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.

Summer Mini book Sale June 11-14, 2015

free-clipart-for-kids-reading-600x475Get ready to relax in the sunshine with a good read. The Friends of the Mercer Island Library will hold a Mini Summer Book Sale at the library from Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14th. The sale will feature adult and children’s fiction, non-fiction and multi-media. New items will be added daily. Come browse our selection during library hours.

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