Kaleidoscope Play & Learn – English Wednesday, February 1, 8, 15 & 22, 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.

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.

Opera Preview: Katya Kabanova by Leos Janacek Thursday, February 16, 7:00 PM

Katya, in a soprano role, is a young wife in an unhappy upper middle class marriage. Her weak husband is an alcoholic, and both the young husband and wife are dominated by his mother, the Kabanicha. Not surprisingly, Katya is lured into an illicit love affair with a handsome young fellow from the city. Such improper behavior cannot be tolerated for long, and once the Kabanicha finds out, Katya is doomed. Janacek’s amazing music in this opera makes Katya’s final scene the most gripping in all opera. This free lecture, provided to increase the enjoyment and appreciation 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.

Breakin’ Outa the Box – A closer look at our concepts of masculinity Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 PM. Mercer Island Library

Do you want to challenge a culture of violence and learn how to support other young men who object to it? Please join Ward Urion of LifeWire, and others, to discuss definitions of masculinity and learn about ways to challenge them. No registration. For young men aged 14-21.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and the Mercer Island High School PTSA

Tough Guise 2 – A film and discussion Saturday, February 11, 1:00 PM. MIHS Performing Arts Center / 9100 SE 42nd Street / Mercer Island

Join us for a stunning look at the violent, sexist, and homophobic messages young men routinely receive from nearly every area of our culture. Hear from people who challenge this behavior, speak up against it, and support others who desire change.


A discussion will follow the film, including representatives from

* LifeWire
* Organization for Prostitution Survivors
* Professional counselors
* UW student Peer Health Educators

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and the Mercer Island High School PTSA

What’s the Buzz about Bees? – Give Bees a Chance! Saturday, February 4, 1:00PM

redmasonbeeHave you ever thought about becoming a bee farmer? Want to find out what it takes? Join Missy Anderson—Queen Bee and Master Gardener Trainer—to learn about hosting blue orchard bees (aka mason bees). Missy has been growing mason bees for 15 years and she says it’s fun and easy.  Even if you’re not sure about bee-coming a farmer, come find out how you can be part of the solution to our declining population of pollinators.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

What’s the Buzz about Bees? A World Without Bees Saturday, January 28, 1:00 PM

honeybeesWe have bees to thank for one of every three bites of food we eat! But honey bee colonies are in serious trouble. Find out why from MIHS student Paloma White, who will present her award-winning short film, A World Without Bees, and explain the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder. Learn how you can become a pollinator promoter at home from members of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association. Munch on bee-dependent snacks, pick up bee facts, and bee grateful. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn – English Wednesday, January 11, 18 & 25, 10:30 AM

different-nationalitiesHave 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.

Soup’s On! Wednesday, January 18, 7:00pm

soupJoin Chef Laurie Pfalzer and celebrate our bounty of vegetables while learning to make hearty soups. Learn knife skills while chopping vegetables for the soup we’ll create together. Find out the basics of soup-making, learn about seasonal vegetables and herbs, and discuss the benefits of local organic food. Enjoy soup in class and take home a set of recipes so you can make soup for your family! For middle and high school students.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library