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.

The Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Awards Saturday, May 21, 2pm

The Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Awards
Saturday, May 21, 2pm
Held at the Congregational Church on Mercer Island (UCC), 4545 Island Crest Way.
Join Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng and members of the Mercer Island community to celebrate the achievements of Mercer Island High School senior women. Established in honor of Stanley Ann Dunham – mother of Soetoro-Ng and President Barak Obama, and a Mercer Island High School graduate – the awards celebrate community service and promote community building, social justice, and intercultural understanding.
This event concludes our series called “Conversations for Strong Communities.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and the Stanley Ann Dunham Fund

Who Are We? A panel and discussion about stereotypes Saturday, May 21, 11am

Held at the Congregational Church on Mercer Island (UCC), 4545 Island Crest Way.
Presented by The Mercer Island Community.
Maya Soetoro-Ng will introduce a diverse panel of Mercer Island adults and students talking about the impact of racial stereotypes in everyday life. Jackie De La Cruz will moderate and Naomi Moore will facilitate a discussion.  Doors open at 10:30am. Lunch will be provided after the discussion.  The day continues at the church with the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship awards at 2pm.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and the Stanley Ann Dunham Fund.

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

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.

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.

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.

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