Join the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in partnership with WiLS, for a free, four-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores the weather, seasons and changing climate of the Great Lakes Region. The MOOC will share important data while focusing on people and communities adjusting to changing weather and climate. “Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region” begins on February 23, 2015, and all learners are welcome to participate.
The Mercer Public Library is excited to be a partner in this upcoming course. Professor Margaret Mooney will visit the Mercer Library for weekly discussions centered around the course content. These discussions will be held on Thursdays, February 26 and March 5, 12, and 19 at 2:00pm at the Mercer Library, and are free and open to all. Beverages and snacks will be provided. (Note: the Minocqua Public Library will also be hosting Professor Mooney for Thursday discussions at 6:00 p.m.)
This MOOC and the many others offered by UW-Madison are available to anyone, anywhere. To learn more or sign up for the course, visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison MOOCs website.
For resources mentioned during the Mercer Library's discussion sessions, view our Resources on Climate Change pathfinder.
The library has received state and federal forms for the 2014 filing season. The IRS has elected not to send most forms and instruction booklets to libraries this year, but the library staff can assist you in finding the form you need online. Please don't hesitate to stop by and ask.
Federal forms are available for download or to request through the mail through the IRS website. You can also request forms and publications by calling the IRS Tax Forms and Publications number at 1-800-829-3676.
Some tax filers may be eligible to file electronically (e-file) for free. For more information about filing your taxes or about e-filing, visit www.irs.gov.
Wisconsin tax forms for individuals can be found at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue website. This site also contains information about e-filing your state return, and about the Homestead Credit or Earned Income Credit, which may apply to Wisconsin residents even if they did not have enough income to have Wisconsin taxes withheld.
If you are facing tax problems or need help with audits and exams, innocent spouse declarations, responding to letters from the IRS, or other controversies the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) may be able to help you. LITC does not prepare tax returns, but can provide low-income families with legal advice about their tax issues. For more information, visit Legal Action of Wisconsin online or call them toll-free at (855)502-2468 for more information.
The Mercer Area Playgroup is a friendly and informal group for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers. Each week we enjoy stories, free play time, and a small snack. Activities are also provided by the librarian or by Iron County UW-Extension staff. Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers also have a chance to visit while the kids play.
Beginning January 19, 2015, Playgroup will meet on on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00am at the Mercer Library, unless the library is closed due to inclement weather or holidays. This group is open to all, and new members and drop-ins are always welcome. For more information or special accommodations, call the library at (715)476-2366.
On Tuesday, February 17th we'll hold a brief information session for those interested in signing up for the UW-Madison Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on "Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region." Get help registering for the course and how to use Coursera.
Photo by Vernon Chan used under Creative Commons license.
We love it when you support local businesses whenever you can. Remember that they employ your neighbors, and their tax dollars stay here in the community to support the library.But we know that everyone enjoys a little online shopping once in a while, so if you shop at Amazon.com here's how you can support the library at the same time. Start by visiting Amazon Smile at smile.amazon.com and tell Amazon that you want to support Friends of the Mercer Public Library. Then, every time you shop at Amazon Smile, a portion of the proceeds will benefit your library. It's that easy!