Doodle Rumpus Art Workshop Saturday, November 3, 2018 (2:00PM – 3:00PM)

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Presented by Charlie Williams.

Ages 10 - Adult.

How do you turn a doodle into a comic? This entertaining workshop includes developing content using wordplay, linear stories, storyboarding and sketches. You will also get to work with others to share your amazing ideas. All supplies provided.

Sponsored by KCLS & The Friends of the Mercer Island Library

The Dickens Carolers Sunday, December 2, and 9, 2018 (1:30PM – 2:15PM)

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For 40 years, The Dickens Carolers has been a local holiday tradition. Your holiday favorites, both traditional and contemporary, are sung in beautiful four-part harmony.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.


Life After High School Part 4: Wednesday, October 17, 7pm

A High School Parent's Guide to Student Success in College and Beyond: Resilience & Compassion: Building Strength for the Road Ahead (Anne Browning, Director, UW Resilience Lab) - at Islander Middle School / 7447 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Unlocking the Mysteries of 2001: A Space Odyssey (A Fiftieth Anniversary Appreciation) Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 (1PM – 2:30PM)

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Not long after the moon landing, Stanley Kubrick's ambitious science-fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey dazzled and baffled audiences with a far-reaching exploration of life's possibilities and precariousness. Even a half-century since its release, the film remains enormously influential and it continues to be widely interpreted. Join film scholar Lance Rhoades for this multimedia presentation and lecture.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

The City is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle by Fred Brown. Thursday, Aug 16th, 7 P.M.

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Animals rarely appear in urban history books; but cows, horses, pigs, dogs, cats and other wild creatures have played crucial roles in struggles over property and power in the changing city. Explore the hidden history of Seattle's animal past, and how it may help us think about our animal present. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society.

Woodland: The Story of the Animals and People of Woodland Park Zoo with Zoo Curator John Bierlein Thursday, July 26, 2018 (7:00PM – 8:00PM)

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Follow the history of Woodland Park Zoo from its beginnings nearly 120 years ago as a private estate, carved from the wilderness to promote real estate development in the Phinney Ridge and Green Lake neighborhoods of Seattle. By the late 1970s, the zoo emerged as an international pioneer in naturalistic exhibit design and landscape immersion. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society.Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society.

Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis Saturday, June 23, 2018 (2:00PM – 3:00PM). Presented by Tamara Moats.

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This Seattle Art Museum exhibition, which runs from June 14 to September 9, 2018, presents a comprehensive collection of Edward S. Curtis's magnificent portraits of Native Americans. Photographed during the turn of the last century, they now have an indelible place in the American consciousness, especially the works from the Pacific Northwest where he started his career. This lecture will explore his life and work, and the key Northwest tribes he portrayed. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society. Photo of the artist courtesy of Wikipedia.

World Travels: Spectacular Italy Saturday, May 19, 2018 (1:00PM – 2:30PM)

 Fashion! Film! Food! Italy has it all....and in Italy, nothing is worth doing unless it is done with gusto. Italy's passion for the dramatic shows in all of its spectacular history, from the monumental works of Roman engineers, to its magnificent cathedrals, and its grandiose operas. Join scholar (and world traveler) Lance Rhoades, who has spent several years in this fascinating country, on a cultural sightseeing tour through Italy's vineyards, canals, piazzas, and more.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Fashion! Film! Food! Italy has it all....and in Italy, nothing is worth doing unless it is done with gusto. Italy's passion for the dramatic shows in all of its spectacular history, from the monumental works of Roman engineers, to its magnificent cathedrals, and its grandiose operas. Join scholar (and world traveler) Lance Rhoades, who has spent several years in this fascinating country, on a cultural sightseeing tour through Italy's vineyards, canals, piazzas, and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

A Park System for All: The Olmsted Vision for Seattle Thursday, May 10, 2018 (7:00PM – 8:30PM)

 In 1903, Seattle's Board of Park Commissioners invited John Charles Olmsted to design a park system for Seattle. Over the next three decades his plans guided the creation of an interconnected network of parkways, parks, and playfields. The system provides access across the city to the restorative benefits of green spaces and forms the foundation of Seattle's flourishing park system today. Presented by local historian and author, Jennifer Ott. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society.

In 1903, Seattle's Board of Park Commissioners invited John Charles Olmsted to design a park system for Seattle. Over the next three decades his plans guided the creation of an interconnected network of parkways, parks, and playfields. The system provides access across the city to the restorative benefits of green spaces and forms the foundation of Seattle's flourishing park system today. Presented by local historian and author, Jennifer Ott.Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society.

Opera Preview: Aida by Giuseppe Verdi Thursday, April 26, 7pm

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By the late 1860s, Giuseppe Verdi was in his mid-fifties and the most famous Italian opera composer of his time. He didn't need to write any more operas to be able to spend the rest of his life with both fame and wealth. But a request from the ruler of Egypt for an opera that would be performed to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal intrigued Verdi. Aida was the result of this commission. The Canal opened in 1870, but the opera wasn't performed until 1871. Aida proved to be Verdi's greatest triumph up to that time, and the "Triumphal March" that ends Act Two is one of opera's most famous melodies. This free lecture, provided to increase the enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature Norm Hollingshead, with recorded musical excerpts. Space is limited. First come, first seated.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Bandanas to Badges: Songs and Stories of Northwest Workers Saturday, April 21, 2018 (2:00PM – 3:00PM)

Held at Aljoya Mercer Island, 2430 76th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Acoustic trio Trillium-239 shares stories and songs of working life in the Northwest, beginning with American settlement of the West and ending with modern high-tech industries. Thoughtful music selections and interesting historical tidbits reflect the evolution of these workers' experiences.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau

Frankenstein: Anatomy of a Masterpiece with Literature and Film Scholar Lance Rhoades Saturday, March 24, 2018 (1:00PM – 2:30PM)

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Author Mary Shelley was only 19 years old when she wrote this classic 200 years ago! Regarded as Gothic sensationalism when first published, Frankenstein has resonated widely in the popular imagination since. This multi-media presentation considers how Shelley addressed some of mankind's greatest concerns with a creation that took on a life of its own.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.