Play & Learn Wednesday, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10:30am

puzzle-210786_640storytelling-294375_1280Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing.

The July 27th program will be back in the newly opened library. All others will be held in the temporary library location at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 SE 40th St.

Play & Learn is in English.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Steffan Soule’s Magic & Wonder of Reading, Sat. July 9th, 1-2 p.m.

Steffan Soule

Steffan Soule performing at Summer Celebration

Held at Mercerdale Park.

Come see a magic show presented by a magician who learned his art through reading and recommends kids do too! Be a part of the audience! Be a part of the show! Experience enchantment and learn where to find the secrets of magic.
This event is part of the Mercer Island Summer Celebration.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Sweet Summer Reads Book Club for Teens, Tuesday, July 12, 4-6 p.m.

books-441866_1280Held at the Mercer Island Temporary Location

For middle school students.

Stop by to chat with teen librarian, Carrie Bowman, and former IMS teacher, Mrs. Behnke, about books you are reading this summer. We can’t wait to hear about your favorites! We’ll share our summer reading treats and the famous cookie bar treats, too. Come get some ideas for your own reading – no need to share if you don’t want to.

Sponsored by the Friends for the Mercer Island Library.

Play Games from Around the World Thursday, July 14, 10:30am

earth-1013746_1280Presented by Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Ages 5 to 12.

Held at the Mercer Island Temporary Location


One way to learn about other world cultures is through playing games. In this program, learn fun and interesting games that demonstrate the similarities and differences between environments, communities and traditions throughout the world. Come prepared to have your curiosity about other cultures satisfied!
Please register.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Take-It-Apart Tinkering Workshop Wednesday, July 20, 2-4pm

mother-board-581597_1280Held at the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club (PEAK), 4120 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island.
Presented by Pop-Up Science.
Ages 10 and older.

This two-hour workshop invites participants to work with tools, tinker with electronics, and discover the many little electrical components that make up our everyday items. Take apart that coveted Xbox, learn how to distinguish capacitors from resistors, and keep all the pieces you want! From the wreckage, we’ll harvest wires, circuit boards, and buttons to create up-cycled transformers or jewelry sets–and learn where to recycle the rest without harming others or our environment. Please bring old and/or broken electronics of your choosing, including printers, desktop or laptop computers, voicemail machines, electromechanical toys (aka robotic toys that move/once moved), speakers, etc. Please do not bring microwaves, cathode ray tube TVs (aka older TVs), toner printers, or other large appliances because these materials should only be taken apart by experts. Pop-Up Science will dispose of all left-over waste.

Please register online or at the library. Parents welcome but do not need to register.
Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Mercer Island Library Closure Information May 9-July 23, 2016

image descriptionMercer Island Refresh
The Mercer Island Library will be closed starting Monday, May 9th for a refresh.  The temporary location will be open starting on May 11th, and will remain open while the building is being worked on.  The temporary library location will be on the lower level of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – 8501 SE 40th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040, and will be open during regular library hours. It will have holds pickup, a book return, a browsing collection and computers.  In addition, programming such as Story Times, Play and Learn, Opera Preview and Talk Time will be held in the temporary space.  The newly spruced up library will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 23rd.

Due to space limitations, the Friends of the Library are not currently accepting donations. We will begin accepting them again after the library reopens.

We All Play in Our Own Way Concert Tuesday, July 26, Noon

choir-310673_1280Held at Mercerdale Park.

Presented by Eli Rosenblatt.
Family program, all ages welcome.

Is it possible to have a game that has no winner or loser? It is when the game is called music. Bring the whole family and join in the singing, dancing as we learn and use our imaginations, there’s no need for stadiums or sports equipment.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Sketch Washington Wildlife Art Workshop Wednesday, July 27, 1pm


bird-30147_640Held at the Mercer Island Library

Presented by Molly Hashimoto.

Did you know there are three National Parks in our state? In this workshop you’ll learn to sketch bears, marmots, chipmunks and other species as you discover favorite parks for hiking and wildlife viewing in Washington State. Then, celebrate our National Park Service Centennial with a hike and some sketching in the wild!

All supplies provided.
Please register.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Le Comte Ory by Gioachino Rossini Thursday, July 28, 7pm

music-sheet-1326999_640Held at the Mercer Island Library

This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment 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.

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