Kaleidoscope Play and Learn - English Wednesday, November 1, 8, 15, & 29, 10:30 AM

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Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art, and playing. Kaleidoscope Play and Learn is in English. Ages 5 and younger with caregiver. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale, Thursday, November 30-Sunday, Dec 3

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The Holidays are rapidly approaching. What better gift than a book? Come shop at the Friends of the Library book sale at any time during library hours. We will have 5 tables of used books at the entrance, with new titles added daily. Proceeds will be used to support the library.

Spider’s Snow Day Science Show Tuesday, December 12, 10:30 AM

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Spider's Snow Day Science Show Presented by Lisa Taylor, Urban Farmer. Ages 3 and older. Be entertained as an unexpected snow storm sends a spider, a redworm, a bumble bee and a butterfly on an extraordinary adventure to discover how garden critters adapt to winter. No registration but space is limited.

Sponsored by Mercer Island Friends of the Library.

Teen Advisory Board Tuesday, December 12, 7:00 PM

Join us to talk about books and topics of the day. Express your opinion! We plan events for the community and focus on issues that are important to you. Light snacks provided. You can also earn volunteer credit.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Opera Preview: Cosi Fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Thursday, January 4th, 7:00 PM

Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte is the third and last of his collaborations with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte (the other two collaborations were The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni). Even though Cosi was commissioned by the Emperor, its first performance in Vienna in 1790 was not a success. Nineteenth century audiences found Cosi's "battle of the sexes" too scandalous to be endured, but twentieth century opera audiences liked it. Now it is performed as frequently as the other Mozart / Da Ponte operas with two good reasons: a fun, if goofy plot, and fabulous music. Don't miss it! This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead, with recorded musical excerpts. Space is limited. First come, first seated.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Chess & Game Day Saturday, November 18, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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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. Washington Women's Champion, Chouchanik Airapetian, will host a Q&A for parents. Please register so we know how much pizza to order! Play games, eat, and have fun!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Teen Advisory Board Tuesday, November 14, 7:00 PM

Join us to talk about books and topics of the day. Express your opinion! We plan events for the community and focus on issues that are important to you. Light snacks provided.You can also earn volunteer credit.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal

Thursday, November 2, 7:00 PM

The challenge of getting Newcastle coal to Elliott Bay inspired early Seattleites to envision a canal connecting Lake Washington to Puget Sound but it would take 63
years for the vision to become reality. Join us to hear Jennifer Ott, Ott, co-author with
David B. Williams of Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal, share
some of the stories they uncovered in their research about the decades of false starts,
political shenanigans, and far-reaching social, economic, and environmental impacts of
the canal's construction and operation.

In partnership with 4Culture and the Mercer Island Historical Society.

Medicare Made Clear

Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 PM

This workshop will give you an overview of the different parts of Medicare (Parts A, B,
C, and D) and supplements: what they cover, and how they work. There will be a
discussion of the different ways you can receive your benefits, including the pros and
cons of each, as well as the approximate costs. We will also cover enrollment and
eligibility guidelines. The goal of the meeting is to provide useful information that will put
you in a better position to make an informed decision on your Medicare coverage. The
presenter is not connected to the Federal Medicare program.

Beatlemania / Beatlemedia! How Talent, Timing, and Technology Created the World's Biggest Musical Sensation

Saturday, October 21, 3:00 PM

With over 600 million record sales worldwide, The Beatles remain the most successful
act in history. Learn from historian Lance Rhoades how this band from Liverpool,
England grabbed the world's attention--putting an indelible and immeasurable stamp on
popular culture.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

The Scoop on Financial Aid - Don't Pay Full Price

Tuesday, October 24, 7:00 PM

Presented by Peg Keough, Way to the Quad. Colleges and universities are offering
significant discounts and scholarships. Did you know that an in-state public university
could end up costing more than a private university? Come to this workshop to learn
about the nuts and bolts of financing college, the financial aid application process,
sources of aid, and how to find out if you are eligible for need or non-need based aid.
No registration.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Radical Robots Workshop

Saturday, October 28, 10:30 AM

Presented by Pacific Science Center. Ages 8 and older Get ready to have a have a
swarm of adorable robots take over the library! Learn to use Kibo®, the robot that to
develops and optimizes programs, and complete challenges while discovering the world
of robotics and basic program design. Registration not required, but space is limited.