Update May 14, 2020
The Mercer Library remains closed to the public, except for curbside services available Monday-Friday 10am to 4pm.
In compliance with Emergency Order #12 ordered by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, the Mercer Library was closed beginning Wednesday, March 18. Further extension of the statewide closure orders was included in Wisconsin Emergency Order #28, issued on April 16, 2020. The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a ruling that invalidated Order #28 on May 13, 2020, in effect removing all statewide closure and “safer at home” orders.
The Mercer Public Library remains closed to the public at this time. In light of the Supreme Court ruling, the library is gathering information and resources to determine how and when we can safely open our doors. Keep watching our website and Facebook page for updates.
All library programs are suspended, exercise classes sponsored by Mercer Health & Wellness have been cancelled indefinitely, and classes sponsored by Fe University will be postponed. The Mercer Library shall remain closed to all in-person service until the end of any stay-at-home orders issued by local, state, or federal officials.
AA Meetings at the Mercer Library will also be cancelled. Members are encouraged to visit this list of online AA Meetings setup for all Minocqua-area AA meetings through at least the end of May.
For more local information, including information about other local services such as the Mercer Food Pantry, visit the Town of Mercer website at www.townofmercer.com. You can also follow the Town of Mercer and the Iron County Health Department on Facebook for more updates.
We encourage you to keep any library items you have checked out until we reopen. We will be extending all due dates through at least June 4. Since the Mercer Library is always fine-free, no overdue fines will accrue on your account. Our book drop remains open, but we ask you to only use it to return items when absolutely necessary.
The library is updating a collection of COVID-19 resources to help our community stay informed, and a list of online resources our library patrons can use for themselves and their children while we’re all stuck at home during this crisis. We also encourage you to take advantage of our digital resources during this time. Local residents who do not currently have a library card are now able to self-register for a card and get immediate access to Wisconsin’s Digital Library and to Gale Courses.
COVID-19 is the disease caused by a virus strain that began spreading in people in December 2019. Health experts are concerned because this new respiratory virus is not completely understood, and it can cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people. Recently, universities and other institutions in Wisconsin have made changes to their schedules and cancelled events in order to slow the spread of this illness.
The following are links to reliable information about COVID-19. We encourage you to use reliable sources of information about this disease and not rely on social media, word-of-mouth, or other non-expert advice to make health decisions.
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS): https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/COVID-19
- World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Outbreaks in Wisconsin: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm
- Guidelines for preventing COVID-19 spread in communities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
- Who is at higher risk? https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html#who-is-higher-risk
- Resources for businesses and employers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html
- Information for Travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
To protect yourself and your family, you should follow the governor’s health directive and stay at home. When you do need to go out for critical services like groceries or health care, remember that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus, and follow these guidelines:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.
- Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Stay at least 6 feet from other people, do not gather in groups, stay out of crowded spaces and avoid mass gatherings.
- Clean your hands often and avoid touching your face.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
(Source: CDC Steps to prevent illness)
Now is a good time to take advantage of the library’s online resources! You can download ebooks and audiobooks, take a free class through Gale Courses, research your family history, and research other topics in Badgerlink. You may need your library card number to access our digital resources. If you don’t know your number, give us a call at 715-476-2366 and we’ll be glad to help.
Director, Mercer Public Library
May 14, 2020