A Cinematic Tribute to Veterans Saturday, November 12, 1:00 PM

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Presented by local film historian Lance Rhoades. Hollywood has a long-running relationship with war efforts, and a great number of actors have also served. This multimedia presentation (including film clips) celebrates the close ties between the movies and servicemen and women–and the many ways in which Hollywood has helped us commemorate their sacrifices.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

I’ve Never Been This Age Before Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 PM

basketball-784097_640If you’re over 50, what does it mean to “act your age?” And why should we? Join Dori Gillam of the NW Center for Creative Aging in a fun 75-minute workshop as we consider how to ‘own our age’; learn an “aging well” formula; and how to craft our individual legacy around aging.

Registration required.

Sponsored by Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

College Admissions in the Digital Age: How to Use Social Media in your College Search and Application Process Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 PM

abstract-1233873_640Presented by Heather Parry, Parry College Counseling

You’ve heard the social media horror stories, but there are actually many positive ways of using social media in the college research and application process. A former admissions counselor shares tips on how to research colleges effectively, show demonstrated interest, and increase your likelihood of receiving an offer of admission and scholarship money! Both students and parents welcome.

Registration not required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Hansel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck Thursday, October 6, 7:00 PM

Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel is the most popular opera ever composed to be based upon a tale from the Brothers Grimm. First performed in 1893, Hansel und Gretel was performed in 50 different opera houses in 20 different languages in just its first year of existence. In the 20th century Hansel und Gretel became a holiday opera performed at Christmas time, often in conjunction with Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Humperdinck’s opera deserves its popularity as it contains some of the loveliest operatic music ever written. However, it does not shirk on the scariness of two youngsters lost in the woods overnight, only to face a weird old lady (played by a man–an operatic “trousers role”) who would like to fatten them up for a future meal. It all ends happily, of course, with the sweet melodic finale you expect from a fairy tale. 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.

2016’s Big Changes in Admissions and What They Mean for Families Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 PM

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Students are facing big changes in college admissions this year—a new SAT, new applications, and a new timeline to apply for financial aid. What do these changes mean and what should your family be doing to respond? We’ll tell you everything you need to know to keep your admissions process successful. Both students and parents welcome. Registration not required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

From Oval Office to Box Office: Election Movies Saturday, September 24, 1:00 PM

politics-1327276_640Political campaigns and righteous causes, stirring speeches, heated debates, back-room dealings and other shenanigans…elections are ripe dramatic material for the movies. Whether skeptical or hopeful, historical or hypothetical, election movies let us think through our ideas about leaders and the democratic process. Join film historian Lance Rhoades on a multi-media whistle-stop tour of memorable events in election movies.

Sponsored by Friends of the Mercer Island Library



Friends of the Library meeting, Wednesday, September 15th, 3 p.m.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Friends of the Mercer Island Library will have a meeting at 3:00 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Mercer Island Library on Wednesday, September, 15th. All members are invited to attend.