Bowen’s Cultural Corner Becoming a Reality

Shared space will offer many community programs between the Library and Hearth

Bowen Library submission published in the Undercurrent, March 18, 2022

Image: An artist rendition of the finished outdoor Cultural Corner outside the Library and Hearth. Tectonic Architecture

The Library and the Hearth Gallery will soon be swapping out orange fencing for sunny benches, a new plaza, and fresh landscaping.

Work will begin shortly on the Snug Cove Cultural Corner, a project that expands the outdoor community space in the Cove, and provides a sheltered structure for Library and Hearth events such as art demonstrations, live performances, and author readings.

South facing and with delightful views of Snug Cove Marina, the new space will be an aesthetically beautiful gathering place for all members of the community to relax, learn, share, and connect.

Designed by local Tectonic Architecture, the project features a covered programming area, new pathways and lighting, additional benches and seating areas, and landscape work around the Library Annex and Hearth Gallery to finish off the final phase of the Cove Commons project that began in 2018. Read more from the Undercurrent article.


New Interim Library Director

September 2021

Have you met our new Interim Library Director?

Jennifer Streckmann has begun her year with the library, and will be with us until September 2022, while our Chief Librarian, Tina Nielsen, takes a year leave to spend time with family.

Jennifer comes to us from Vancouver Public Library where she worked in children’s and adult programming and with Indigenous partners. Read more about her in the Bowen Island Undercurrent.

Please join us all in welcoming Jennifer to the Library!


Bowen Library and Arts Council Awarded $398,000 in Provincial infrastructure funds

Completing the Snug Cove Cultural Corner at Cove Commons in 2021

Bowen Island, BC, February 25, 2021 – Bowen Island Public Library Foundation and The Hearth – Arts on Bowen are thrilled to announce that we have been successful in our grant application for funding to complete the Snug Cove Cultural Corner. The Library Foundation has been awarded $398,000 from the Province of BC’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) to construct a public community square at the Cove Commons. The project includes an outdoor covered stage, additional covered seating areas, expansion of the plaza and walkways, and completion of hard and soft landscaping around both the Library and the Gallery. Read the news release here.


Nex̱wlélex̱wm Sign Blessing Ceremony Documentary Video

Posted October 29, 2020

The traditional Squamish language name for Bowen Island is unveiled on a new welcome sign for the island. Four members of the Squamish Ocean Canoe Family were invited to come and bless the sign on June 21, 2020 – National Indigenous Peoples Day. Unable to hold a community celebration due to COVID-19 safety protocols, this historic ceremony and blessing took place with minimal audience with this documentary capturing the event and the story of the sign’s creation.

See the press release, more videos, and photos from the event.