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

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

Breakin’ Outa the Box – A closer look at our concepts of masculinity Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 PM. Mercer Island Library

Do you want to challenge a culture of violence and learn how to support other young men who object to it? Please join Ward Urion of LifeWire, and others, to discuss definitions of masculinity and learn about ways to challenge them. No registration. For young men aged 14-21.

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

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

The Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Awards Saturday, May 21, 2pm

The Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Awards
Saturday, May 21, 2pm
Held at the Congregational Church on Mercer Island (UCC), 4545 Island Crest Way.
Join Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng and members of the Mercer Island community to celebrate the achievements of Mercer Island High School senior women. Established in honor of Stanley Ann Dunham – mother of Soetoro-Ng and President Barak Obama, and a Mercer Island High School graduate – the awards celebrate community service and promote community building, social justice, and intercultural understanding.
This event concludes our series called “Conversations for Strong Communities.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and the Stanley Ann Dunham Fund

Who Are We? A panel and discussion about stereotypes Saturday, May 21, 11am

Held at the Congregational Church on Mercer Island (UCC), 4545 Island Crest Way.
Presented by The Mercer Island Community.
Maya Soetoro-Ng will introduce a diverse panel of Mercer Island adults and students talking about the impact of racial stereotypes in everyday life. Jackie De La Cruz will moderate and Naomi Moore will facilitate a discussion.  Doors open at 10:30am. Lunch will be provided after the discussion.  The day continues at the church with the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship awards at 2pm.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and the Stanley Ann Dunham Fund.

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.

Islam: What do You Want to Know? Saturday, April 23, 2pm

 Held at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.
 Presented by Arwa Mokdad, Mercer Island High School student
Recent events have revealed that many people do not understand Islam, contributing to distortions of Islamic values and causing unease and tension. Join us for a panel discussion on Islam, where you can ask questions that will be answered by Muslims of diverse backgrounds.

Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

All We Need is Love…. Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 PM

Presented by Ward Urion and Cathy Gentino
No, seriously……Let’s talk about healthy sexuality, the role of consent in relationships, and respect for young men and women in our community. Join Ward Urion of LifeWire and Cathy Gentino of Mercer Island Youth & Family Services for a community forum discussing healthy relationships and how each of us can take the lead in building them.
 Sponsored by Healthy Youth Initiative/Mercer Island Youth & Family Services and the Friends of the Mercer Island Library