The Friends of the Mercer Library recently sent out their 2018 membership drive mailing. Please consider becoming a member or renewing your membership with a donation.
The Friends of the Library provide funding for many of the fun things we do here at the library, including most of our public programming, new furniture, equipment, and much more. They also host several events each year including their summer Pie Social, Used Book Sale, and annual Fall Celebration.
If you aren't a member and didn't receive a renewal form in the mail, stop by and pick one up at the library or download a membership form here. You can also make a donation through PayPal by clicking the button below.
May 8, 2018
Dear Friends of the Mercer Public Library,
It’s been a great year for the Mercer Public Library and the dedicated Friends. We are pleased to report to new and old members that the library’s solar energy system is up and running. On a cold, dreary day last October, over 60 people attended the dedication ceremony, including 20 students from Mercer School. Since installation the system has generated approximately 2.9 megawatt hours of electricity, preventing nearly 4500 pounds of carbon from entering the atmosphere—equivalent to the absorption of 112 trees. It is our hope that community members and visitors will learn about the viability of solar energy in the north woods from this demonstration system.
The solar array is just one example of the power of the Friends—our ability to make a difference in support of our library. Other investments this past year include new cabinets for the Friends conference room which will house archives from the Mercer area, a display cabinet, weather station, and ongoing things like the Book Page subscription, movie license and many programs for kids and adults. Plus, we are working very hard to find just the right new furniture for the reading room and the teen area. Perhaps one of our biggest goals is to continue to find ways to make the library more energy efficient.
A new program idea is to host a workshop series to help people in the area develop business plans for services needed by our growing number of retirees and to match skills with jobs available. If you have suggestions or wish to participate in this adventure, please let us know.
We hope you will join us for the annual Fall Celebration Fund-Raiser on September 22nd. Danny O’Sullivan, our first auctioneer, has returned to the area and will once again lead the festivities. Many new activities are planned for an evening of fun, food and entertainment.
The main purpose of this letter, of course, is to invite you to contribute to the Friends of the Mercer Public Library to help us reach our goals. Your donations are tax deductible, and this year we offer the option to donate stocks, bonds, or mutual funds directly to the Friends to provide additional tax advantages for you. Our broker, Joe Lemke with Edward Jones in Ironwood, can help facilitate the transfer. To get started call the Library Director, Teresa Schmidt at 715-476-2366.
Thank you so much for your support of the Mercer Public Library. We are very proud of what our library has become and what it means to the community.
Friends of the Mercer Public Library
Wendy Thiede, President Patt Moses, Secretary
Judy Ivey, Vice-president Opal Roberts, Treasurer