Local Events & Lectures

How to Listen so Your Kids Will Talk to You
Monday, March 9, 6:30pm
Mercer Island Library

What does it mean to listen and to really hear a child? How can you support children to build resilience over time? What can you do now to increase the likelihood your child will come to you if bullying or other inappropriate behavior is happening? What can you do to resource yourself so that you show up in ways that contribute to the safety for your child and others?

Join Pam Orbach (Nonviolent Communication and Restorative Practices consultant) and Galit Arad-Trutner (Therapist) for an interactive exploration to support your needs as parents to support your kids. Pam and Galit have years of experience working with schools, parents and children both in moments of crisis and in workshop settings. 

For parents, caregivers, and interested adults

Questions about the workshop? Please email Pam Pam.Orbach@EmpoweringConnection.com or Carrie clbowman@kcls.org 

Sponsored by Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Considering College? “What to Expect Before You Go”
featuring Bree Callahan, UW ADA/504 Director
Wednesday, February 18, 2020 – 6:45-8:45 PM

This program is for teens, parents, and school staff.

Do my accommodations directly transfer from high school to college? Do I have to talk to staff about my disability? What will be different in college for me as person with a disability?

These are just some of the common questions students and families ask of college Disability Services staff as they explore the transition to college. Join Bree Callahan from the UW to learn more about differences in college as a student with a disability, steps to help prepare for a successful transition, and ask all your questions about getting started in a new school system.

Bree Callahan currently serves as the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator for the University of Washington, working across all campuses and UW Medicine. A key role of the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator at the UW is to provide: leadership, coordination and oversight of strategic priorities relating to accessibility.

Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue
209 100th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA



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College Application Timeline for Incoming Juniors & Seniors

Event was held on June 25, 2019, MI Library
Presented by Katie Konrad Moore, Collegewise

If you missed this presentation, you can listen to a recording and review resources provided to the participants.

  • RECORDING of presentation
  • RESOURCES from presentation

Please note:  This program was sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.  By providing the information in the recording, neither the Friends, KCLS, Parent Edge, nor Mercer Island School District are endorsing the company that presented it. 

If you have questions or would like additional resources, please contact Carrie Bowman  clbowman@kcls.org.