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Learn a foreign-language on-the-go with the latest Library digital tool: Pronunciator.

To help you get started the library is providing tutorials each Tuesday from 4-5 pm in the library’s community room.  Bring your device and we’ll help you get started!

Pronunciator features:

  • Full-featured native apps for all Android, Apple and Kindle Fire devices.
  • Up to 22 months of guided instruction per language or just an 8 week pre-trip immersion
  • Language-learning through the hits of major recording artists, with lyrics.
  • Download any of 4,000 phrasebooks in PDF format and take it with you on your next adventure.
  • Hundreds of hours of audio lessons per course helps you extend your learning offline. Download to your mp3 player or burn to CD for your commute.
  • Interactive full-length feature films, with integrated drills and quizzes.
  • 6-week immersion for frontline healthcare providers to better communicate with patients and their families.
  • Prepare for the real world of language with workplace-specific exercises.
  • Proprietary speech analysis and real-time scoring ensures you are speaking accurately and understandably.
  • 100 videos with interactive exercises to prepare New Americans for the Naturalization Test.
  • Grammar References provide the insights you need to take your learning further, faster.
  • Virtual conversations simulate real-world interaction to an uncanny degree. It’s the closest you can get to speaking face to face with a native.
  • Perfect your pronunciation of tonal languages like Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese with our pitch drill, which uses musical notes to compare your pitch with native speakers.
  • Hop on board video city tours and learn about major sites in style.
  • Delightful short films for the youngest learners.

An Evening with Architect Steve Badanes : 40 Years of Jersey Devil Design/Build; October 17th 7 PM, Woodmen Hall

Steve Badanes house imageSteve Badanes of Jersey Devil Design/Build takes the stage kicking off the Lopez Island Library’s SHELTER series.  The series has been created to highlight the library’s extensive collection of house books and everything in between. For 40 years Steve Badanes has nomadically traveled the country and the world as part of Jersey Devil, living on jobsites in tents and trailers and building their designs in the U.S, Mexico, India, Ghana, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Finland. Jersey Devil’s countercultural work is organic in the true sense of the word. New York architect and critic Michael Sorkin has said about Jersey Devil: ”They kept the faith. They showed that practicing architecture is not just a matter of the mind, but something you do with your own hands. Their work has a wonderful sense of site, lapidary craftsmanship and just enough whimsy.” Steve Badanes will share his decades of work through images and discussion. He is also one of the artists behind the Fremont Troll (familiar to many of us) who shelters himself under the Aurora Bridge in Seattle. He teaches architecture at the University of Washington, where he directs the Neighborhood Design/Build Studio, and is a visiting professor at several architecture schools including yestermorrow Design/Build School (Think with your hands.) in Warren Vermont. You can check out his work at The series will also feature an evening with Dee Williams pioneer of the tiny house movement and author of “The Big Tiny” (October 28th, 7PM LCCA)  Nelson Treehouse Masters (November 13th, 7PM Woodmen Hall, and Boyd Pratt architectural historian presenting Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands (December 9th, 7PM Woodmen Hall).

DVSAS Community Screening of the film “Private Violence”, Fri.,Oct 16th 7:00 PM; Community Room

pv-poster-27x40October is National Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Month and our local DVSAS is hosting a screening of the HBO documentary “Private Violence”. One in four women experience violence in their homes. Have you ever asked, “why doesn’t she just leave?” “Private Violence” shatters the brutality of our logic and intimately reveals the stories of two women: Deanna Walters, who transforms from victim to survivor, and Kit Gruelle, who advocates for justice. A discussion will accompany the film and we encourage the community to attend. Light snacks will be provided.

YARLI reads “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”


YARLI (Young Adult Readers of Lopez Island) Book Group

At the last meeting on September 22nd, 8 readers discussed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. The general consensus was that the writing was good and the idea of the photos was intriguing. Some people loved the “peculiar’ content, other thought it was too peculiar. Compared to the original book, the graphic novel was deemed too abridged with not enough depth.




Other books members recommended were:

The House of Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer

Deerskin, by Robin McKinley

Upcoming meeting dates & books are:

27 October – Skellig, by David Almond (a slightly spooky novel for Halloween)

24 November – Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell (historical fiction)

22 December – share any youth book

All ages are welcome to attend. Contact Beth ( or visit the Lopez Bookshop website for more information.

Art in the Library: ‘”Trashion Couture”: Designs From the Dump; September 25th through November 6th, 2015

IMG_5317In 2012, SWAP (Solid Waste Alternatives Program) presented the first-ever Lopez Trashion-Fashion Show. There were three rules for entry: items of apparel had to be fashioned from recyclables or repurposed materials, had to be wearable, and had to be modeled on the runway of Lopez Center at the Trashion-Fashion Show. Lopez fashionistas responded with a degree of creativity that astounded even a Lopez audience…and Trashion-Fashion became an annual “must see” event.

From materials to design to fabrication, the Trashion-Fashion ensembles take “couture” to new heights…and perfectly reflect the island’s enthusiasm for recycling and repurposing. Every creation illustrates the value that can lie within the overlooked and the discarded, needing only a different purpose, a fresh approach, or an artist’s eye to realize a wholly new existence.
From September 25th through November 6th you can view and enjoy these spectacular pieces throughout the Lopez Island Library.  IMG_5278


Artwork in the Lopez Island Library – Scheduled Artists

SONY DSCArtists and art collectors from Lopez Island grace the walls and the glass cabinet of the library.  The varied and beautiful work featured is organized by dedicated artist and patron Meg Ryan. We are grateful for her support of the library and our local artists and encourage you to take a moment to enjoy the work represented.


Cabinet Exhibit 8-20-15

Wall Exhibit 8-20-15



Art in the Display Case: Artist Kurt Jacobs, Shark Reef Knives: Hand-crafted from Wood, Steel, and Leather, Aug 14th through Sept 25th

An artist's work

An artist’s work

Join us for an artist reception and talk Friday, August 14th, 2:00-4:00 PM in the library’s Community Room


I retired in 2012 after teaching for four decades, mostly in a small, rural high school on Lopez Island in Northwestern Washington. Conventional wisdom states that death will follow in three years unless one has something meaningful to occupy mind and body. According to my wife, I have always been obsessed with knives. I’ve always carried a pocket knife, have a couple of samurai swords, and a variety of hunting knives. Whenever I visited the relatives for any length of time, I’d pull out my stone and sharpen their kitchen knives.

So making knives seemed the perfect way to spend my time. I’ve always been a woodworker so I knew I’d make my knives with wooden handles. For the blades, I started out with old saw blades and files like many do. I used my pottery kiln to temper some carbon steel blades. Re-drilling a hole in a file-made knife required a trip to the doctor’s and seven stitches. Reworking a ninja throwing star after two glasses of wine required a Super Glue treatment to the small gash. The whole thing has been a learning experience, but I rarely repeat the same mistake. Unlike the classroom, life’s lessons are frequently learned after the test and I rarely cut myself any more.

Kurt Jacobs in his studio

The artist in his studio

I make a large selection of hunting knives and three different kitchen knives. I only make wooden handles, which I cut from pieces of a variety of different hardwoods. All the hunting knives come with simple leather sheaths I make for them, however I have also been experimenting with Kydex for sheath material. Making knives keeps me busy, alert, and out of trouble. Who knows, the avocation might even pay for itself some day.                                                                              – Kurt Jacobs