Movies! Zootopia Friday, July 21, 1:00 PM

All ages welcome, rated PG. In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. No Registration, but space is limited.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Movies! Moana Monday, July 10, 10:30 AM

Join us for a fun family movie! Rated PG. In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. No registration but space is limited.

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.

Tough Guise 2 – A film and discussion Saturday, February 11, 1:00 PM. MIHS Performing Arts Center / 9100 SE 42nd Street / Mercer Island

Join us for a stunning look at the violent, sexist, and homophobic messages young men routinely receive from nearly every area of our culture. Hear from people who challenge this behavior, speak up against it, and support others who desire change.


A discussion will follow the film, including representatives from

* LifeWire
* Organization for Prostitution Survivors
* Professional counselors
* UW student Peer Health Educators

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and the Mercer Island High School PTSA

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.

From Oval Office to Box Office: Election Movies Saturday, September 24, 1:00 PM

politics-1327276_640Political campaigns and righteous causes, stirring speeches, heated debates, back-room dealings and other shenanigans…elections are ripe dramatic material for the movies. Whether skeptical or hopeful, historical or hypothetical, election movies let us think through our ideas about leaders and the democratic process. Join film historian Lance Rhoades on a multi-media whistle-stop tour of memorable events in election movies.

Sponsored by Friends of the Mercer Island Library

 

 

Monday Family Fun Movies Monday, August 8 & 15, 6:30 PM

clapper-board-152088_640Family program, ages 5 and older. Enjoy marvelous fun sports movies with the whole family. Registration not required, but space is limited.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

88th Academy Awards Preview Party! Saturday, February 27, 1pm

Everyone’s Talking About It!

We all love a good party, especially for the Oscars! In anticipation of the Academy Awards Ceremony to be held on February 28, film historian Lance Rhoades will share highlights and controversies from previous ceremonies, discuss the current nominees, and even offer his own Oscars predictions! Come dressed in your own “red carpet” outfit if you choose–and if your prefer to dress down, that’s great too!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island 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.

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.