World Travels: JAPAN Saturday, March 30, 2019 (1:00PM – 2:30PM)

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Enjoy a virtual tour through the heart of Japan: from the ultra-modern metropolis of Tokyo, to stylish Kyoto, to the relaxing resorts of Kinosaki, to the majesty of Himeji and Miyajima, and the many forests, gardens, and temples of the countryside in between! Led by scholar-and avid traveler-Lance Rhoades. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

The ABCs of DNA Genealogy Thursday, March 28, 2019 (7:00PM – 8:00PM)

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Genealogist Janet O’Conor Camarata provides tips and tools for selecting and interpreting DNA results from a variety of health and ancestry DNA providers, like Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe and more. Designed for the non-technical, genealogy oriented audience.

Please register. In partnership with Mercer Island Historical Society.

Supported by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Musical Trip Around the World Concert, March 23rd, 2-3 p.m.

Musical Trip around the World Concert   Presented by Miho and Diego.  Ages 5 and older.  Learn songs from Latin America and Japan! Discover some rare instruments from other countries and play along by clapping and stamping out rhythms.    Supported by Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Musical Trip around the World Concert

Presented by Miho and Diego.

Ages 5 and older.

Learn songs from Latin America and Japan! Discover some rare instruments from other countries and play along by clapping and stamping out rhythms.

Supported by Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Friends of the Library Spring Mini Book Sale. March 6-9, 2019 during library hours

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While it's a mini-sale, there are so many great books, you will have no trouble finding lovely books for family and friends or a special book for yourself. Stop on in. We will have several tables of lightly used books for sale just inside the entrance to the library. You never know what treasures you might discover.

Play Chess @ the Library, Sunday, February 24th, 2- 4 p.m.

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Hosted by Chouchanik Airapetian

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.

Play games and have fun!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Academy Awards Preview Party, Sunday, Feb 17th, 2-3:30 p.m.

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We all love a good party, especially the Oscars! In anticipation of the Academy Awards airing on February 24th, film historian Lance Rhoades will share the highlights and controversies from previous ceremonies and discuss the current nominees. He will even offer his own Oscars predicitions!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Explore the Rhineland-Palatinate, Saturday, Feb 16th, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

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Description

The wine-making area of the Rheinland-Pfalz, or Rhineland-Palatinate, in southwest Germany is rich in history, museums, local festivals, and wine tours. This presentation offers an overview of some of the most intriguing aspects of the region for travelers, genealogists, and those who enjoy learning more about other cultures, places, and times.

Presented by local author, genealogist and historian, Claire Gebben. http://clairegebben.com/

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Science Fun for Little Ones - Sensational Shapes Tuesday, January 22, 2019 (10:30AM – 12:00PM)

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Presented by KidsQuest Children's Museum.

Ages 1 to 3 with adult.

Shapes are everywhere and make up different things in different ways. Explore the shapes that occur in our world.

Registration not required but only 25 slots for children available at a time, so first come, first served.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Navigate Conflict and Embrace Differences Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (11:30AM – 9:00PM)

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Two Presentations on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity with Rosetta Lee

Held at the Mercer Island Community & Events Center / 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island

11:30 AM - Parenting with Identity in Mind
Join Rosetta and learn how to instill positive self-identity in our children and coach them to be positive influences on others.

7:00 PM - Beyond Sticks & Stones: Helping Youth Navigate Conflict & Bullying
Join Rosetta and explore key gender and cultural differences with respect to how children experience and deal with bullying. Receive pragmatic and empowering tools to prevent and address bullying issues.

Rosetta Lee is a faculty member at Seattle Girls School teaching science, math, technology, art, ethics and social justice. For over 10 years, Rosetta has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity and gender and sexual diversity. Learn more at https://about.me/rosetta.lee

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

Science Fun for Little Ones Thursday, January 17, 2019 (1:00PM – 3:00PM)

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Power On, Power Off!

Presented by KidsQuest Children's Museum.

Ages 3 to 6 with adult.

Explore electricity & create your own contraption that moves using simple circuits, motorized vibration and recycled materials. Think like an engineer to modify designs to produce new forms of wiggly jiggly motorized movement!

Registration not required, but space is limited. First come, first served.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Keeping Our Kids Safe Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (7:00PM – 9:00PM)

Please join us for a Safe and Healthy Kids event!  We will start with a "Be SMART" presentation that offers tips on preventing gun violence (important even if you don't own a gun!), followed by a "Savvy Parents, Safe Kids" presentation, focusing on body safety, boundaries, safety tips, and how to talk to kids without scaring them.  Appropriate for adults, parents, and caregivers. 

"Be SMART" is designed for people caring for kids of all ages; "Savvy Parents, Safe Kids" is designed for people caring for children aged pre-K to grade 3.

For more information, check out these websites:

http://besmartforkids.org/

http://savvyparentssafekids.co...

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and the Mercer Island Preschool Association

Play Chess @ the Library! Sunday, January 13, 2019 (2:00PM – 4:00PM)

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Hosted by Chouchanik Airapetian

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.

Play games and have fun!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Teen Advisory Board Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (7:00PM – 8:30PM)

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Join us to talk about books and topics of the day. Express your opinion! 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.