March 2019 library news
Sick of the snow? Yep, it's been a lot to deal with this year. Our road crews and trail groomers are stressed-out and over-worked, so when you see them be sure to give them a smile and a thanks!

Can you see that tiny person who climbed up the snow pile across the street from the library? That's library board member Hedda Patzke, helping us make some lemonade out of all these frozen lemons. Stop by the library and take a guess on what date that pile will finally melt. The closest guessers will win some fantastic gift certificates from local businesses. We have contributions from Northern Fire Yoga and the AhHa Wellness spa so far, and will be seeking more donations and prizes. Stay tuned for details!

We have some activities and dates yet to be set for March, so you might be receiving a second newsletter from me this month. In the mean time, stay warm and keep reading!

Teresa Schmidt
Library director
Bullet Journaling class tomorrow

By request, we're repeating our "Bullet Journaling for beginners" class tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5th at 11:00 a.m. Learn about how this low-tech organization system is helping people get organized and get a handle on the many demands of modern life. All are welcome!
Grown-Up Story Hour

Why should kids have all the fun? Our first "Grown-Up Story Hour" at the Liberty Way Tap House on February 27th was a great event! Three of us had a chance to read a selection of short stories, poems, and essays to a small group of listeners and enjoy the cozy setting of the Liberty Way. Check out the reading list here.

We're planning another Grown-Up Story Hour sometime this month but haven't quite set the date yet. Stay tuned for more information!
South Africa with Dick & Wendy Thiede

Reuniting with a college roommate after 55 years provides the warp and woof for Dick & Wendy Thiede’s three-week immersion in the country of South Africa.

Join them for an “Armchair Travel” through South Africa on Tuesday, March 26th at 4:30 p.m . at the Mercer Public Library. Get more information on their presentation at our website.
Used Books wanted

We're now accepting donations of gently-used books and other media for our National Library Week book sale next month. Visit our website to learn more about the sale and what we are looking for.
Interested in Parliamentary Procedure?

Curious about the right way to run a meeting? Ever wondered what Robert's Rules of Order are for? Robert Workinger is a northwoods resident and a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians, and he has offered to teach a class on parliamentary procedure at the Mercer Library. If you are interested in this topic, please contact the library at 715-476-2366 or email and we'll keep you informed about the class when it's scheduled.
Fe University and other spring classes

Fe University is a program started by the Iron County Aging-Friendly Communities Coalition to give older adults the opportunity to keep their minds active and stay connected to the community. Check out their website for spring courses on climate change , poetry , the Flambeau Trail and Turtle Portage , the Lac du Flambeau community and history , and American Sign Language , all being held here in Mercer.

Fe University is a separate 501(c)(3) organization, and it's one example of the partnerships we try to maintain here at the library to bring more opportunities to our local residents. If you are interested in using the library's space for an educational class or workshop, please get in touch to see how we can help.
March Tech Classes

  • Tech Tuesday - March 5 and March 19 at 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. - Drop in for one-on-one technology help with basic problems and skill building. If those times aren't convenient for you, call the library to schedule a 30-60 minute appointment at another time.
Movies @ Your Library

Mercer School will have an early-release day on Friday, March 8th , and students of all ages are welcome to visit the library after school for popcorn and a movie. We'll be showing "Ralph Wrecks the Internet," 112 minutes, rated PG.

We had to cancel Movie Night last month due to the blizzard, so adults are invited to join us on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30 p.m. for a rescheduled screening of "A Star is Born," 2018, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. The film is 136 minutes long and rated R.
Gale Courses now available
Access hundreds of FREE online classes with your library card

Don't forget to check out  Gale Courses , a collection of hundreds of online courses developed and taught by experts in their fields. It's easy to use, you can sign up year-round, and it's FREE to all Mercer Library card holders. Check it out!
Other activities @ your library

  • Knitters' gathering: Join your fellow knitters for an informal gathering on Monday mornings at the library, 9am to noon on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Mondays of the month.
  • Friends of the Library will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 12 at 10:00 a.m. Join them to help plan the upcoming election day bake sale on April 3 and plan their 2019 activities and projects. New members are always welcome.
  • The Mercer Book Club will meet on Wednesday, March 13th to discuss Killers of the Flower moon by David Grann. Copies of the book are available at the library, and all are welcome.
  • Coffee & Coloring is a relaxing afternoon of coloring and paper crafts. Adults are welcome to join us normally on the second and last Fridays of the month at 2-4pm. We'll provide the coloring supplies, or bring your own paper projects to work on.
  • Other community events happening in our building include exercise classes and Pickleball with Mercer Health & Wellness, a weekly ecumenical Bible study group, AA meetings, basket weaving classes, and more. Stop by and ask us if you want information on any of these events.

The library's meeting room is available for anyone in the community to reserve for meetings and educational programs. Give us a call at 715-476-2366 to reserve the room.
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