Category Archives: Classes & Workshops

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo is coming August 12th 12 – 2pm

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 12-2 pm, 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.

Free Computing Classes From Rock Island

Photo Editing and Organizing in Apple’s Photos App

(July 14, 10:30am-12:30pm, Lopez Library)


Get your photos from on your iphone, ipad or Mac organized into albums and events.  Learn about the different file formats, what they are, what they do and – their advantages and disadvantages.  Plus, we will review basic editing on how to crop, brighten, enhance and share your photos.  Specifically designed for the ‘non-tech savvy’, the class is offered for free at the Library, everyone is welcome.  .  Presented by RockTech, Tech Made Simple classes are interactive fun and informative.



(July 21, 1pm-3pm, Lopez Library)


Everywhere we turn, Facebook is there.  What is all this about?  In this class we will talk about various aspects of Facebook which is the most popular social media platform in the world.  What are its uses, etiquette, what to do and not do  What is private and what is public for everyone to see.  Also, we will talk about how it can be used to stay in contact with old friends and family as well as creating an online presence for businesses. Specifically designed for the ‘non-tech savvy’, the class is offered for free at the Library, everyone is welcome.  .  Presented by RockTech, Tech Made Simple classes are interactive fun and informative


Email Tips Tricks & Etiquette

(July 28, 10:30am-12:30pm, Lopez Library)


Good email habits keep you and your contacts safe  .Learn about attachments, CC, BCC and correct email forwarding etiquette.  Learn how to share websites, Facebook posts and pages and more. Specifically designed for the ‘non-tech savvy’, the class is offered for free at the Library, everyone is welcome.  .  Presented by RockTech, Tech Made Simple classes are interactive fun and informative.


Photo Editing and Organizing on a PC

(August 4, 1pm-3pm, Orcas Library)


Get your photos organized into albums and events on your Windows PC.  Learn about the different file formats – their advantages and disadvantages. Plus, learn how to crop, brighten, enhance and share your photos. Specifically designed for the ‘non-tech savvy’, the class is offered for free at the Library, everyone is welcome.  Presented by RockTech, Tech Made Simple classes are interactive fun and informative.



Who are you? Discover the answer at the Lopez Library! Beginning Genealogy, Tues., June 6th, 11AM-1PM; Thurs., July 6th; 11AM-1PM; Tues., Aug. 1st 1PM-3PM; Tues., Sept. 5th 11AM-1PM, Library Community Room

Who are you?

Join Lopez Library’s  Librarian Lou Pray and genealogy expert Georgeana Cook (Breadcrumbs) for Beginning Genealogy.  Get started learning the basics.  Bring your laptop for assistance with the library’s tool.  It’s fun, informative and easier to get started than you may know! Free to all. For more information call the library at 360-468-2265 or email Lou at

Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support Presents Living Long On Lopez : The Senior Gems-A Guide to Supporting Family Members with Dementia; Sat., March 18th, 2-3:30PM, Lopez Library Community Room

Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support will present a 40-minute video overview on the impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia, with tips and techniques for caregivers that can make a difference at various stages of the disease.  If you know someone living with dementia and are seeking ideas and strategies for how to assist, this could be of interest to you.  Following the video presentation there will be an opportunity for discussion, facilitated by Elizabeth Landrum, Ph.D.  and Mary O’Bryant, MSW.  For more information, please contact the Hospice & Home Support office at 468-4446 or email

Pet Pals! A Special Kid’s Program with Dr. Sally Hodson, Wed., Aug 9 at 11-12 noon

2nd Annual Pet Pals!

Pet Pals!

Lopez Island Library welcomes 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 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.  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!

Thank you Sean Gaskell for a terrific evening of music! West African Kora Musician Sean Gaskell – An Evening of World Music, Thursday, May 12th, 7-8 PM, Woodmen Hall

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Musician Sean Gaskell and his West African Kora

Join the Lopez Island Library for an evening of world music as musician Sean Gaskell gives a performance/educational demonstration on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa.  The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as  Griots (Gree-ohs). While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire.The Kora is a very melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is contrary to its musical themes. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire. The evening will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Koras musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions.  Sean Gaskell learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to the Kora’ homeland in Gambia, West Africa. He has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal. This beautiful program of music is sponsored by Friends of the Lopez Library.