Category Archives: New & Notable

Free computing classes at the library

Tech Made Simple classes are offered free to the community by Rock Island Tech Trainers. These interactive and fun classes are designed for the ‘non-tech savvy’. Offering a different topic every week at the library. Bring your questions about your devices. Everyone is welcome. No sign up required.

The Cloud and Back Ups
Friday June 16, 10:30 – 11:30
We hear about it every day, but what does it really mean and is the information I’m storing secure? This class will review the benefits and drawbacks of using cloud storage like iCloud or Google Drive. How much does it cost and is it worth it to me? We will look at ways to identify your needs so that you can use cloud storage effectively. We will also look at various data back up techniques including automatic “cloud” options.

Streaming/Smart Televisions/Remote Controls
Friday June 23,10:30 – 11:30
“Cutting the cord” means eliminating cable and/or satellite for your tv service. This new trend is catching on because people are tired of paying for channels they do not watch. Instead, cord cutters find the tv, movies and videos that they want to watch “streaming” on the internet. We will discuss the pros and cons of this decision and how to find the replacements on line and watch them on your TV. Plus the smart tv’s that make streaming easier but give us even more complicated remote controls. Why won’t that remote work? What do all those buttons do anyway?

Smart Phones and Tablets, Free Class
Friday June 30, 10:30 – 11:30
Topics for this class include Smart phones- pros and cons; Apple, Android and everything in between; Wifi vs. Cellular connections; Tablet or Laptop? Let’s learn about that computer in our pocket! The ins, outs and gotcha’s of the modern mobile world we find ourselves in today.

Coming Soon! 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.

It’s almost here!! The Friends of Lopez Library Annual 4th of July Used Book Sale; July 4th 9AM-3PM, Lopez Center for Community and the Arts

Friends of Lopez Library Annual 4th of July Used Book Sale

Don’t forget the Friends of Lopez Library’s annual 4th of July used book sale.  This is one of the biggest island events of the year.  Come early for the best selection!  Fiction, Non-Fiction, Gardening, Home and Health, Children’s books, DVD’s and much much …….much more!  Treat yourself or your weekend guests to Friends of Lopez Library merchandise: book bags, mugs, t-shirts, aprons and too!  Purchase a red book bag for $20 and fill it with as many books as it can hold! A great deal, great reading all for $20!  Money raised from the book sale funds the many library programs, digital features, collections and supports facilities requirements too.  Don’t miss this fun and popular event.  Doors open at 9:00AM at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.  If you would like additional information about the sale contact the library at 468-2265.


The 37th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic; July 12, 2017, 11:00AM to 12:00PM, Lopez Island Library

37th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic

Join us Wednesday July 12, 2017, 11:00 a.m. as the Lopez Island Library hosts the 37th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic.  This special event is held in the orchard behind the library each year in honor of Helen Anderson who started the Teddy Bear Picnic in 1978.  Helen, a retired schoolteacher, had a passion for children and learning. From 1968 to 1990, she was instrumental in establishing programs and materials for children in the Lopez Library.  Each week she read stories to the children and haunted bookstores looking for decent used books to help build the children’s collection. Many adults, ages 25 – 48, raised on Lopez, learned to love reading as children because of her.  In 1986 the children’s room of the library was dedicated to her.

The picnic is one of the largest events held by the library each year and is now held annually in Helen’s honor. There is typically great weather and this year popular local musician Bill Johnson along with the library’s own Sam Bernardi, will lead children in wonderful sing-along songs.  Mr. Bear visits each year too!  Children may bring their favorite stuffed friend along for the fun and snacks will be provided.  We hope you will join us as we celebrate the legacy of Helen Anderson, the joys of childhood and the brilliance of a summer picnic.  For more information contact the Lopez Island Library at 468-2265. The Teddy Bear Picnic is sponsored each year by the Friends of the Lopez 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.

Art in the Lopez Library presents: “Egg Tempera Paintings: the Artwork of Sheila Simpson-Creps, June 16th through July 28th, 2017, throughout the library

The Artwork of Sheila Simpson-Creps

The Lopez Island Library is pleased to feature the artwork of Sheila Simpson-Creps. Sheila is well known for her beautiful ceramics as well as her paintings.  Her work can also be found at Chimera Gallery in Lopez Village.  She shared this narrative of her work:
“Egg tempera can be traced back to ancient Egypt, and was a primary painting medium until the development of oils in the mid-1400s. You may be familiar with old, Russian and Byzantine religious icons, which were painted in Egg Tempera, as was the work of Botticelli, and the contemporary work of Ben Shahn.
The development of Egg Tempera was stunted by the advent and ensuing popularity of oil paints in the late 1400s. Many of the oil painting techniques that became popular in the 19th and 20th centuries (impressionism, symbolism, collage, color-field painting) were never attempted in Egg Tempera because by then oil was the dominant medium. Yet Egg Tempera handles those techniques perfectly well as long as one doesn’t paint in impasto
(thick applications of paint). One of the factors that motivate me to use Egg Tempera is a concern for the environment.
As human beings we all pollute, and yet I believe we can be conscious of how much we each contribute to the sum total of human pollution. There were so many hazardous waste
products with oil paints that I searched for a medium that would let me build up layers of both transparent and opaque colors. Watercolors didn’t let me build up the layers I wanted
and I didn’t care for the plastic surface sheen of acrylics. I also questioned the environmental impact of acrylics, which are water based but the plastic binder is still going into the water system, and doesn’t necessarily biodegrade. Egg, as a binder, solved the
problem for me by being biodegradable and Egg Tempera yields an archival, sound surface for my work. Nature has always been a source of inspiration for me. For many years I have painted birds
as a subject matter. Sea Stars became a focus in the past couple of years, as they dwindled due to a wasting disease. With all of the year round green in our environment, my eye looks for other colors. Sea Stars, offer a wide range of color, and I am always pleased to see them. The effect of their loss impacts all of the other parts of their ecosystem and I am aware of the delicate inter-balance of all the environments of our world. The paintings here at the library, honor the creatures of our tidal Puget Sound, which provide us with so much beauty, and sustenance.” -Sheila Simpson-Creps

Art in the Lopez Library presents: “Feather and Flame” the Wood Fired Ceramics of Kelsey Nelsen, June 16th through July 28th, 2017, throughout the library

Feather and Flame

It isn’t possible to adequately describe Kelsey Nelsen’s inspired and elegant ceramics.  The Lopez Library invites you to visit us with one objective: see her incredible work in the glass exhibit case at the entrance to the library.

“I am a studio potter working primarily in stoneware clay fired in atmospheric kilns. I received my B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, apprenticed with Wisconsin potter David Caradori, have worked as an artist-in-residence at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA, and am currently managing and teaching at Rural Arts Clay Co-op here on Lopez.  In the studio I explore the physical relationship we experience with pottery as well as with the natural world.”   -Kelsey Nelsen