Opera Preview: The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Thursday, April 27, 7:00 PM

Mozart was a busy fellow in the summer of 1791, the last summer of his short life. He had a commission from the new Emperor for a “Coronation Opera” (which became La Clemenza di Tito in Prague in September) and also for a German language singspiel comedy for a talented impresario in Vienna. The singspiel, which opened as The Magic Flute in October, 1791, was a huge success. Finally Mozart had a money-making hit. But then, heart-breakingingly for posterity, he died at age 35. The Magic Flute has everything an opera-lover could want: serious life-and-death drama paired with some of the most rollicking comedy ever put on stage. Add in a hilarious feather-covered bird-catcher and a crazed Queen with dazzling high notes, and this opera goes over the top. You will laugh. You will cry. You will love this opera! This free lecture, provided to increase the 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.

 

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn – English Wednesday, April 5, 12, 19 & 26, 10:30 AM

Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is in English. Ages 5 years and younger with caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Being Home: The Art of Belonging Wherever You Are: Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 PM

Home is more than an address. It is a place you belong, one that reflects who you are and what matters to you. When you recognize the relationship between you and your environment, and understand the link between them, you can make your home a place that works well and feels right. Join author Rebecca Ross for a presentation of the concepts from her book: Being Home: The Art of Belonging Wherever You Are. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

IdeaX: Explore Circuits! Tuesday, April 4, 3:30 PM

circuit boardGrades 4 and older. Electrical circuits are the foundation of our technology-driven lives. Everything from simple light bulbs to complex devices like the iPhone depend on them. Stop by the meeting room to create circuits and explore electronics! Play around or work on a project. Bring a friend and work in pairs! Squishy Circuit and Snap Circuit kits provided. Registration not required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Maria Frank Abrams Exhibition Opening & Art Afternoon Sunday, April 2, 1:30-3:30pm

Join us for refreshments and opening remarks for our Maria Frank Abrams Exhibition Opening. In the spirit of Maria’s passion for art, we will provide a variety of art demonstrations and activities to celebrate the artist within us all. Explore the creativity that connects us to the past, present and future. All ages!

1:30-2:00 Opening remarks

2:00-3:30 Exhibition viewing, refreshments, art demonstrations, printmaking, button making, origami, coloring and more!

Renowned artist and Mercer Island resident, Maria Frank Abrams (1924-2013), survived brutal Nazi death camps during World War II. After liberation, she obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Washington. Maria said, “Being a painter is living – it is my life.” Art helped her survive the darkness and find beauty in the world. This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day falls in April. This month we celebrate Maria Frank Abrams’ art with a curated collection of her work in collaboration with Mr. Sydney Abrams and Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL).

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn – English Wednesday, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 10:30 AM

Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is in English. Ages 5 years and younger with caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Early Spring in the Edible Garden, When Can I Start Planting? Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 PM

tomatoes on the vineIt’s time to get outside and start planting your garden. Join garden educator Lisa Taylor, author of Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals and the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide in a lively session about how to grow your edible garden. Learn the ins and outs of spring planting and which varieties thrive in our climate. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

The Indigenous Art of Molas Saturday, March 11, 10:30 AM

photo of a mola

This traditional mola represents the olasu, a nose ring worn by the Kuna. Photo by Jessesamuel at the English language Wikipedia

Family program, ages 3 and older welcome. Parents must attend with ages 3 to 7.The Kuna (Guna) people of Isla San Blas create colorful textiles and clothing using bright satin fabric combining patterns of birds, sea life, flowers and insects. Create your own pattern using paper and craft materials. Registration begins February 25. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Explore Circuits! Tuesday, March 7, 3:30 PM

Electrical circuits are the foundation of our technology-driven lives. Everything from simple light bulbs to complex devices like the iPhone depend on them. Stop by the meeting room to create circuits and explore electronics! Play around or work on a project. Bring a friend and work in pairs!
Students grades 4 and up. Squishy Circuit and Snap Circuit kits provided. No registration.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Middle and High School students drop in at 1:45; 4th and 5th graders drop in at 2:45.

 

 

89th Academy Awards Preview Party! Saturday, February 25, 1:00 PM

We all love a good party, especially the Oscars! In anticipation of the Academy Awards airing on February 26, film historian Lance Rhoades will share highlights and controversies from previous ceremonies, discuss the current nominees, and will offer his own Oscars predictions!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.