Why We Need to Talk About Racism, Saturday, May 7, 2pm


RacismWill be held at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.
Join Peggi Erickson as she examines the definitions and concepts of racism, the obstacles to identifying racism, and the reasons we need to talk about it. Come prepared for discussion! Peggi is a passionate educator who has facilitated conversations about racism in many communities, including Bainbridge Island and Bremerton.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Play and Learn, Wednesday, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 10:30 am

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Wednesday, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 10:30 am
Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Play & Learn is in English. It will be held at the temporary library location while the library is being refreshed.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Mercer Island Library Closure Information May-June 2016

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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.   Staff expects that we will be at the temporary location through early July.

Due to space limitations, the Friends of the Library are not currently accepting donations. We will begin accepting them again after the library reopens.

Mark Your Calendars for an Upcoming Series: Conversations for Strong Communities

Join us on three Saturdays in April and May to explore issues related to religion, race, and social justice, and to celebrate youth who are working for social change.
April 23: Islam: What do You Want to Know?-a panel and discussion.
May 7: Why We Need to Talk about Racism-a workshop and discussion about racism.
May 21: Who Am I?-a panel of local youth and adults talking about racial stereotypes in everyday life.
May 21: Maya Soetoro-Ng and the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship awards-celebrate outstanding youth in our community.
Watch for flyers in the library and around town!
Note: these events are held in churches on Mercer Island.
Call the library for location information, 206.236.3537.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and the Stanley Ann Dunham Fund.

Friends’ Ongoing Book Sale at the Mercer Island Library

Shelves of books for the Friends of the Mercer Island Library's ongoing book sale at the Mercer Island Library.

Shelves of books for the Friends of the Mercer Island Library’s ongoing book sale at the Mercer Island Library.

Are you a book lover who missed out on the Friends of the Mercer Island’s big fall book sale? Are you someone who made it to that sale and just can’t wait for the Friends’ next upcoming book sale? No need to wait…

You can simply head over to the Mercer Island Library and treat yourself to a few of the hundreds of quality books the Mercer Island Friends of the Library has for sale every day at the Library. The ongoing book sale is located on the shelves by the entrance to the Library. There are a wide range of fiction titles (adult and children’s) as well as heaps of nonfiction.

Just like at our periodic big sales, the ongoing book sales are doubly fantastic because the books are not only very reasonably priced—pocket paperbacks are 50 cents to $1, other books are $2 on up—but all proceeds also go to support the programs at the MI Library.

Islam: What do You Want to Know? Saturday, April 23, 2pm

 Held at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.
 Presented by Arwa Mokdad, Mercer Island High School student
Recent events have revealed that many people do not understand Islam, contributing to distortions of Islamic values and causing unease and tension. Join us for a panel discussion on Islam, where you can ask questions that will be answered by Muslims of diverse backgrounds.

Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Friends Welcome Reception for New Cluster Manager

CaptureThursday, April 21st, 3 – 5 p.m. All Friends of the Mercer Island Library are invited to a welcome reception for Debra Westwood, the new cluster manager. The reception will be held in the large meeting room. Please stop in to meet Debra and welcome her to Mercer Island.

All We Need is Love…. Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 PM

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No, seriously……Let’s talk about healthy sexuality, the role of consent in relationships, and respect for young men and women in our community. Join Ward Urion of LifeWire and Cathy Gentino of Mercer Island Youth & Family Services for a community forum discussing healthy relationships and how each of us can take the lead in building them.
 Sponsored by Healthy Youth Initiative/Mercer Island Youth & Family Services and the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

88th Academy Awards Preview Party! Saturday, February 27, 1pm

Everyone’s Talking About It!

We all love a good party, especially for the Oscars! In anticipation of the Academy Awards Ceremony to be held on February 28, film historian Lance Rhoades will share highlights and controversies from previous ceremonies, discuss the current nominees, and even offer his own Oscars predictions! Come dressed in your own “red carpet” outfit if you choose–and if your prefer to dress down, that’s great too!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Mary Stuart/Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti Wednesday, February 24, 7pm

This, the greatest of Donizetti’s three “Tudor Queen” operas, was first performed in 1835. It is a not-very accurate retelling of the rivalry, both political and romantic, between Queen Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots. Some of the most exciting music Donizetti ever wrote was given to Mary/Maria as she battles for her life against the more powerful Elizabeth. Mary/Maria’s farewell to her friends and supporters will bring even a cynic to tears. 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.