Trails, seeds, candidates, the sheriff and more! 

March 2017 Mercer Library News
February was a busy month for us - we started our cake pan library, had a great turnout for the Friends of the Library program on "Using Solar Energy in Northern Wisconsin," hosted several area business owners for our third annual "Love Your Library Lunch," and more.  This month promises to be just as interesting, with several programs planned for lots of different interests. 

Don't forget the more "traditional" parts of our library service, too: We receive new books, movies, audiobooks, puzzles, and games to share with you every week. We also have easy access to items from about 30 libraries in the Merlin library system, plus digital magazines and an extensive digital book and audiobook collection. Don't hesitate to ask for help with finding the materials you need - we're glad to show off all the many resources available through your library. 

Thanks for your ongoing support of the Mercer Public Library! 

Teresa Schmidt
Library director
Community Chats @ Your Library

Join us for our next "Community Chat" TOMORROW - Friday, March 3rd at 9:30am, to visit with Iron County Sheriff Tony Furyk. Hear about the role our sheriff plays in the community, the issues his department is facing, and answers to your questions. 

Exploring the North Country Trail

Bethany Thomas, vice-president of the Heritage Chapter of the North Country Trail Association, will share a slideshow on "Exploring the North Country Trail of the Midwest" on Saturday, March 4th at 10:30am. This event is co-sponsored by the Iron County Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts (ICORE). 

Candidate Forum

The Mercer Public Library and the Iron County Citizens Forum will host a Mercer Town Board Candidate Forum on Tuesday, March 21st at 7:00pm. The five candidates running for town board positions have been invited to participate, and the event will be moderated by Neil Klemme from the Iron County UW-Extension. For more information, visit our website
Seed Starting Program & Workshop

The Mercer Seed Library will host Darrin Kimbler,  Iron County UW-Extension  Horticulture Specialist, to present a free seed-starting educational program on Monday, March 20th at 1:00 p.m. at the Library.

The program will be followed by a free hands-on workshop by Seed Library organizers Jeanne Matchefts and Chris Paulik, who will help attendees start their own seeds. Seed starting supplies will be provided. Please sign up by Saturday, March 18th by calling the library at 715-476-2366. Come join us for this informative program, learn more about the FREE Mercer Seed Library, and get those tomato, squash and cabbage plants started! 
Internet Safety Roundtable

Librarian Teresa Schmidt and tech support professional Elliot Kerwin will host a roundtable discussion about internet safety on Tuesday, March 28th at 1:00pm. 

Scareware, phishing, fake lotteries, "we couldn't deliver your package," dangerous greeting cards, malware, and other threats threaten your privacy, security, and bank account. We've heard that 2017 has already been a banner year for local residents falling prey to various online scams - join us for a conversation on what to watch for and how to avoid online scams. 
Movies @ Your Library

Join us for our monthly movie night on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30pm when we'll be showing "Fences," starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. The movie is rated PG-13, 139 minutes.

Kids are invited to visit the library for popcorn and a movie on school early-release days. This month Mercer School will have two early-release days. On Friday, March 10th we'll be showing "Moana" - rated PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements; 1 hour, 47 minutes. On Thursday, March 23rd we'll show "Sing" - rated PG for some rude humor and mild peril; 1 hour, 48 minutes. 
Book Club

At their meeting on Thurdsay, March 9 at 1:00pm, the Mercer Book Club will be discussing One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. Copies are available at the library and new members are always welcome. 
Ongoing Events

The Mercer Library's "700 Series" art display features photographer Azael Meza, whose northwoods photographs will be on display through the end of March.  The Dewey Decimal library classification system arranges books by discipline.  Books related to the Arts are assigned numbers between 700 and 799.  The Library's 700 Series brings art off the pages and onto the walls by displaying the works of local artists. 

Coffee & Coloring will meet on Fridays, March 17 and 31 at 2-4pm. This relaxing activity is open to all.

Tech Tuesdays will be held on March 7 and 21 at 1-3pm, and on March 28 beginning at about 2pm after the "Internet Safety Roundtable." Drop in with your computer, smartphone, tablet, e-reader or other technology gadget for one-on-one help. 

The Friends of the Library will hold their regular meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, March 14 at 10:00am. New members are always welcome. 

The Library Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:00pm. 

Visit our website for a full schedule of events, or follow us on Facebook for all the latest news. 
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