August 2018 library news
Dear Library Friends --

I'm writing this letter to you at 6 p.m. on my last day as your library director. As many of you have already heard, I have accepted a new position as director of the Northwoods Wildlife Center in Minocqua. Although I'm looking forward to the challenges of my new job, I am sad to leave all of the friends I've made here in Mercer. Tonight is definitely bittersweet for me.

The Mercer community should be sincerely proud of its library. Through the dedication of our volunteers and donors and the consistent support of the Town of Mercer and Iron County, we've grown this library into a place that is welcoming and helpful to all who visit. We greet people who are visiting Mercer for the first time; show off our facility to real estate shoppers who "want to check out the library" before they make a decision about buying a home here; help our Mercer School students as they learn to read and later learn what they like to read; help adults who want to learn to knit, chat about books, or make new friends in the community; and welcome anyone else who walks through our doors in search of information or connection. I'm proud to say that I've had a hand in building this library, but I certainly could not have done it without the support of our whole community, library donors and volunteers, and the library board.

I hope that you will show our new library director (whoever s/he may be) the same enthusiastic support you have given me for the last ten years. The best way to ensure that your library continues to excel is to use it -- attend our programs, check out our books, visit with our staff, and let your town and county board members know how much you value their support of the library.

My time is almost up this evening, so before I go I'll leave you with a short newsletter to tell you about a few upcoming events. Thank you for a wonderful ten years, and happy Loon Day!

Teresa Schmidt
Library director
Sustaining Lake Superior

Once nearly devastated from the effects of deforestation, mining, and industrial waste, Lake Superior has seen a remarkable recovery in the last fifty years. Despite its resilience, however, the lake still faces threats from pollutants and climate change. 

Nancy Langston, environmental historian at Michigan Technological University and author of Sustaining Lake Superior, will discuss the history and future of this remarkable body of water in an appearance at the Mercer Public Library on Monday, August 6th at 6:30pm

The program is free and open to the public, and copies of Langston’s book will be available for sale. This event is part of the Northwoods Book Festival ( 
International Meet & Greet

"Meet and Greet" some of Mercer's international summer residents!

Every summer, a group of young women visit Mercer to work at some of our local businesses and experience American culture. In 2018, we've had international visitors from Thailand, China, and Mongolia.
Join us on Wednesday, August 8th at 6:00pm for a chance to meet these adventurous young women, sample recipes, learn more about their home countries, and make new friends!
All are welcome to this free event. For more information, call the library at 715-476-2366.
Book Sale July 31 - August 3

The Friends of the Mercer Library used book sale is still happening this week! The sale will be open during normal library hours this Thursday (9-7) and Friday (9-5), and new items will be added every day. Find bargains for everyone on hardcover and paperback books, children's books, DVDs, and more. On Friday, August 3, shop the bag sale: all the books you can fit in your bag for just $2!

All proceeds support programs and special activities at the Mercer Library.
Other library activities

  • There are still several great events planned through the Northwoods Book Festival! Check out their schedule at for events featuring Victoria Houston, Amy Reichert, and Kathy Flanigan.
  • Our last children's program of the summer will be a visit from some of the residents at the Northwoods Wildlife Center as we learn about "Birds of Prey." Kids are welcome on Thursday, August 9 at 10am for this free program.
  • Darryl Gust, author of There is No Top, will be here on Tuesday, August 14 at 1:00pm to talk about his book, a "humorous look at a life spent in the great outdoors." He'll have copies of his book available to purchase.
  • Friends of the Library will meet on Tuesday, August 14 at 10am to plan their annual Fall Celebration on September 22. New members and volunteers are always welcome!
  • 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.
  • Mercer Lioness Bingo continues all summer. Doors open at 6pm for food and beverages, and games start at 7pm every Wednesday night through September 5.

Please note that the library will be closed on August 1 for Loon Day.
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