Middle School Book Club Tuesday, May 22, 4:00 PM

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Open to all middle school students! Read books together, share books and talk about books. We'll share the cookie bar treats, too! We meet at the Mercer Island Library this month. Join us to plan summer meetings!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

 

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.

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.

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.

Teen Advisory Board Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 PM

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

Play Chess at the Library! Wednesday, May 2, 2:00 PM

 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. Ten minutes/game on the Big Board. Play games and have fun!    Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

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. Ten minutes/game on the Big Board. Play games and have fun! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

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.

Teen Advisory Board Tuesday, April 17, 7pm

Talk about books and topics of the day. Express your opinion! We 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

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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

Middle School Book Club Tuesday, April 24, 3pm-4pm

   Meets at the Islander Middle School Library    this month, 7447 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.  Read books together, share books and talk about books. We'll share the cookie bar treats, too!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.    

Meets at the Islander Middle School Library this month, 7447 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.
Read books together, share books and talk about books. We'll share the cookie bar treats, too!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

 

Friends of the Library Spring Mini Book Sale. April 5-8, 2018 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.

Kitchen Survival 101 Sunday, March 25, 2018 (1:30PM – 3:00PM)

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Do you want to cook for yourself or others, but don't know where to start?

Join Chef Laurie Pfalzer for tips on essential cooking utensils, pantry items and spices, and purchasing fresh foods. She will discuss ingredients to have on hand for easy home cooking, as well as a variety of vegetables and other ingredients that are simple to work with. Laurie will demonstrate three flavor-filled meals you can easily make at home or on your own: a simple hot pasta dish, a hearty soup/chili, and a cool sweet and savory salad - each dish is a meal-in-one!

All ingredients and equipment provided.

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)

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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.

Middle School Book Club Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (3:00PM – 4:00PM)

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Meet at the Islander Middle School Library this month / 7447 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island

Open to all middle school students.

Read books together, share books and talk about books.

We'll share the cookie bar treats, too!

 

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.