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

Library News


January In-Person Programs Postponed

Due to the current COVID situation we have postponed our planned in-person January programs to February. Please see new dates for our programs below.

You can always check our Events Calendar and our Library COVID-19 Updates page for further updates.

We appreciate our patrons' continued understanding and courtesy towards our staff and each other as we adjust with the pandemic and follow public health orders.

Events Calendar


Fingertip Pulse Oximeters Available to Borrow

The library has four fingertip pulse oximeters available for patrons to borrow. These devices measure heart rate and oxygen saturation in the blood and can be used to help assess someone at home with lung disease or COVID-19.

Please consult a medical professional if you have any questions regarding your health.

Place a Hold on a Pulse Oximeter


Library Champions Info Session

Thursday, January 20, 2022 | 6:30 pm (Online)

New to BC Presents:

Library Champions Online: New Immigrants Helping Other New immigrants. A program for permanent residents in Canada.

The Sea to Sky and Sunshine Coast Libraries invite you to attend an online Library Champions Information Session, via Zoom, January 20, 2022, from 6:30 – 7:30pm.

Participating libraries: Bowen Island, Gibsons and District, Lillooet, Pemberton and District, Powell River, Sechelt, Squamish and Whistler.

About Library Champions

Become a Library Champion - Volunteer Online! Are you a new immigrant looking for:

  • Canadian volunteer work experience?
  • Online access to community and library resources?
  • Better communication skills?
  • More confidence?
  • New friends and connections to community?
  • A better understanding of your community?

The Library Champions Project offers all of these things and much more! To be a Library Champion, you must:

  • Want to volunteer
  • Love libraries and helping other people
  • Be comfortable using technology to connect with others online
  • Be 19 years or older
  • Be a permanent resident but NOT yet a Canadian Citizen

For more information, go to or call 604-437-8441.

Learn More


Family Literacy Week Activities

January 23-30 is Family Literacy Week!

Celebrate Literacy this January! While we had to put a planned in-person program for Literacy Day on hold, you can still participate in Literacy Week with the following online and at-home activities:

Book Bingo

Keep track of the books you read this month by writing the title and author in the matching square. You can participate as a single reader or as a family.

See if you can complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line. You can also challenge yourself to complete more than one line or even fill in the whole bingo chart!

When you’re done, come hand it in at the Bowen Island Library (or put it through our book return slot), and we will post it on our Book Bingo Wall of Fame! This helps others find great titles to read as well.

Decoda Literacy Resources

These are games, activities, and information about children’s literacy, to get the whole family enjoying the wonders that come with reading!

Family Literacy Week


Book Donation Days

CANCELLED: Saturday, January 8, 2022 | 1 pm

NEXT DATE: Saturday, February 5, 2022 | 1 pm

The next Friends of the Bowen Library book donation day is in the Library Annex on Saturday, February 5, 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.

Donation Guidelines


BYOBook Club

CANCELLED: Saturday, January 8, 2022 | 12-1 pm

NEXT DATE: Saturday, February 12, 2022 | 12-1 pm

Please note: We have changed our winter/spring meeting dates to occur on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

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 dates: Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14, Jun. 11.

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

Find Out More


Teen Advisory Group

CANCELLED: Thursday, January 27, 2022| 2:00-3:30 pm

NEXT DATE: Thursday, February 26, 2022| 2:00-3:30 pm

We’ll have games and activities, discuss our favourite books, and spend some time planning a teen programs you’ve voted for!

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

TAG Meetings are the last Saturday of every month from February–May 2022.

Find Out More



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).

Learn More


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.


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.


Featured Collection

Most Popular Titles in 2021 at Bowen Library

Looking for a book to kick off 2022? Why not try one of our most popular books of 2021? The following books were checked out the most times in their category last year. Click on the book images below to see them and place a hold in our catalogue.

See More "Most Popular of 2021" Kids' Books

Most Popular Adult Fiction

Most Popular Adult Non-fiction

Most Popular Children's Book

Most Popular YA Book (tied)

Most Popular YA Book (tied)


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, with all funds raised supporting the Bowen Library.

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


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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