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

friendsOn Thursday, November 17, 2016, the Friends of the Mercer Island Library will have a meeting at 3:00 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Library. New members are welcome to attend.

Holiday Mini Book Sale December 1- 4th

Table of books for saleOne 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 1st through Sunday, December 4th during regular library hours. The Friends will have tables 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”

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

Keyboard photoPresented by CollegeWise

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

Friends of the Mercer Island Book Sale, Thursday, September 29th – Sunday, October 2nd

A Friends of the Library Book SaleThursday, September 29, 5-9 p.m. Members Only (memberships available at the door.)
Friday, September 30, Saturday, Oct 1, Sunday Oct 2 during library hours –
This is the big one! Thousands of books from art to science, from Seuss to Patterson, from history to cooking and from DVDs to board books.