Reading Buddies Training Tuesday, June 24, 1pm

Training for Reading Buddies is the mandatory orientation for teens volunteering to read with children this summer. Topics covered include scheduling, responsibilities for participation in the program, child literacy information, and tips for working with young readers. Volunteers must fill out an application. Call the library to confirm the location of the training
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Friends of the Mercer Island Library Annual Meeting, January 16th, 3 p.m.

Library drawingThe Friends of the Mercer Island Library will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, January 16th at 3 p.m. in the large meeting room of the library. All members are invited to attend. We will be electing officers, and finalizing the 2014 budget. Please join us.

Book Sale Volunteers needed!

Do you love bovolunteer-form-mdoks and have a few hours to donate to a good cause? The Friends of the Mercer Island Library need your help. Our annual fall book sale takes place September 25-29th. We could use help setting up, cashiering and packing up after the sale. This is a fun one-time job that you can do for your library. For more information, please contact


Reading Buddies Training for Teens June 26th

kids booksWednesday, June 26th, 1 p.m.

This is the mandatory orientation for teens volunteering to read with children this summer. Topics covered include scheduling and program expectations, information about child literacy ant tips for working with young readers. Teen volunteers need to have submitted a completed application to the library in order to participate in the training. Applications will be available starting May 13th and are due back by June 10th. Call the library or email Carrie with questions:

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

New Literacy Garden Announced at MI Library. Volunteers Needed.

The Mercer Island Library is looking for a group of volunteers to help the staff build a literacy garden.

Tully’s Coffee and the Pomegranate Center are working together on civic projects by providing grants to build new public gathering places.

The King County Library System has decided to apply for a grant to build a Literacy Garden for children at the Mercer Island Library. The idea behind this concept is to create a natural space where children can explore nature via outdoor reading areas, as well as guided walks that encourage them to read and learn about their environment. KCLS is also hoping to incorporate an area in the garden where librarians can offer story times and programs to complement the garden and enhance children’s love of the outdoors, learning and literacy.

What the Mercer Island Library needs are volunteers to help them make this happen. The Library needs two groups of volunteers:

  1. Community Members: the Library will need between 30 and 50 of these. The commitment is to participate in community meetings, design workshops and construction (there will be 2-3 two hour meetings) and to volunteer to help with the construction of the garden which should take between three and five days;
  2. Public Space Rangers: the Library will need between three and five of these. These volunteers are professionals from the design, construction, and fabrication fields who will donate relevant skills and expertise to the project design and construction. The commitment will be about four hours of training, participation in design workshops, plan development and construction plans and participation in the garden construction. The Library specifically will need people with experience in architecture, landscape architecture, and master gardeners.

Please call or email either Amy Eggler or Christine Anderson at the Mercer Island Library (206-236-3537 or by March 31st if you are interested in volunteering. If the grant proposal is accepted the project will begin in May and conclude by December 31, 2011.