Category Archives: Lectures

Wednesday, 7pm, Volcanoes & Climate Change: An Evening with Ian Lange

Unmatched in their power and violence, volcanoes are also beautiful and surprisingly beneficial. As revealed in Ian Lange’s new book “Volcanoes: What’s Hot and What’s Not on Earth and in Our Solar System”, the molten rock beneath our feet continues to shape our world and contributes to the chemistry of life itself. Join geologist and educator Ian Lange for an in-depth look at a topic that has intrigued historians and scientists for millenia, from Plutarch in 44 B.C. to Benjamin Franklin in 1784: Can large volcanic eruptions affect world climate? This presentation will be held on Wednesday, December 13th from 7pm – 8pm at Woodmen Hall and is sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library.

Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth with Researcher & Author David George Gordon; Thurs. July 13, 2017, 7:00PM, Lopez Center for Community & the Arts

Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth

Join the Lopez Island Library Thursday, July 13th, 7:00PM at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, as we host author, researcher and Humanities Washington Speaker, David George Gordon discussing Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth. For hundreds of years throughout the Northwest, people have been reporting encounters with the Sasquatch—a hairy, eight- to ten-foot-tall hominid. Despite eyewitness sightings, some from the earliest humans in the Northwest, no scientifically accepted evidence has established the being’s existence. Author David George Gordon evaluates the data gathered about the legendary Northwest icon and explains how one can become an effective “citizen scientist” by gathering credible evidence that can be used to substantiate the Sasquatch’s status as either Man-Ape or Myth. He is a current Humanities Washington speaker and the author of The Sasquatch Seeker’s Field Manual: Using Citizen Science to Uncover North America’s Most Elusive Creature. An accomplished science interpreter, he has spoken at the American Museum of Natural History, The Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, Yale University, the Smithsonian Institution, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not.  He has been interviewed by National Geographic, TimeThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and appeared as a guest on television shows that include The Late Late Show With James Corden, The View, and ABC’s Nightline.  This special evening is sponsored by Friends of the Lopez Library and Humanities Washington.  For more information contact the Lopez Island Library at 360-468-2265.

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.


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