Category Archives: Classes & Workshops

Resumes January 2018 – Free Computing Classes From Rock Island

Thank you, Rock Island and Gene Nery. These classes will resume in January 2018. Look for a new schedule of topics.

Introducing Free Tech classes – TECH MADE SIMPLE!

These classes are provided by Rock Island Communications and held in the Lopez Island Library Meeting Room.


Thursday, October 5th, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Streaming/Smart TVs/Remote Controls

Get the most out of your Smart TV. We will discuss TV resolution, services available and how it differs from the TV that we’ve grown up with. We will also discuss some basics on Remote Controls


Monday, October 9th, 12pm – 2pm

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.


Thursday, October 19th, 10:30am – 12:30pm

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.


Friday, October 27th, 10:30am -12:30pm

Computer Tips & Tricks

Get the most out of your computer.  Learn some techniques to help your computer time be more efficient and enjoyable. Learn to see how your files are organized and how to navigate within your computer. Topics include: Computer and technical terms, storage vs. memory, files and folders, understanding the desktop, keyboard shortcuts, “drag and drop”


Friday, November 3rd, 10:30am -12:30pm

Email Tips, Tricks & Etiquette

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.


Friday, November 10th, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Smartphones and Tablets

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 and costs involved in syncing our photos and content. Topics include: Smart phones, Tablets, Mobile device vs a laptop, Basic concepts in syncing your photos, videos, music and contacts


Thursday, November 16th, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Topic to be decided


Classes will resume in January 2018.


First Tuesdays at 11am. Who are you? Discover the answer at the Lopez Library!

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 in the Library Community Room. Winter Dates:

Tuesday,February 6th, 11am – 1pm (with special guest Boyd Pratt)

Tuesday, March 13th, 11am – 1pm (2nd Tuesday)

Tuesday, April 10th, 11am – 1pm (2nd Tuesday)



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

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.

Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support Presents Living Long On Lopez : The Senior Gems-A Guide to Supporting Family Members with Dementia; Sat., March 18th, 2-3:30PM, Lopez Library Community Room

Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support will present a 40-minute video overview on the impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia, with tips and techniques for caregivers that can make a difference at various stages of the disease.  If you know someone living with dementia and are seeking ideas and strategies for how to assist, this could be of interest to you.  Following the video presentation there will be an opportunity for discussion, facilitated by Elizabeth Landrum, Ph.D.  and Mary O’Bryant, MSW.  For more information, please contact the Hospice & Home Support office at 468-4446 or email

Pet Pals! A Special Kid’s Program with Dr. Sally Hodson, Wed., Aug 9 at 11-12 noon

2nd Annual Pet Pals!

Pet Pals!

Lopez Island Library welcomes Dr. Sally Hodson, children’s book author and K-12 educator, for this special kids program on pet safety. The Pet Pals! program teaches children learn how to greet dogs and cats, steps for caring for pets, when to leave pets alone and what to do when confronted by a scary dog or cat. The program is interactive with life-sized plush dogs and cats for demonstration. Lovable “real” guest dogs help kids practice what they learn. The program will include information for parents and children called “Pet Talk” – what dogs and cats communicate with body language and sounds.  Children who participate in an education program about the humane treatment of animals acquire many skills that can help them become more caring and responsible adults. Don’t miss this fun and essential program for kids! Adults welcome too!