Wednesday, February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 10:30am

Ages 5 and younger with adult

Stories, songs and rhymes.

Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Play & Learn is in English.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Felted Flowers Saturday, February 20, 2pm

hibiscus-orangePresented by Flora Carlile-Kovacs, Felt Designer and Instructor.
Ages 18 and older.
Wet felting is an ancient textile technique that combines hand-dyed wool fibers, soap, water, and agitation. Participants will create a unique, durable felt piece that will be used to create flowers. All supplies provided.
Registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Mary Stuart/Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti Wednesday, February 24, 7pm

170px-Mary,_Queen_of_Scots_arms,_South_Leith_Parish_ChurchThis, the greatest of Donizetti’s three “Tudor Queen” operas, was first performed in 1835. It is a not-very accurate retelling of the rivalry, both political and romantic, between Queen Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots. Some of the most exciting music Donizetti ever wrote was given to Mary/Maria as she battles for her life against the more powerful Elizabeth. Mary/Maria’s farewell to her friends and supporters will bring even a cynic to tears. This free lecture, provided to increase 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.

Friends’ Ongoing Book Sale at the Mercer Island Library

Shelves of books for the Friends of the Mercer Island Library's ongoing book sale at the Mercer Island Library.

Shelves of books for the Friends of the Mercer Island Library’s ongoing book sale at the Mercer Island Library.

Are you a book lover who missed out on the Friends of the Mercer Island’s big fall book sale? Are you someone who made it to that sale and just can’t wait for the Friends’ next upcoming book sale? No need to wait…

You can simply head over to the Mercer Island Library and treat yourself to a few of the hundreds of quality books the Mercer Island Friends of the Library has for sale every day at the Library. The ongoing book sale is located on the shelves by the entrance to the Library. There are a wide range of fiction titles (adult and children’s) as well as heaps of nonfiction.

Just like at our periodic big sales, the ongoing book sales are doubly fantastic because the books are not only very reasonably priced—pocket paperbacks are 50 cents to $1, other books are $2 on up—but all proceeds also go to support the programs at the MI Library.

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein: Anatomy of a Masterpiece Saturday, January 30, 1pm

Who controls life and death? Does a man-made being have (human) rights issues? Although regarded as Gothic sensationalism when first published-both for its lurid tale of a scientist driven mad by his obsession to animate the dead, and for the surprising news that the author was nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley–Frankenstein has resonated widely in the popular imagination, most notably in theater and cinema. Over the two centuries since its first publication, the work has also served as a vivid allegory in debates about technology, slavery, and universal suffrage.

Led by film scholar Lance Rhoades, 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. Explore and discuss these complex issues.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Science Fun for Little Ones – Traveling Sounds: Thursday, January 28, 1:00pm

colorful-sound-wave_23-2147507653Ages 4 to 6 with adult. Explore sound and how it travels as we discover music and create together.  We will watch as sound travels in waves and listen as it travels up and around many different objects.  Registration is not required but space is limited.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

 

Science Fun for Little Ones – Sensational Shapes: Thursday, January 21, 10:30am

Ages 2 to 6 with adult.overlappingrectangles

Shapes are the building blocks to so many things. Experiment with how shapes can change when they are mixed together, flipped around or enlarged. Get ready to explore all sides of shapes and play in a world of imagination.  Registration is not required but space is limited.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

 

Friends of the Mercer Island Library Annual Meeting, January 21st, 3 p.m.

Library drawingThe Friends of the Mercer Island Library will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, January 21st at 3 p.m. in the large meeting room of the library. All members are invited to attend. We will be electing officers, and finalizing the 2016 budget. Please join us.

Film Screening: Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation Saturday, January 16, 1pm

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his teammates reunite for this pulse-pounding sequel, in which they attempt to take down a secret international organization known as the Syndicate-highly skilled ex-IMF agents who are intent on bringing down their former outfit.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Science Fun for Little Ones – Amazing Colors, Thursday, January 14, 10:30am

vector-graphics-rainbowAges 3 to 6 with adult.
How do you make all the colors of the rainbow? We’ll explore primary & secondary colors through scientific explorations. Hands-on activities too! Registration is not required but space is limited.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.