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.

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.

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, 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

heart24-231x240Presented 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