Literary Moments

Listen up all you audio book lovers. The Lopez Island Library now has a new free service for downloading audio books to your computer, iPod or other MP3 player, called NetLibrary eAudiobooks. The library recently subscribed to Netlibrary for the community. You can access thousands of audio books from home, school, or office from this site

The first step, though, is to come to the library to set up your free account and then you can download all the eAudiobooks you like from anywhere with your individual username and password.

NetLibrary eAudiobooks are digital versions of Audiobooks, available for you to download and listen to on your computer or portable music device. The service also includes thousands of ebooks and ejournals that can be read in full print on your workstations or portable devices.

The benefits include:

• Available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, from any location in the world.

• No late fees or lost, stolen, or damaged materials.

• No switching out of CDs or flipping over cassettes

* Thousands of titles not owned by the library in physical form

• Embedded dictionary in every eBook and eJournal enables you to look up the definition of any word and, in many cases, even hear an audio pronunciation.

Call us at 468-2265 for more information or stop by and ask staff for more information. Audio books are great for all you quilters, painters, weavers, etc. whose hands are too busy to hold a book but have ears eager to listen!

Speaking of listening, our local KLOI 102.9 FM radio station has made a number of its programs available to the library on CD in case you missed the broadcast or haven’t tried the internet stream at

Alie Smaalders and Lorrie Harrison’s program, “Once upon an island, tales ” interviews with long-time Lopez island residents about living on Lopez in years past. You can check out these CDs and catch up on the stories of our island community. More programs such as Gary Alexander’s classical music and Jazz programs will be available shortly. Shelved in TC 979.77 ONC.

Sustainable living requires information to support it and the library has the tools you need. The “Sustainable Agriculture” display in the library features just a sampling of this:

Ann Lovejoy handbook of Northwest gardening : natural, sustainable, organic / photographs by Janet Loughrey. 

Bringing it to the table : on farming and food / Wendell Berry ; introduction by Michael Pollan. 

Farming with the wild : enhancing biodiversity on farms and ranches / written by Daniel Imhoff ; foreword by Fred Kirschenmann. 

Homegrown whole grains : grow, harvest & cook wheat, barley, oats, rice, corn & more / Sara Pitzer. 

How to grow more vegetables : and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine : a primer on the life-giving sustainable grow biointensive method of organic horticulture / by John Jeavons. 

While the library only subscribes to a handful of print magazines, you can use our article databases (such as Gales and Proquest) to browse dozens of farming magazines (and thousands of ther topics) through your computer such as:

Choices: The Magazine of Food, Farm and Resource Issues

Dairy Farmer

Farm Industry News

Farm Journal

Farmers Guardian

Farmers Weekly

Feed and Grain

National Hog Farmer

Organic Gardening

Soil Science Society of America Journal

Western Farm Press

World Grain Situation and Outlook

To access go the library’s web page: and under “Find it Fast,” click “Articles. Ask your traveling librarians for a visit. Invite us to your next meeting for more information on how to access these great free resources at home, school or office. We love to share information-finding ideas!

Just a reminder: the Adult Reading Program ends March 31st. Read and win! Of course, reading is its own reward but, a gift certificate for free groceries at the Village Market or the Galley for a free lunch isn’t a bad way to be rewarded either for sharing your thoughts on your latest read. Contact library staff at to submit a review.