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January 2017 Mercer Library News
Happy New Year!

Happy new year to you from all the staff and volunteers of the Mercer Public Library. We wish you a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2017.

Throughout the year we plan programs and purchase library materials that we hope can help you stay entertained, informed about the world around you, and learning new things every day. Help us provide what you need - If you have ideas for new programs or book and movie suggestions, let us know by visiting the library, calling us at 715-476-2366, or emailing mercerfreelibrary@gmail.com.

We've also been rearranging the our library collections and planning some new things to serve you better. Starting this month we will open two hours late on the last Friday of the month, to help our staff and volunteers work on some of these projects without disturbing library users. We'll open at 11:00am on Friday, January 27th.

Read on for the schedule of events we have planned for you this month. Thanks for your support of the Mercer Library! 

Teresa Schmidt
Library director
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, this Friday, January 6th at 9:30 a.m. with  Eric Nasi from Iron County Veterans Services. We'll provide the coffee and the treats!

Tech Tuesdays and Tech Classes

Tech Tuesdays resume in January. Drop in for one-on-one help with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, e-reader, or other tech device on most Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 - 3:00pm. Other times are available by appointment. We'll also offer a few technology classes this month:
  • Downloading Library Books and eBooks : TOMORROW, Thursday, January 5 at 1:00pm. Learn to use the Wisconsin Digital Library's collection of thousands of free books and eBooks on your tablet, smartphone, or computer.
  • iPad/iPhone Basics: Tuesday, January 17 at 1:00pm. Learn the basics of setting up your iPad or iPhone, using the included Apple apps, and installing new apps. Bring your device and your questions!
  • Android Basics: Tuesday, January 31 at 1:00pm. Learn the basics of using your Android-based smartphone or tablet, including setting up your device and using and installing apps.
Budgeting and Bullet Journaling

Get your new year off to a good start with two workshops at the library. Join us on Monday, January 23 at 10:00am for "Meeting Financial Goals" with Kathy Beeksma from the Iron County UW-Extension. Learn how to set useful and reasonable financial goals, and find strategies to help you keep them.

Then on Monday, January 30 at 6:00pm, get an "Introduction to Bullet Journaling" with librarian Teresa Schmidt. Bullet Journaling is an old-fashioned solution to the modern problem of managing your busy life. From minimalistic to artistic, bullet journaling can adapt to your needs and help you stay organized.
Movies @ Your Library

On Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30pm join us for our monthly Movie Night on the big screen in the Mercer Community Center. We'll be screening "Hello, My Name is Doris" - starring Sally Field and Max Greenfield, 95 minutes, rated R. 

We'll also be showing two classic Alfred Hitchcock movies and a discussion about the "Master of Suspense" and his films this month. Wendy Thiede, Hitchcock fan and film appreciation instructor, will lead screenings and discussions of "Rear Window" on Tuesday, January 10th and "Psycho" on January 24th, both at at 4:00pm in the Mercer Community Center. There is no charge for either program, and we'll make the popcorn.

Book Club

The Mercer Book club reads Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian on Thursday, January 12 at 1:00pm, and new members are always welcome. As a special event this month, join the book club members for a "Cookbook Club" on Thursday, January 26 at 12:00 noon. Bring along your favorite cookbook and, if you like, bring a dish to share with the group.
Ongoing Events

The Mercer Library's January 2017 Artist of the Month is painter Ken Drawz. Stop by to see his work during normal library hours through the end of January. 

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

Visit our website for a full schedule of events.
Support the library when you shop online

Shopping online? Start at Amazon Smile and tell them you want to support the Friends of the Mercer Public Library. A percentage of every purchase will be donated to our Friends, at no extra cost to you! 
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