36th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic-Wed. July 13th, 11AM-12PM Lopez Island Library


Mr. Bear always attends the picnic!

Join us in the orchard behind the library for the 36th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic.This special event is held each year in honor of Helen Anderson who started the Teddy Bear Picnic.  Helen was a retired schoolteacher who had a passion for children and learning and was instrumental from 1968 to 1990 in establishing programs and materials for children in the Lopez Library.  She read stories to the children each week and haunted bookstores looking for decent used books to help build the children’s collection. Many adults raised on Lopez will tell you they learned to love reading because of all she shared.  In 1986 the children’s room of the library was dedicated to her.  The picnic is one of the largest events held annually and is well loved by all. There is typically great weather and this year popular local musician Bill Johnson will lead children in wonderful sing-along songs.  Mr. Bear visits each year too.  Children may bring their favorite stuffed friend along for the fun and snacks will be provided. We hope you will join us as we celebrate the joys of childhood and the brilliance of a summer picnic.