Category Archives: Programs

First Look Film Series on Saturdays

First Look Film series on the first Saturday of the month at the Lopez Library. Watch a new release before it hits the circulation desk. 2pm in the community room. Popcorn provided. Perfect for a rainy day!

March 3rd: Roman J. Israel, Esq. – Denzel Washington was nominated for a 2017 Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actor.

April 7th: Check back for new release

May 5th: Check back for new release

“Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.”

This Friday – Author Reading: Helen Sanders & John Waugh

Lopez Island authors Helen Sanders and John C. Waugh read their recently published books. Sanders will read from Ringmaker, a fantasy novel for adults about a dragon changeling at the center of a political coup. Waugh will read from Treachery in the Sky, a science fiction novel for middle grades about a girl solving an intergalactic murder mystery. The reading will be held at the Lopez Library fireside on Friday, February 23rd at closing (6pm). Snacks and beverages provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library

Art in the Library presents the Clay Art of Rita O’Boyle – February 23, 2018

The Lopez Library is pleased to feature the clay art of Rita O’Boyle. Her show, titled “TRANSITIONS” will run from February 23, 2018 to April 6th, 2018. Please join us for an artist reception and talk on February 23rd at 3pm. Rita’s biography in her words:

Rita O’Boyle…. A Journey July 2 1944 – the present

1944 Born, U.K. – middle of five.

1952 Television came into the living room. “INTERLUDES” were viewed between scheduled programs.

1965 Graduated St. Mary’s Fenham. New Castle on Tyne (first clay experience ) exhibit 1

1965 -1967 Taught school, married, moved to Nottingham, gave birth, emigrated to Canada.

1968 -1970 Swift Current Saskatchewan, gave birth again, then to Calgary Alberta, and one more move to Vancouver British Columbia

1973 Vancouver (second clay experience ) exhibit 2

1973 -1981 Wife, mother, home maker, teacher and jock, tennis, skiing, hiking, sailing…

1981 Purchase of the Gallenger Farm on Center Rd. Lopez Island post amazing family biking tour

1982 Emigration to USA and Lopez Island

1983 Moved to Seattle…Lopez Weekenders

1984 -1987 Launched RURAL ARTS…. presenting local artists

1986 -1989 Seattle Community College – Apparel Design graduate

1990 – 1992 Art Institute of Seattle – Apparel Design Instructor

1992 -2000 Launched RTO DESIGN SEATTLE (designing and producing a line of clothing marketed mostly on the West Coast)

2000 My husband died and life as I knew it changed.

2004 Remarried

2006 Rewidowed

2007 RURAL ARTS CLAY Launched Josh Ratza – production potter and teacher.

2014 Knee replacement and a week of learning to Throw Clay with Josh             Beginning of my new connection with clay.

2015 RURAL ARTS CLAY COMPANY, launched. A cooperative of clay motivated locals. Kelsey Nelsen hired to provide the needed expertise to operate the studio and to teach classes for all ages and experience.

2015-2018 Since Kelsey’s challenge to make 50 bowls and keep 10, I have been totally connected to this clay experience. Learning to throw, slab build, and sculpt, to discover the place deep in my heart after viewing the 1952 ‘INTERLUDE’ featuring the hands creating a thrown bowl. I was mesmerized then and continue to be so.

I am grateful to the entire community of potters on Lopez without whom this passion might never have been reborn. – Rita O’Boyle


Art in the Library presents the Photography of Glenda Pugerude – February 23rd, 2018

The Lopez Library is pleased to feature the photography of Glenda Pugerude. Her show, titled “THE MOTHER ROAD AND BEYOND” will run from February 23, 2018 to April 6th, 2018. Please join us for an artist reception and talk on February 23rd at 3pm

In her words: “I became a certified Scuba Diver in 1970.  Right away I acquired an underwater still camera with lighting and close up extensions.  A whole new experience opened as we traveled, dove and explored the undersea world.  Diving solidified my love of photography and the designs of the natural world.  I now have a diversity of interests ranging from man made architectural design and abandoned buildings to faces of people around the world.  I hope you enjoy these photos of Route 66 and the ghosts of the Southwest.” – Glenda Pugerude


Lopez Writes at the Library

Refine your writing, connect with other writers, and find great spaces to write. Lopez Writes is a project to support local authors and includes workshops on the craft of writing, drop-in writing groups, opportunities to read your work, and more. All Lopez Writes programs are free and open to everyone. No registration is required. Space may be limited and is first come, first seated, so plan to arrive early. Bring a charged laptop and your own writing tools. Lopez Writes is inspired by the popular Seattle Writes program at the Seattle Public Library and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library.

Winter 2018 Schedule

Wednesday, January 24th, 5 – 6:30pm: Writing Circle in the Community Room

Drop by a 90-minute writing circle, hosted by library staff, for writing exercises and motivation. Coffee and tea provided.



Wednesday, January 31st, 5 – 7pm, Writing Workshop in the Community Room

“Writing Your Life” with Karen Fisher

A two hour workshop of questions, ideas, and exercises for memoir writers

Karen Fisher is the author of A Sudden Country, and the upcoming Heart of the Monster. A PEN/Faulkner finalist, Washington State Book Award winner, and NEA fellow, she works as a developmental editor and novel coach, and has taught for the University of Washington, the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and Fishtrap. She writes, teaches, and raises children and horses from her home on Lopez Island.


Saturday, February 17th, 2 – 4pm, Writing Workshop in the Community Room

“Screenwriting Jumpstart” with Laurie Parker

Screenwriting Jumpstart is a two-hour workshop for writers introducing screenwriting techniques. By far the most important is learning how to ‘write in pictures’ (non-verbal action). This is like learning to sketch as an artist before making the drawing or painting. We will practice this skill with exercises and will learn some tools to make it easy to continue practicing on your own.

Laurie Parker is a screenwriter, film producer and teacher. She has written screenplays for directors Jane Campion (Lucky, adapted from the novel by Alice Sebold), Alison Maclean (an original script entitled ‘+1’), and Christine Jeffs (Horse Heaven, adapted from the novel by Jane Smiley). She is currently developing TV series based on stories from the Jamaican literary anthology Kingston Noir, and The Stags, a series about the Pacific Northwest music scene.

Laurie has taught screenwriting and creative film development at UCLA, Hunter College, Brooklyn College, the IFP, the Screen NSW Aurora development course, the NZ film commission’s Screenwriters Program, and the Calabash Literary Festival Foundation.


Wednesday, February 21st, 5 – 6:30pm: Writing Circle in the Community Room

Drop by a 90-minute writing circle, hosted by library staff, for writing exercises and motivation. Coffee and tea provided.



Monday, March 5th, 5 – 6:30pm, Writers Read Out  by the Library Fireplace

Writers read 5 minutes of their unpublished work. All genres and styles welcome. No sign-ups required, just show up to read or listen. You may read more than 5 minutes if there is space.


Wednesday, March 7th, 5 – 7pm, Writing Workshop in the Community Room

Creating Characters: Tools and Techniques for Giving Life and Voice to People in Your Stories” with Lorrie Harrison

This class will help you learn to capture your subject’s personality and vitality on the page. Suitable for fiction, creative non-fiction, and memoir writers. There will be ample opportunity to practice in class; handouts and a follow-up assignment will help you stretch your writing muscles once you’re back home. Great for both new and experienced writers.

Lorrie Harrison is author of Kindred Spirits, Stories, Passions and Portraits from the Heart of Community, as well as three other books. She has been teaching writing in the Pacific Northwest since 2008.


Wednesday, March 21st, 5 – 6:30pm: Writing Circle in the Community Room

Drop by a 90-minute writing circle, hosted by library staff, for writing exercises and motivation. Coffee and tea provided.


Feb 15th @ 6:30pm – How to be an Effective Activist with Nick Licata

Are you unsatisfied with the status quo? Learn strategies to get organized, take back power, and change the world.. On Thursday, February 15th at 6:30pm at Grace Episcopal Church, Nick Licata, former Seattle City Council member and one of the city’s most effective leaders of political and social change, will speak about his new book, Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies and Advice for Changing Our World. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library as part of the library’s “Get Informed, Get Involved” series. Whether you’re a budding teen activist or been in the trenches of social justice for years, come and be inspired to change the world! Childcare is provided.
The Lopez Bookshop will sell books at the event.

Free Computing Classes From Rock Island

Introducing Free Tech classes – TECH MADE EASY!

These classes are provided by Rock Island Communications and held in the Lopez Island Library Meeting Room from 10:30am – 12:30pm.


FridayFeb 16

iPhone Tips and Tricks


With the release of the first iPhone just under ten years ago, a revolution took place in how we communicate with each other, how we receive and process information and how we entertain ourselves. In this seminar we will take a look at some of the various devices on the market, the pros and cons to the different operating systems and a quick look at the ways, benefits in syncing our photos and content.

  • Swiping, Multitouch, Tapping.
  • Basic concepts in syncing photos, videos and music
  • Managing limited space


FridayMarch 16

iPhone Photography


Today’s iPhones have very capable cameras. However, most of its features are not necessarily obvious or easily found

Let’s explore what can be done on just the iPhone’s camera and the apps that can take better advantage of it.



FridayApril 13

Photo Editing and Organizing in Apple’s Photos App


Get your photos organized into albums and events.
Learn about the different file formats – their advantages and disadvantages. Learn how to crop, brighten, enhance and share your photos.



Friday – May 11

Smart TVs, Streaming with Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick and More

  • Get a better handle on how to forego cable and satellite.What’s possible? What isn’t?
  • Get to know your remote control and why are they so hard to use?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages?
  • What about my favorite channels?


FridayJune 15

Email Tips and Tricks

  • Good email habits keep you and your contacts safe.
    • Learn about attachments, CC, BCC and correct email forwarding etiquette.
  • Learn how to share websites, Facebook posts and pages and more.
  • What’s the difference between Webmail and an Email Client?



FridayJuly 13

Web Browsers and Internet Security

  • Get the most out of your Web Browser.
  • Learn how to use Tabs, allow or block Pop-Ups and improve your web surfing experience.
  • forming good online habits, learning what to avoid, malware prevention
  • secure password creation and how to organize those passwords.



Monday – August 10

Facebook Tips and Tricks

In this class we will talk about various aspects Facebook.

Its uses, etiquette, what to do and not do.

How it can be used for staying in contact with old friends and family as well as an online presence for businesses.


Monday – September 14

Cloud Computing and Backups

This class covers Cloud computing. The concept, ins and outs, advantages and disadvantages as well as other computer backup options.