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Lopez Island Library Receives “STAR Library” Distinction

109550431Your Lopez Island Library is thrilled to receive a STAR Library distinction for the 8th year in a row. Only three libraries in Washington State were selected for this national award:  Seattle Public, King County, and your Lopez Island Library.

STAR Libraries are selected through the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service which is sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat.  Eligible libraries are grouped by total operating expenditures and then, within each of those groups, rated based on how their five measures compare to the peer group’s means (or averages) of these five measures: library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet terminal use—and, now, electronic circulation.

The Lopez Library’s director Lou Pray, its staff and library board are honored to receive this distinction along with advocates like the Friends of the Lopez Library, our wonderful dedicated volunteers and certainly the terrific Lopez Island community.  We are all STARs!



Tuesday, December 5th, 4pm – Charles Givens Talks Trains

Train enthusiasts and history buffs are invited to a special presentation on Tuesday, December 5th at 4pm in the Lopez Library Community Room. Charles Givens will talk about his new book “From Main Lines to Logging Lines.”

Charles Givens is a lifelong learner who retired with his wife, Nancy, after a varied career as a mechanical draftsman, industrial photographer, printer and publisher, and model railroad retail business owner. The magazine he co-founded, The Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette, is still going strong today. His interest in trains and photography led to a passion for history and then for the environment.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Library

THIS SATURDAY – The Flying Burgowski Flies Again!

The Lopez Island Library celebrates the release of local author Gretchen K. Wing’s latest Young Adult novel Altitude with a book launch on Saturday, December 2nd at 4pm in the community room.  This is the third and final book in her popular Flying Burgowski series. When she is not writing from her home on the south end of Lopez Island, Gretchen can be found baking at Holly B’s Bakery and performing as a singer/songwriter. Gretchen is a former high school English and history teacher.  The Lopez Island Library caught up with Gretchen to ask her a few questions about her writing process.

LIL: Where did you get your idea for the Flying Burgowski series?

GW: The character of Jocelyn Burgowski, a girl who can fly, simply came to me about a dozen years ago, name and all. I had not planned to write a Young Adult novel–let alone a series–but since my main character was clearly a teen, well…okay then! I’ve long been intrigued with the idea of people with special powers living otherwise normal lives, lives in which their special powers might be as much a curse as a blessing. Even deeper than that, since I was a little girl I’ve longed to fly.

LIL: What is your writing process like?

GW: I’m a morning writer. When I wrote the first book I was still teaching public high school in Tacoma, and I had to leave for work at 6:30. That meant writing very early, like five, which I hated, because I’d just be getting going when it was time to stop. I was thrilled to give that schedule up when we moved to Lopez, and that is also the major reason I did not keep on teaching here. I wanted to honor my writing and give it the time it most wanted, which turns out to be a chunk from around seven or eight to noon. My Muse takes an afternoon nap, so I’m not much good then.

LIL: What do you love about writing Young Adult novels?

GW: What I love about writing Young Adult novels is staying connected with the mind of a teenager. I miss interacting with my students more than anything else about teaching, and my own kids have long since quit being teenagers. Teens are more vibrant and dynamic than your average human. [They’re] also more dramatic and lots of fun for a writer; less so, sometimes, for the teens themselves.

The Lopez Island Library supports local authors. Stay tuned for the library’s 2018 Lopez Writes program, a series of free workshops and events designed to connect and engage local writers at all stages of the writing, editing, and publishing process.


Dedication at 4pm, Saturday Nov 25th for Nancy Givens

The Friends of the Library will be holding a small dedication ceremony in honor of Nancy Givens. The new musical instrument cabinet,designed by Sam Bernardi and built by Steve Sovelove,is funded by donations to the Friends of the Library. Please join us at 4pm on November 25, Saturday at the library to celebrate Nancy’s contributions