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

Library News

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Bad Art Gala

Saturday, June 25, 2022 | 2:00-3:30 pm

A free program for kids (8+) and teens, presented by our Teen Advisory Group.

Join us for an afternoon of creating horrible art! The challenge is to make the tackiest piece of art you can in 45 minutes, using the library’s ugliest craft supplies. Then, check out other participants' work and vote for your “least” favourite. Whoever receives the most votes will win a prize. Leave your good taste at home, and do your worst!

Registration required. Call the Library at (604) 947-9788 to register.

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Image Description: BC Summer Reading Club poster with cartoon images of children playing, making music, gardening, by artist Elaine Chen.

Summer Reading Club Starts June 15!

What is SRC?

BC Summer Reading Club is a free literacy program that encourages reading throughout the summer and engages children (ages 5-14 years old). Summer Reading Club is a fun, educational, inclusive and community-oriented program that began over 30 years ago. This year's programs will include crafts, games, activities, and more!

This year’s BC Summer Reading Club community and connection-based theme is called All Together Now! It features artwork by Vancouver-based illustrator and artist Elaine Chen.

How to Register

SRC includes a 50 day reading challenge where kids track their reading for 50 days to win a medal at the end of the summer! Throughout the 50 day challenge kids can collect stickers at the Library for every 7 days of reading and enter draws for prizes. Come register and pick up your booklet starting June 15th.

Our weekly SRC programs will begin in July so be sure to sign up for the SRC newsletter (select the Summer Reading Club box on the form) to get reminders and updates.

BC SRC Online

Like in recent years, you can also participate online with the BC SRC reading tracker app and weekly online activities, videos, contests, quizzes, and more. Click here to find out more and sign up for SRC Online.

Learn More

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The WorkBC Career Advisor is Back!

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 2:00-5:00 pm

WorkBC Career Advisor visits are back at the library! Come get one-on-one help with resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job searches, insights on the job market, career and education advice, and more from a WorkBC Career Advisor.

This free drop-in service is in the Library Flex Room on the 4th Wednesday of the month: June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26, and Nov 23.

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Bowen Library @ ISABC Pride

Bowen Library joined Island Pacific School as they kicked off Pride Season with their multi-school Pride event in the BowFest field on June 1.

Library staff got to connect with students from IPS and other Independent Schools Association of BC schools' Gender and Sexuality Alliance clubs.

Students from each of the schools hosted their own Pride activities, including photo stations, flag-making, nail-painting, cookie-decorating, and lots of games. At the Library table, students got to design and make their own Pride buttons, browse books, quiz themselves on all the pride flags, and take home our Pride booklists.

Our thanks to IPS for inviting us to their fantastic event!

Anyone can pick up our bookmark-sized Pride reading lists for Kids and Teens at the Library, or access them online. See our "Featured This Month" section below for links to our online booklists, and come see our Pride Month displays in the Library this June.

Photos: Top—Koka the dog celebrates Pride in a fabulous rainbow costume. Bottom left—Library staff Brynna, left, and Lauren, right, with event organizer and IPS teacher Kari Marentette in the middle. Bottom right—Brynna and Lauren at our book display/reading corner/hoola hoop station.

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photo of two women under the library tent with book displays and reading area and hula hoops
Image Description: National Indigenous Peoples Day events poster featuring images of Kung Jaadee, a female storyteller holding her children’s book; a movie cover for “Now is the Time” film, image of people’s hands holding up a totem pole; and Cheximiya, a woman with a woven blanket on her shoulders, hands held up.

National Indigenous Peoples Day Events

Join us the week of National Indigenous Peoples Day to celebrate through art, storytelling, and film. See below for details.

These events are brought to you by Knowing Our Place, an initiative of the Bowen Island Library, the Hearth Gallery, and Pauline Le Bel. The aim is to learn our true history with Indigenous peoples and to foster mutually-enhancing relationships.

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a movie cover for “Now is the Time” film, image of people’s hands holding up a totem pole

An Evening of Short Indigenous Films

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 7:00-8:30 pm

To register, call (604) 947-9788.

Four short films that celebrate the art and culture of Indigenous Peoples on the Pacific Coast.

With opportunity for lively discussion about these acclaimed artists and their engaging stories. Facilitated by Pauline Le Bel.

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of Kung Jaadee, a female storyteller holding her children’s book

Storytime with Kung Jaadee

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 10:30-11:30 am

To register, call (604) 947-9788.

Join us for a fun-filled morning of stories, songs, and rhymes with children’s book author Kung Jaadee!

Children ages 0-5 and their families will experience wonderful X̱aayda (Haida) drumming and storytelling.

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Cheximiya, a woman with a woven blanket on her shoulders, hands held up.

Squamish Weaving with Chex̱imiya

Sunday, June 26, 2022 | 2 pm

Drop-in / All ages

Watch, learn, and weave with celebrated artist Chex̱imiya who combines modern techniques with the ancient Sḵwx̱wú7mesh art of weaving.

Join us at 2 pm at the Cove Commons and participate in creating a unique wool weaving that will remain on display at the Library.

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Poster with Write on Bowen logo which has cream and grey open book, and poster features grey hills with evergreen trees, and logos for the Bowen Library, The Hearth, BC Government, and Copper Spirit Distillery.

Write on Bowen • Early Bird Ticket Sales Extended & Subsidized Tickets

Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2022

Tickets are still available (though limited!) for Write on Bowen Festival of Readers and Writers, presented by the Write on Bowen Committee in partnership with the Hearth and the Bowen Island Public Library.

Early Bird Pricing Extended. Early-Bird pricing has been extended to end of day June 14!

Subsidized Tickets. Through generous funding from the Friends of the Bowen Island Public Library Society, The Bowen Library is pleased to be able to offer three subsidized Write on Bowen festival passes to community members for whom the ticket price is a barrier. Whether you are a senior on a fixed income, a teen who is interested in writing, or anyone else who self-identifies as needing a little help getting a ticket please let us know. Email the Bowen Library at and ask to be entered in the random draw for these subsidized tickets. You do not need give a reason for entering the draw. Please enter by June 14th, and we will draw three names on the 15th.

About Write on Bowen. Write on Bowen is a two-day writing festival with workshops from acclaimed authors like CC Humphries and Lindsay Wong. Explore book publishing, killer opening scenes, and find out how to silence your inner critic. August 6 & 7 in the Library Annex and Copper Spirit Distillery.

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Welcome, Lauren, Our 2022 SRC Library Assistant!

This summer we welcome Lauren as our Summer Reading Club Library Assistant. She will be coordinating programs for kids and youth as part of the BC Summer Reading Club program.

Lauren is studying health sciences at Queens University and is living on Bowen Island for the summer. She has had many jobs working with kids, including coaching field hockey. Please say hello to Lauren next time you're at the Library!

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Thursdays, June 2 & 23, 2022 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Join us for friendly all-ages chess! All experience levels welcome. Chess boards provided.

This week's session will be a special one! On June 2, Chess Coach Amir Hassanpour will be joining us over Zoom to talk about strategy and answer any questions you might have.

June 23, the final session, will be a friendly tournament!

Registration is required—sign up for one or more sessions in person or by phone at (604) 947-9788 (please leave a voicemail if calling after hours).

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stroytime poster with child reading book

Spring Storytime

April 29-June 17, 2022 | 10:30-11:00 am

Drop-ins are now welcome for Spring Storytime on Fridays!

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

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Final BYOBook Club!

Saturday, June 11, 2022 | 12-1 pm

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 our final date, Saturday, June 11.

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

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Casual Tuesdays Book Club

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 | 11:30 am

Bring one or more books you love and join us for coffee/tea and conversation. Share your favourites, meet other book lovers, and find your next great read!

Drop in to this welcoming book club for adults and seniors on our final spring date, Tuesday, June 28.

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People shopping for books at the BICS gym book sale

Thanks for Another Fabulous BookFest!

After a pandemic pause, BookFest returned this recent May long weekend to throngs of eager readers. Organized by volunteers as a fundraiser for the Library, the sale's funds support many special projects.

Our thanks goes out to the Friends of the Bowen Island Library Society and their group of volunteers for making this much-loved sale happen once more, to the shoppers who filled their bags and boxes in support of the Library, and to the many book donors.

If you missed BookFest and love quality used books, the Friends' Mini Book Sale is always well-stocked in the entrance to the Library.

The Friends will be taking a much-deserved break from accepting book donations, and will return in the fall.

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booksale set up with boxes and books on tables
People shopping for books at the BICS gym book sale with baloons on tables
sorry we are closed poster

Closed Friday, July 1

The Library will be closed Friday, July 1 for Canada Day.

We will be open Thursday, June 30, 10 am-8 pm and Saturday, July 2, 12-4 pm as usual.


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.

Witches of Brooklyn. 2, What the Hex?! Escabasse, Sophie
Apple Crush Knisley, Lucy,
 Shinji Takahashi and the Mark of the Coatl Kagawa, Julie,
The Cow Who Climbed a Tree Merino, Gemma
Tales of Ancient Worlds Milosavljevich, Stefan,
Family of Liars Lockhart, E.,

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.

Golden the Power of Silence in a World of Noise Zorn, Justin,
Woman, Watching Louise De Kiriline Lawrence and the Songbirds of Pimisi Bay Simonds, Merilyn
Sparring Partners Grisham, John
Remarkably Bright Creatures Van Pelt, Shelby
Exit Strategy Wells, Martha,
Outdoor Kids in An Inside World Getting Your Family Out of the House and Radically Engaged With Nature Rinella, Steven

Featured This Month

Pride Celebrating Diversity & Community Stevenson, Robin, 1968-

Pride Season Booklists for Kids & Teens

Happy Pride season! Celebrate Pride by enjoying these great reads for kids and teens.

Click on the book cover images to see these titles in our catalogue and place a hold.

Find print copies of these booklists at the library this June, and browse these two bookslists online here:

Read with Pride: Kids Books

Read with Pride: Teen Books

You Should See Me in a Crown Johnson, Leah (Young adult author),
A Family Is a Family Is a Family O'Leary, Sara
Not Quite Narwhal Sima, Jessie,
 Here's to Us Albertalli, Becky,
Beyond Magenta Transgender Teens Speak Out Kuklin, Susan,
 Messy Roots a Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American Gao, Laura,
 The Avant-Guards. Volume One Usdin, Carly,
I Am Jazz Herthel, Jessica,

Featured @ the Mini Book Store

Come pick up some great reads for all ages at the Mini Book Store, curated and organized by Friends of the Bowen Island Library Society volunteers, with all funds raised supporting the Bowen Library.

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

Photo of mini book store in library entrance, books on display to purchase

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!

Image description: Facebook screenshot of a book "Roy Digs Dirt", book held up in front of a real dog’s head, book face style, so illustration on cover of dog popping out of a dirt hole looks like dog’s head. Second image is of book being held to side with dog's face in semi-view.
bookface with new DVD "Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop" with two actors on cover held up against to people so it looks like they are the people on the DVD cover. photo set in Bowen library.
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