Middle School Book Club Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (3:00PM – 4:00PM) Islander Middle School

Open to all middle school students! Read books together, share books and talk about books. We'll share the cookie bar treats, too! We meet at the Islander Middle School Library this month. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Open to all middle school students!

Read books together, share books and talk about books.

We'll share the cookie bar treats, too!

We meet at the Islander Middle School Library this month.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

World Travels: China Saturday, January 27, 2018 (1:00PM – 2:30PM) Mercer Island

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International scholar (and traveler) Lance Rhoades offers a look at China, past and present--as seen through his experiences teaching at universities in two of its largest cities: Beijing and Shanghai.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Angst - Film, Discussion & Resource Fair Tuesday, February 6, 2018 (6:30PM – 9:00PM)

This event is held at the Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center. Resource Fair starts at 6:30 and continues after the film. Film starts at 7pm.For parents with students of all ages and students in grades 5-12.

Join us for a screening of the Indieflix film Angst-Breaking the Stigma Around Anxiety. Children and young adults offer intimate, honest, and accessible perspectives on suffering from and managing anxiety. Experts highlight research and offer tools and resources that provide hope. There will be a discussion and Q&A post-screening, with professional counselors on hand.For more, see www.angstmovie.com Continue the discussion at the Mercer Island Library on February 13, 6:30pm, with counselors from Mercer Island Youth & Family Services. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and Mercer Island Parent Edge, with support from Mercer Island Youth & Family Services and Mercer Island School District.

Join us for a screening of the Indieflix film Angst-Breaking the Stigma Around Anxiety. Children and young adults offer intimate, honest, and accessible perspectives on suffering from and managing anxiety. Experts highlight research and offer tools and resources that provide hope. There will be a discussion and Q&A post-screening, with professional counselors on hand.For more, see www.angstmovie.com

Continue the discussion at the Mercer Island Library on February 13, 6:30pm, with counselors from Mercer Island Youth & Family Services.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and Mercer Island Parent Edge, with support from Mercer Island Youth & Family Services and Mercer Island School District.

Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name Sunday, February 11, 3 PM

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Held at Aljoya Mercer Island, 2430 76th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Many know that the city of Seattle was named after a prominent Suquamish and Duwamish chief. But there hasn’t been a thorough account of Chief Seattle and his times—until now. Join us to hear historian David Buerge share stories from his latest book.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
In partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society.

Anxiety & Our Kids - Join the Discussion Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (6:30PM – 8:30PM) Mercer Island

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Presented by Mercer Island Youth & Family Services.

All parents welcome. No students, please.

Mercer Island Youth & Family Services counselors will facilitate discussions about anxiety that began after the viewing of the film AngstFind out more about preventing and addressing anxiety with parents and counselors grouped by elementary, middle, and high school age levels. Counselors will answer questions, offer resources, and we will discuss ways to address anxiety together as a community.

 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and Mercer Island Parent Edge.

Opera Preview: Beatrice and Benedict by Hector Berlioz Thursday, February 15, 2018 (7:00PM – 8:30PM) Mercer Island

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France's greatest composer of the 19th century, Hector Berlioz, adored Shakespeare and came to believe that at least one of his operas should be based upon one of the English master's most popular plays, Much Ado About Nothing. Berlioz condensed Shakespeare's play, and much of the plot is carried by spoken dialogue, but the music Berlioz created to bring Shakespeare's characters to life is among the liveliest and loveliest ever created for any opera. Don't miss this French operatic masterpiece, being performed by Seattle Opera for the first time. 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.

90th Academy Awards Preview Party Saturday, February 24, 2018 (1:00PM – 2:30PM) Mercer Island

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In anticipation of the Academy Awards Ceremony airing on March 4, film historian Lance Rhoades shares highlights from previous ceremonies, the current nominees, and even his own Oscar predictions!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Middle School Book Club Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (4:00PM – 5:00PM) Mercer Island

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Held at the Mercer Island Library this month.

Open to all middle school students.

Read books together, share books and talk about books.We'll share the cookie bar treats, too!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Islander Middle School Library, March 20 and April 24, 3-4pm
Mercer Island Library, May 22, 4-5pm

 

The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington Wednesday, March 7, 7 PM

Leading up to WWII, Japanese in Seattle and Eastern Washington thrived and prospered. Then came Executive Order 9066, forcing 120,000 Japanese and their American-citizen offspring to concentration camps, without due process. Mayumi Tsutakawa will reveal her family’s 100-year history against the backdrop of this dramatic American story.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
In partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society and Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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