Coding for Kids! (for grades 3-6)"In fifteen years we’ll be teaching programming just like reading and writing and wondering why we didn’t do it sooner” -- Mark Zuckerburg
Coding for Kids is free computer course based on the recent highly successful Hour of Code promotion from code.org* Your child will learn coding using an online game-like, self-directed tutorial which allows the children to actually build and watch their efforts come to life as they create and change their code. Children will learn the basic concepts of Coding and Computer Science (e.g., Decision-Making, Repetitive Loops, etc...) with drag-and-drop programming. Children will be able to continue their project and learning after the class from any computer. The original class on February 28th is currently full, so an additional classes have been scheduled for Friday, March 7th & 14th, from 6:30-7:45. Space is limited, so sign up soon! Children must be in grades 3-6. Additional classes may be scheduled if needed.
Read Our February 2014 Newsletter!
The February newsletter can be viewed on the website by going to the tab on the navigation bar. It's full of information about the website, library programs, events, and some of our new plans. We will be emailing the newsletter either monthly or bi-monthly. If you are not on our email list, please sign up for the newsletter using the form at the top of this page or you can give us your email address the next time you are in the library. We will also have printed copies of the newsletter at the library for you to pick up, if you prefer to have a paper copy.
Two Movie Nights! Groundhog Day and City of Bones
Free movie, free popcorn, you bring the drinks and come in your PJs! This month we’re showing two movies! The first movie is Groundhog Day rated PG on Friday, February 21st at 6:00 P.M., and the second is City of Bones on Friday, January 28th at 6:00 P.M.. Click the photos to view the movie trailers.
Introduction to Poetry Course at Mercer Area Library!
Get in touch with your poetic side at the library!
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced writer,learn the basics of crafting poetry through workshops and inspirational activities.
This six week course will be offered from 2:00-3:00 P.M. starting on Saturday, February 1st and will run through Saturday, March 8th.
BUY A CHANCE ON THIS AMAZING CROCHETED AFGHAN!
Rhonda Paden made and donated this beautiful oversized twin-bed afghan, in ivory and muted lavenders/blues/greens, to the library. Please come in and buy some tickets to win this wonderful creation. Tickets are 2 for $1 or an arm's length for $5. The funds from this raffle will be used for spring events and to help support the library's preschool, elementary, teen, and adult summer reading programs. Please make a special effort to come in and support this fundraiser. You may also be the lucky winner at the drawing on April 1st!
Weekly GED Classes at the Library
The Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV is offering Adult Basic Education and GED preparation courses every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Mercer Area Library. Classes are scheduled to continue through May 29, 2014. Pre-registration is not required. Walk-in students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Classes and materials are available to area residents free of charge. The courses will focus on GED preparation, pre-employment testing, and basic skills that increase employability. Teachers are state certified and the curriculum is targeted to teach skills that adults need to be successful in the 21st century workforce. Further information can be obtained at the Mercer Area Library or by calling the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV at (724) 458- 6700, extension 1212.
GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE IN THE LIBRARY!
We now have a Keurig coffee maker set up so that you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you are spending time in the library. There is a $.75 charge per cup, to cover the cost of the supplies and enable us to provide this service. Over the next few weeks we will be adding to our beverage selection. We are open to your suggestions and want to hear about your favorite flavors.
***You can now join our Friends group online Just go to the "Friends of the Library" tab on the navigation bar, select "Become a Member," and fill out the online form. To learn more about the Friends group and the many ways they help and support the library, click the "Friends of the Library" tab on the navigation bar.
Get ebooks for free! Those of you with iPods, smartphones, Kindles, Nooks, or other digital devices now have the opportunity to borrow digital content from the library for free! With your library card you have access to ebooks, audiobooks, and music with the click of a button. Check out our digital library using the Overdrive button on the right-hand side of this page. Remember, we are always here to help you to use the library's resources. If you would like one-on-one personal assistance in using our digital materials, feel free to come into the library with your ereader and we will gladly answer your questions.