Category Archives: Children’s Events

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo is coming August 12th 1:00 – 3:30

The Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library was created by library staff & music lovers to introduce kids to instruments and to showcase the library’s musical instrument lending library. If you visit the library on Aug 12th between 1:00-3:30pm, you may think yourself in a music school instead. Sounds of strings, brass and flutes will mingle with laughter and learning as kids of all ages discovered the magic of musical instruments.

The library has the following instruments available for checkout: acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, cello, clarinet, flugelhorn, French horn, electric keyboard, recorder, ukulele, viola, and violin. We also have a variety of print, audio and other music resources for children and adults.

Lopez Library Summer Camp! July 17th-Aug 25th, 8:30AM-12:30 PM, Mon-Friday; Register through the Family Resource Center

At this new camp led by library staff, elementary school children have the opportunity to make friends and have fun through exciting hands-on activities, noncompetitive games, summer reading, music, art and crafts, science and more.  There will be guest instructors too who will offer creative activities both inside and outside.  This camp is a collaborative effort between the Lopez Island Family Resource Center and the Lopez Island Library.  Six sessions (one week each) will be held:  July 17-July 21, July 24-28, July 31-August 4, August 7-11, August 14-18 and August 21-15.  Registration is through the Family Resource Center and is open now. (Please note: Priority given to Lopez Residents through July 11th.)  Register on-line, by mail or stop by the Family Resource Center at 160 Village Road in Lopez Village.The camp has a max. of 20 for each one week session.  For more information telephone the Family Resource Center at 468-4117 or the Lopez Library at 468-2265. This library summer camp is co-sponsored by Friends of the Lopez Library, the Family Resource Center and a grant from Lopez Island Thrift Shop.

The 37th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic; July 12, 2017, 11:00AM to 12:00PM, Lopez Island Library

37th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic

Join us Wednesday July 12, 2017, 11:00 a.m. as the Lopez Island Library hosts the 37th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic.  This special event is held in the orchard behind the library each year in honor of Helen Anderson who started the Teddy Bear Picnic in 1978.  Helen, a retired schoolteacher, had a passion for children and learning. From 1968 to 1990, she was instrumental in establishing programs and materials for children in the Lopez Library.  Each week she read stories to the children and hunted bookstores looking for decent used books to help build the children’s collection. Many adults, ages 25 – 48, raised on Lopez, learned to love reading as children because of her.  In 1986 the children’s room of the library was dedicated to her.

The picnic is one of the largest events held by the library each year and is now held annually in Helen’s honor. There is typically great weather and this year popular local musician Bill Johnson along with the library’s own Sam Bernardi, 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 legacy of Helen Anderson, the joys of childhood and the brilliance of a summer picnic.  For more information contact the Lopez Island Library at 468-2265. The Teddy Bear Picnic is sponsored each year by the Friends of the Lopez Library.

 

 

 

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

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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!

 

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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.

TWEENS & TEENS

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.

CHILDREN

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