Category Archives: Lectures

A Winter Ascent of Denali: Climber Gregg Blomberg; Wednesday, May 3rd, 7:00 PM, Woodmen Hall

Climber Gregg Blomberg

Join the Lopez Library as we host the final program in the Beyond Limits adventure series: “A Winter Ascent of Denali”.  In the winter of 1967, climber and local Lopez resident Gregg Blomberg lead the first expedition to complete the daunting task of ascending, in winter, the highest mountain in North America, 20,320-foot Denali. Denali was known officially as Mount McKinley until 2015 and is a monumental feat for any climber, but Blomberg’s expedition succeeded at climbing the peak in the cold and harshness of a winter.  The expedition’s summit was successful but over a period of 42 days, the expedition battled terrifying winds, massive snowfall and brutal temperatures to reach the summit via the mountain’s West Buttress. Three of seven climbers summitted but nearly died on the descent in a storm that left them holed up in an ice cave at 18,200 feet. With little food or fuel and extreme temperatures the three struggled with frost bite and hunger. Wind-chill temperatures were calculated at minus 148 degrees.  Gregg Blomberg with other members of his team, also struggled to survive the storm at 17,200 feet. His leadership on the expedition, a story of bravery and survival, has for 50 years held a significant place in Alaska’s history and in the climbing community as a whole. Join the library for the incredible story of those 42 days as told by our own community member, Gregg Blomberg.  The program will also include images from the expedition.  This program and the series are free to all, generously sponsored by Friends of Lopez Library and the Ramsey Shirk Fund.


Tech Made Simple- Free Classes 10:30-12:30

Friday April 28- Computer Basics

  • Computer and technical terms made easy
  • Storage vs. Memory
  • Files and folders, where did it go
  • Understanding the desktop pictures
  • Helpful tutorials and resources

Computers are becoming more and more part of our day to day lives, and the technology seems to change on a daily basis. So how does one even get started? In this interactive class we will navigate the computer world.  Build your confidence as you explore the technology that has invaded your life.

Friday, May 5- Technobabble

In this interactive class, we will work together with the participants to define and break down the confusing terminology that arises in our everyday lives. We will also demonstrate and provide resources for participants to find out information on their own. Our goal is for the participants to feel more confident when seeking assistance and not to be afraid to require those helping them to speak in a language they can understand.


Thursday, May 11- Connections

There are so many cables and connectors in use today, that connecting devices can be a nightmare. In this class, we will endeavor to de-mystify a few of the most common past and current cables, connectors and ports they are likely to show up in our day-to-day lives. This includes cables

  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Televisions
  • Mobile devices
  • Other peripheral devices the participants may present


Thursday, May 18-  Computer Backups

In this class we will discuss how and why it is important to back up your computer.  We will review various options to make this process quick and simple so that your data is protected in case something goes wrong with your computer.


Thursday, May 25- Connecting to the Internet

  • Where did it come from and where is it leading?
  • What is DSL, Fiber and LTE?
  • What is Wi-Fi?
  • What is Bluetooth?
  • What is a “network”?
  • How smart are our “Smart” devices?
  • What is a “Smart Home” and what are the requirements?


In just a few years the internet went from being a novelty, to a useful tool, to a necessity of everyday life.  Everything from our information, communications (email), pictures, cameras and thermostats can be controlled using the internet. This class will provide a very brief history of the internet, demystify some of the terminology, and provide insights into connecting to the internet.


Friday, June 2- Using the Internet

  • Wading through the terminology? What does it all mean?
  • Understanding websites
  • Understanding links and popups
  • Streaming content vs broadcast television
  • Online shopping and financial security
  • My life is controlled by passwords- what to do.
  • Understanding why we got so trapped and how to untangle the web

This class will provide an understanding of how the internet works, how to make the best use of it, and how to be as safe as possible while using it.


Beyond Limits Series Presents the film”3089 Miles Across America: The World’s Toughest Bicycle Race”, Saturday, April 15, 2017, 7PM Lopez Center for Community & the Arts

Race Across America

As part of the Lopez Library’s “Beyond Limits” series, RAAM (Race Across America) screens it’s stunning new documentary “3089 Miles Across America” for the Lopez community. The film features the world’s top cycling event which crosses 12 states, climbs over 170,000 vertical feet, & is one of the most respected & longest running endurance sports events in the world. Considered more rugged than the Tour de France, the race is not just about cycling but about pushing human limits, the generosity of community & the beauty of our country’s varying landscape. Shown on the big screen at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, this inspiring film is a great prelude to the Tour de Lopez! The film will be introduced by RAAM’s Director Rick Boethling with a discussion following. Generously presented by Friends of Lopez Library & the Ramsey Shirk Fund. Co-sponsored by Village Cycles.For more information contact Jen Krajack at the Lopez Library. 468-2265

This Friday Night!! Washington State Poet Laureate Dr. Tod Marshall; Friday. March 31, 2017, 7PM, Lopez Island Library

You are cordially invited to the annual meeting of the Friends of Lopez Library.  Learn about the Friends in a brief intro then enjoy keynote speaker Dr. Tod Marshall, WA State’s current poet laureate. Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, New York.  He grew up in Wichita, Kansas.  He studied English and philosophy at Siena Heights University, earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and graduated with his PhD from The University of Kansas.  He directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers series at Gonzaga University where he is the Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Endowed Professor in the Humanities.   From 2016-2018, he will serve as the Washington State Poet Laureate. His work has been published in many journals, including Narrative, The Southern Review, The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Shenandoah, Boulevard, The Colorado Review, The Denver Quarterly, The Columbia Poetry Review, Poetry East, Poetry Northwest, Volt, Interim, The Canary, Willow Springs, Cutbank, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.  Refreshments will be available.  This event is sponsored by Humanities Washington, Friends of the Lopez Library, Lopez Bookshop & Shark Reef Literary Magazine.  Free to all!

Introduction to Citizens’ Climate Lobby-Political Will for a Livable World; Sat. April 1, 2017 1PM, Lopez Library Community Room

Lopez Island Library, Transition Lopez Island and Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce are hosting an event introducing our community to Citizens’ Climate Lobby.  Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization empowering people from all walks of life to become effective advocates for a livable world. Come learn about their recent progress and prospects for carbon pricing in the U.S. and internationally.  The climate is changing now!  Find out how you can help solve climate change.  For more information contact David Foutch, or visit

Biomimicry-Innovation Inspired by Nature, Professional Biomimic Nan Woodman; Wed., April 12, 2017, 7PM Lopez Library Community Room

Innovation Inspired by Nature

Biomimicry is an emerging science studying nature’s brilliant innovations and emulating its designs and processes to solve human challenges in sustainable ways.  In this completely unique and thought provoking program, professional biomimic, designer, biologist/illustrator at-the-design-table, Nan Woodman shares experiences in learning from 3.8 billion years of genius from the natural world.  Discover what organisms do to be successful and how we might learn from their mind-boggling and elegant strategies.  Take a look at inventions inspired by geckos, kingfishers, humpback whales, termites, beetles, & sharks among others.  Through an introduction of the time-tested principles used by the natural world, learn how life creates conditions conducive for life and how we can become the next generation of creative and innovative thinkers.  Sponsored by Friends of the Lopez Library.  Free programming for our community.