Friends of the Library meeting, Wednesday, September 15th, 3 p.m.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 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 on Wednesday, September, 15th. All members are invited to attend.

From Oval Office to Box Office: Election Movies Saturday, September 24, 1:00 PM

politics-1327276_640Political campaigns and righteous causes, stirring speeches, heated debates, back-room dealings and other shenanigans…elections are ripe dramatic material for the movies. Whether skeptical or hopeful, historical or hypothetical, election movies let us think through our ideas about leaders and the democratic process. Join film historian Lance Rhoades on a multi-media whistle-stop tour of memorable events in election movies.

Sponsored by 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.

Friends of the Library Mini Bargain Book Sale Aug 18-26

friendsThere are 3 tables of hardback fiction and mass market paperbacks for sale in the library. Stop on by and pick up a summer read to take with you. All books 25 or 50 cents. Leave your payment in the black box on the bookshelf next to the tables. All proceeds go to Friends sponsored programs.

While you are there, why not pick up a membership form and join the Mercer Island Friends. Your membership donations will be used to support the programs that the Friends sponsor at the library.

Sports Robots Wednesday, August 10, 6:30 PM

B4Klogo2Presented by Bricks 4 Kidz.Grades 3-8. Experience the cutting edge of technology with the introduction of LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 Robotics. Learn some fundamental programming using EV3 robotics core sets, expansion sets, and software. Students will be divided into groups to build robots and program their robots to move, talk, or react. All equipment provided.  Please register. Parents welcome (parents do not need to register).

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Books, Brownies and Beyond Summer Book Club Tuesday, August 9, 4:00 PM


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. Drop by the meeting room any time from 4-6pm.

                                                  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.

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.

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.