Category Archives: New & Notable

Total Eclipse Viewing Party 8.21.17

Join us on the library’s grounds to enjoy the celestial event of the century.  Glasses provided while they last! 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 21: Visitors will be able to use special glasses to see the eclipse and participate in science learning activities and films. Only light refreshments offered so bring your breakfast and a blanket and enjoy the spectacle!

Art in the Lopez Library presents: “Untethered” – the Basketry of Julienne Battalia, July 28th through September 8th, 2017, throughout the library

Weaving by Julienne Battalia

The Lopez Island Library is pleased to feature the beautiful basketry of Julienne Battalia. Her show, titled “UNTETHERED,” will be on display at the Lopez Library through September 8th. She offers this narrative of herself and her work: “I have lived on Lopez for 31 years, working and raising two beautiful daughters. In my life before becoming a single parent of two and working full time practicing Massage Therapy and East Asian Medicine/Acupuncture, I painted in water color and pastel, beaded jewelry, dabbled in ceramics and weaving on a floor loom.

Several years ago I felt a yearning to find this part of myself again. I had been curious about weaving baskets with rope, yarn and fabric from seeing an exhibit by Peggy Hubbard ( I think it was), at the library many years ago. I found a video on how to weave a coiled basket with fabric and rope. I bought a pretty patterned pillow case and some cord from the Thrift Shop and began to weave my first basket in the fall of 2015.

While in Mexico a few years ago, some friends wanted to learn coiling. I sent them to look for materials in the local craft/paper store and they returned with “synthetic raffia.” This material proved perfect! Since then I have introduced a variety of larger gage copper wire. I still frequent the Thrift Shop for re-used yarn, fabric and an assortment of other materials.

I have named this show “UNTETHERED” because the process of tethering together baskets creates inside me a wonderful untethering of mind and spirit.” – Julienne Battalia

Art in the Lopez Library presents: “Home” – the Photography of Bill Evans, July 28th through September 8th, 2017, throughout the library

Photograph by Bill Evans


The Lopez Island Library is pleased to feature the photography of Bill Evans. His show, titled “HOME: A Collection of Images Capturing the Emotions of Place” will be on display at the Lopez Library through September 8th.

He offers this narrative of his work: “My photographic passion is to capture the emotion of a place and, in this exhibit, that place is my ‘Home’ in the San Juan Islands. I seek out compelling landscapes and work to capture them in beautiful light. Using both digital and film cameras, I strive to capture my images with a single exposure without the use of Photoshop manipulation. This often results in many more failures than successes, but repeated trips to a location helps me develop the relationship with the scene that I need to capture my images.  I’ve been a passionate photographer for over 30 years and apart from a few classes and darkroom work in college, I’m self-taught … a process that continues each day I go out in search of beauty and light.” – Bill Evans

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.

2017 Summer Reading Program

Build a Better World Summer 2017

The Reading Program:

This year’s program is open to all school-age children, preschoolers, toddlers, and caregivers with infants.  The program is free and tailored for a variety of learning styles and age groups: Pre-Kindergarten, grades K- 2, grades 3-5 (based upon the school level just completed).

Participants receive an activity packet to keep track of their participation.  Prizes are awarded for reaching reading goals and completing challenges.

Program registration begins at 10 AM on Sat, June 17.   Our Summer Reading Program is guaranteed to be rewarding and educational, so be sure to register!

Special thanks to The Friends of the Lopez Island Library for financially supporting the entire Summer Reading Program.  Due to their generosity and commitment, the Summer Reading Program is free for all children and families.