Still Time to Sponsor the Bellringer

Thank you to our 40th Annual Friends of the Mellen Library’s Bellringer Run T-shirt sponsors.  Thank so much for all your support.  We would not be able to put this race together without all of our sponsors, participants, and many volunteers.
This year’s sponsors as of 5/31/2024:
Joe Barabe, “Gone but not forgotten.”
In Memory of Tom Tafelski
Ashland County Housing Authority
Bayfield Electric Cooperative
Camp Eagle Ridge
Cans for Kids
Copper Falls Assisted Living, LLC
Deb Delegan & Family
Derek Heglund Construction
Dusty’s Saloon
Holiday Garden Green House
The Kochel Family
Kretzschmar Holsteins, Inc.
Lakeview Dental
Mellen Area Chamber of Commerce
Mellen Home & School Association, Inc
Mellen Lions Club
Mountain Funeral Home
North Country Lumber Co., Inc.
Northern Highlights
Northern Lights Electrical
Northern State Bank
Northland Foods
O’Dovero & Flesia Farm & Meat Market
The Reader Family
Tamarack Health – Ashland
Thewis Busing
Tom Lazorik Electric
Town of Ashland
Tri-M Sanitary/Recycling
V-1 Septic
Wholly Threads Thrift Shop
Wildwood Haven Resort & Campground, LLC

Sponsorship deadline is Friday, June 7.  Sponsorships are $100 and may be mailed to The Friends of the Library at PO Box 47, Mellen, WI 54546 or dropped off at the library.

The deadline for the Bellringer Run T-shirt order is fast approaching.  If you would like to receive 2024 – 40th Anniversary shirt you must register by Noon, Friday, June 14. Enter online at

Friends of the Mellen Library Bellringer Run
This is a yearly fundraising event for Mellen Friends of Our Wonderful Library (FOWL)
– Friends of the Mellen Library Bellringer Run.  Paper registration forms are available from the library.  Call 715-274-8331 if you have questions.

The Adventure Begins at Your Library is this year’s Summer Reading theme.  Sign-up and record reading points starting June 1 and ending July 31.  Earn 50 reading points and receive a reading medal.  There are four groups of readers: ages 0-5 (Kindergarten), First-Fifth Grades, Sixth-Twelfth Grades, and Adults.  A variety of programming opportunities are planned for the Summer.

The adults start off with an acrylic paint night on June 7 at 6pm. They’ll paint along with Angela Anderson to create her “Rustic Barn in Wildflowers”.  Followed by the first of three Summer Book Club discussions on Monday, June 10 at 6pm.  We hope to meet at The Friends Place and discuss “Last Night at the Lakeside Supper Club” by J. Ryan Stradel.

In addition to the reading challenge, the Sixth-Twelfth Graders are encouraged to create Book Merge Photos, Book Spine Poetry, and Recycle Book Art.  Not sure what these are; do some research or stop by the library to check out examples. Your creations may then be entered in a contest at the library to win prizes: 1st Place $15, 2nd Place $10, 3rd Place $5. Entries may be brought to the library for display and will also be highlighted on our Facebook page & website.  Enter through July 24.  Winners will be announced July 31.

The kids are welcome to join us for the movie “Wish” on Tuesday, June 18th at 10am.  Programming will continue through the month of July on Tuesdays at 10am for our First-Fifth Graders.  Their program themes are Adventure Maps, Movie: Wonka, Adventure Story Stones, BubblePalooza, Adventure Awaits Painting, and Treasure Hunt.

Our Storytime time group ages 3-5 will begin sessions Wednesday, July 3rd at 9am and meet weekly through the month of July.  There program themes are Red, White & Blue Celebration, The Tortoise & The Hare, Wonders of Water, Paint Party, and Library Olympics.

Take & Makes will continue to be available each month.  Stop by and pickup your Pom-Pom Caterpillar craft and a bag of books to start earning your summer reading points.

The Friends of the Library will meet on Thursday, June 6th at 5pm.

Hope to see you this Summer at the Library!