Bowen Island Public Library's e-Newsletter • May 2020

Library News

Library Takeout • We're Back On!

After putting our Library Takeout service temporarily on hold, we're now back on, allowing you to safely request and pick up library materials.

Place a hold from home on books, DVDs, Med Shed equipment & more. You'll be notified when your items are ready for pickup.

(Choose your notification method when you place the hold—email, phone, or text/SMS—and check your junk email folder if you're expecting an email notification.)

Pick up your items from the Library on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 12 pm-3 pm.

Need a library card? Apply for a library card online, and find updated information on waived fines, returns, and library hours on our website.

Takeout Info


Online Catalogue Upgrade

Our online catalogue will be undergoing a software upgrade this weekend. It will not be available to search or place holds from Saturday, May 16, 9 pm to Tuesday, May 19, 5 am.

Access the Catalogue


Storytime Now Online!

Our Storytime volunteer, Aubin, has been busy filming Storytimes in the library's children's section, and we're ready to share them with you!

Find our first videos on our website, with new ones posted weekly on Fridays. Storytime is a program for 2-4 year-olds and their caregivers.

Go to Storytime


Our Plan for Restoring Services

We were excited to see the Province of BC announce their restart plan last week, and thrilled to see the provincial recognition of the importance of public libraries by including us in Phase 2 of the restart. Bowen Library immediately took steps to respond by bringing our takeout service into operation. Staff are very happy to be able to provide you with physical books, DVDs and Med Shed equipment, and we are assessing the takeout service for expansion as we are able to do so with necessary hygiene protocols and physical distancing.

The next steps in providing further library services will be determined by our ability to meet or exceed guidelines for the safety of our staff and the public. We have a phased plan that uses abundant caution and milestones from our community and the health authorities to determine when and how we can expand services and open our doors again to the public.

Much depends on when we will be able to receive the equipment and supplies required to make our library safe, and many of these items are currently on backorder or are difficult to procure. Because of this, we cannot yet offer a timeline for the restoration of in-person library services. Please be sure that library staff are working hard to make our full offering of services available to patrons as soon as possible, in a safe way.

In the meantime, we share with you this fun video from Springville Public Library in Utah for a glimpse of what libraries have to take into consideration for the safety and well-being of our staff and patrons.


March's Mini BookFest

The Friends Of the Bowen Island Library Society held their Mini Bookfest this past March 9, in the Annex.

This was the first time trying a book sale in the new space, and many Bowen Islanders popped in to buy books of fiction, beautifully laid out by the FOBILS volunteers.

Over $600 was raised for the library, exceeding their goal. Thank you to the FOBILS volunteers for another excellent fundraising event!

This was of course meant to be a prelude to BookFest, the giant used book sale held in the BICS gym on the May long weekend. As you may have guessed, BookFest will not be happening this spring, and the Library is not accepting book donations at this time.


Bowen Library ...Online!

While our building may be closed, we're still always open online! (And staff are still here to help you!)

Using your smartphone, tablet, computer, or e-reader, you can access a huge selection of reading materials, video courses, films, and other electronic resources through our website.

  • Learn more about our resources for adults and children here
  • See our Complete List of Electronic Resources here
  • See our Library COVID-19 Updates here
  • And keep scrolling down to see this month's two featured online resources

We hope you'll keep in touch with us via Facebook, email, and our e-Newsletter, and stay tuned for updates on our online offerings, future programs, and more.


Additional Online Resources

Many publishers have made their digital resources free for library patrons during our closure. Try these out while they’re here!

See All Online Resources


Featured Online Resources

Did you know you can access for free with your library card?

This popular, professional, expert-led video learning database has a wide selection of online video courses to help you gain skills for your career and life.

Go to

Topics examples:

  • Audio + Music
  • Business
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Development
  • Photography
  • Leadership
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Animation
  • App Development
  • Project Management
  • Marketing
  • See more

Software Course examples:

  • Photoshop
  • Ableton Live
  • Microsoft Word
  • Quickbooks
  • AutoCAD
  • Instagram
  • iMovie
  • Wordpress
  • HTML
  • InDesign
  • Google Ads
  • See more


Learning Paths examples—Become a:

  • Programmer
  • 3D Character Animator
  • Recording Engineer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Craft Business Owner
  • Publish an eBook
  • IT Support Technician
  • Photographer
  • Film Producer
  • Project Manager
  • See more



RB Digital Magazines

RBdigital Magazines, the world’s largest newsstand, offers full-colour digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on computers and mobile devices.

This collection of almost 4000 popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles with no wait times, no checkout periods, and no limits—instant access! 

Read in your browser on your laptop, or in th RB Digital app on your smart device. Find your favourite magazines—online!

Learn More


Children's eBooks

TumbleBooks: Children's eBooks, Read-Alongs, Graphic Novels, Non-Fiction...

...and more are available from TumbleBooks. Instant access, no waitlist or placing holds! Click here to get to our Kids' page, then click on the TumbleBooks links to access:

  • Tumblebooks – Online K-6 children’s ebook database
  • TumbleMath – K-6 math ebook database

Click on the following book titles to access them directly:


Young Adult eBooks & eAudiobooks

TeenBookCloud & AudioBookCloud: Teens' & YA eBooks, Graphic Novels, Non-Fiction...

...and more are available from TumbleBooks. Instant access, no waitlist or placing holds! Click here to get to our Teens' page, then click on the TumbleBooks links to access:

  • TeenBookCloud – gr 7-12 ebook database
  • AudioBookCloud – an audiobook database for teens/adults

Click on the following book titles to access them directly (works on computers only; on mobile devices, this will take you to TeenBookCloud's home page):


eBooks & eAudiobooks

eBooks & eAudiobooks

Access eBooks & eAudiobooks using the Libby or OverDrive app on your smart device, or download to your computer or eReader.

Want to see what items are available right now? Check the eBooks Available Now and Audiobooks Available Now search options.

Need help accessing eBooks? Contact us with your questions or to book a remote help session with our Tech tutor. You can also find more info here.

Hot tip! For the month of May, Library2Go's #HarryPotterAtHome campaign continues, making unlimited e-copies of the first Harry Potter book available (in many language options)—no wait time!

Click on the following book titles to see them online:


More Library Services Available

Remote Tech Help Available

The Bowen Library's friendly Tech Tutor, Leo, is available remotely!

Need help accessing eBooks? Can't get into your email? New to Zoom? Trying to share a file? Facetime not behaving? Setting up a new device?

Email us to arrange one-on-one remote help with your tech issues.

Find Out More


Medical Equipment Lending

Along with our book takeout service you can also borrow medical equipment. You can place a hold from our catalogue, or contact us to request to borrow medical equipment. Pick up is on Wednesday and Saturday between 12 and 3 pm or by appointment.

Please note that, as with all library materials checked out, we cannot accept returns of medical equipment at this time. Please keep all your library materials at home for now. All items currently out have extended due dates, to be further extended if needed. No fines will be charged for any overdues during this closure.

Find Out More


Need a Library Card?

If you don't yet have a Bowen Library card, no problem—patrons can apply for one online.

You can access our many eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, video courses, film streaming, and learning tools online, via our website, but for many of these, you will need a Bowen Library card. 

Apply for a Library Card


Current Book List: "Books Can Help!"

Need some book recommendations? Our latest book list, "Books Can Help!", includes links to eBooks & eAudiobooks in our catalogue.

In this list, we suggest titles that will:

  • lift your mood
  • pass the time, and
  • give you something else to think about!

See Our Book List


Library Open Hours

Although the library building is currently closed due to COVID-19, we are always open online!

Contact Us

(604) 947-9788