Apple strudel, solar energy, movies, and more! 

February 2017 Mercer Library News
February is "Library Lovers" month

...and we have all kinds of things to love happening here this month! From apple strudel to solar energy, cake pans to memory kits, and movies to books, I hope that you'll find something of interest at your library. 

As always, if you have an idea for a library program, a book or movie suggestion, or anything else to share, please don't hesitate to stop by and let me know. Happy February!

Teresa Schmidt
Library director
Using Solar Energy in northern Wisconsin

Yes, it's true: renewable sources like solar energy CAN work here, and can be a good investment for your home. Christopher LaForge from Great Northern Solar in Port Wing, Wisconsin, will give a presentation on using solar energy in northern Wisconsin on Saturday, February 25th at 10:30am. 

Love Your Library Lunch

The Friends of the Library invite all Mercer-area business owners and employees to our third annual "Love Your Library Lunch" on Tuesday, February 14th at 12:00pm. Lunch will be followed by a short presentation on "Social Media for Small Business" by librarian Teresa Schmidt. This event is free, but please RSVP before February 6 by calling 715-476-2366.
Community Chats @ Your Library

Join us for our next "Community Chat," where we invite a representative from one of our local service agencies to talk about what they do for the community, next  Friday, February 10th at 9:30 a.m. with  Heather Palmquist from the Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department. (Please note the changed date.) 

Tech Tuesdays and Tech Classes

We'll hold Tech Tuesdays at 1:00pm on February 7 and 28, and at 2:00pm on February 21st. There will be no Tech Tuesday on Valentine's Day. Other times are available by appointment. For tablet and smartphone users, we have one class coming up this month: 
  • Apps for Everyone : Learn about some fun and useful apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets on Tuesday, February 21st at 1:00pm. Bring along your ideas to share with the group, too. 
The Art of Apple Strudel

Join in the fun of a hands-on apple strudel making class on Friday, February 24th at 12:00pm. Bring your apron and be ready to stretch dough as you never have before. Spectators are welcome but it's more fun to actually participate in this great Czechoslovakian culinary tradition. The class will be led by Mercer resident and strudel artist Gail Ondresky. All are welcome - Please register in advance for this class to ensure that we have enough supplies. Call 715-476-2366 by Monday, February 20th to let us know you're coming.
Movies @ Your Library

Join us for our monthly movie night on Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30pm when we'll be showing "Eagle Huntress," a documentary that follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. The movie is rated G, 87 minutes.

Kids are invited to visit the library for popcorn and a movie on Friday, February 17th when Mercer School has an early release at 12:30pm. We'll be showing the Dreamworks animated film "Trolls," rated PG for some mild rude humor, 91 minutes. 
Book Club

At their meeting on Thurdsay, February 9 at 1:00pm, the Mercer Book Club will be discussing All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Copies are available at the library and new members are always welcome. 
Ongoing Events

The Mercer Library's current Artist of the Month is painter Ken Drawz. Be sure to also check out our new display cabinet in the Reading Room, built by Bob Kary and Dick Thiede with support from the Friends of the Library. A miniature shoe collection owned by Opal Roberts is on display now. 

Coffee & Coloring will resume meeting on the second and last Fridays of the month at 2-4pm. This relaxing activity is open to all.

The Friends of the Library will hold their regular meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, February 14 at 10:00am. New members are always welcome. The Library Board of Trustees meets on the second Monday of the month, February 13 at 6:00pm. 

Visit our website for a full schedule of events.
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