2023 Friends of the Library Fall Celebration

The Friends of the Mercer Public Library will hold their annual Fall Celebration on Saturday, September 9th at 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The event will feature hors d’oeuvres; desserts; beer, wine, and soda; Book Basket raffles; and the very popular “Dine Around” gift certificate pull. We’ll also enjoy live music by Chris Skinner. Feel free to stop in for an hour or stay all afternoon! There’s no cost to attend and the event is open to everyone in the community.

All proceeds from the Dine Around, raffle tickets, and donations will benefit the Friends of the Mercer Public Library, who fund library programming, equipment, and special projects throughout the year. Thank you for your support!

Sponsors | Book Basket Raffles | Silent Auction | Dine Around Gift Certificates

2023 Sponsors

“Shakespeare” Sponsor

Mercer United Methodist Church

“Best Seller” Sponsor

Blue Bayou Inn

“Author” Sponsor

Iron County Community Credit Union

Mercer Loons Motorcycle Club

Mercer Dusty Loons ATV Club

River’s Edge Adventure Company

Joe Lemke, Edward Jones

Jim & Dorothy Wahner


Book Basket Raffles

Get your tickets for our popular Book Basket Raffle! Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10. Winners will be drawn on Friday, September 15th at 2:00 p.m. at the library, and you need not be present to win. Tickets are available at the library through September 15th and will be available at the Fall Celebration.

Loony Paddlers Basket donated by The Loony Paddlers

“Relax & Rejuvenate” Basket donated by Rooted Soul Yoga Studio

“Bear Hug” Basket donated by The Wampum Shop

Thanksgiving Basket donated by Louise Minisan

Country Christmas Basket donated by Chelley & Linn Beck

“Upgrade Your Kitchen” Basket donated by Ann & Brian Myrland

Garden Basket donated by the Woods & Bloons Garden Club

“Mooshka: a Quilt Story” basket donated by Cynthia Jencen, Sue Loeffler, and Bonnie Maelock-Hill

Silent Auction

The Friends of the Library will hold a small silent auction during the event this year. Donated items include jewelry, handmade sweaters, art, art prints, and more. Bidding will be closed on these items at 5:00 p.m. at the event. Many thanks to those who donated to the silent auction this year:

Impulsive Necessities

Rachel Grasse

Odonata Art Gallery

Select Wood & Stone Products

Rose King

Northwoods Accents

Penguin Candle House

The Sunflower Project

Nancy D’s

Diana Sino

Sharon Paints

Martha Pierpont & Dean Gustafson

Kit Bogenschneider

Margie Kovacic

Historic Ironwood Theatre

In memory of Dave Sino, donated by the Joustra Family: Hank, Kelly, Patrick, Hana, Ben & Levi

Dine Around

What’s the “Dine Around”? It’s a fantastically fun activity where everyone’s a winner! You pay a flat amount for a wrapped gift, and you’re guaranteed to win a gift certificate to a local restaurant or other business for at least the amount you paid for it. The Dine Around was so popular that it sold out in about an hour last year, so don’t delay if you want to play!

Many thanks to the area businesses that donated gift certificates to the 2023 Dine Around:

Contrast Coffee

Elk and Hound

Frederico’s Mike’s Restaurant

Sunken Horse

Era Pancakes & Cafe

Beaver’s Resort

The Pea Patch

The Bar of Mercer

Wild Berry Market

Rustic Roadhaus

Thirsty Whale

Kwik Trip #159 Minocqua

Lazy Ace Saloon

Wolf’s Den Bar and Grill

The Pines Restaurant & Beer Garden

Great Northern Coffee Trader

Domino’s Minocqua

Johnny’s Bar and Grill


Island View

Aberdeen Restaurant & Bar

Ye Olde Shillelagh

Around the Corner Pub

Muskies Bar and Grill

Northwoods Supper Club

Woods Edge Restaurant at Moose Jaw Resort

Minocqua Popcorn and Puffs

Papa Murphy’s Minocqua

Culver’s Minocqua

Dear Lodge

The Birches

Springstead Lake Lodge

Midway Bar

Little Bohemia Lodge

Dixie’s Coffee House

Trig’s Village Market

Cleveland’s Clubhouse at Beaver Lodge

Blue Bayou Inn

The Bell

Snow’s Family Market

Scotti Pecotti’s

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