Summer Raffle by the Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library’s T-shirt Design Contest deadline is noon on May 3rd.  We look forward to choosing this year’s winning design at our Friends meeting on Thursday, May 4th at 5 pm.  Online registration is available for race participants here: or paper copies are available at the library or from our website click the bell and follow the links.

The Friends of the Mellen Library are excited to announce a Summer Raffle!  Prize were donated by our awesome local businesses:  1st Prize:  10ft Kayak donated by Columbia Forest Products; 2nd Prize: 2-Two Day General Admission Tickets to Concert in the Corn donated by North Country Lumber; 3rd Prize: Corn Hole Game donated by Sunshine’s Agriculture Farm Experience; 4th Prize: Treat Yourself with $100 donated by Northern State Bank; and 5th Prize:  $100 Gas Card donated by Northern Finnish Mutual Insurance.  Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.  They are available from Friends of the Library members or at the Library. The drawing will be held on July 4th at The Friends Place (library patio) during our Bellringer Race Awards Ceremony.

The Northern Waters Library Network/NWLN is sponsoring a Library Passport Program.  Stop in right here at the Mellen library and pick up a passport.  The passports will contain a variety of “fun facts” about each library in the NWLN, including library and community attractions.  For example, Mellen is home to Copper Falls State Park and thanks to our Friends of the Library we have a beautiful new outdoor space with a view of the Penokee Mountains.  The library is also along the North Country Trail and has a picnic table and outlets to charge devices outside.  Make sure to 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!

Author Jeff Hein MHS Class of 1981 will be visiting the Library on Wednesday, May 17th at 6 pm.  Please join us in welcoming him to our library and learning about the next installment of, “The Cimbrian War Series, Rise of the Red Wolf”.

Jeff Hein was born and raised in Wisconsin and served in the U.S. Army for twenty years. After retiring from the military and returning home to Wisconsin, he served as a county Emergency Management Director and Veteran Service Officer. He is now retired and lives near Medford, Wisconsin with his wife Dawn and their two lab/shepherd mixes Daisy and Annie, aka Mischief and The Tank. He holds degrees in Supervisory Management and Business Management and is a member of the Medford American Legion post 147 and VFW post 5729. Jeff writes historical fiction based on ancient writings and modern archeological discoveries. He loves to weave the story together with known facts and plausible fiction that fills in the blanks and could very well have been how things happened, keeping the reader engaged, while staying as true as possible to actual history.

The kingdom of Noricum, 113 BC: “Rome’s legions lie dead on the battlefield and their general, Gnaeus Papirius Carbo, is awaiting his trial for cowardice and incompetence. Inexplicably, Borr and the Cimbri turn away from the undefended fertile valleys of northern Italy and vanish back into the mysterious north. The senate turns its attention to the war in Africa and soon the barbarians are forgotten, while the Cimbri cross the Alps and continue their trek westward. Four years later, the northern tribes are leaving a trail of destruction across Gaul when they reappear in the Roman province of Gallia Narbonensis. Once again, Rome is thrown into a panic and junior consul Marcus Junius Silanus is sent to intervene. The legions march north to confront the invaders, as Germanic war drums rumble across the burning frontier.”

Our library also has a presence online check out our website, and our Facebook page, Legion Memorial Library.  And we always look forward to in-person visits right here at your hometown library.