The Wizard of Oz: 80 Years Down the Yellow Brick Road Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:00PM – 2:30PM

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Thought to be the most-watched movie of all time, The Wizard of Oz is a cultural phenomenon unlike any other. With memorable characters such as The Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion, and The Tin Man--who are hounded by the Wicked Witch of the West while they try to help Dorothy--the story is captivating and still loved today.

See and hear how M.G.M.'s Technicolor musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum's book has sent generations of fans "over the rainbow"!

Presented by local film scholar Lance Rhoades.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Cinderella by Gioachino Rossini Thursday, October 10, 2019 7:00PM – 8:30PM

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You know the story. Now learn Rossini's take on this classic tale. Presented by local music scholar Theodore Deacon. With selected musical excerpts.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

World Travels: SOUTH AFRICA Saturday, October 26, 2019 1:00PM – 2:30PM

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In celebration of its 25th year of post-apartheid democracy, we'll take a virtual tour through this richly diverse nation--from Cape Town to Kruger National Park.

Presented by world traveler Lance Rhoades.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Play Chess @ the Library Tuesday, August 20, 2019 5:30PM – 7:30PM

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Hosted by Chouchanik Airapetian

All ages and families welcome.

Come to the library for an afternoon of chess! Challenge yourself and others.

Chess boards and other games will be provided. 10 minutes/game on the Big Board.

Play games, get some instruction, and have fun!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Star Wars Origami Art Workshop Tuesday, August 13, 2019 (1:00PM – 2:30PM)

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Ages 12 and older.

Presented by Emily Mallory.

Create several origami Star Wars characters and space ships to take home.

All supplies provided

Funded in part by Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Out of this World Magic Show Monday, July 22, 2019 (7:00PM – 8:00PM)

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Ages 5 and older.

Presented by Jeff Evans, Edumazement.

How much would you weigh on the moon? Have UFO’s actually landed on Earth? Do space aliens exist? Have interstellar fun as you learn more about space.

Sponsored by Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Look Up! Stories in the Sky Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (7:00PM – 8:00PM)

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Family program, all ages welcome.

Presented by The Whitman Tellers.

Hear stories, music and folktales from around the world about the constellations, moon and planets. Join in the fun with dance and movement games.

Sponsored by Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Steffan Soule's Magic of Mercer Island: Thursday, July 4th, 2019 12:30 p.m.

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On stage at Mercerdale Park Pergola. Come and see a magic show presented by a magician who learned his art through reading and recommends kids do too! Brought to you by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

College Essay Writing: Tips & Tactics Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (1:30PM – 3:00PM)

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This is the second program in the series. Attend one or more programs – all are FREE !

Presented by Collegewise

A lot of great high school students write not-so-great college essays—like how soccer taught them about teamwork or how they learned about different cultures during a trip to Canada. Most students have no idea what college admissions officers actually care about, or that college essays are written very differently than an essay for English class. Join Collegewise to learn what admissions officers want (and don't want) to read, which topics are overused, and discover writing techniques that are engaging and effective.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and the Mercer Island School District

College Application Timeline for Incoming Juniors & Seniors Tuesday, June 25, 2019 (1:30PM – 3:00PM)

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This is the first program in the series. Attend one or more programs – all are FREE !

Presented by Collegewise Staff

Join Collegewise staff to create a timeline for the college search and application process. Get started early so the work doesn’t pile up! Learn about important milestones in the process, common test and application deadlines, where to start the college search process—and the associated tasks for getting it done with time to spare. This program is designed to help students avoid the stress of waiting until the fall of senior year to get started.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and Mercer Island School District