Opera Preview: Cinderella by Gioachino Rossini Thursday, October 10, 2019 7:00PM – 8:30PM


You know the story. Now learn Rossini's take on this classic tale. Presented by local music scholar Theodore Deacon. With selected musical excerpts.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

World Travels: SOUTH AFRICA Saturday, October 26, 2019 1:00PM – 2:30PM


In celebration of its 25th year of post-apartheid democracy, we'll take a virtual tour through this richly diverse nation--from Cape Town to Kruger National Park.

Presented by world traveler Lance Rhoades.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

The Wizard of Oz: 80 Years Down the Yellow Brick Road Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:00PM – 2:30PM


Thought to be the most-watched movie of all time, The Wizard of Oz is a cultural phenomenon unlike any other. With memorable characters such as The Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion, and The Tin Man--who are hounded by the Wicked Witch of the West while they try to help Dorothy--the story is captivating and still loved today.

See and hear how M.G.M.'s Technicolor musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum's book has sent generations of fans "over the rainbow"!

Presented by local film scholar Lance Rhoades.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement Saturday, May 11, 2019 (2:00PM – 3:00PM)

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The summer exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, Victorian Radicals, presents the artwork of the major artists and designers of the rebellious Pre-Raphaelites of the 19th century. They wanted to connect art to everyday life and were committed to the handmade object. The exhibition will present 145 paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, textiles, and decorative arts. This lecture will preview the exhibition and explore these artists' attention to detail, use of vibrant colors, and engagement with both literary themes and contemporary life.

Tamara Moats is a Seattle art historian, history teacher at the Bush School Upper School, and former Curator of Education at the UW Henry Art Gallery.

The exhibition runs from June 13 to September 8, 2019 at the Seattle Art Museum.

In partnership with Mercer Island Arts Council.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Carmen by Georges Bizet Thursday, April 18, 2019 (7:00PM – 8:30PM)


Theodore Deacon presents a preview of Carmen, just perhaps the world's favorite opera. Carmen has it all: passion, vivid characters, high drama--and show-stopping music. What more can one ask for?

Mr. Deacon's preview contains recorded musical excerpts.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Women's Self Defense Class with Z Ultimate MI Saturday, April 13, 2019 (1:00PM – 2:00PM)

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Ages 16+. Please register.

Join instructors from Z Ultimate Mercer Island to learn real-world techniques and strategies to develop awareness and keep yourself safe.

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.

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



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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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.

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


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

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.

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

The Dickens Carolers Sunday, December 2, and 9, 2018 (1:30PM – 2:15PM)

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For 40 years, The Dickens Carolers has been a local holiday tradition. Your holiday favorites, both traditional and contemporary, are sung in beautiful four-part harmony.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Doodle Rumpus Art Workshop Saturday, November 3, 2018 (2:00PM – 3:00PM)


Presented by Charlie Williams.

Ages 10 - Adult.

How do you turn a doodle into a comic? This entertaining workshop includes developing content using wordplay, linear stories, storyboarding and sketches. You will also get to work with others to share your amazing ideas. All supplies provided.

Sponsored by KCLS & The Friends of the Mercer Island Library

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

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.