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



Mark Your Calendars for an Upcoming Series: Conversations for Strong Communities

Join us on three Saturdays in April and May to explore issues related to religion, race, and social justice, and to celebrate youth who are working for social change.
April 23: Islam: What do You Want to Know?-a panel and discussion.
May 7: Why We Need to Talk about Racism-a workshop and discussion about racism.
May 21: Who Am I?-a panel of local youth and adults talking about racial stereotypes in everyday life.
May 21: Maya Soetoro-Ng and the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship awards-celebrate outstanding youth in our community.
Watch for flyers in the library and around town!
Note: these events are held in churches on Mercer Island.
Call the library for location information, 206.236.3537.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and the Stanley Ann Dunham Fund.

Why We Need to Talk About Racism, Saturday, May 7, 2pm

RacismWill be held at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.
Join Peggi Erickson as she examines the definitions and concepts of racism, the obstacles to identifying racism, and the reasons we need to talk about it. Come prepared for discussion! Peggi is a passionate educator who has facilitated conversations about racism in many communities, including Bainbridge Island and Bremerton.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Mary Stuart/Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti Wednesday, February 24, 7pm

This, the greatest of Donizetti’s three “Tudor Queen” operas, was first performed in 1835. It is a not-very accurate retelling of the rivalry, both political and romantic, between Queen Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots. Some of the most exciting music Donizetti ever wrote was given to Mary/Maria as she battles for her life against the more powerful Elizabeth. Mary/Maria’s farewell to her friends and supporters will bring even a cynic to tears. This free lecture, provided to increase 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.

Recreate Historic Sword Battles, Tuesday, August 11th 2 p.m.

Held at Rotary Park, across the street from the Mercer Island Library. If it rains, meet at the library. Presented by Foam Sword Parties, LLC. Search for your inner hero and learn a little history through exciting simulated battles. Discover what it might have been like to be a warrior in ancient times. Activities are organized in a safe and fun environment with instruction and all equipment provided. Please register starting July 20th.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.