2021 Fall Celebration Open House

The Friends of the Library will host a FREE Fall Celebration Open House on Saturday, September 18 at 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

All are welcome to join us to celebrate our library and our new outdoor seating area. The Friends will provide hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, soft drinks, and door prizes. The event will be set up outdoors (weather permitting) with some displays and activities indoors as well.

This free event will be held instead of our traditional dinner fundraiser. You do not need tickets to attend, and all are welcome! 

We have eight of the popular Book Basket raffles available this year. Tickets will go on sale at the library on September 3 and will be available through the drawing date on October 1. Tickets are $1 each or 6/$5. The baskets will be on display at the open house.

We will also hold an online auction beginning September 18 and continuing through October 1. We’ll be auctioning a great collection of items donated by local businesses and residents for our fall celebration. Items will be on display at the open house.

A new activity this year will be our Dine Pull. Purchase a gift-wrapped box and inside you will find a gift certificate for a local restaurant. There will be two price categories, and you are guaranteed to win a gift certificate valued at more than you paid!

For more information, call the library at 715-476-2366 or contact the library director.

Thank you to our sponsors and donors

We could not hold this annual event without the generous support of our Friends of the Library and our local businesses and residents who contribute to its success. Please be sure to thank them for their support of the library!

Shakespeare Sponsors

Mercer United Methodist Church

Best Seller Sponsors

Rick’s Appliance Service, LLC

Pete Nicol, Redman Realty Group

Dave and JoAnn Riegler

Author Sponsors

Joe Miller’s Resort and Campground | Mercer Loons Motorcycle Club | SS Sport Store | Martha Pierpont and Dean Gustafson | Jim and Dorothy Wahner

Book Basket Raffles

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Tickets are now on sale for our Book Basket raffles! Each basket contains a book and a selection of gifts, and the baskets are valued between $50 and $250. Buy your tickets for $1 each or 6 for $5, and place them into the drawing for the basket you’d like to win. The Book Basket raffle is one of our most popular fundraising events each year! Winners will be drawn on October 1, and you do not need to be present to win.

Book Baskets donors: Cherries Basket – Lin and Chelly Beck; Italian Basket – Mercer Lions; Garden Basket – Woods & Blooms Garden Club; Musky Lures Basket – Pete Meronek; Snowman Basket – Lin and Chelly Beck; German Basket – Friends of the Mercer Public Library; Quilt Basket – Joani Miller; Gift Basket – Wampum Shop

Online Auction

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In lieu of a live auction and silent auction, we will be hosting an online auction this year. The auction will open on September 18 at 9:00 a.m. and close at 3:00 p.m. on October 1. We have received over 70 items for the auction so far, and are so grateful for all the local businesses and residents who have contributed items, services, and experiences for you to enjoy.

Preview the online auction now at www.32auctions.com/mercerlibrary.
Bidding begins on September 18 and ends October 1.


Auction, raffle, and dine pull donors

Be sure to thank the many donors who made this event possible!

AH HA Wellness Spa
Aline Fetter Photography
Around the Corner Pub
Aunt Esther’s Attic
Dorothy Bangle
Bartling’s Manitowish Waters Cranberry Company
Ann Bayer
Beaver’s Resort
Linn and Chelley Beck
John and Sue Biedron
Blue Bayou Inn
Rick and Jama Boes
Clear View Nursery, Chad McGrath
Bob Collins
Copper Peak
Corullo Ironworks
Cranberry Inn of Mercer
Nancy Doxsee
Elk & Hound Restaurant
Gateway Lodge & Resort
Greer’s Pier
Hanne Geyer
Historic Ironwood Theatre
Heart of the North Bar & Grill
Island View Lodge
Judy Ivey
Beverly Johnson
Kathy Joy
Julie Klug
Lauer Aviation
Renie Lawrence
Jim and Barb Leffin
Liberty Way Tap House
Manitowish River Press
Jere McGaffey
Karen McGaffey
Mercer Lions
Mercer Rentals
Pete Meronek
Joani Miller
Diane Mockler
Chris Nehring, Comfy Quilt and Craft Shop
Northern Hilites Salon
Odonata Art Gallery
Diane O’Krongly, Select Wood and Stone Products
Mike and Gail Ondresky
Pat Pape
Hedda Patzke
Rich and Sue Pegg
Martha Pierpont and Dean Gustafson
The Pines Restaurant and Beer Garden
Rooted Soul Yoga
Jeff Richter
Rustic Roadhouse
Jerry and Dorothy Schaefer
Rob and Teresa Schmidt
Barbara Shackelton
Mike Shouldice
Springstead Lake Lodge
Stormy Kromer
Russ Sumka
Sunken Horse Saloon
John and Mary Swift
Gary Theisen, Northwoods Photo
Tom’s Country Cafe
Turtle River Trading Company
George Van Beynen
Angie Van Syoc
The Wampum Shop
We Do Windows
Williams Electric
Woods and Blooms Garden Club
Yukon 51