Mark Your Calendar: Fall Celebration September 10

The Friends of the Mercer Public Library will hold their annual Fall Celebration Open House on Saturday, September 10 at 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend this free event to celebrate the library.

Attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks. The event will be set up outdoors on the library grounds, weather permitting, with some displays and activities inside the library as well.

The popular Book Basket raffles are back with eight baskets available this year. Raffle tickets are available at the library now, and winners will be drawn on September 16. Each basket has a theme and contains a book and other gifts related to the theme. The 2022 baskets were donated by The Wampum Shop, Beth and Pete Wetzler, the Loony Paddlers, Woods & Blooms Garden Club, Pete Meronek, Schmidt & Sons Plumbing, Brian and Ann Myrland, and the Mercer Lions.

The Friends will also hold an online auction featuring a great collection of items, services, and experiences donated by local businesses and residents. The online auction will begin on September 10 and continue through September 23. Items will be on display at the open house. The online auction will be located at and items will be posted as they become available.

The Friends of the Mercer Library raise money throughout the year to support programming, equipment, and special projects at the library. In 2022, donations to the Friends supported programs like “Dinosaur Dimensions,” storytelling, and naturalist presentations for children; summer programs for all ages; new equipment for library staff; the installation of a bike repair station for users of the Mercer Bike Trail; improvements to the library’s gardens; and much more.

The Mercer Library would like to thank the following sponsors, whose support makes this open house event possible: “Shakespeare” sponsor Mercer United Methodist Church and “Author” sponsors Martha Pierpont and Dean Gustafson, Joseph Lemke of Edward Jones Investments, the Iron County Credit Union, Klopatek Plumbing, and the Mercer Dusty Loons ATV Club.

The Friends are still soliciting sponsorship donations, contributions for the online auction, and gift certificates for the “Dine Pull” raffle. If you or your business would like to contribute to the event, please call the library at 715-476-2366.

Visit the library’s website at for more information about the event and a link to the online auction.