Movie nights, no-rules book club, QiGong classes | Upcoming events at the library

Movie nights, no-rules book club, QiGong classes | Upcoming events at the library

  • Tue Feb 18th, 2020 9:48pm
  • Life

Submitted by the Lopez Island Library

The Lopez Island Library is pleased to announce a number of dynamic programs taking place this week. During these rainy mid-winter days, library programs are intended to encourage people to get together for social and experiential learning opportunities to remain active and connected.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, join library volunteer and local bibliophile Rosie Sumner for the monthly Literary Salon, from 7-8:30 p.m. by the library fireside. This after-hours program is designed to be an informal and cozy setting for a no-rules book club. Bring whatever book you are currently reading (or recently read) to the group, and enjoy a facilitated conversation about what you and your neighbors are reading about. This is a great opportunity get a sense of what other Lopezians are interested in, and maybe even get your next reading recommendation along the way. The Literary Salon is open to all and meets regularly, every third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

The following evening, Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m., the library hosts its weekly Wednesday Night Movie program. Every month, the Programs and Outreach Manager, Malia Sanford, selects a theme that guides the movies that are screened each week. During February, in observance of Black History Month, Sanford has chosen movies both new and old that honor the contributions of African-Americans to United States culture and society. This Wednesday’s movie program features the documentary film from 2018, “Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes,” a revelatory, thrilling and emotional journey behind the scenes of Blue Note Records, the pioneering label that gave voice to some of the finest jazz artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The following Wednesday Night Movie will feature the 1978 hit “The Wiz,” an adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience. Starring Diana Ross and a young Michael Jackson.

The morning after, Thursday, Feb. 20 at 9 a.m., marks the return of the morning QiGong movement class, taught by local instructor Claudia Elwell. Qigong can be described as a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating posture; movement; breathing technique; self-massage; sound; and focused intent. This class is designed to encourage new students of QiGong and offer resources to excite daily practice. This is a drop-in class, and everyone is welcome.

On Friday, Feb. 21 join author and San Juan Islander Boyd Pratt for a discussion of his new book “Island Farming: History and Landscape of Agriculture in the San Juan Islands.” The book follows such historical narratives as: a free-ranging pig that caused an international war; a year’s crop of ginseng that paid off the mortgage; and a breachy cow that led to bloody murder. Farming in the San Juan Islands has always presented challenges and opportunities. From Coast Salish camas cultivation through homesteading to commercial farming, explore the islands’ rich agricultural history in the landscape and farms of today with this informative historical presentation. This program has a maximum capacity of 40 people. Please arrive early. Books will be for sale at the event.

Finally, to wrap up this jam-packed week of public programs at the library, join your neighbors for the 2020 season of the Great Decisions discussion program, a participatory forum that focuses on the eight most pressing issues in foreign policy facing America today. The first topic of this three-month series of discussions focuses on “Climate Change and the Global Order.” The first meeting of the group will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, and will continue meeting every other Saturday at the same time throughout March, April and May. The discussion will be facilitated by David Hall, MD, a past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and a longtime member/activist with the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action. Discussion materials are available for check-out and in-library use at the Lopez Library. To receive more information and reminders of upcoming dates and topics, contact