Mercer Island Un-History, April 13th, 7 p.m. at the library

Presented by Jane Brahm, author of the local best seller Mercer Island History; From Haunted Wilderness to Coveted Community.

Mercer Island would be a very different place today if some ideas from the past had borne fruit. We see all around us the result of what did happen. But what might have happened if events had taken a slightly different turn?

This fun, engaging presentation will take a look at what might have been if some plans for Mercer Island’s future had come to pass. It’s Mercer Island: the Un-History. You’ll also learn the back story on some of the key events that did occur on the Island and that shaped the way our community is today. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Fixing Juvie Justice Sat. March 28th

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Mercer Island Teen Advisory Board is hosting a screening of the documentary Fixing Juvie Justice on Saturday, March 28, at 1 pm.  Juveniles in the United States are entering the justice system in shocking numbers, and more than half are likely to commit crimes when they come out.  Is there a better way to deal with conflict?  The teens will facilitate a discussion following the film, inviting community members to speak on issues addressed in the film. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Bollywood dance class August 6, 1 p.m.

Presented by Nalini Dance. Middle school students, high school students and adults are welcome. Learn different moves and techniques set to popular Bollywood songs from India. Nalini will start with basic warm up and stretching and continue with short choreographies and specific moves to each song. This is a workout, so get ready to sweat! Most important, have lots of fun! Please register online or call the library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

The Rad Scientist, A Chemistry in Nature Concert Tuesday, August 05, 2014@ 7:00 PM

Location: To be held at Mercerdale Park, 77th SE & SE 32nd, Mercer Island.
For Children & Families
Presented by Mikey Mike, Mike Gervais
Family program, all ages welcome.
Have fun learning about science all around you during this lively, educational concert. After the performance, explore and discuss real-world specimens such as rock types, minerals and fossils.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Bubbles, Volcanoes & Rocket Balloons Workshop Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

volcanoFor Children & Families
Presented by Presented by Debbie Hansen, The Science Lady.
Ages 5 to 7.
Who were Archimedes, Newton and Galileo? Discover some of their scientific laws through fun experiments including floating eggs, rocket balloons, effervescent bubbles, a baking soda volcano, dancing raisins and foil boats.
Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Book Buddies/Reading Buddies Thursday, July 17, 24, 31, and August 7 Noon-2pm

                                     

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Presented by Mercer Island Teen Reading Buddies.                                                    Parents! Help your child practice reading while making a new friend. Children ages 5 to 8 are invited to stop by the children’s area between noon and 2 p.m. for reading with a local teen. The teens have received training with librarians.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library. 

Call the library to confirm the location.

Opera Preview: The Tales of Hoffman Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m.

musicnotesBy the mid-1870s Jacques Offenbach’s career as “The King of Operetta” was over. In addition he was ill and getting worse. Yet he wanted to write a full-length “real opera” before he died. The result was “The Tales of Hoffman”, a 3 act fantasy opera based on stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann. Offenbach lavished some of the most beautiful and imaginative melodies he ever wrote on Olympia, the “Mechanical Doll”, or Antonia, the consumptive soprano who sings herself to death, or the basso-devil who uses a magic diamond to steal the souls of his victims. Sadly, Hoffman died four months before the first performance of his Tales of Hoffman in 1881 and did not live to see its world-wide success which continues to this day.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

The Harvest – Meet the Child Workers Who Pick Your Food: Sat., March 15, 1pm

Presented by ReelTime: Shining a Light on Social Issues.harvesting

Come for a screening of The Harvest, a film that exposes a murky area of agri-business in the United States. The film traces the lives of three teenagers and their families as they move across the US following the harvest, from Texas to Michigan and places in between. Rather than pointing a finger, Director U. Roberto Romano lets the kids and the families speak for themselves.

A discussion will follow. Representatives from organizations that serve immigrant communities in our region will participate and answer questions.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Cyber Safety for Seniors Sunday, Feb. 23, 2pm

computerPresented by Brett Shavers, former police detective, expert computer forensics examiner and legal support consultant.
Get information and tips to help protect yourself or a family member from fraud that targets seniors. Learn steps to safely shop online, protect your personal information, and guard against hackers and con artists.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Mid-Winter Break Movie Time for Kids-Monsters University

Wednesday, February 19th 1 p.m.

On break from school? Take a trip back in time to when Monsters, Inc. employees Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan were just two promising young Scare students themselves. This is a free, full-length screening of the film. Bring your own treats to enjoy.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.