Visit the Book Concierge, NPR’s guide to 2017 great reads. Explore more than 350 books that NPR staff and critics loved this year. As a bonus, the Lopez Library has many of the books on display. They’re waiting for you at the library!
Welcome to the monthly installment of Reader Spotlight – in which we ask a library patron to tell us about their favorite books. Lorna Reese is our December reader, and she shares a selection of seven favorites: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy, Dalva by Jim Harrison, the Master and Commander series by Patrick O’Brien, Gilead by Marilyn Robinson, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, and Hanta Yo by Ruth Beebe Hill. Stop by the Reader Spotlight display in the library to learn why these books made her top list and borrow one of Lorna’s favorites!
November is permanently designated by the nation as a special place on the calendar to honor the contributions, achievements, sacrifices, and cultural and historical legacy of the original inhabitants of what is now the United States and their descendants: the American Indian and Alaska Native people.
Here at the Lopez Library, we celebrate diverse Native American voices, culture, and histories with a special month-long display of adult, YA, and children’s books. Some of the authors on display include Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Diane Glancy, Vine Deloria Jr., Paula Gunn Allen, and others. We encourage you to check out a book and take it home!
To see a sample of the display from home, go to the Lopez Library Catalog online and look for the Native American Heritage Month Booklist under “What’s Hot.” Feel free to place a book on hold, and it will be waiting for you at the library.
To learn more, visit NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.gov, brought to you by the Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art.
Welcome to the monthly installment of Reader Spotlight – in which we ask a library patron to tell us about their favorite books. Chris Coiley kicks off November with a selection of seven favorites: The Shipping News by Annie Proulx, The Collector by Jack Nisbet, Out There by Ted Kerasote, Mink River by Brian Doyle, Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, Our Lady of the Forest by David Guterson, and the the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. Stop by the Reader Spotlight display in the library to learn why these books made his top list!
National Novel Writing Month starts tomorrow. Are you ready?
One part writing boot camp, one part rollicking party, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) celebrates its 19th year of encouraging creativity, education, and the power of the imagination through the largest writing event in the world. Last year, NaNoWriMo welcomed 384,126 participants, in 646 different regions, on six continents. There’s only one goal: Write 50,000 words in one month. It’s a crazy task, but ever year thousands of people meet their goal. The editing and refining process can happen later – in November, we write! Hundreds of novels that began in NaNoWriMo have been published, including Sara Gruen’s award-winning Water for Elephants.
This year, Lopez Island Library participates as an official “Come Write In” location. We will feature weekly “pep talks” penned by published authors, including Roxane Gay, Kevin Kwan, Julie Murphy, and Grant Faulkner on our website. We will have three write-ins (November 8th, 15th, 29th from 5-7pm) in the library community room. Write-ins are scheduled times to write. We will write together, challenge each other to word sprints, and use writing prompts for inspiration. Come for the coffee and camaraderie! To participate, register at www.nanowrimo.org and be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the NaNoWriMo Lopez email list and connect with other Lopez participants!
What are zines? Zines are alternative and radical literature, comix, and independent publications. Pronounced “zeen” – short for magazine or fanzine. Anyone can publish a zine, including YOU! Got a topic you love? Got something to say about it? Come make zines with us! Open to all adults and teens.
October 16th – 27th Stop by the library to see our display of local and not-so-local zines. Yes, you can touch and read them! Go here for a list of some of the zines on display: 2017 Lopez Zine Week Collection
Thursday, October 19th, 7-9pm, Community Room, Zine 101: An Interactive Presentation
What is a zine? Who makes zines? How do I make and distribute a zine? Led by Jaina and Yoram, your friendly neighborhood zinesters! Everyone leaves with a zine!
Saturday October 21st, 1 – 5pm, Community Room, It’s a Zine-Making Party!
We provide the supplies (collage materials, typewriter, sharpies, paper cutter, copy machines, etc.) and caffeine and snacks to keep you going. Make your own zine and be sure to leave a copy for our display! Feel free to bring your own zine-making supplies to share.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library
Welcome to the monthly installment of Reader Spotlight – in which we ask a library patron to tell us about their favorite books. Mary Wondra kicks off October with a selection of seven favorites: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Moon is a Hash Mistress by Robert Heinlein, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, and The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Stop by the Reader Spotlight display in the library to learn why these books made her top list!