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.

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.

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.

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.

Opera Preview: The Consul by Gian Carlo Menotti, Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 12, 7pm

Presented by Norm Hollingshead.
Italian-American Gian Carlo Menotti  (1911-2007) was one of the most prolific (and popular) opera composers of the last half of the 20th Century with more than two dozen operas to his credit, written over an almost 50 year span. The Consul is set in an unnamed totalitarian country in the mid-20th Century. It is a grim story of Cold War politics, in which Magda Sorel, the embattled wife of a political fugitive, tries to keep herself, her infant child, and her aged mother-in law alive as her husband evades the secret police. Her only hope is to receive an all-important visa from the Consul, but to do that she must surmount a bureaucratic nightmare. In Act 3, help is finally on the way, but will it be too late for Magda? Sponsored by Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Rigoletto. Wednesday, January 6th, 7 p.m.

Please join our host Norm Hollingshead for a discussion of Rigoletto. Not only is the dramatic story told by music that combines gripping power with imperishable tunes but also, for the first time, Verdi’s huge heart was revealed to his public. In Rigoletto, music and drama combine in a way that has captured the heart of opera audiences for more than 160 years. Don’t miss it! Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Fall Film Series: Women in the Lead: Saturday, November 16th 1 p.m.


With her father dead and having no brothers, a young Afghan girl must disguise herself as a boy in order to find work to support her mother and grandmother. This 2003 film was the first film produced in Afghanistan after fifteen years of Taliban control.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Fall Film Series Final Film of 2013: Women in the Lead: Saturday, November 23rd, 1 p.m.

B_PosterThis 2012 Walt Disney/Pixar animated romantic comedy tells the story of a young woman who would rather ride her horse and practice archery than behave like a proper princess.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library