"Screenagers" film on Wednesday, new Community Chats, and more coming soon!

October 2016 Mercer Library News
It's October already, but we're still enjoying beautiful fall sunshine here in Mercer! The leaves haven't reached peak color yet, so there's plenty of time for another visit up north, a long drive to enjoy the fall colors, or a visit to your library. 

This week we're holding a film screening of the documentary " Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age" in conjunction with Mercer School on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. This event talks about a really important topic for parents, grandparents, and teens: the effects of "screen time" on developing teen brains. Those who have teenagers in their lives will not want to miss this film! 

We have other interesting things happening at the library, too. Read on for information about the new Community Chats series, our book club, Fe University offerings, and much more. See you at the library, 

Teresa Schmidt
Library director
Screenagers: Growing up in the digital age

As a parent, it's challenging to figure out what's best for your kids when it comes to screen time. And as a teenager, it's hard to balance being online with all the other things going on in life. Questions about screen time can become a source of tension, leaving parents feeling anxious and kids feeling defensive.

"Screenagers" is a documentary film about the impact of the digital world on children and how to help them find balance. The Mercer Library will hold a FREE screening on Wednesday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Mercer Community Center. **Parents of Mercer School students will be eligible to put their name in for a fantastic door prize: a 15" HP250 G5 laptop!**

Friends of the Library News

The annual Friends of the Mercer Library Fall Celebration was another huge success! Our final numbers are still coming in, but overall we made over $8,000 to support programs, equipment, and materials here at the library. Wow! Thank you to everyone who came out, enjoyed the food and music, bid on our auction items, and bought raffle tickets. We couldn't have done it without you! 

Special thank yous go out to the following for their support, volunteer time, and donations:
  • Auctioneer Scott Hueckman, Hueckman Auctions & Sales
  • Scotti Pecotti's in Hurley, WI
  • Steve Swalve for the wonderful music
  • Friends of the Library: Dick & Wendy Thiede, Leigh Miresse, Gary Bogenschneider, Jerry Roberts, Judy Bugni, Judy Ivey, Pat Pape, and all of our Friends of the Library members. 
Visit our website for a complete list of all our donors, and remember to thank them for supporting the library! 
Community Chats @ Your Library

The Mercer Library is beginning a new event series called "Community Chats," where we invite a representative from one of our local service agencies to talk about what they do for the community. This is your chance to visit with town and county officials, ask questions, and learn more about the many services available to our residents. Our first Community Chat will be on Friday, October 14th at 9:30 a.m. with  Judge Patrick Madden from the Iron County judicial court. We'll provide the coffee and the treats!

Annual Health Fair October 19th

The Mercer Food Pantry, Lions & Lioness, and the Iron County Health Department will sponsor their annual health fair on Wednesday, October 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Community Center. The event includes screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, vision, and hearing, and information booths from many area services. 

In conjunction with the Health Fair, Associated Bank will present workshops in the library's meeting room on how to protect yourself from identity theft. Two identical workshops will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon. These presentations are free and open to all. 
"Faces of Bhutan" photo exhibit

Mercer resident Gary Theisen is featured as the Artist of the Month at the Mercer Public Library. Theisen, who has made a number of visits to the small and relatively isolated Kingdom of Bhutan, will present a photo exhibit entitled "The Faces of Bhutan." Over 30 photos from Theisen's travels are on display and can be viewed through the end of October during our normal library hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9am-5pm; Tuesday and Thursday 9am-6pm; and Saturday 9am-noon. 
Ongoing Events

Ongoing events at the library include our monthly Coffee & Coloring, Friends of the Library meetings, a knitters' group, and more. 

The Mercer Book Club is starting up again this month with a discussion of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson on Thursday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m. Copies of the book are available at the library, and new members are always welcome. 

"Tech Tuesday" is your chance to get some one-on-one help with your computer, tablet, smartphone, e-reader, or other tech device. Please note that due to a number of scheduling conflicts, there will be only one regularly-scheduled "Tech Tuesday" this month on October 18th. Other tech help is available by appointment: just call 715-476-2366 to set up a time. 

Visit our website for a full schedule of events.
Fe University fall sessions

Fe University programs continue to be popular with older adults from Iron County and the surrounding area. Up next: a 4-week course that takes a look "Inside the NFL" with retired NFL coach Greg Blache begins on October 7th. Another course taught by your librarian, Teresa Schmidt, will examine "Information Literacy and Independent Research" beginning on October 24th. Both classes are affordable, and scholarships are available. 

Visit Fe University's website for more information
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