2023 Summer Library Passport Program

Visit Northern Waters libraries and stamp your passport this summer!

Mercer, WI – Did you know that the oldest Dairy Queen in Wisconsin is in Lake Nebagamon? That Sayner is the birthplace of the snowmobile? Northern Wisconsin is full of history, culture, and natural splendor – and this spring and summer, you can discover it all – with help from your local library! The Mercer Public Library and 29 other libraries in the Northern Waters library system will participate in a library passport program this summer.

Launching in late April, the Library Passport Program encourages the public to stop in at any Northern Waters library and pick up a passport. Bring your passport with you as you travel throughout northern Wisconsin this spring and summer and get a stamp at each library you visit. Collect 10 different stamps and you’ll be given an entry form to submit for a prize drawing! You could win gas cards, Wisconsin-themed travel books, road trip supplies, and much more!

The passports will contain a variety of “fun facts” about each library in the Northern Waters Library Network, including library and community attractions. When you’re in Mercer, don’t miss seeing the world’s first Smokey Bear costume head at the Mercer Library. If you visit the Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library in Hayward, make sure to check out the library’s half-mile Nature Trail with a StoryWalk® and a four-season audio guide. And make sure to stop by Shell Lake Public Library on a Friday – that’s when they have popcorn!

Passports will be available to pick up at any Northern Waters library beginning just in time for National Library Week in April. To find a Northern Waters library near you, go to northernwaters.org/passport or call the Mercer Library at 715-476-2366 for more information.