Meet the Friends of the Lopez Island Library

Blue Hyacinths

Friends of the Lopez Island Library sponsors rotating local artwork throughout the library. Blue Hyacinths by artist Sally Anaya.

The purpose of the Friends of the Lopez Island Library is to provide support to the Library’s facility and staff, as well as to promote library awareness.

The Friends host two very popular/highly attended used book sales each year: July 4th and the Friday following Thanksgiving.  Used books are also sold at the ferry landing and in the library.  Proceeds from these book sales fund library concerts, lectures, science and children’s programs as well as author events.  Friends support the purchases of special equipment and furniture for the library and host the annual, and very popular, Teddy Bear Picnic which has been held for over thirty years. The Friends have souvenir and fun/functional gift items available for purchase in the library including aprons, hoodies, T-shirts, note cards, and book totes.

Become a Friend

What does becoming a Friend mean? Simply stated, it means that you will receive about one or two mailings a year, mostly to let you know about the book sales and also to let you know what the friends are doing to support library efforts.

Beyond that, it is strictly up to the individual patron. Some feel very strongly about supporting our unique library by sending in a small donation and others find that volunteering their time is a good way to keep their fingers on the pulse of the community.

Coming into the library and using our many services is yet another way to show support.

For more information, stop by the library or write to the Friends at:

Friends of the Lopez Library
P.O. Box 44
Lopez Island, WA 98261

Volunteers Needed

The book sales simply can’t happen without a robust volunteer effort. If you have free time in your life, and especially if you’re new to Lopez, please consider finding a niche for yourself with the Friends. All levels of participation are appreciated. Email:

Monetary Donations

Friends of the Lopez Island Library is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. EIN 51-0161499. One of the benefits of supporting this worthwhile cause is the ability to take a federal income tax deduction in most cases.*

*Please refer to IRS Publication 78. You will need to itemize your tax deductions in order to claim any charity.

Donate Via PayPal

You can donate online using PayPal using your credit card or your PayPal account:

Used Book Sales

The Friends of the Lopez Island Library hold a used book sale annually on the busy Fourth of July weekend at the Lopez Community Center. Additional themed sales are held throughout the year.  Hardback books, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, and other items are sold at amazing prices.  Get a red “Friends of the Library” book bag for free and fill it with books and pay only $20.  Proceeds support the Friends of Lopez Island Library and the Lopez Island Library.  Get there early!

Taking Donations for Book Sales

The Friends of the Lopez Island Library donation guidelines:


  • Materials in EXCELLENT to GOOD condition
  • Hardback books and paperbacks
  • Non-fiction books
  • DVDs and CDs in original packaging


  • Items which are unhealthy to handle or dirty, moldy, mildewed, smelly, burnt, chewed or wet, smoke infested, or have bugs
  • Text books over 5 years old
  • Encyclopedias
  • Homemade DVDs, CDs, videos, or cassette tapes
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Computer manuals
  • VCR movies
  • Magazines

Most wanted list:

Novels Mysteries
Art Children’s Books
Biographies Gardening
Cooking Military
Decorating San Juan Islands
Home Improvement History
Crafts Photography
Travel Young Adult
Health & Wellness Current Science

Friends of the Library 2015-2016 Board of Directors



Friends of the Library Officers and Members

  • President – Barbara Orcutt
  • Vice President – Taya Higgins
  • Secretary – Dee Dee Lozier
  • Treasurer – John Butte
  • Merchandise Coordinator-Mary Gauthier
  • Ilene Bernstein
  • Lance Brittain
  • Karen Johnson
  • Sandra McKee
  • Mysti McKeehan
  • Michael Moore
  • Glenda Pugerude
  • Micki Ryan