The Mercer Seed Library is ready for the 2017 growing season!
Seed catalogs are arriving in the mail, but before you order consider making a trip to the Mercer Public Library to see the selection. Gardeners can “check out” seeds this year, grow them in their gardens and hopefully harvest seeds in the fall to return to the Seed Library. This process can benefit gardeners in our northern climate because the seeds harvested from successful fruits and vegetables in our area will likely do better in subsequent years.
The Mercer Seed Library’s mission is to encourage local gardeners to grow and harvest a variety of seeds. The library currently has seeds such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, lettuce and herbs, all locally grown. There are also seeds from commercial growers, and most are organic and non-hybrid varieties. The seeds are available to local gardeners at no cost or obligation.
Gardeners are encouraged to save seeds and return them to the seed library when possible, but all are welcome to take seeds from this community resource whether they intend to save seeds or not.
The Mercer Library has a small collection of cake pans and canning equipment for the public to borrow. Equipment can be borrowed for up to one week.
We also accept donations of cake pans in good, usable condition to add to our collections. We are particularly looking for special shaped birthday cake pans and other unique items.
The Mercer Library has an Orion StarBlast telescope available for public checkout, thanks to a contribution from the Friends of the Mercer Library.
This beginner-friendly telescope includes the Orion StarBlast 4.5" Telescope with attached "EZ Finder" scope, Celestron 8-24 mm zoom eyepiece, the National Audubon Society Pocket Guide: Constellations, Instruction manual, Lens Pen, and accessories bag.
The telescope may be borrowed in person at the Mercer Library by any Merlin library card holder in good standing, and must be returned to the library during normal library hours. Lending period is one week.
Memory Kits are designed to facilitate hands-on discussion and reminiscence. The kit is comprised of items that touch on the five senses and may help individuals with dementia share memories and thoughts with their caregivers.
The Mercer Library has five memory kits each organized around a different theme: Christmas, babies, military service, gardening and travel. Other kits are available at our partner libraries and may be requested by asking for help at the library desk.
These memory kits were provided by a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through Northern Waters Library Service.
The Library has a collection of board games and card games available for a 1-week checkout period. As of March 2017, the collection includes:
- Settlers of Catan
- Wits & Wagers, party edition
- Exploding Kittens
- Sushi Go
- Apples to Apples & Apples to Apples Jr.
- Cribbage boards & cards
- Trivial Pursuit
- ...and more