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.


Support the “$20 Million in 2020” Campaign

Posted September 26, 2019

Why are BC Libraries important? Watch this video!

Join with us in calling for the provincial government to address the provincial funding gap for BC public libraries. Find more information on how to participate in the “$20 Million in 2020” campaign here.

Currently, the provincial government provides approximately $14 million in funding for public libraries. The BC Public Partners (The Association of BC Public Library Directors, the BC Library Trustees Association, the BC Library Association, and the BC Libraries Cooperative) are calling for an increase of $6 million that would go directly to the operating grants for BC public libraries. This increase would begin to address past funding cuts.