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.

Opera Preview: Semele, George Frideric Handel

Come and hear Norm Hollingshead present a program on the opera Semele. Although Semele contains some of the most beautiful music that Handel ever wrote, it is rarely performed in the Pacific Northwest. This opera is based on the classical myth of Semele, who was the mortal mother of Dionysus.The Opera Preview is scheduled for Wednesday, February 18th at 7:00 pm.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Friends of the Mercer Island Library Annual Meeting, January 22nd, 3 p.m.

Library drawingThe Friends of the Mercer Island Library will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, January 22nd at 3 p.m. in the large meeting room of the library. All members are invited to attend. We will be electing officers, and finalizing the 2015 budget. Please join us.

Holiday Book Sale December 11th-14th

Shoppers at a Friends of the Mercer Island Library Mini Book Sale.

Shoppers at Friends of the Mercer Island Library Mini Book Sale. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

One more thing to be thankful for: the Friends of the Mercer Island  Library Holiday Book Sale!

Make your holiday shopping as easy as pie by stopping in the Mercer Island Library from Thursday, December 11th through Sunday, December 14th during regular library hours. The Friends will have 5 table of books for sale near the entrance to the library. There will be all kinds of books for all ages as well as CDs and DVDs. Be sure to come back often as we will be adding new items daily.

Your financial and book donations are welcome year round. Proceeds from the sale of the donated books fund a significant portion of the programs held at Mercer Island Library throughout the year.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lori Robinson: mrs.robinson “at”


Friends of the Library Meeting, Wednesday, November 19th, 3 p.m.



On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, the 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. All members are invited to attend.

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.

Octopuses – Eight Times the Fun Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

octopusFor Children & Families
Presented by the Seattle Aquarium
Ages 5 to 12.
What has three hearts, blue blood and eight arms?
The giant Pacific octopus, a species that lives right here in Puget Sound! Learn about the behavior, adaptations and anatomy of this amazing underwater neighbor.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.