Teen Advisory Board Tuesday, September 12, 7 PM

Join us to talk about books and topics of the day. Express your opinion! We plan events for the community and focus on issues that are important to you. Light snacks provided. You can also earn volunteer credit.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Create a Motorized Fan or Car Engineering Workshop Wednesday, July 19, 1:30 PM


  Presented by Debbie Hansen, “The Science Lady” Ages 10-14. Calling all car aficionados! Using a small motor, battery, switch, and wires, you can design and build a fan or car. Learn about current, switches, positive and negative terminals, and resistance. No registration.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Introduction to Kerbal Space Program Wednesday, July 12, 1:30 PM

Presented by The Museum of Flight. Ages 12 and older. Interested in space and rockets? Work in pairs to build a virtual rocket, launch it, and get it into orbit as you learn how to play the award-winning game Kerbal Space Program! Please register online or call the library.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn – English Wednesday, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 10:30 AM

Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is in English. Ages 5 years and younger with caregiver. 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

What’s the Buzz about Bees? – Give Bees a Chance! Saturday, February 4, 1:00PM

redmasonbeeHave you ever thought about becoming a bee farmer? Want to find out what it takes? Join Missy Anderson—Queen Bee and Master Gardener Trainer—to learn about hosting blue orchard bees (aka mason bees). Missy has been growing mason bees for 15 years and she says it’s fun and easy.  Even if you’re not sure about bee-coming a farmer, come find out how you can be part of the solution to our declining population of pollinators.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Soup’s On! Wednesday, January 18, 7:00pm

soupJoin Chef Laurie Pfalzer and celebrate our bounty of vegetables while learning to make hearty soups. Learn knife skills while chopping vegetables for the soup we’ll create together. Find out the basics of soup-making, learn about seasonal vegetables and herbs, and discuss the benefits of local organic food. Enjoy soup in class and take home a set of recipes so you can make soup for your family! For middle and high school students.
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.

I’ve Never Been This Age Before Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 PM

basketball-784097_640If you’re over 50, what does it mean to “act your age?” And why should we? Join Dori Gillam of the NW Center for Creative Aging in a fun 75-minute workshop as we consider how to ‘own our age’; learn an “aging well” formula; and how to craft our individual legacy around aging.

Registration required.

Sponsored by 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