Friends of the Library Meeting. Thursday, Sept. 13, 3 P.M.

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Come join us and learn how you can volunteer at our book sales and events at the library. Note that this is a schedule change from our usual third Thursday of the month, due to our upcoming book sale.

A High School Parent’s Guide to Student Success in College & Beyond Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 (7PM – 9PM)

Held at Islander Middle School, 7447 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.

Presented by Denny Meadows.

"How a student goes to college is much more important than where he or she goes." Does this phrase apply to your student? And what does it really mean? One thing is increasingly clear: it's no longer enough to choose the "best" ranked school and then assume that everything will work out fine.

Join us for an informative presentation – followed by Q&A – to learn about key skills and attitudes for teens in a rapidly changing world. We'll address several questions, like "How can we choose a college to improve post-college outcomes?" and "What are the important action-steps now, during high school?"

JOIN US and check our calendar for other Life After High School programs in October:

 

  • Tuesday, October 2, 7pm - How to Find the Right Colleges for You (Collegewise) - at the library

  • Tuesday, October 9, 7pm - The Scoop on Financial Aid – Don't Pay Full Price (Peg Keough) - at the library

  • Wednesday, October 17, 7pm - 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.

Friends of the Mercer Island Library Book Sale Thursday, Sept. 27, - Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018

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This is the big one! Thousands of books from art to science, from Seuss to Patterson, from history to cooking and from DVDs to board books.

Members Only - Wednesday, September 26th 5-9pm

Open to Everyone - Thursday, September 27-Sunday, September 30, during library open hours

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

Tween Summer Book Club Wednesday, August 22, 4:00 PM

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Open to all middle school students!

Stop by to chat with teen librarian, Carrie Bowman, and former IMS teacher, Mrs. Behnke, about books you are reading this summer. We can't wait to hear about your favorites! We'll share our summer reading treats and the famous cookie bar treats, too. Come get some ideas for your own reading—-no need to share if you don't want to. Drop by the meeting room any time from 4-6pm. Incoming 6th graders welcome!

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.

​Self-Publishing for Teen Writers Tuesday, August 7, 2018 (7:00PM – 8:30PM)

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Presented by Gerri Russell, author.

For tweens and teens.

Are you interested in publishing your own book? What should you consider before you self-publish, and how do you prepare your manuscript for converting it to a document for Kindle, Nook, Apple and Smashwords? Come find out!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Tween Summer Book Club Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (4:00PM – 6:00PM)

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For middle school students

Stop by to chat with teen librarian, Carrie Bowman, and former IMS teacher, Mrs. Behnke, about books you are reading this summer. We can't wait to hear about your favorites! We'll share our summer reading treats and the famous cookie bar treats, too. Come get some ideas for your own reading—-no need to share if you don't want to. Drop by the meeting room any time from 4-6pm. Incoming 6th graders welcome!

Sponsored by the Friends for the Mercer Island Library.

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn - English Wednesday, July 25th 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.

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.

Get Reel Active: Make Media that Matters to You! Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (3:30PM – 6:00PM)

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Presented by Reel Girls.

For tweens and teens.

Are you a young leader who wants to make a difference in your community and beyond? Learn the importance of media literacy, and how to tell your story using a mobile device.

Register starting on July 8 when the Library opens.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

The Carry a Toon Show Monday, July 23, 2018 (7:00PM – 8:00PM)

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Presented by Chancy and Narly (Nancy Stewart and Charlie Williams).

Family program, all ages welcome.

The dynamic duo duet again! Join two of the Pacific Northwest's favorite performers for a musical montage of songs, sounds and shenanigans. They will be pulling out all the stops, using their vocal and musical chords to bring you a memorable summer symphony of sounds!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

College Essay Writing - Making the Most of Summer June 26 & 27 2018 (1:30PM – 3:30PM)

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his is the first program in the series. Attend one or more program – all are FREE !

There is no right or wrong way to spend the summer. Whether it's backpacking with your friends, job shadowing at a local business, or catching up on the books you've always wanted to read, what is most important is that you enjoy what you are doing. Why? Because if you like what you're doing, you can show demonstrated interested when you write about it, aka, college essay gold! Join Cara to talk about exploring your interests this summer and learning to express them in a way that gets you noticed.

Presented by Cara Camire, Collegewise.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and Mercer Island School District.

An interpreter will be available during the June programs for Mandarin and Cantonese speaking families.

Upcoming programs in the series:

College Essay Tips and Tactics
Wednesday, June 27, 1:30pm
Presented by Tom Barry, Collegewise
Learn what admissions officers want (and don't want) to read, which topics are overused, and discover writing techniques that are engaging and effective.

Drop-In College Essay Writing Labs
Thursday, July 12 and July 19, 2pm
Presented by Mercer Island High School staff and Collegewise staff.
Get feedback, tips and writing help on your college entrance essays during two sessions in July.