Category Archives: New & Notable

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

Biomimicry-Innovation Inspired by Nature, Professional Biomimic Nan Woodman; Wed., April 12, 2017, 7PM Lopez Library Community Room

Innovation Inspired by Nature

Biomimicry is an emerging science studying nature’s brilliant innovations and emulating its designs and processes to solve human challenges in sustainable ways.  In this completely unique and thought provoking program, professional biomimic, designer, biologist/illustrator at-the-design-table, Nan Woodman shares experiences in learning from 3.8 billion years of genius from the natural world.  Discover what organisms do to be successful and how we might learn from their mind-boggling and elegant strategies.  Take a look at inventions inspired by geckos, kingfishers, humpback whales, termites, beetles, & sharks among others.  Through an introduction of the time-tested principles used by the natural world, learn how life creates conditions conducive for life and how we can become the next generation of creative and innovative thinkers.  Sponsored by Friends of the Lopez Library.  Free programming for our community.

“On Polar Tides” World Kayaker Nigel Foster, Fri., March 10, 2017 7PM Lopez Center for Community and the Arts

“On Polar Tides” World Kayaker Nigel Foster

Join the Lopez Island Library for an evening with world kayaker Nigel Foster.  In the second program of the Lopez Library’s series Beyond Limits, world-renowned kayaker Nigel Foster presents “On Polar Tides” the story of two trips paddling and surviving the coast of northern Labrador. Born in England, Nigel Foster is an expedition kayaker, kayak designer, instructor and author of numerous books on kayaking. He has led trips to Iceland, arctic Norway and Scotland, and in 1977 along with Geoff Hunter, became the first and youngest person to circumnavigate Iceland by kayak. The library’s evening features the Labrador trips the first in 1981 when he accomplished the first solo crossing by kayak of the Hudson Strait. After crossing the 40-mile wide Strait in howling winds and fighting a 10 knot tide race, he crash-landed on a small island in the dark. He had frostbitten fingers, was 300 miles from the closest village and without a means of communication. Eight days later in a stroke of luck, he caught a ride south on an oil tanker that had taken shelter behind Killiniq Island. He had survived marking one of the most notable solo crossings in history. The trip was described by the editor of the BCU Canoeing Handbook as “arguably the most impressive of any sea kayak adventure in the world.” But the failure to complete the second portion of that trip haunted him and in 2004, accompanied by kayaker Kristin Nelson, he completed the Baffin Island to Labrador part of the expedition by paddling from Kuujjuaq in Ungava Bay to Nain, a distance of over 675 miles of uninhabited coastline.  Kristin Nelson will join Nigel Foster for the Lopez Library program. His new book “On Polar Tides” will be available for sale and signing at the event and is also available as a new addition to the library’s collection.  In this program these two life-affirming trips are brought to the Lopez audience with beautifully shared personal perspectives and images of a vanishing wilderness – polar bears, calving icebergs, wildlife and a rugged coastline. Not to be missed! Sponsored by Friends of the Lopez Library and the Ramsey Shirk Fund.  For more information contact Jen Krajack, Lopez Island Library. 468-2265

13th Documentary showing, Saturday Feb 25 at 2-4pm

Join us for the free film and discussion!

13th is an Oscar nominated 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the “intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States;”[2] it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime).

DuVernay’s documentary opens with the facts that today the US has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the people in the world who are incarcerated. She demonstrates that slavery has been perpetuated in practices since the end of the American Civil War through such actions as criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings and Jim Crow; conservative Republicans declaring a war on drugs that weighed more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of color in the United States. She examines the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, demonstrating how much money is being made by corporations from such incarceration.

13th has garnered acclaim from film critics, and is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Oscars.[3]

Patron Brenda Asterino Movie picks

Faithful library patron Brenda Asterino has spent the last several months compiling a list of categories for our DVD collection. Her desire is to help people find DVDs when they come in to the library that match their interests. She created a series of lists which includes her own delightful commentary and a brief description of the subject. Simply click on a category and enjoy browsing!


TV Series Movies for older Adults Gardening
Genealogy books and DVD Hobbies & Arts-Crafts DVDs The Great Courses
Inspire or Illuminate  Movies for Older Adults over 70


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The library recently subscribed to, Inc. (GrantStation) offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process.  Contact us today for your login information and training.

GrantStation provides access to a searchable database of private grantmakers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal deadlines; links to state funding agencies; and a growing database of international grantmakers. In addition, GrantStation publishes two newsletters highlighting upcoming funding opportunities, the weekly GrantStation Insider, which focuses on opportunities for U.S. nonprofit organizations, and the monthly GrantStation International Insider, which focuses on international funding opportunities.

U.S. Grant listings include three areas:

    • U.S. Charitable Giving Database –The U.S. Charitable Giving database lists thousands of funder profiles, including independent, family, community, and corporate foundations; corporate giving programs; faith-based grantmakers; and, associations with grantmaking programs. These profiles are searchable by geographic focus, areas of interest, and types of support.
    • Federal Grants & Loans –The Federal Grants & Loans section is updated Monday through Friday and offers detailed program, contact, and application information on numerous U.S. federal grant and loan opportunities. Archived announcements are also available. These profiles are word searchable and categorized by deadline date.
    • State Grants & Loans – The State Grants & Loans section, which provides an individual profile for each state, is comprised of links to state departments and agencies that administer grant and/or loan programs. This section also links to quasi-state agencies such as the state arts council, humanities forum, children’s trusts, etc.

International Grants

International Grant listings includes:

    • International Charitable Giving Database – The International Charitable Giving database lists several thousand international grantmaker profiles, searchable by geographic location and areas of interest.

Canadian Grants

Canadian Grant listings include two areas:

    • Canadian Charitable Giving Database – The Canadian Charitable Giving database provides access to profiles of private grantmakers who give throughout Canada and within particular provinces and territories. Over 1,000 Canadian grantmakers are covered in this database and additional grantmakers based in Canada and other countries are being added weekly.
    • Canadian Government Grants & Loans – The Canadian Government Grants & Loans section provides information regarding potential governmental sources of financial and technical assistance.