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Hello, library friends --

We’re gearing up for in-person events at the library again!

We are scheduling many of our events outdoors whenever possible, especially those geared to kids and families. Our summer schedule will include outdoor movies, outdoor story times, and more in the coming months.

TOMORROW, Sunday 6/13 at 1:00 p.m., I’m excited to host Jessica Michna in “Helen Keller: A Life Almost Lost.” Ms. Michna comes highly recommended to us from those who have seen her perform. One library patron came in last week and told us, “My friend from Racine told me I just HAVE to go see her, because she’s so good!” I hope you’ll join us tomorrow for her performance.

See you soon!

Teresa Schmidt
Library director
715-476-2366
Helen Keller: A Life Almost Lost

Join us for a performance of “Helen Keller: A Life Almost Lost” by award-winning historical performer Jessica Michna. This inspirational program begins in Helen’s own voice, quoting excerpts from the 1925 “Knights of the Blind” speech, and tells the story of Helen Keller and her dedicated teacher, Anne Sullivan.

This free performance will be held TOMORROW, Sunday, June 13 at 1:00 p.m. outdoors on the library grounds. Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on if possible. (Metal folding chairs will also be available.) In case of inclement weather, the event may be moved indoors to the Mercer Community Center.
Outdoor Movies @ Your Library

Thanks to a generous equipment purchase by the Friends of the Mercer Library, we’ll be hosting outdoor movies this summer! Join us for some family-friendly movies on the lawn twice a month. The series starts this week with a family favorite, “Matilda.”

We’ll provide popcorn and water, you bring a chair or blanket to sit on and plenty of bug spray.

  • Tuesday, June 15: Matilda, 1996, rated PG
  • Monday, June 21: Groundhog Day, 1993, rated PG
  • Tuesday, July 13: Babe, 1995, rated G
  • Monday, July 19: Instant Family, 2018, rated PG-13
  • Tuesday, August 10: Cool Runnings, 1993, rated PG
  • Monday, August 23: The Peanut Butter Falcon, 2019, rated PG-13

Movies will start at 8:15 p.m. In case of bad weather, the event will be cancelled. (Bad weather includes rain or thunder, excessively cold temperatures, or enough wind to cause problems with our inflatable screen.)
Remote Worker online discussion

Are you working remotely while living or vacationing in Iron County and the surrounding area? We’d like to hear from you!

The Mercer Library, Iron County Development Zone, and Extension Iron County are hosting “Iron County Online,” an hour of virtual conversation with remote workers in the area. This will be a chance to meet other remote workers, learn about the status of broadband improvements in the county, and share your ideas for what we can do to support remote work and make Iron County and even better place to live, work, and play.

This event will be on Wednesday, June 23 at 12:00 p.m. Please register in advance at tinyurl.com/IronOnline.
Friends of the Library raffles

The Friends of the Library are holding two raffles this summer, each with a wonderful grand prize.

First up is a raffle for a red Vision Grills Kamodo charcoal grill. You’ll be grilling in style this summer in this ceramic-construction grill, donated to us by a generous library patron. The winner will be drawn on July 16.

Second is an American Girl doll raffle. This year we have Tenney, an 18” doll with light brown eyes and curly blonde hair. Tenney arrives with a graphic tee, denim vest, faux-leather skirt, and accessories that will have you singing around the campfire. The doll and accessories were also donated by a generous library patron. The winner will be drawn on September 8.

Tickets for both raffles will be available at the library this week. Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $5. All proceeds support the Friends of the Mercer Library, who fund library programs and special projects throughout the year.
Kombucha 101

Kombucha is an ancient drink, a form of fermented tea that was first brewed in China about 2,000 years ago that’s now shared around the world. The popularity of kombucha is on the rise in the US, but anyone who’s tried it knows that it can get pretty expensive when you like to drink it every day! Librarian Teresa Schmidt started brewing kombucha as a pandemic project, and will talk about how you can get started, too. You’ll learn about the process and get to taste a few samples. This in-person demonstration will be held at the library on Tuesday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m.

Do you have a craft or hobby that you’d like to share with others? We’d love to hear about it! Contact the library if you’d like to talk about scheduling a class or demonstration. 715-476-2366.
Other events coming soon

  • Weekly kids programming will be held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., July 1 to August 12. Mark your calendar for tie-dye on July 22, Colossal Fossils with “Whale of a Tale” on July 29, and a Discovery Center traveling naturalist program on July 8. More details will be announced soon!
  • Grown-Up Story Hour is an hour of short stories and poetry for adults, read by volunteers and library staff, usually held at a local tavern or restaurant on a Wednesday evening. We hope to restart this program in late June. If you’re a business owner who would like to host Grown-Up Story Hour this summer or fall, or if you’d like to be a volunteer reader, contact library director Teresa Schmidt.
  • “Abraham Lincoln” will make an appearance on Wednesday, July 14th at 1:00 p.m., when Kevin Wood, a professional Lincoln presenter, pays a visit to the Northwoods.
Library COVID policies

Following the latest recommendations from the CDC, the library requires that all visitors ages 5 and older wear masks inside the building if they are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Library visitors who are vaccinated may make their own decisions about wearing masks. We ask that you respect others and maintain social distancing when practical.

Curbside service is still available to anyone who requests it for any reason. Just call us at 715-476-2366 to let us know what you need, and we'll be happy to help.
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Summer hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-7pm; Fri 9am - 5pm; Sat 9am-12pm