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.
Library is open with limited hours due to COVID-19
In response to direction from the Chief Medical Health Officer of BC and the Medical Health Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health, the Bowen Island Public Library closed its doors to the public effective 5:00 pm on March 16, 2020. The library reopened in July 2020 with limited hours: 12-3 pm Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat
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.
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.