Bowen Island Public Library

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Library Update

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Enjoy books for longer with less hassle!

We've instated automatic renewals. If there are no holds on your borrowed item and it hasn’t reached its renewal limit, we’ll automatically renew it for you. The due date will be extended according to our loan periods.

Items that are eligible will be automatically renewed up to two times. You'll receive an email one day before your items are due, listing your borrowed items and whether each was successfully renewed or not. Please return any items that were not auto-renewed.

You can still view and manage your borrowed items online anytime from your library account.

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BC Libraries Present—Kim Stanley Robinson: Imagining a Better Climate Future

Tuesday, October 3 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm PDT

Amidst the urgency and anxiety of the climate crisis, speculative fiction can help us find hope by showing what an alternative, better future could look like. In The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson imagines a world ravaged by climate disaster, where humans find ways to change politics, technology, and the economy to win the fight against climate change.

For our first event of this series, join a hopeful conversation about solutions to our most existential dilemma, and how imagining new futures can help us get there.

Moderated by Dorothy Woodend, culture editor for The Tyee.

Register to Attend this Live-Streamed Event

Kim Stanley Robinson is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed 2312, Shaman, New York 2140, and The Ministry for the Future. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards, the most prestigious awards for science fiction. In 2008, he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute.

Dorothy Woodend is the culture editor for The Tyee, and a renowned arts and culture critic. Her writing has received numerous awards, including the Max Wyman Award for Critical Writing in 2020, as well as Silver Medal for Best Column at the Digital Publishing Awards in 2019 and 2020. Dorothy is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.

Register for one or all of these three talks: Kim Stanley Robinson (October 3), John Vaillant (November 8), and Brandi Morin (December 7).

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Saturday, September 30 | 10 am-2 pm

Dukdukdiya, the little hummingbird from the Quechan parable and illustrated here by local artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, inspires us to do what we can in the work of reconciliation ahead—single acts of courage and commitment.

This is a drop-in event from 10 am-2 pm. We encourage folks to come at 10 am to hear opening words by artist Simon Winadzi James.

Stay and silkscreen your own little hummingbird flag to take home, and reflect on and commit to one of the 94 Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, which will be displayed in the Library.

A note on the venue: This event will take place in the Library Annex, but the old library building will be closed. Therefore, please access this event from the Annex entrance on the northwest side of the building.

This program is presented by SFU professor Brenda Morrison and the group the Social Echoes, in partnership with the Bowen Island Public Library. We are grateful to artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas for granting us permission to use his hummingbird artwork for this initiative, and to artist Simon Winadzi James for speaking at this event.

See ReconciliACTION in Our Calendar

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Library Services Closed on Saturday, September 30

The old Library building and regular library services will be closed for this statutory holiday, except that the Annex will be open for our ReconciliACTION event from 10 am-2 pm.

To attend this event, please come to the Annex door. Regular library services (collection access, check-out, etc) will not be available.

Come visit us another time during our regular open hours.

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See All of our Programs in our Calendar

You can always see what we have planned by going to our Events Calendar on our website at, including dates for:

  • French Connections - September 23
  • Teen Advisory Group - September 23
  • Book Donation - September 24
  • WorkBC Career Advisor Drop-In - September 26
  • Babytime - Thursdays
  • ...and more!

See Events Calendar


Library 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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