Plenty of events and activities to get you through "mud season" in the northwoods!
April 2018 library news
The calendar says spring, but it's snowing hard as I write this. Better color those Easter eggs brightly this year so the kids can find them!

Next up is mud season -- everyone's favorite time of year -- but here at the library we are filling our schedule with events for you to keep busy this month. We're also in planning mode for our annual " Northwoods Book Festival," collaborating with other area libraries to put together a great schedule of author events this summer.

Read on for more details, or follow us on Facebook for all the latest library news. Happy spring!

Teresa Schmidt
Library director
Used Book Sale
The Friends of the Library will host a Used Book Sale in honor of National Library Week. Stop in during normal library hours on Wednesday, April 11 th through Saturday, April 14 th for great bargains on books for everyone. Saturday will be a bag sale -- all the books you can fit in your bag for just $2.

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Student Artists' Reception
A selection of student art from Mercer School is on display at the library this month. The community is invited to join us for a reception this Wednesday, April 4th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, featuring some of the artists and refreshments from students in Mercer School's culinary arts classes. The event will be free, and donations to the Mercer School art program are appreciated.

Our second annual Earth Day Fair will be on Saturday, April 21 st at 10am to noon. Local organizations and government departments will be on hand with earth-friendly information for gardeners, silent sports enthusiasts, land owners, and more. Stay tuned for more details!

We'll also host a discussion of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring on Thursday, April 26th at 12:00pm. All are welcome to join us, and light refreshments will be provided.
What's in your soil?

Find out with the help of Darrin Kimbler from the Iron County UW-Extension as he presents a program on soil content and testing on Tuesday, April 17 at 10:00am.

You'll learn about what your soil needs to make the most of your garden, and Kimbler will have soil testing kits available. RSVPs appreciated by calling 715-476-2366.
Tuesday, April 3rd is Election Day in Wisconsin! Want to know what's on the ballot here in Mercer? Visit MyVote Wisconsin for ballot, registration, and ID information.

The Friends of the Library will hold their traditional Election Day Bake Sale beginning at 8am until they are sold out. You can donate baked goods for the sale by bringing them to the library on Monday or on Tuesday morning.
The Mercer Library will host a Wisconsin Historical Society traveling exhibit honoring John Muir from mid-April until June. Stop by to see the exhibit and take a look at some other resources celebrating the influential naturalist.

In April, the Mercer Library will feature art from students at Mercer School, and a collection of mixed media paintings from Roger Johnson. This is part of our regular "700 Series" program designed to share the work of local artists. If you or someone you know would like to share their work at the library, please let us know!
Creating a Family Documentary
Have you ever wondered how you can capture family memories and save them for future generations? Want to write down your own stories, but not sure where to start? It’s not as hard as you think! The Mercer Library will host a free program with local genealogist Linda Valentine on “Creating a Family Documentary” on Tuesday, April 24th at 10:00am. Learn more
Other upcoming library activities
In addition to the special programs we plan each month, there are several regular groups that meet at the library:
  • Mercer Library Book Club: Meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 1:00pm. On April 3rd they're reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Next month they'll be discussing The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan.
  • Movie Night: Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm, September through May. On April 11th we'll be screening "The Greatest Showman," starring Hugh Jackman, rated PG.
  • Knitters' gathering: Join your fellow knitters on Monday mornings at the library, 9am to noon on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Mondays of the month.
  • Tech Tuesdays: Free technology help with librarian Teresa Schmidt on scheduled Tuesdays at 2-4pm. This month, Tech Tuesday will be offered on April 3, 17, and 24. If Tuesdays aren't convenient for you, call the library for an appointment at another time.
  • Early-release day movies: When Mercer School has an early release day, kids are welcome at the library for popcorn and a movie. On April 13, we'll be showing the Disney/Pixar film, "Coco."
  • Ecumenical Bible Study: Women of all denominations are welcome to join this community group on Tuesdays at 8:30am through the end of May. For information, call Martha at 715-776-3993.
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