Ivory Tower – FILM AND PANEL DISCUSSION: Wednesday, September 27, 6:30PM

Join us to view portions of Ivory Tower, a documentary that looks at the cost and value of a college education. After the film, a panel including college counselors, parents, and a student activist will answer questions about choosing a college and financing a college education.

Three of the panelists will offer the following in-depth programs in October:

Finding the Right Colleges for You – Tom Barry, CollegeWise
Tuesday, October 3, 7PM

Pros and Cons of Community Colleges: The Last College Bargain – Dr. Jonathan Brown
 Tuesday, October 17, 7PM

The Scoop on Financial Aid – Don’t Pay Full Price – Peg Keough, Way to the Quad
Tuesday, October 24, 7PM

Sponsored by Friends of the Mercer Island Library and Mercer Island Parent Edge

Opera Preview: Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini Thursday, July 27, 7:00 PM

Even though it was a disastrous flop in its 1904 premiere in Milan, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly has emerged as one of the most popular operas ever written, performed dozens of times a year in opera houses all over the world. Why? Madama Butterfly is a touching story of a 19th century Japanese woman who is loved and then abandoned by an American naval officer. More importantly, though, Madama Butterfly contains some of the loveliest and most poignant music Puccini ever composed. 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.

 

Faces Behind the Ban – Perspectives from Six Nations Saturday, May 20, 2017, 2:00PM – 4:00PM

Join guests from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen for a panel discussion about their cultures and the effects of the Trump Administration’s executive order on immigration. Learn some historical background and hear about the impact of travel restrictions on people in our community. The event includes a Q&A session with the panelists. Organized and moderated by Arwa Mokdad, Mercer Island High School student. Snacks will be provided.
This event is held at the Congregational Church on Mercer Island (UCC) / 4545 Island Crest Way / Mercer Island
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island 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.

 

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.

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

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.

89th Academy Awards Preview Party! Saturday, February 25, 1:00 PM

We all love a good party, especially the Oscars! In anticipation of the Academy Awards airing on February 26, film historian Lance Rhoades will share highlights and controversies from previous ceremonies, discuss the current nominees, and will offer his own Oscars predictions!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Katya Kabanova by Leos Janacek Thursday, February 16, 7:00 PM

Katya, in a soprano role, is a young wife in an unhappy upper middle class marriage. Her weak husband is an alcoholic, and both the young husband and wife are dominated by his mother, the Kabanicha. Not surprisingly, Katya is lured into an illicit love affair with a handsome young fellow from the city. Such improper behavior cannot be tolerated for long, and once the Kabanicha finds out, Katya is doomed. Janacek’s amazing music in this opera makes Katya’s final scene the most gripping in all opera. This free lecture, provided to increase the enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead, with recorded musical excerpts. Space is limited. First come, first seated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

A Cinematic Tribute to Veterans Saturday, November 12, 1:00 PM

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Presented by local film historian Lance Rhoades. Hollywood has a long-running relationship with war efforts, and a great number of actors have also served. This multimedia presentation (including film clips) celebrates the close ties between the movies and servicemen and women–and the many ways in which Hollywood has helped us commemorate their sacrifices.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.