Islanders may be confined to their homes but luckily they can still use a classic mode of travel: reading.
While both the Bowen library and Phoenix are closed until further notice, options for islanders itching for a book are available, or will be soon.
The library is in the process of setting up a system whereby islanders with library cards can place a book, DVD, even possibly an item from the medshed, on hold and either pick it up or have it delivered if said islander is in self-isolation (thanks to Artisan Office). There would be pick-up days a couple of times a week (probably Wed. and Sat.) where islanders could come to the library annex door and get a bag or box with the items they’d put on hold and staff member had checked out.
Chief librarian Tina Nielsen said this will hopefully be available in the next week but people can start putting items on hold now.
If islanders don’t know their library card number or password, they can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Islanders who don’t currently have a library card can also email this address and staff can help them out said Nielsen.
The library is also not accepting books back at this point so return dates have been extended until at least April 30.
While the doors to Phoenix on Bowen are closed, the shop is still serving islanders.
They’re offering virtual tours of the store so islanders can see what they want to purchase and then Phoenix will deliver on-island at no extra cost.
Books, boardgames, toys, owner Jared Brown says that they’re not limited to what’s in stock as he can place more orders from the suppliers.
To that end, Brown is organizing a bulk book order for this week. The books are 15 per cent off and the deadline to order is Thursday, March 26 at 4 p.m. Orders can be sent via Facebook, email email@example.com or call (604) 947 2793.