Category Archives: New & Notable

The zines are here! Zine Week at the Lopez Library

What are zines?  Zines are alternative and radical literature, comix, and independent publications. Pronounced “zeen” – short for magazine or fanzine.  Anyone can publish a zine, including YOU! Got a topic you love? Got something to say about it? Come make zines with us!  Open to all adults and teens.

October 16th – 27th Stop by the library to see our display of local and not-so-local zines. Yes, you can touch and read them! Go here for a list of some of the zines on display: 2017 Lopez Zine Week Collection

Thursday, October 19th, 7-9pm, Community Room, Zine 101: An Interactive Presentation

What is a zine? Who makes zines? How do I make and distribute a zine? Led by Jaina and Yoram, your friendly neighborhood zinesters! Everyone leaves with a zine!

Saturday October 21st, 1 – 5pm, Community Room, It’s a Zine-Making Party!

We provide the supplies (collage materials, typewriter, sharpies, paper cutter, copy machines, etc.) and caffeine and snacks to keep you going. Make your own zine and be sure to leave a copy for our display! Feel free to bring your own zine-making supplies to share.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library

October 12, Woodmen Hall – Boyd Pratt talks Lime Kilns and the “Working West”

Thursday, October 12th, 6pm, Woodmen Hall. Go back in time to the “Working West” of the San Juan Islands – Roche Harbor and the lime kilns. Enjoy “rum” punch (non-alcoholic) and the plucky tunes of the Shark Reef Rounders at 6pm, then stay at 6:30pm for a reading and slideshow from architectural historian Boyd C. Pratt’s new book LIME: Quarrying and Limemaking in the San Juan Islands. Books will be available for purchase. Synopsis below:

Formed through eons of geologic time and sculpted by glaciers, the limestone deposits along the islands’ shores provided the essential ingredients for the block and mortar that built and rebuilt the West Coast’s major cities. Learn all about the islands’ economic booms and busts, dramatic changes to the landscape, bloody murder, contentious lawsuits, and deadly shipwrecks.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library

Spooky Stories for Adults – Friday the 13th, 6pm

This Friday the 13th, come to the Lopez Library fireside at closing time (6pm) to hear or read a spooky tale. Each reader will have 5 – 7 minutes to thrill the audience with their tale. Share a classic ghost story that you love or tell your own bone-chilling tale. Optional writing prompt: “When the library closed and the last librarian left the parking lot…”

Sign up to read at the library circulation desk or email with your name and the title of your story. The order of readings will be randomly determined.

Snacks provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library

Who are you? Discover the answer at the Lopez Library! First Tuesday of the Month, 11am – 1pm

Who are you?

Join Lopez Library’s  Librarian Lou Pray and genealogy expert Georgeana Cook (Breadcrumbs) for Beginning Genealogy.  Get started learning the basics.  Bring your laptop for assistance with the library’s tool.  It’s fun, informative and easier to get started than you may know! Free to all. For more information call the library at 360-468-2265 or email Lou at

All classes from 11am – 1pm (except Tuesday, November 7th) in the Library Community Room. Fall 2017 Dates:

Tuesday, October 3rd, 11 – 1pm

Tuesday, November 7th, 12 – 2pm

Tuesday, December 5th, 11 – 1pm


Reader Spotlight – Mary Wondra

Welcome to the monthly installment of Reader Spotlight – in which we ask a library patron to tell us about their favorite books. Mary Wondra kicks off October with a selection of seven favorites: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Moon is a Hash Mistress by Robert Heinlein, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, and The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Stop by the Reader Spotlight display in the library to learn why these books made her top list!