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A view from the back of the newly expanded Mercer Public Library.January 10, 2013

Construction crews are entering the final stages of our addition project, with drywall crews working inside and carpenters putting up siding this week. 

The interior of the library is scheduled to be finished in mid-February. That means that by the first week of February we will be calling "all hands on deck" and recruiting as many volunteers as possible to help us move the existing furniture and library collection.

We will need plenty of helpers for different kinds of work, from shelving individual books to moving larger pieces of furniture and shelving. If you are willing to volunteer your time, please call Teresa at 715-476-2366 and she will keep you updated on the schedule. 

Read on to see more pictures and learn more about the library expansion in progress!

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Governor Walker Announces Community Development Block Grant for Town of Mercer

MADISON, February 21, 2012 – The Town of Mercer will receive a $141,000 Community Development Block Grant for Public Facilities from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to expand its library.


The town is expanding the library to include additional space for housing more computers, a new multi-purpose meeting room, a children’s library room and additional seating space.


Governor Walker said assistance in this project is an important investment in the library service in Iron County.


The Community Development Block Grant program is a versatile financing tool for general-purpose local units of government in need of funds to undertake needed infrastructure and public building projects.  The program is designed to enhance the vitality of a community by undertaking public investment that contributes to its overall community and economic development.


The WEDC is Wisconsin's lead economic development agency. 


East elevation drawing of proposed additioin to the Mercer Library
At the annual Mercer Library October Celebration on October 3rd, librarian Teresa Schmidt announced the next big news at the Mercer Public Library: a planned expansion that will add a much-needed children’s room, quiet study area and meeting room, and increased shelving and seating space.

The Mercer Library Board contracted with architect Gary Sobek of Hazelhurst to develop initial plans for the expansion, paid for by a donation from the Friends of the Library. Now that the initial building plans have been drawn, the library board’s building committee has set to work developing a fundraising plan. It is estimated that the committee will need to raise about $350,000 to complete construction.

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