Wednesday, February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 10:30am

Ages 5 and younger with adult

Stories, songs and rhymes.

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.

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein: Anatomy of a Masterpiece Saturday, January 30, 1pm

Who controls life and death? Does a man-made being have (human) rights issues? Although regarded as Gothic sensationalism when first published-both for its lurid tale of a scientist driven mad by his obsession to animate the dead, and for the surprising news that the author was nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley–Frankenstein has resonated widely in the popular imagination, most notably in theater and cinema. Over the two centuries since its first publication, the work has also served as a vivid allegory in debates about technology, slavery, and universal suffrage.

Led by film scholar Lance Rhoades, this multi-media presentation considers how Shelley addressed some of mankind’s greatest concerns with a creation that took on a life of its own. Explore and discuss these complex issues.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Science Fun for Little Ones – Traveling Sounds: Thursday, January 28, 1:00pm

colorful-sound-wave_23-2147507653Ages 4 to 6 with adult. Explore sound and how it travels as we discover music and create together.  We will watch as sound travels in waves and listen as it travels up and around many different objects.  Registration is not required but space is limited.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

 

Science Fun for Little Ones – Sensational Shapes: Thursday, January 21, 10:30am

Ages 2 to 6 with adult.overlappingrectangles

Shapes are the building blocks to so many things. Experiment with how shapes can change when they are mixed together, flipped around or enlarged. Get ready to explore all sides of shapes and play in a world of imagination.  Registration is not required but space is limited.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

 

Film Screening: Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation Saturday, January 16, 1pm

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his teammates reunite for this pulse-pounding sequel, in which they attempt to take down a secret international organization known as the Syndicate-highly skilled ex-IMF agents who are intent on bringing down their former outfit.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Science Fun for Little Ones – Amazing Colors, Thursday, January 14, 10:30am

vector-graphics-rainbowAges 3 to 6 with adult.
How do you make all the colors of the rainbow? We’ll explore primary & secondary colors through scientific explorations. Hands-on activities too! Registration is not required but space is limited.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: The Marriage of Figaro Wednesday, January 13, 7pm

This is a nearly perfect opera-hilarious comedy versus class conflict with touching pathos thrown in. Mozart, in his first collaboration with Lorenzo DaPonte, lavished so much glorious music on DaPonte’s libretto that The Marriage of Figaro, even though it caused a scandal when it was first presented in 1784, has never been out of the repertory. Audiences wouldn’t allow it! This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead with recorded musical excerpts.
Space is limited. First come, first seated.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

MIND MATTERS on Film: Transcendence Saturday, December 19, 1pm

Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial
Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments take on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program. Starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Season of Singing Tuesday, December 15, 6:30pm

holly2Presented by Nancy Stewart.
Why do we decorate with holly? In what country to children start the season with a “good scrubbing from head to toe?” Share the holiday traditions of children around the world, and learn where some of our favorite customs have come from in this musical celebration of the season!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

The Dickens Carolers Saturday, December 5, 1-1:45pm Sunday, December 6, 1:30-2:15pm

For over 35 years, The Dickens Carolers have been a local holiday tradition. Your holiday favorites, both traditional and contemporary, are sung in beautiful four-part harmony.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.