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Friends of the Library BookFest coming May 20

Bowen's annual big book sale is just two weeks away. But the Friends are worried it may be their last as they search for new accommodation
Friends of the Library member Anna-Marie Atherton hopes her group and their many, many books will have a home at the start of July.

A much anticipated spring time tradition is almost here – BookFest!

This event, sponsored by the Friends of the Bowen Island Library, is held annually in the Bowen Island Community School gym – this year from May 20 to 22. We also sponsor the Mini Bookstore inside the Public Library, providing near new books at very reasonable prices, in case you can’t wait until the May long weekend!

Who are the Friends? This society was created in 1978 to develop and nurture a public library – prior to this there was no continuing public library on Bowen! Since those early years, the Society has provided ongoing funds to the library for programs and projects not otherwise funded in their regular operating budget.

The Friends have supported projects such as the construction of the Cove Commons, as well the purchase of software, furniture, and equipment. They have been annual supporters of the vital kids Summer Reading Program since 1987.

As Chief Librarian Tina Nielsen notes, “The Friends have been here longer than the library itself. Their support makes it possible to pilot services and respond to opportunities outside of our regular budget cycle. They are an invaluable support to the library.”

The future of the Friends BookFest is now in jeopardy! Our current year-round sorting facility lease expires June 30 and unless new premises are secured, we will not be able to collect book donations. Consequently, this may be our last book sale!

We are seeking approximately 500 square feet of space, with level entry and preferably with heat. If you have space or know of space available, please contact myself, Anna-Marie, at:

In the meantime, our annual sale will continue as usual with excellent quality used books. The sale runs for three days, but the best selection is on Saturday, May 20 - you are sure to find some great reads! Come join us at the BICS gym on May 20, 21, and 22.

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