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

Library News


Holiday Book Sale

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 10 am-2 pm

Come to the Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale, in the Library Annex, from 10 am to 2 pm. Find a selection of fiction, travel books, DVDs and CDs, and individually priced “special gift” books.

All funds raised support the Bowen Island Library.

Holiday Book Sale


BYOBook Club

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 12-1 pm

As requested by our BYOBook Clubbers, we've added an extra December date! Please note that we'll be meeting in the Flex Room this time, as the Holiday Book Sale will be taking place in the Annex.

If you’re between 18-35 and want to discuss books and meet other Bowen Island book lovers, drop in to Bring Your Own Book Club!

This is a welcoming group where you can rave (or rant!) about a book you’ve read or an audiobook you’ve listened to (at any point in your life—it doesn't have to be recent), and find your next great read.

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

We'll also be continuing BYOBook Club in 2022, on the third Saturday of the month.

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Fines for Food

December 15-January 15

Come in and clear your fines at half their amount: for every dollar donated in our Bowen Island Food Bank jar, we will clear two dollars worth of fines!

All the money donated will go directly to the Food Bank to enable them to purchase fresh food.

(Fines for Food only applies to overdue fines, and does not apply to fees for damaged or missing library items. We cannot issue tax receipts on behalf of the Food Bank).

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Drop-In Holiday Crafternoon

Sunday, December 19, 2021 | 1-2 pm

We invite you to drop in to Holiday Crafternoon to learn the meditative art of book folding and help us upcycle our discarded books!

Visit the Bowen Library Annex for an afternoon full of holiday cheer where you’ll receive a book folding how-to and tasty refreshments. Simple ornament-making and colouring pages will be available for our younger patrons.

Take your creations home to use as decorations or share them with loved ones as a heart-felt gift.

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Library Holiday Hours

The library will be closed:

  • December 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28
  • January 1

Come see us during our regular open hours before and after these dates.

Closed Remembrance Day

Afternoon at the Movies: The Little Prince

Thursday, December 30, 2021 | 1 pm

Join us for a movie in the Library! We will be showing The Little Prince (2015) in the Library Annex.

  • Rated PG, recommended age 7+
  • Run time; 1 hr 50 mins
  • 50 seats available—come early to save your seats!
  • Masks mandatory for ages 5+

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January Book Donation Day


Saturday, January 8, 2022 | 1 pm

Our next book donation day is in the Library Annex on Saturday, January 8, 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.

After January 8, Book Donation Days will continue to be on the first Saturday of the month, which you can see in our Events Calendar.

Donation Guidelines


Winter Storytime

Fridays, January 14-March 11, 2022| 10:30-11:00 am

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

Registration is required. To register, call us at (604) 947-9788. (Please leave a voicemail if calling after hours.) Registration is for all 9 sessions.

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Support the Library

Thank you to the many library supporters who have already donated this year and this season to the Bowen Island Public Library Foundation.

If you are wanting to donate and haven't yet done so, there are two ways to give:

  • Online: The easiest way is to donate online via Canada Helps
  • In-person: You can also donate in person during library hours by cash, debit, or cheques made payable to the Bowen Island Public Library Foundation (library hours: Tues, Wed, Fri 10-5; Thurs 10-8; Sat & Sun 12-4; Closed Mondays). Please note our holiday closures.

Supporters who make a donation of $20 or more in 2021 will receive a tax receipt for the 2021 tax year.



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.

The Woods Are Always Watching a Novel Perkins, Stephanie, book cover

If you liked The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart, you will like The Woods are Always Watching by Stephanie Perkins.

Felix Ever After Callender, Kacen, book cover

If you liked The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver, you will like Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender.

Butler for Hire! Angleberger, Tom, book cover

If you like the Inspector Flytrap series, you will like the DJ Funkyfoot series.

Gnawing Around Colleen, Marcie, book cover

If you liked the Dogman series, you will like the Super Happy Party Bears series.

The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities New Stories About Mythic Heroes book cover

If you liked Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston, you will like Cursed Carnival presented by Rick Riordan.

 Tristan Strong Keeps Punching Mbalia, Kwame, book cover

If you liked the Percy Jackson series, you will like the Tristan Strong series.


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.

On foot to Canterbury book cover
The Korean Vegan book cover cookbook
The man who died twice book cover
Noor book cover
The Sentence a Novel Erdrich, Louise, book cover
Never Follett, Ken, book cover

Featured Collection

Bok cover: Celebrate Your Creative Self 25 Exercises to Discover Your Inner Artist Beam, Mary Todd, 1931-

Painting and Drawing

Winter is a great time to hunker down and get creative. Let the Library inspire you with our selection of books on painting and drawing techniques.

BONUS: Do you love video courses? LinkedIn Learning (formerly has a large selection of painting and drawing video courses (among many other topics), free for Bowen Library patrons to access.

See More Painting and Drawing Books in Our Catalogue

Book cover:  Experimental Landscapes in Watercolour Blockley, Ann,
Book cover:  Read an excerpt The Urban Sketching Handbook 101 Sketching Tips Bower, Stephanie,
Book COver: The Complete Book of Drawing People Barber, Barrington
Book Cover: Painting in Acrylics the Indispensable Guide Kloosterboer, Lorena
Book Cover: Daily Painting Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist
Book cover: Abstract Art Painting Expressions in Mixed Media Stewart, Debora,

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.

The Mini Book sale is located by the library's main (south) entrance foyer.


Stay Posted on Social

Here's some of what we're up to on Facebook & Instagram (cat-themed BookFace photos seems to be the trend this month!). Check it out, give us a follow, and tag us @bowenislandpubliclibrary on your Bowen Library-related posts!

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