The Lopez Island Library, as part of its series SHELTER, welcomes a pioneer of the tiny house movement, Dee Williams. Dee Williams has lived in her 84 square foot house for over 10 years, a home she built herself from one of the original Jay Schafer Tumbleweed house plans. Today she writes, advocates for the tiny house movement, leads tiny home building workshops & warmly shares her story. Author of “The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir”, Dee’s is a compelling story of how we frame our lives, change our lives & ultimately define “home”. Her life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved. She sought out Schafer, (who has been building tiny homes for 20 years and is one of the originators of the movement, sold her sprawling home and built an eighty-four-square-foot house—on her own, from the ground up. Today, Williams can list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars. She fearfully/fearlessly built her home. “Dee Williams is essentially the Joan of Arc of tiny houses,” says Andrew Odom, a tiny house expert and popular blogger and podcast producer at tinyrevolution.us. The Lopez Library is proud to host this remarkable event, the jewel in our SHELTER series for the island community. This program & its series are generously funded by a gift from the Ramsey Shirk Fund and the Friends of the Lopez Island Library. The library would like to recognize the Lopez Bookshop for its support of this very special evening.