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


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.

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


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.

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


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.