Books. Ideas. Community.
Author events, book signings, community reads and more in Wisconsin’s Northwoods
The Northwoods Book Festival is a joint project of seven libraries in northern Wisconsin: Ben Guthrie Lac du Flambeau Public Library, Boulder Junction Public Library, Frank B. Koller Memorial Library in Manitowish Waters, Mercer Public Library, Minocqua Public Library, Presque Isle Community Library, and Winchester Public Library. It crosses three county lines — Iron, Oneida and Vilas — and unites libraries in two library systems — Northern Waters Library Service and Wisconsin Valley Library Service — to bring communities together.
All programs are free and open to the public. Events will be held at each participating library, and patrons are encouraged to attend events at all of our participating locations.
In 2022, Mercer Public Library and the Northwoods Book Festival have been selected to receive one of 200 nationwide library grants for the American Library Association’s American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity, an emergency relief program to assist libraries that have been adversely affected by the pandemic. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, these seven libraries will use funds to anchor themselves in the community as strong humanities institutions. The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that will help deliver excellent programs and services related to culture, history, literature, and other humanities subjects.
American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.