Category Archives: Staff Picks

Do you like historical fiction and adventure? Check out Outlander!

“Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for James Fraser, a young soldier.” (NoveList) Welcome to the world of Outlander. This highly popular book and TV series is available at the Lopez Island Library, and our patrons love it! Season 3 premieres on September 10th, 2017 on the STARZ network. We have seasons 1 and 2 on DVD and all eight of the Outlander novels. Stop by the Outlander display at the Lopez Library to learn more about this Diana Gabaldon series that features elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure, and science fiction/fantasy. And if you’ve read the whole series, check out our collection of “read-alike” novels that feature similar themes and elements.

Patron Brenda Asterino Movie picks-Update

A new updated list, along with new categories from Brenda Asterino, library patron!  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

Movies for Older Adults over 70


Hobbies & Arts-Crafts DVDs

Genealogy books and DVD Death and Dying The Great Courses
Inspire or Illuminate

Compassion Project 1

Royalty Advocacy & Activism 1 

Human Rights – Civil Rights


Young adult book review – Lady Midnight

LadyMidnightLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight is the first book in the Dark Artifices series by the Author Cassandra Clare. It takes place several years after the last book in The Mortal Instruments.  It follows Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorn Family on their adventures. The book makes for a very satisfying read. Cassandra Clare’s writing is full of wonderfully sarcastic moments and artfully written fights. It’s dangerous how emotionally attached to Clare’s characters one can become, but it is very hard not to. I would recommend her books to anyone age twelve and up.

Review by Juniper Blomberg, Lopez Island Library Summer Intern

YARLI reads Skellig for Halloween

skellig_featherChosen by the Young Adult Readers of Lopez Island for its mild creepiness to accompany the meeting’s proximity to Halloween, David Almond’s Skellig generated broad discussion of owls, evolution, heart disease, angels, family relations, homeschooling vs. public schools, truth and dreams. The story revolves around Michael and Mina, two middle-school-aged kids from different backgrounds, who become friends through helping an odd being in a falling down garage. Skellig is an enigma who eats “bluebottles” (houseflies) but also asks for “27 & 53” and has bumps between his shoulder blades. Michael and Mina are drawn to him for different reasons: Michael as a distraction from his very ill baby sister and Mina as an inquiring mind. As the relationship between the three progresses, bizarre and beautiful events emerge.

Readers were split in their reactions, as is often true, but all enjoyed Almond’s writing, the pacing, the mystery, and certain wise phrases. Mina says: “Truth and dreams are always getting muddled.” Finally, this quote – “Sometimes we just have to accept there are things we can’t know.” – is a central theme of the story.

Members also recommend: Brilliant, by Roddy Doyle (middle-grade drama/humor); The Finisher, by David Baldacci (middle-grade fantasy); and Nolander, by Becca Mills (young adult urban fantasy).

Our next book is the award-winning historical fiction novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell. We will meet on the fourth Tuesday, November 24th, 7pm at the Lopez Island Library. Come join us!

island blue dolphins

StoneNexus: a new magazine for lovers of stone and stone building

Donna Hasbrouck has generously donated a subscription and the complete back issues of Stonexus Magazine – a periodical about stonemasonry, stone building and decorative stonework to the Lopez Island Library. Featuring stonework and stonemasons from around the world in stunning photographs (above from Volume XII, page 65, of a balanced stone sculpture in Portonovo, Italy) and well-researched text, the magazine is a tribute to the wonders of all things stone. We are the only library in the U.S. that now carries this title!

And if you like words and their meanings, read the following excerpt from the title page to enjoy the significance of the title.

“stone (ston) n.

1. a. Concreted earthy or mineral matter; rock.

b. Such concreted matter of a particular type. Often used in combination.

2. A small piece of rock.

3. Rock or piece of rock shaped or finished for a particular purpose, especially a piece of rock that is used in construction.

nex-us (nek’ sas) n. pl. nexi or nexus-es.

1. A means of connection; a link or tie.

2. A connected series or roup.

3. The core or center.”