Category Archives: Children’s Events

Pet Pals! A Special Kid’s Program with Dr. Sally Hodson, Wed., Aug 3rd, 11-12PM in the Library

2nd Annual Pet Pals!

2nd Annual Pet Pals!

Lopez Island Library welcomes for the second year, Dr. Sally Hodson, children’s book author and K-12 educator, for this special kids program on pet safety. The Pet Pals! program teaches children learn how to greet dogs and cats, steps for caring for pets, when to leave pets alone and what to do when confronted by a scary dog or cat. The program is interactive with life-sized plush dogs and cats for demonstration. Lovable “real” guest dogs, Chester and Dusty, will again join in the fun and help kids practice what they learn. The program will include information for parents and children called “Pet Talk” – what dogs and cats communicate with body language and sounds. This year’s program will also include information on how to approach service dogs and once again finishes with a dog/cat craft activity that kids can take home with them. Children who participate in an education program about the humane treatment of animals acquire many skills that can help them become more caring and responsible adults. Don’t miss this fun and essential program for kids! Adults welcome too! (Program Note: Held in place of Preschool Story-time which will return the following week)

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.


Award Winning Author Thor Hanson-Two Programs! Saturday, June 18th, Children’s Program 4PM, Lopez Library, “The Triumph of Seeds” 7 PM, Woodmen Hall

Thor Hanson Seeds Book Image

The Triumph of Seeds

The Triumph of Seeds: An Evening with Dr.Thor Hanson, Saturday June 18th, 7:00 PM at Woodmen Hall.  The author will read from his award-winning book and discuss.  The Lopez Bookshop will have the book  available for sale and signing following the program.






BartholemewQuillSaturday, June 18th, 4:00 PM in the Lopez Island Library. Thor Hanson reads his new children’s book Bartholomew Quill: A Crow’s Quest to Know Who’s Who to kids of all ages. (Adults welcome too!) Tour the animal kingdom from a crow’s point of view in this whimsical mix of science and poetry. The rhyming story and beautiful illustrations of Pacific Northwest wildlife are featured in this wonderful children’s book.  The Lopez Bookshop will have the book available for sale and signing following the program.

The Lopez Island Library is proud to present two programs featuring award winning author Thor Hanson. The Triumph of Seeds won the 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Award and was a finalist for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize.  His prior book Feathers won the John Burroughs Medal, the AAAS/Subaru SB&F PrizePacific Northwest Book Award, and it was nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Washington State Book Award. His new illustrated children’s book Bartholomew Quill has become an instant classic.Other books include The Impenetrable Forest , and contributions to Wilderness Comes Home, What to Read in the Rain, and One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo. His articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including AudubonBBC Wildlife, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe,The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, The Journal of African Ecology, and The Huffington Post.

Hanson’s research and conservation activities have taken him around the globe. He has studied Central American trees and songbirds, nest predation in Tanzania, and the grisly feeding habits of African vultures. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda, where he helped establish the mountain gorilla tourism program in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and he has also helped manage a brown bear tourism project for the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska. He is currently involved in a project assessing the ecological impacts of warfare. Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Switzer Environmental Fellow


2016 Summer Reading Program begins Friday, June 17th!

On Your Mark, Get Set … READ!


kids on bikes

The Lopez Island Library is excited to announce the 2016 Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set … READ!” It begins Friday, June 17 and runs for 8 weeks, ending on Saturday, August 13.


Students entering grades 6-12 will earn a raffle ticket for every 75 minutes spent reading books or e-books (including graphic novels or manga) or listening to audio books. Tickets may be put toward any or all of six different prizes: a $25 GameStop gift card, a $25 ITunes gift card, two $25 Lopez Bookshop gift cards, and two $25 cash prizes (one prize per reader). Tweens and teens signing up for the program also get to choose a free book! The goal is 600 minutes spent reading. Those who reach this goal will receive 13 raffle tickets. Raffle prize winners will be selected on Tuesday, August 16. You need not be present to win.


The Summer Reading Program for readers from preschool to 5th grade will be a little different from past years.  In addition to reading, children will have the opportunity to earn prizes for attending library events. Come sign up at the library starting on the last day of school (June 17) and receive a challenge packet. Children who read at least 20 books & complete 8 challenges will receive prizes and the chance to win 1 of six $25.00 Lopez Bookshop gift certificates! All participants who complete the program will be eligible for a prize bag.

A new event will be the weekly Summer Reading Club on Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00pm. Staff and volunteers will be in the Helen Anderson Children’s Room to guide reading, games, and activities and award prizes.

Other Summer Programs for youth include:

Toddler Storytime: Wednesdays 10:00-10:30am

Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays 11:00-11:30am

Summer Reading Club: Wednesdays 12:00-2:00pm

Author Thor Hanson Reading & Books 4 Sale: Saturday, June 18, 4-5:30pm

Musical Instruments Petting Zoo: Saturday, June 25, 1:30–3:30pm

Teddy Bear Picnic:  Wednesday, July 13, 11:00am

Pet Pals: pet safety & care with “guest dogs”: Wednesday, August 3, 11:00am–Noon

End of Children’s Summer Reading Program Party & Prize Drawing: Saturday, August 13, 2:00-3:00pm

YARLI Reads “Literary Salon-style” for December 2015

As a change of pace, the Young Adult Readers of Lopez Island (YARLI) held a “literary salon-type” meeting in December to share a wider range of books for children, teens and even adults. Ten members met at the Lopez Bookshop for two hours of food, conversation and good books. The selections were as diverse as the membership.

Diva and Flea, by Mo Willems, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi

DivaAndFleaSet in present day Paris, Diva is a dog living in a penthouse & Flea is an alley cat. Written for elementary level, but transcends this box. Wonderful illustrations and interesting author’s note.





The Wednesday Wars, by Gary Schmidt

wed warsSet in 1967 Long Island, a walk down memory lane with references to the Vietnam War, the Beatles, and the Monkeys. A boy finds his way through reading Shakespeare with a teacher.






Amulet: The Stonekeeper’s Curse, by Kazu Kibuishi

amuletGraphic novel: power and how to use it. Kids love it for the action, sounds, good characters & that they can read both words & pictures.







Brilliant AND A Greyhound of a Girl, by Roddy Doyle

brilliant A-Greyhound-of-a-Girl-e1367633606865-250x250 Irish voice, working class; incredible dialogue; kids take on parents’ conversations spot-on & humorous. “Greyhound” covers four generations of women.



The Finisher, by David Baldacci

THE-FINISHER-cover-277x415An isolated community surrounded by a barrier filled with monsters. Strong female heroine questions the Council & discovers her own magical abilities.







The Long Mars, by Steven Baxter & Terry Pratchett

long marsEarth is multi-dimensional; how people function with limited or extravagant resources; family dynamics. Book 3 in “The Long Earth” series.







The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams

chosen oneA girl who tries to leave a polygamous culture.








The Flying Burgowski, by Gretchen Wing

flying burgowskiWhen girl starts to fly, I’m hooked, I really believed she could fly. Family relationships very realistic. Somewhat Lopezian, but island in story has its own character. “The Toad” is also a wonderful character!






Boo, by Neil Smith

booOpens and opens again; never saw what was coming. An afterlife just for 13-year-olds from the U.S.; tongue-in-cheek.







A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki

tale for time beingAdult, but so good she couldn’t pass up sharing it! Amazed how cruel other kids were to protagonist, an American who moved to Japan. Character finds solace & fun with her 104-year-old Bhuddist grandmother. Takes a long time to process after reading.





The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico, illustrated by Beth Peck

snow gooseSet over 10 years during WW2 England. Story of a girl & a hunchback man who rescue an injured snow goose and each other. Timeless, heartbreaking, beautiful.






YARLI meets every 4th Tuesday, 7pm at the Lopez Island Library. Our next book is the science fiction novel Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, on January 26th.

ready player onePlease join us! (Contact Beth at for more information.)

Art in the Library: “Listening to the Sea”, the Artwork of Aurore Maren, Artist Reception-Exhibit Opening, November 6th, 2015, 2PM-4PM, through-out the library

Aurore Maren Image

Listening to the Sea

The Lopez Island Library proudly presents the work of artist Aurore Maren featuring photographs, glass and watercolors.  This exhibit is held in conjunction with an exhibit of her oil paintings on canvas at the Lopez Island Post Office.  We encourage you to visit the exhibit at the library and at the post office and enjoy the beauty and perspective of her work.  Join us for the artist’s reception and talk Friday, November 6th at 2PM.

Additionally, Aurore Maren will lead two workshops to accompany this exhibit, one for adults & one for children.

Adult Workshop  Listening to the Sea: A Study of the Sea’s Voice, Thursday November 12th from 6 -8 pm fireside at the Lopez Island Library.  Artist & writer Aurore Maren will offer a workshop for adults devoted to finding one’s own expression within the Sea’s voice. She will reference her work currently hanging in the library and the Post office as well as literary references from Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville. Participants will be given an opportunity to write a short piece in response. Please come and celebrate
the Ebb and Flow of life!  Free to all.

Children’s Workshop  Listening to the Sea: What do you hear? Saturday, November 7th from 2:00 to 3:30.  Artist & writer Aurore Maren will offer a workshop designed to give children an opportunity to look at the work from the exhibit then draw or write what they “hear” through looking at an image of the Sea.  Aurore has worked extensively with Children who have alternative ways of learning and in this workshop she will offer a many medium approach providing
children a way to explore what they hear and see in an image. Materials provided, free to all.

The artist has shares her bio with our library community:
Aurore Moursund Maren first crossed the Atlantic by ship at 4 years. Being on the the vast expanses of ocean for days with storms and the horizon marked her Soul. What follows is an account of a few experiences which focused the artist’s inner lens:
A child of 6 is given a brownie camera. A young girl uses her first earned money to
buy a Canon TX to use in a high school photography class. Her mother dies, she feels
a longing to see more deeply. A young woman shows her black and white photographs
at a gallery at Colorado College where she studies English. A few years later, she puts
together a portfolio of landscape photographs for her application to Cornell’s
Graduate program in Landscape Architecture .During these classical Landscape studies, she begins to work in oils and watercolor.She has several shows of Landscape photographs at Cornell and in Ithaca. Shecompletes her master’s in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Creative Writing:poetry, and a design thesis: “Myth Into Landscape”. During this period, at Exeter
College, Oxford, she takes her studies on an innovative path to explore the ways in
which writers use Landscape to express some aspect of character.
Years pass while she practices Landscape Architecture in her sole operated design
practice. She teaches Spatial Design at a Community College using her vast collection
of slides from her travels across America, England, Europe and India. Her interest in
her client’s psychological relationship to their land lead her to concentrate her interests
on the interaction between the Earth’s Soil and the Human Soul.
She studies psyche, and receives a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia
University and trains as a Jungian Analyst. She works as a therapist with children with
auditory processing disorders, and with adults and children in the aftermath of the
trauma of 911 which she witnessed.
She moves herself across the Untied States back to her Native Northwest. She
works clinically in the aftermath of Katrina, a trauma of disassociation of landscape.
2015 finds Aurore at home on Lopez Island and on the waters of the Salish Sea. For
11 years in this island landscape she has continued to explore Psyche and Place through
the mediums of Photography, Painting, Glass and Words.

Aurore Maren Image 2

Water Poem

YARLI reads Skellig for Halloween

skellig_featherChosen by the Young Adult Readers of Lopez Island for its mild creepiness to accompany the meeting’s proximity to Halloween, David Almond’s Skellig generated broad discussion of owls, evolution, heart disease, angels, family relations, homeschooling vs. public schools, truth and dreams. The story revolves around Michael and Mina, two middle-school-aged kids from different backgrounds, who become friends through helping an odd being in a falling down garage. Skellig is an enigma who eats “bluebottles” (houseflies) but also asks for “27 & 53” and has bumps between his shoulder blades. Michael and Mina are drawn to him for different reasons: Michael as a distraction from his very ill baby sister and Mina as an inquiring mind. As the relationship between the three progresses, bizarre and beautiful events emerge.

Readers were split in their reactions, as is often true, but all enjoyed Almond’s writing, the pacing, the mystery, and certain wise phrases. Mina says: “Truth and dreams are always getting muddled.” Finally, this quote – “Sometimes we just have to accept there are things we can’t know.” – is a central theme of the story.

Members also recommend: Brilliant, by Roddy Doyle (middle-grade drama/humor); The Finisher, by David Baldacci (middle-grade fantasy); and Nolander, by Becca Mills (young adult urban fantasy).

Our next book is the award-winning historical fiction novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell. We will meet on the fourth Tuesday, November 24th, 7pm at the Lopez Island Library. Come join us!

island blue dolphins