Hello again, library friends! 

As I write this, the sun is shining! Now, to you snowbirds that may not sound very exciting, but if you've spent the winter here in the Northwoods with us, you know that seeing the sun is a special treat. 

We have some fun things planned this month as always, and the Friends of the Library and I are looking ahead and planning our summer programs already. Read on for the latest news, and stop by the library to say hello and stock up on books, movies, puzzles and games. Remember, we still have to get through mud season...  

See you soon,

Teresa Schmidt, library director

Seed Saving and the Mercer Seed Library
Celebrate the Mercer Seed Library on March 2nd! 

Darrin Kimbler, Horticulture Specialist from the  Iron County UW-Extension , will present an educational program on seed saving at the Mercer Pu blic Library at 1:0 0 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2nd. 

Seed catalogs are arriving in the mail, but before you order consider making a trip to the Mercer Public Library to see the selection in the Mercer Seed LIbrary. Gardeners can "check out" seeds this year, grow them in their gardens and hopefully harvest seeds in the fall to return to the Seed Library. This process can benefit gardeners in our northern climate because the seeds harvested from successful fruits and vegetables in our area will likely do better in subsequent years. 

If you would like to know more about the Mercer Seed Library, call Jeanne Matchefts at 715-476-2460 or Chris Paulik at 715-476-2874. Jeanne and Chris will also be on hand after the presentation on March 2nd until 3:00 p.m. to answer questions regarding the Mercer Seed Library and introduce you to our seed "catalog."

Free Heart Health talk with Dr. Tod Lewis

The Mercer Public Library will host Dr. Tod Lewis from the Marshfield Clinic Mercer Center to present a discussion on heart health on Tuesday, March 8th at 6:00 p.m. 

Dr. Lewis will be joined by health educator Renee Trapp and dietician Jaimee Gregor with information on making healthy lifestyle changes. Dr. Lewis will share information about the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and how you can reduce your risk, while Trapp and Gregor will discuss healthy weight management and nutrition. 

The event is hosted by the Mercer Public Library, and is free and open to all.

Early-Release Day Movies 

Mercer School will have an early release on Thursday, March 17th, and Friday, March 18th, at 12:15 p.m.. Kids of all ages are invited to visit the library after school for popcorn and a movie on both early release days.

We'll be showing The Good Dinosaur (93 minutes, rated PG for peril, action, and thematic elements) on Thursday and The Peanuts Movie (93 minutes, rated G) on Friday. 

Parents should plan to pick up their kids at around 2:30 p.m. Kids who plan to walk back to the school with the after-school program MUST check in with the program at 12:15 before coming to the library.
Coffee and Coloring @ Your Library

Adult coloring is all the rage, and for good reason - it's relaxing and fun! We had such a great time at our first session last week, we decided to add more coloring dates. Join us at the library for "coffee and coloring" twice this month on Fridays, March 11th and 25th from 2 to 4 p.m. 

We'll provide coloring sheets, colored pencils, and coffee - You provide conversation and a fun way to spend an afternoon.  As always, there is no charge to participate and all are welcome. 

Other activities at your library
  • Stop in for one-on-one technology help at "Tech Tuesdays" on March 8, 15, and 22 at 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. or call to set up an appointment for a more convenient time. 
  • The Friends of the Mercer Library meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. to plan upcoming activities and library projects. New members and volunteers are always welcome.
  • The Mercer Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 10th at 11:00 a.m. to discuss One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. All are welcome! Stop by the library to borrow a copy of the book. 
  •  Knitters and other fiber crafters meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. to work on projects, get help, show off their completed projects, and enjoy the company of their fellow crafters. Are you new to knitting? Feel free to drop in for some informal introductory lessons or to get help with your current project. We're always looking for topics for some more organized classes, too, so bring in your suggestions. All are welcome! 
  • The library board meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the library. These meetings are open to the public.