Update March 24, 2020: The Mercer Library will be closed from March 18 through at least April 24.
In compliance with Emergency Order #12 ordered by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, the Mercer Library will be CLOSED beginning Wednesday, March 18 through at least April 24.
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 voting in the upcoming April 7 election and about 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 May 4, and 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.
On March 13, 2020, Governor Tony Evers issued an executive order closing all K-12 schools in Wisconsin effective March 18, with an anticipated reopening date of April 6. On March 24, the governor issued Health Order #12, a “Safer at Home” order which directs all citizens to stay home except for critical services and closes all non-essential businesses in Wisconsin through at least April 24.
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, follow these guidelines:
- Clean your hands often and avoid touching your face.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Wear a facemask only if you are sick.
- 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
March 16, 2020