Opera Preview: The Tales of Hoffman Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m.

musicnotesBy the mid-1870s Jacques Offenbach’s career as “The King of Operetta” was over. In addition he was ill and getting worse. Yet he wanted to write a full-length “real opera” before he died. The result was “The Tales of Hoffman”, a 3 act fantasy opera based on stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann. Offenbach lavished some of the most beautiful and imaginative melodies he ever wrote on Olympia, the “Mechanical Doll”, or Antonia, the consumptive soprano who sings herself to death, or the basso-devil who uses a magic diamond to steal the souls of his victims. Sadly, Hoffman died four months before the first performance of his Tales of Hoffman in 1881 and did not live to see its world-wide success which continues to this day.
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.

Summer Mini book Sale June 12-15, 2014

free-clipart-for-kids-reading-600x475Get ready to relax in the sunshine with a good read. The Friends of the Mercer Island Library will hold a Mini Summer Book Sale at the library from Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 15th. The sale will feature adult and children’s fiction, non-fiction and multi-media. New items will be added daily. Come browse our selection during library hours.

Pacific Science Center – Physics Exhibit Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Science-Center-VanFor Children & Families
Presented by Pacific Science Center’s Science on Wheels
Drop in between 10:30am and 1:30pm and explore the physics exhibit! Ages 5 and older.
Join us for a journey into the fascinating world of physics! From hair-raising static electricity to solar ovens and catapults to cracked eggs you will discover Newton’s Laws of motion, acceleration, electricity and simple machines. Bi-lingual Spanish and English.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

 

Octopuses – Eight Times the Fun Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

octopusFor Children & Families
Presented by the Seattle Aquarium
Ages 5 to 12.
What has three hearts, blue blood and eight arms?
The giant Pacific octopus, a species that lives right here in Puget Sound! Learn about the behavior, adaptations and anatomy of this amazing underwater neighbor.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Bubbles, Volcanoes & Rocket Balloons Workshop Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

volcanoFor Children & Families
Presented by Presented by Debbie Hansen, The Science Lady.
Ages 5 to 7.
Who were Archimedes, Newton and Galileo? Discover some of their scientific laws through fun experiments including floating eggs, rocket balloons, effervescent bubbles, a baking soda volcano, dancing raisins and foil boats.
Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

The Rad Scientist, A Chemistry in Nature Concert Tuesday, August 05, 2014@ 7:00 PM

Location: To be held at Mercerdale Park, 77th SE & SE 32nd, Mercer Island.
For Children & Families
Presented by Mikey Mike, Mike Gervais
Family program, all ages welcome.
Have fun learning about science all around you during this lively, educational concert. After the performance, explore and discuss real-world specimens such as rock types, minerals and fossils.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Spring Mini Book Sale in March 2014

 

The Friends of the Mercer Island Library will hold a Mini Spring Book Sale at the library from Thursday, March 26th through Sunday, March 30th. The sale will feature adult and children’s fiction, non-fiction and multi-media. New items will be added daily. Come browse our selection during library hours.