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

Library News

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Last year we asked for your input to help us build a Strategic Plan for 2021—an unusual year under COVID.

We ask for your help again as we plan for the library's future for 2022 and beyond. Please fill in our short survey, and share with us what you want from your library.

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Expanded Open Hours Start October 1st!

Starting October 1, we will now be open late on Thursdays, from 10 am-8 pm, and open on Sundays from 12 pm-4 pm. Our full open hours are:

  • Tuesday 10 am-5 pm
  • Wednesday 10 am-5 pm
  • Thursday 10 am-8 pm
  • Friday 10 am-5 pm
  • Saturday 12 pm-4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm-4 pm
  • Monday CLOSED

Masks are mandatory while visiting the library. Vaccine verification is not required.


October Sewer Work: The Library is Open, But Parking is Limited

Public Works will be working on the sewer connection in front of and around the library beginning October 1 and continuing for approximately four weeks. The library is still open during this time—please enter at the north Annex entrance as usual.

However, the east side of the Library parking lot will be closed during this time.

Check the Bowen Island Municipality website and social media for updates on sidewalk closures and traffic notices, or get updates on the Alertable app.

Questions? Please contact Public Works at 604-947-4255 or


Nightwatch: Stargaze with an Astronomer

Stargaze with astronomer John Reid. Learn how to use a telescope to explore the night sky, and discover how living on a giant spinning ball changes what can be seen each night.

An All Ages Event.

October 23, 2021 | 6:30pm

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Submit Your Best Two-Sentence Horror Stories This October!

Throughout October, people of all ages are invited to write their best two-sentence horror stories and submit them at the Bowen Library!

We’ll post them in the library for all to read, and even share some on our social media, website, and newsletter. Get into the Halloween spirit and get creative—how much horror can you pack into two sentences?

Need some inspiration? Read some samples here.

Pick up a bookmark-sized submission sheet at the library, or print it at home from our website and fill it in, then drop it off at our front desk. You can also submit your two sentences via email to

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Teen Advisory Group

Thank you to the fantastic teens who participated in our first Teen Advisory Group meeting! You shared great ideas on what you would like from the library, and recommended a ton of books, which we've compiled into a TAG September Booklist for all to see.

We will be hosting another TAG meeting in the next few weeks, so please email us if you are or know a teen who would like to participate, and we will send you the upoming October date and time, once determined. You can also keep an eye on our Events Calendar, Facebook, and Instagram for TAG info.

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

TAG is for teens who want to help make the Library more teen-friendly, have an idea for a teen event, or want to recommend books for our collection.

Have your say by joining the Teen Advisory Group. Have fun, meet other like-minded teens, and gain community service hours and experience all at the same time.

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Fall Book Sales

Come to the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sales, in the Library Annex, from 10 am to 12 pm on the second Saturday of the month:

  • Saturday, October 9: fiction/biography/history
  • Saturday, November 13: fiction/handicrafts/arts/house & home
  • Saturday, December 11: fiction/travel/CDs/DVDs

All funds raised support the library.


Donate Books This Saturday, Oct. 2

Donations can be dropped off at the library Annex on the first Saturday of each month, from 1-3 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.


Bring Your Own Book Club for ages 18-35 yrs

If you’re between 18-35 and want to discuss books and meet other young Bowen Island book lovers, drop in to one or all of our Bring Your Own Book Club dates.

This is a welcoming group where you can rave (or rant!) about a book you’ve read or an audiobook you've listened to, and find your next great read.

Even if you almost never read books, if you've read one at some point and have some thoughts about it, you're welcome here!

Our next meeting dates are Saturdays October 16 and November 20 from 12-1 pm.

See our Booklist created from BYOBook Club members' recommendations so far. (Join us and add your recommendations to the list!)

We will meet in the Library Annex but could move outside depending on the group’s preference and if weather permits. Masks are required indoors and COVID protocols will be in place, but proof of vaccination is not required.


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October is Library Month

October is Canadian Library Month and BC Library Month! Celebrate with us by visiting the library, attending a libary program, and maybe re-acquainting yourself with all our physical and digital collections and services if it's been a while—we are here to serve you!

Share what you love about your library on social media and tag #BClibrarymonth #publiclibraries and @bowenislandpubliclibrary


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 Collections

Celebrating National Seniors Day

October 1 is National Seniors Day in Canada and International Day of Older Persons worldwide. It's a day to celebrate our older friends, family, and community members, the contributions they make, and their life experience and expertise.

Our librarian has picked some entertaining and humourous fiction featuring older characters to share with you this month. We've featured a few here, but you can also see them all in our online booklist in our catalogue.

See Our "Fiction About Older People" Booklist


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 by the library exit door 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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  • 10 am-5 pm Tues, Wed, Fri
  • 10 am-8 pm Thur
  • 12-4 pm Sat & Sun
  • Book return open at all times.