 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Join us every other Thursday for friendly all-ages chess! All experience levels welcome. Chess boards provided.

Registration is required—sign up for one or more sessions in person or by phone at (604) 947-9788 (please leave a voicemail if calling after hours).

Learn More

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BYOBook Club

Saturday, May 14, 2022 | 12-1 pm

If you’re between 18-35 and want to discuss books and meet other Bowen Islanders, drop in to Bring Your Own Book Club on any or all of these upcoming Saturdays: May 14 & Jun. 11.

Find the books we've discussed so far in our booklists section of our catalogue.

Learn More

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Casual Tuesdays Book Club

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 | 11:30 am

Bring one or more books you love and join us for coffee/tea and conversation. Share your favourites, meet other book lovers, and find your next great read!

Drop in to this welcoming book club for adults and seniors on any or all of these upcoming Tuesdays: May 31 & June 28.

Learn More

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Closed Sunday, May 22

The Library will be closed Sunday, May 22 in lieu of Victoria Day.

We will be open Saturday, May 21 from 12-4 pm as usual. We will be open truncated hours on Tuesday, May 24, from 12 pm-5 pm (see below).

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Opening at 12 pm on Tuesday, May 24

The Library will open at 12 pm (instead of 10 am) on Tuesday, May 24, to make time for a staff development meeting. We will close at 5 pm as normal on that day. We thank our patrons for your understanding.


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.

Youngbloods Westerfeld, Scott,
Zebra's Umbrella Sevillano, David Hernandez
The Extincts. Quest for the Unicorn Horn Magoon, Scott,
The Blackbird Girls Blankman, Anne
Marco Polo, Brave Explorer Lord, Cynthia
Endlessly Ever After Pick Your Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings! : a Story of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack, Hansel, Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, a Wolf, a Witch, a Goose, a Grandmother, Some Pigs, and Endless Variations Snyder, Laurel,

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.

French Braid a Novel Tyler, Anne,
Taste My Life Through Food Tucci, Stanley,
The Books of Jacob Or, A Fantastic Journey Across Seven Borders, Five Languages, and Three Major Religions, Not Counting the Minor Sects Tokarczuk, Olga,
Animal {erson by Alexander McLeod
Yearbook Rogen, Seth,
A Game of Birds and Wolves The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II Parkin, Simon

Featured This Month

If I Go Missing Jonnie, Brianna,

Red Dress Day Reading

May 5 is National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, also known as Red Dress Day.

The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls demonstrates that "persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people."

Here are some titles on the subject of MMIWG available at the Library—click on the images to place a hold.

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Highway of Tears a True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls McDiarmid, Jessica,
#NotYourPrincess Voices of Native American Women
Red River Girl the Life and Death of Tina Fontaine Jolly, Joanna,
Bone Black GoldenEagle, Carol Rose,

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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