Just two quick reminders:
1) The Friends of the Mercer Island Library’s Annual Silent Auction of special books and audio-visual materials is in progress now at the MI Library. The auction is filled with wonderful items. It will conclude at the end of the day on Wednesday, October 20.
A list of items on auction can be found at the Friends website, milibraryfriends.org. You may bid in writing for any auction item any time during regular library hours up through Octoboer 20th. Enjoy!
2) The Friends large annual Fall Book Sale begins next week with a sale of paperback books in the library lobby starting as early as Wednesday, Oct. 20th. The members-only opening sale will occur from 5-9pm on Thursday, Oct. 21. The open-to-the-public hours for the sale are 10am to 6pm on Friday, Oct. 22, 10am to 5pm on Saturday, Oct. 23, and 1 to 5pm on Sunday, Oct. 24 when all remaining books will be half price. New items will be added daily.
Over 12,000 books of all genres plus CDs and DVDs will be available, most priced from 50 cents to $2. We hope to see you there! All proceeds from these events go to support programs and activities of the Mercer Island Library.
Ted Rand, best known to Islanders for his children’s book illustrations, will be honored October 23rd at 1:00 PM at the Mercer Island Library when a framed watercolor for the book Salt Hands is unveiled by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
“The Friends have been looking for a way to acknowledge Ted’s contributions to his craft and his community for a couple of years,” said Suzanne Sanderson, Friends member who was responsible for finding the painting. And it was a bit of a search. “We had been told that there was no original artwork available, but were fortunate to discover this one when it came on the market.”
A professional graphic designer who took up children’s book illustrating at a time in his life when most people are planning retirement travel, Rand had 80 books to his credit before he died in 2005 at age 89. Among them were the popular Salty Dog series, Home for Spooky and The Baby in the Basket, all of which were done in partnership with his wife, Gloria, herself an accomplished author of at least 15 children’s books, all of them full of Rand’s watercolors, many of which will be on display the day of the dedication. Several of their books will be on display the day of the dedication.
Rand distinguished himself as a graphics artist with work that appeared in The New Yorker, Life, Encyclopedia Britannica, but he also was commissioned for portraits of Washington notables such as John Spellman, Dorothy Bullitt and Charles Odegaard. He taught graphic illustration at the University of Washington for 22 years.
The Friends chose to honor Rand not only for his contributions to children’s literature, but also for his giving-back ethic. He cast a wide net over many Island organizations, giving freely of his graphic expertise. He juried shows for the Mercer Island Visual Arts League, provided promotional materials for the City’s Mercerversary celebration in 1976 and designed logos for several Island organizations.
October 21*, 22, 23 and 24
The Friends of the Mercer Island Library invite you to our Fall Book Sale. Thanks to the generous donations of Island residents, we have over 10,000 books to sell, as well as CDs, DVDs, and videos in every category.
*A members-only pre-sale will be held on Thursday evening, October 21 between 4:45 and 8:00 pm. Members of Friends of the Mercer Island Library will have the opportunity to select and purchase books before the sale opens to the general public on Saturday. New members can join at the door on Thursday evening, and members whose membership has lapsed can renew. Annual memberships are Family $15, Individual $10, and Senior $5.
The sale to the general public will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 22, 23, and 24 . Saturday hours will be from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
On Sunday, all books will be half price from 1pm until closing.
For more information, call 206-236-3537.