Friends of the Mercer Island Library Fall Book Sale September 17-20, 2015

A Friends of the Library Book SaleMark Your Calendars. This is the big one! Come browse thousands of fabulous books and media. We have an exceptionally nice collection of children’s books this time. . Friends of the Library members can shop in the members only sale Wednesday evening from 5-9 p.m.. Memberships will be available at the door. The general public is invited to shop beginning Thursday morning.The Sale will be open during library hours.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Recreate Historic Sword Battles, Tuesday, August 11th 2 p.m.

swords and shieldHeld at Rotary Park, across the street from the Mercer Island Library. If it rains, meet at the library. Presented by Foam Sword Parties, LLC. Search for your inner hero and learn a little history through exciting simulated battles. Discover what it might have been like to be a warrior in ancient times. Activities are organized in a safe and fun environment with instruction and all equipment provided. Please register starting July 20th.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Picasso Cubism Super Heroes Art Workshop Tuesday, July 21, 3:30 p.m.

Green Lantern smiley by raphieUsing the work of  famous artist Pable Picasso as a starting point, draw and illustrate super heroes blending abstract, cubism and pop art styles. All materials provided. Presented by Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys. Art Maranth School of Art. Please register starting June 29th. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Forensics 101, Tuesday, July 14, 2 p.m.

magnifying glass and fingerprints Powers of Observation  Can you tell when someone is lying? How much can you remember about a person or event after the fact? Criminal investigators rely upon powers of observation to solve mysteries. Test your own visual memory and use microscopes to view evidence.

DNA Fingerprinting Workshop   How can DNA evidence be used to solve crimes? Learn where to find DNA, how to obtain a sample and how to use science to examine evidence to solve a crime.

Presented by the Pacific Science Center. Workshops are presented back to back. Please register starting June 29th.  One registration covers both workshops.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Book Buddies/Teens Reading With Kids Thursday, July 9, 16, 23, and 30, 1-3pm



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 1 and 3 p.m. for reading with a local teen. The teens have received training with librarians. Registration is not required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library. 

Call the library to confirm the location.

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

Hands in handcuffs

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.