October 2018 library news
Dear Library Friends --

I love October. Yes, it's cold and rainy today, but isn't that just a great excuse to curl up with a good book or pop a spooky movie in the DVD player? If you're in that kind of cozy, autumn frame of mind we've scheduled a few events this month that might appeal to you. Read on for more details about a program on fungi in our forest ecosystems, Our Wisconsin magazine editor Mike Beno visiting the library near the end of the month, a soup tasting and recipe swap, and more.

In other good news, our 2018 Fall Celebration was a huge success. Thank you so much to all who donated items and to our supporters who attended the event, bought raffle tickets, took a chance at the "wine pull," and purchased items in the auctions. It was a record year both in number of attendees and the amount of money we raised for the library. Please take a moment to check out our list of sponsors and to thank the Friends of the Library for all their hard work. All of the money raised will support the things we do here at the library to help Mercer residents and visitors stay informed, entertained, and connected to their community. Thank you!

Teresa Schmidt
Library director
Fantastic Fungi
Part of the 2018 Wisconsin Science Festival

Fungi are often overlooked, misunderstood, and underappreciated. Yet these diverse and highly evolved organisms are critical to function of forest ecosystems. Learn more about these fascinating organisms with Glen Stanosz, a Wisconsin native and Professor of Tree and Forest Health at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Stanosz will present "Fantastic Fungi" on Thursday, October 11th at 6:30pm. This program is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Wisconsin Science Festival and the University of Wisconsin Speakers Bureau. For more information, call the library at 715-476-2366.
Mike Beno talks media

Our Wisconsin was launched in 2013 and rapidly became the most popular magazine ever devoted to the state. The Iron County Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts (ICORE) and the library will host editor Mike Beno for a talk about the beginnings of Our Wisconsin, communication, and the current media landscape on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. The program will be held at the Mercer Community Center and is free and open to all. The program begins at 7pm after ICORE's annual meeting and potluck. For more information, visit our website.
Soup for you!

Did you know that Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi" episode first aired on November 2, 1995? We're celebrating with a soup swap at the library. Join us for a soup tasting and recipe sharing on Friday, November 2 at 12:00 p.m. Bring a pot of your favorite soup to share and a copy of the recipe.
All are welcome, even if you can't bring soup, and there's no cost to participate. Please register in advance by calling the library at 715-476-2366 to help us make sure we have enough for everyone.
After-school Halloween crafts

School-aged kids are invited to the Mercer Library for some Halloween crafts and treats! Paint your own trick-or-treat bag and do other Halloween crafts on Monday, October 22 at 3:30 p.m. This program is designed for kids old enough to paint with minimal supervision. Younger children may be able to participate WITH an adult to help. There's no charge to participate. All supplies are available first-come, first-served. 
Christmas Pocket Journal

Create a Christmas Pocket Journal with an old book, cards, holiday papers, and more. This class will be held in three sessions -- 10/12, 10/26, and 11/9 -- in conjunction with our regular "Coffee & Coloring" on Fridays at 2-4 p.m. Bring any used Christmas cards and holiday scrap paper that you may have for decorating and embellishing your book. Space for this project is very limited, so you must register in advance by calling the library at 715-476-2366.
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.
  • The Mercer Book Club will meet on Wednesday, October 10th to discuss Death at Gills Rock by Patricia Skalka. New members are always welcome, and copies of the book are available at the library. In November, the group will discuss The Dry by Jane Harper.
  • Coffee & Coloring is back! Adults can join us on the second and last Fridays of the month at 2-4pm for a relaxing afternoon of coloring and paper crafts. We'll provide the coloring supplies, or bring your own paper projects to work on.
  • Tech Tuesday is your chance for one-on-one technology help with library director Teresa Schmidt. Drop in for help with basic problems or just learning to use your device on October 9 and October 16 at 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. If those times aren't convenient for you, call the library to schedule a 30-60 minute appointment at another time.
  • Movie Night on October 29th at 6:30 p.m. Go old-school with your scary movies this Halloween and join us for a screening of the 1931 Boris Karloff classic, "Frankenstein." It's free, and we'll provide the popcorn!
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