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.

Play and Learn, Wednesday, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 10:30 am

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Wednesday, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 10:30 am
Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Play & Learn is in English. It will be held at the temporary library location while the library is being refreshed.

Sponsored by the 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.

Play and Learn: Wednesday, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10:30am

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Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Play & Learn is in English.
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

Friends Welcome Reception for New Cluster Manager

CaptureThursday, April 21st, 3 – 5 p.m. All Friends of the Mercer Island Library are invited to a welcome reception for Debra Westwood, the new cluster manager. The reception will be held in the large meeting room. Please stop in to meet Debra and welcome her to Mercer Island.

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

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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

88th Academy Awards Preview Party! Saturday, February 27, 1pm

Everyone’s Talking About It!

We all love a good party, especially for the Oscars! In anticipation of the Academy Awards Ceremony to be held on February 28, film historian Lance Rhoades will share highlights and controversies from previous ceremonies, discuss the current nominees, and even offer his own Oscars predictions! Come dressed in your own “red carpet” outfit if you choose–and if your prefer to dress down, that’s great too!
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.