Know Your Islanders: John Aschoff, Mapping the Salish Sea, Monday, October 7 at 7 pm

Planet Earth is mostly covered by ocean waters, and even though we depend on those waters to sustain our lives, we know less about the topography of the seafloor than that of the moon or Mars. Fortunately, researchers have been mapping the seafloor surrounding our islands. Come hear why this is important, how these maps are being developed, and how scientists have been using this information to better understand this inland sea, from finding fish to fault lines.  Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library.


Victoria and Lily Compton: Gongfu Cha, Saturday, October 5 at 7 pm

Fresh young green tea leaf sprout on tea bush at plantation

The Gongfu Cha (“making tea with skill”) ceremonial method of preparing tea originated in Chaozhou, China, during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE) and was introduced throughout Asia, including Japan, over subsequent centuries.  Gongfu Cha ceremonies are still practiced in China today, particularly for weddings, in family settings, and for business meetings. Join tea ambassadors Victoria and Lily Compton for a look at the history and culture of the Gongfu Cha ritual and to experience a cup of Oolong tea, prepared in the traditional manner. 

Refreshments are courtesy of Victoria and Lily and the Friends of the Library.

New Book Talk with NW Author Clare Hodgson Meeker: Saturday, October 5 at 3 pm

Youth Services is pleased to host Northwest author Clare Hodgson Meeker introducing her new children’s book Growing Up Gorilla, How a Zoo Baby Brought her Family Together, a true animal story about the birth of Yola at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle in 2015. Within minutes of Yola’s birth, her mother, a 19-year old gorilla named Nadiri, walked away from the baby rather than picking her up to care for her. Was Nadiri rejecting the baby or did she just not know what to do?   Ms Meeker writes of the dedicated staff at Woodland Park Zoo working to bond Yola with her mother and incorporate the baby into the zoo’s existing gorilla family.

Clare Hodgson Meeker is an award-winning author of true animal stories, biographies, folktales, picture books, and chapter books for elementary school-age children. She also teaches writing in the schools and writing for children to adults.

Join us for a discussion of this wonderful new book followed by refreshments.  Ms Meeker will have copies of the book available for purchase.

This new nonfiction book is appropriate for children aged 8 to 12.  We welcome children and caregivers for this special event at the library.


Hispanic Heritage Month Movie: Patrimonio, Wednesday, October 2 at 7 pm

We will screen the new documentary Patrimonio which addresses the Tres Santos mega-development proposed for the town of Todos Santos on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. The film brings up human rights issues and questions of patrimony, the impact of tourism on communities and the environment.   Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Science Fiction Movie Club, Fri. Sept. 27 at 6:30 pm

Are you a closet Trekkie? An Aliens Afficionado? Does your garden grow Triffids, and your cooking contain Soylent Green?

If so, then come along to the new Science Fiction Movie Club at the San Juan Island Library.

Held on the last last Friday of every month we will watch and discuss all things sci-fi.
A viewing list will be decided at the first meeting. We will choose shows from all eras, and formats – movies and tv.
Titles may include:
Star Trek, The Expanse, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, Time Tunnel, Sliders, Quantum Leap, Star Wars, Altered Carbon, Space Above and Beyond, Terminator, Alien, Babylon 5, Firefly, Logan’s Run, Running Man, Planet of the Apes, Lost in Space, The Thing, Predator, X-Files, Galaxy Quest, Blade Runner, Primeval, Doctor Who, Day of the Triffids, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Quartermass, Ender’s Game, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Fifth Element, Space 1999, Enemy Mine, Alien Nation, Starship Troopers, Dune, Blake’s 7, Total Recall, Silent Running, Moon, Andromeda Strain, Forbidden Planet, 2001, Metropolis, etc…

Come meet like-minded souls. The universe is our limit!


For 14 years and older. Adult supervision or signed permission needed for ‘R’ rated material.

Messy Me at Friday Harbor Elementary School, Friday, September 27, 2 – 3:30 pm

Once again Island Rec and the Library combine forces to present a special afternoon for preschool children ages 2-5 with a parent or caregiver.

We’re creating sensory bins, objects to touch and feel, painting and ‘on the floor’ activities for the little ones.  It will be messy (but you won’t have to do the clean-up!)

Drop by the elementary school gym to join in the fun, there is no prior registration and it’s free!

Reminder: there will be no morning story and play time on this date.

Get Familiar with Your iPhone or iPad, Fri. Sept. 20 from 2 – 4 pm

San Juan Island Library meeting room, free.  Learn the basics of using your smartphone or tablet. Learn how to use built-in apps like the camera and maps and how to connect to WiFi, find websites, and download and organize apps. The last half hour will address features only cellular connected devices offer, like making calls and sending and receiving text messages. Bring your device and your Apple password.  Please register at the Library and pick up a checklist: limited space available.

Literary Salon with Laurie Orton, Thurs. Sept. 19 at 6:30 pm

book and fireplace

Well, it’s the end of an era!

Come and join Laurie for the last of the Literary Salons at the San Juan Island Library. Discuss books read, share memories, favorite titles and, as always, enjoy refreshments.


A new Library sponsored book club has begun at the Mullis Center. You can fine out more about it here.

Registration for Middle School Book Club begins Thursday, September 19 after school

Registration begins on Thursday, September 19 after school for the Library’s Middle School Book Club.  We meet once a month on a Saturday evening to discuss the selected book over pizza and then watch the movie adaptation of the book.

Book Club members receive a free paperback copy of the selected book to read and keep courtesy of the San Juan Island Community Foundation Women’s Fund.  Pizza and refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the San Juan Island Library.

Our first selected book is Wonder by R. J. Palacio.  Stop by the library to register and receive your free book to start reading.  We have space for 25 middle school students.

Our first Book Club night is Saturday, October 19 at 6:15 pm.