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.

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.

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.