Spring Book Sale; Thursday, May 4-Sunday, May 7

Table of books for saleDoes all this rain have you running out of things to read? Head on over to the Friends of the Library spring book sale. There will be several tables of books for sale near the front door. Stop on by and pick up a good read to take with you. The sale will be open during regular library hours.

While you are there, why not pick up a membership form and join the Mercer Island Friends? Your membership donations will be used to support the programs that the Friends sponsor at the library.

 

Opera Preview: The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Thursday, April 27, 7:00 PM

Mozart was a busy fellow in the summer of 1791, the last summer of his short life. He had a commission from the new Emperor for a “Coronation Opera” (which became La Clemenza di Tito in Prague in September) and also for a German language singspiel comedy for a talented impresario in Vienna. The singspiel, which opened as The Magic Flute in October, 1791, was a huge success. Finally Mozart had a money-making hit. But then, heart-breakingingly for posterity, he died at age 35. The Magic Flute has everything an opera-lover could want: serious life-and-death drama paired with some of the most rollicking comedy ever put on stage. Add in a hilarious feather-covered bird-catcher and a crazed Queen with dazzling high notes, and this opera goes over the top. You will laugh. You will cry. You will love this opera! 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.

 

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn – English Wednesday, April 5, 12, 19 & 26, 10:30 AM

Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is in English. Ages 5 years and younger with caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Being Home: The Art of Belonging Wherever You Are: Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 PM

Home is more than an address. It is a place you belong, one that reflects who you are and what matters to you. When you recognize the relationship between you and your environment, and understand the link between them, you can make your home a place that works well and feels right. Join author Rebecca Ross for a presentation of the concepts from her book: Being Home: The Art of Belonging Wherever You Are. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

IdeaX: Explore Circuits! Tuesday, April 4, 3:30 PM

circuit boardGrades 4 and older. Electrical circuits are the foundation of our technology-driven lives. Everything from simple light bulbs to complex devices like the iPhone depend on them. Stop by the meeting room to create circuits and explore electronics! Play around or work on a project. Bring a friend and work in pairs! Squishy Circuit and Snap Circuit kits provided. Registration not required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Maria Frank Abrams Exhibition Opening & Art Afternoon Sunday, April 2, 1:30-3:30pm

Join us for refreshments and opening remarks for our Maria Frank Abrams Exhibition Opening. In the spirit of Maria’s passion for art, we will provide a variety of art demonstrations and activities to celebrate the artist within us all. Explore the creativity that connects us to the past, present and future. All ages!

1:30-2:00 Opening remarks

2:00-3:30 Exhibition viewing, refreshments, art demonstrations, printmaking, button making, origami, coloring and more!

Renowned artist and Mercer Island resident, Maria Frank Abrams (1924-2013), survived brutal Nazi death camps during World War II. After liberation, she obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Washington. Maria said, “Being a painter is living – it is my life.” Art helped her survive the darkness and find beauty in the world. This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day falls in April. This month we celebrate Maria Frank Abrams’ art with a curated collection of her work in collaboration with Mr. Sydney Abrams and Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL).

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn – English Wednesday, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 10:30 AM

Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is in English. Ages 5 years and younger with caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Early Spring in the Edible Garden, When Can I Start Planting? Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 PM

tomatoes on the vineIt’s time to get outside and start planting your garden. Join garden educator Lisa Taylor, author of Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals and the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide in a lively session about how to grow your edible garden. Learn the ins and outs of spring planting and which varieties thrive in our climate. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Friends of the Mercer Island Library Meeting Thursday, March 16, 3:00 PM

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Friends of the Mercer Island Library will have a meeting at 3:00 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Mercer Island Library on Wednesday, September, 15th.

Are you looking for a flexible volunteer job? Please come and join the Friends of the Library! Our bimonthly meetings last about an hour and a half, and we would also welcome new volunteers to help with sorting, organizing and selling book donations. Proceeds from our sales are used to fund the wonderful programs you see listed on this web site. New members are welcome to join us.