Lots of summer activities at your library!
June 2018 library news
Summer started with a bang here in Mercer... Most of us don't remember too many 90 degree days in May! We're gearing up for a busy season here at the library, with weekly programs for kids, lots of fantastic authors scheduled, and much more.

We also want to send a big thank you to all of you who have already donated to our annual Friends of the Library membership drive. We've had a great response so far, and we really appreciate your support. Your contributions provide most of our summer programming and improvements to the library. If you haven't renewed your Friends membership yet, visit our website to learn more.

Read on for more information on some of the many events planned for June. And don't forget to visit us to borrow books, movies, board games, our telescope, activity kits for kids, and more. If we don't have what you're looking for, ask us - we're happy to help track it down at one of our member libraries!

Keep cool and have fun this summer --

Teresa Schmidt
Library director
"Libraries Rock!"
2018 Summer kids programs @ your library
We've got a great lineup of kids' programs planned this summer -- Our summer kicks off with " Rondini's Magic and Illusion Show" on Friday, June 15th at 10am. On June 21st at 10am, kids can join us for ice cream and stories at the library. And on June 28 at 10am, the Discovery Center will be here with a special program called "Nature Rocks!"

Our summer reading program begins on June 15th. Kids in 8th grade or younger can pick up a reading log, keep track of the time they spend reading this summer, and enter to win some great prizes. Stop by to learn more.

And keep an eye out for announcements about "DIYorama" - a fun project to celebrate books and reading. All ages (including adults) are welcome to create a miniature diorama about a favorite book, and be entered to win some great prizes. Entries will be accepted beginning July 9. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook for the latest news.

For a full schedule of summer kids programs, visit our website.
An Accidental Jewel: history of the Turtle Flambeau Flowage

Author Mike Hittle's new book,  An Accidental Jewel: Wisconsin’s Turtle-Flambeau Flowage , tells the story of the creation of the flowage and examines fishing, resort life, and some of the colorful people whose lives have become part of the history and legend of the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. Join us on June 19th for a visit with Hittle.

Our Living Ancestors: old-growth forests in Wisconsin

Old-growth forests touch the soul of many people. Despite the remarkable emotional appeal and scientific value of old-growth forests, only 0.3% of Wisconsin’s old-growth forests remain. Learn more from John Bates and his latest book, Our Living Ancestors: the history and ecology of old-growth forests in Wisconsin (and where to find them) at the Mercer Library on June 25.

Northwoods Book Festival 2018
Our third annual Northwoods Book Festival kicks off this month! We're excited to once again partner with five other area libraries to present a great lineup of author events around the northwoods.

The series kicks off with Matthew Janzen talking about his book, The State of Craft Beer, at the Boulder Junction Public Library on June 12 at 6:30pm. Other June events include Mary Dougherty ( Life in a Northern Town) in Minocqua on June 14 and Allen Eskens ( The Life We Bury) in Manitowish Waters on June 21.

Here in Mercer we are delighted to host Patricia McConnell, author of The Education of Will and former host of WPR's "Calling All Pets," on July 10 at 6:30pm and Nancy Langson, author of Sustaining Lake Superior, on August 6 at 6:30pm.

Mercer authors Callie Bates and John Bates will be hosting a celebration for the release of their latest books with a book launch party on Wednesday, June 6 at 5-7pm at the North Lakeland Discovery Center. Callie's latest novel, The Memory of Fire, will be published by Del Rey this week, and John's latest work of nonfiction, Our Living Ancestors, was published this spring.

All programs are free and open to the public, and you are encourage to check out all the libraries and events in the series. For a full schedule, visit the Northwoods Book Festival website.
Solar Today
Learn more about the growing benefits of controlling your own energy system in today’s utility market with Christopher LaForge of Great Northern Solar on Saturday, June 30th at 10:00am. LaForge is an ISPQ-certified Photovoltaic Master Trainer with more than 25 years of experience. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Library, and is free and open to all. For more information, visit our website.
Explore Southeast Asian Cooking

Love to cook? Join us and take your taste buds on a culinary Southeast Asian journey at 12:00pm on June 25. We promise to skip the unusual deep fried spiders of Cambodia and snake of Vietnam. Instead we will have fun making fresh spring rolls and experimenting with sticky rice. Gail Ondresky will lead the group in this culinary exploration. There is no cost for the program, but donations are welcome. Space is very limited so you must register in advance by calling the library at 715-476-2366.
Other library activities
In addition to the special programs we plan each month, there are several events in the library and community center:

  • Coffee and Coloring will be held on Fridays, June 15 and 29 at 2-4pm. This is a relaxing program for adults: use our supplies or bring your own paper craft projects.
  • Friends of the Library will meet on Tuesday, June 19th at 10am to plan their summer and fall events, including a pie social on July 15, used book sale on August 3, and 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.
  • Tech Tuesdays: Free technology help with librarian Teresa Schmidt on scheduled Tuesdays at 2-4pm. This month, Tech Tuesday will be offered on June 5, 12, and 26, or call the library for an appointment at another time.
  • Mercer Lioness Bingo starts this month! Doors open at 6pm for food and beverages, and games start at 7pm every Wednesday night through September 5.
  • Health and Wellness regular classes end on June 14, but they will hold a summer exercise class at 1pm on most Mondays and Thursdays, July 2 - August 6. You can also play pickleball on Sundays and Tuesdays at 3-6pm in the community center.
  • Ecumenical Bible Study: This group will take a break until fall. For more information and a schedule, call Martha at 715-776-3993.
  • Mercer Library Book Club is on their annual summer break, and will resume monthly meetings in September.
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Summer hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm; Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 9am-noon