December 2018 library news
Happy holidays, library friends!

The library has lots planned as always, despite the crazy December schedule. I hope you'll take a few minutes out of your holiday shopping, planning, and cooking to visit us.

Whether you need a book for a little "me" time, a puzzle or board game to entertain the family, or a reason to get out and enjoy the company of neighbors this month, the library can help. See you soon!

Teresa Schmidt
Library director
Join us for Holiday Events this month!

  • Friends of the Library will host a Cookie Exchange on Tuesday, December 11th at 11:00 a.m. Bring about 3 dozen cookies and exchange them for a variety brought by others. You'll take home cookies to share with the family and enjoy some holiday cheer. All are welcome! 
  • School-aged children are invited for After-School Holiday Crafts on Monday, December 17th. We'll make a few simple crafts to decorate your home for the holidays or give as gifts. There's no cost to attend. Children younger than 5 may be able to participate with an adult's help. 
  • For Movie Night on December 17 at 6:30 p.m., we'll be watching The Man Who Invented Christmas, rated PG, 104 minutes. We'll make the popcorn!
  • Kids of all ages are invited to an Afternoon Movie on Thursday, December 20 at 12:30 p.m. (It's an early release day for Mercer School.) We'll be watching Smallfoot, rated PG, 96 minutes.
December Tech Classes

  • Become a Tech Savvy Shopper on Friday, December 7th at 11:00am with a workshop just in time for the holidays. We'll review what to look for when buying tablets, smart phones, smart speakers, and other gadgets.
  • WordPress 101 will show you the basics of the world's most popular website content management system on Thursday, December 13th at 11:00am. This class will help beginners understand the basics of building their own site or be a more informed consumer when hiring a designer. There's no charge and no registration is required.
  • Tech Tuesday is your chance for one-on-one technology help with library director Teresa Schmidt. Drop in for help with basic problems and skill building on December 4 and December 11 at 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. If those times aren't convenient for you, call the library to schedule a 30-60 minute appointment at another time.
December Schedule

The Mercer Library will be CLOSED on December 24, December 25, and January 1. Don't forget that even if we're not open, your library card is your key to library services from home, 24/7. You can use your library card to:

  • Download titles from our digital library of e-books and audio books for your e-reader, smartphone, or computer;
  • Access Badgerlink for newspapers, journals, magazines, and research resources; and
  • Sign up to learn something new with Gale Courses.
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Other activities @ your library

  • Knitters' gathering: Join your fellow knitters for an informal gathering on Monday mornings at the library, 9am to noon on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Mondays of the month.
  • The Mercer Book Club will meet on Wednesday, December 12th to discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. New members are always welcome, and copies of the book are available at the library. In January, the group will hold their annual cookbook "discussion" -- bring a favorite cookbook and a recipe to share if you like. All are welcome!
  • Coffee & Coloring is a relaxing afternoon of coloring and paper crafts. Adults are welcome to join us on the second and last Fridays of the month at 2-4pm. We'll provide the coloring supplies, or bring your own paper projects to work on.

We also have regular meetings of AA on Thursday nights, a Bible study group on Tuesday mornings, and many other groups that use our room on a regular basis. The library's meeting room is available for anyone in the community to reserve for meetings and educational programs. Give us a call at 715-476-2366 to reserve the room.
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