Happy spring and Easter, everyone! We have more fun waiting for you at the library this April!
Learn about our improved Internet services, Take & Make Craft Kits, share your poetry, make a Fairy Garden, and more!

We are open at our normal hours and for our normal services. For those who would prefer contactless service, we are continuing to offer optional curbside pick up - just call us at (920) 398-3434 to schedule a pick- up time!

**State and federal tax forms are now available in the library!**
We hope we have been a helpful resource for you and your families, especially during this last year!

Budgets are tight due to COVID-19. To ensure future funding for our amazing programs and services, please consider sending one of our new postcards to tell your state legislators or local officials why you are thankful for your local library!

Let them know how libraries have stepped up and provided community-based services that you enjoy whether it is simply the ability to check out books and movies or whether you enjoy our programming from craft kits to storytime to everything in between! Or whether the internet, fax service, or reference help made a difference in your life. We need your help now more than ever to toot our horn and let our funding representatives know that libraries matter to you.

Postcards are available at the check out desk, along with names and addresses for state legislators and local officials. You can also click the link below to view our list of legislators.
April Events
Share your poetry during National Poetry Month!
April is National Poetry month! The library will celebrate with displays of poetry books and we are also inviting patrons to share their poetry online with us. Simply post your poem in the comments section of the Facebook post we will share starting April 1st!
Library closed on Friday, April 2
Markesan Public Library will be closed on Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday.

Normal hours will resume Saturday, April 3.
Stop by to vote for your favorite in our Bunny Pageant!
Voting ends Saturday, April 10
In March, creative library patrons adopted bunnies to take home and decorate however they liked. Now those bunnies are back at the library on display for your vote! Stop in to see all these fantastic bunnies! Voting will finish on Saturday, April 10!

Top three winners will receive a $10 cash prize!

All bunnies will get to hop home with their families afterwards!
Musical nest frame craft kit
Take & Make Craft Kits

April's Take & Make Craft Kit will be an adorable Musical Nest Frame. This craft will be available the week of April 12-16! A small $5 fee covers the cost of all the supplies for this classy springtime craft you can easily do at home!

We encourage interested crafters to reserve their kits in advance at the library or by calling (920) 398-3434.

If you would prefer contactless service, we can bring your craft kit out to you as a curbside pickup. Just call us at the number above, and let us know when you would like us to bring it out to you.

You can find updates and news about Take and Make Crafts on our Facebook page and website !
Book lovers and movie lovers unite! The Theater Readers Book & Movie Club is for anyone who loves movies or books or both! We will meet on Tuesday, April 20 at 6:00 pm in person and virtually on Google Meet. This month, we'll be delving into True Crime! Read or watch Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt!

You can click here to go to our catalog to put a copy on hold.

You can read, listen, or watch! We'll have copies available at the library. If you would prefer contactless service, we can bring it out to you as a curbside pickup. Just let us know if you would like the book, audiobook, or DVD! You can call us at (920) 398-3434!

This month, we'll be meeting in person and also be streaming the meeting on Google Meet. Please sign up in advance and let us know if you would like to come in person or attend online. Those who will be online will receive the meeting link in an email shortly before the meeting begins on Tuesday, April 20.
Fairy Garden Class
Wednesday, April 21 @ 6:00 pm
Sign up required
Sign your family up to build a festive fairy garden! Space is limited as we will provide the pot, the soil, a miniature figurine or two, and one plant. This class will give you the hands on know how on creating your own magical, tiny garden, fit for any fairytale or tabletop display.

Call or stop by the library to enroll, one garden per family please!

You can call the library to sign up or if you have any questions at (920) 398-3434.

Fairy Garden Class poster April 2021
Ongoing Programs
This spring, Story Time continues to be virtual. New videos are uploaded every week on our Facebook page. Young children get to go on an adventure through the alphabet, followed by fun activities like crafts and songs. More experienced readers get to hear classic chapter books.

Here is the weekly schedule:
Timeless Tales on Tuesdays
Story Hour (Adventure through the Alphabet) on Wednesdays
Chapter Book Read Aloud on Thursdays

You can view previous Story Time videos by going to our "videos" page on Facebook.

New for Adventure through the Alphabet Story Time: Fun craft kits will be available each week that you can take home to make along with Miss Brittany during virtual Story Time! These craft kits will be available in the children's section of the library starting a few days before Story Time each week. We try to post photos of each craft on our website and Facebook page every Monday.

If you prefer contactless service, we can bring a craft kit out to you via curbside pickup. Just call and let us know to hold one for you, as well as when you would like to pick it up! Our phone number is (920) 398-3434.
Online Reading Challenges
Try one of our 2 fun online challenges -- earn small prizes, enter raffles, and discover great resources along the way!

How to participate:
The challenges will take place completely online and readers can access them at markesanlibrary.beanstack.org. Participants can also download the Beanstack app and search for Markesan Library to play

100 Books Before College (ages 12-19): 100 Books before College dares readers 12-19 yrs. to read 100 books before they graduate. Small incentives we be awarded and at every 10 books read, participants earn tickets to enter into a prize raffle of either a $25 Ted’s Piggly Wiggly Gift Card or $10 gas station cards. At 50 books read, participants earn a book to be purchased in their honor for the library’s collection by an author or genre of their choice. The library will put that participants name in recognition inside the book and the reader will get the first checkout. At 100 books read, participants will receive a book to keep. The raffle portion of this challenge will be drawn on June 1, 2021 and then renew with prizes for participants still working on their goals.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (birth to 5 years old): This challenge is is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success! Any child ages birth to five years can participate. Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading record to the library to receive a special reward. At 1,000 books read, come celebrate at the library, see your child’s name placed on the 1,000 Book Wall of Fame, and receive a free book. Pick up a log sheet at the library, or download one by clicking here to get started!

If you have any questions about these challenges, please call the library at (920) 398-3434, or visit our website to get started.
Other library news
Try our improved Internet! Faster download and upload speeds, and better access in library courtyard!
Thanks to a generous $1,700 donation from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation’s Basic Needs of Green Lake County Grant, the Markesan Public Library was able to install an outside (external) wireless access point to improve our outside signal and its strength. Just in time for upcoming spring and summer weather, patrons can now enjoy our courtyard while enjoying improved free public internet!

Along with the wireless access point, the library also was recently upgraded to faster download and upload speeds through CARES funds. (This program was funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)). Tired of slow internet speeds? Get downloading and uploading at your local library today!

Don’t forget about the library’s wonderful databases free with your library card like Hoopla for streaming movies and Libby for e-books, downloadable audio books, and digital magazines. We also subscribe to Gale Universities where patrons can take life-long learning classes like Conversational Spanish, or Basic Guitar, or Microsoft Excel, for example. Ask a librarian for more information or visit our website: www.markesanlibrary.org.
Despite a challenging COVID year, the Markesan Public Library continues on its quest to be better than ever by updating our building and expanding our offerings. We are organizing a fundraiser for our children's area -The Chair Affair - where local artists decorate doanted chairs however they like, and then the chairs are put up for an auction which culminates during June Dairy Days.

All proceeds from the 2021 Chair Affair will go towards a much-needed refresh of the Children’s Area. We are busy working on ideas on how to make the children’s area more fun and functional from paint, to shelves, to toys, to books. And we are going to need funds to make those dreams come true.

We are extremely grateful to those who have already made beautiful chairs for the auction. We still have a few chairs left at the library for any interested volunteers. In March, we sent out a newsletter that gave more details for those who would be interested in getting involved. You can click the button below to read this newsletter for more information.

Also in March, local artists, Nancy Kirst and Cindy Boelter, led a Chair Decorating Class, which was posted on Facebook. We encourage anyone who's interested to watch this presentation -- chair decorating can be easier than you think, and a lot of fun, too!

We hope you'll consider being a part of this effort to make our children's area better and brighter!
Tax forms are now available
State and federal tax forms are now available at the library! We are open for our normal hours and services, but if you would prefer contactless service, we can bring out forms to you as a curbside pickup.

If you have any questions about which forms we have, or curbside service, please call us at (920) 398-3434.
Read your favorite magazines while staying cozy at home!
You can now access over 3,000 magazine titles from home using Overdrive and Libby! Read about sports, health, fashion, design, food, and more!

All you'll need is your library card. Click the button below to get started!

Stop by the library or call (920) 398-3434 if you have any questions, or need help!

We are excited to announce we have an Instagram page! Follow us for news, event updates, as well as exclusive content just for our Instagram followers!

You can check out audiobooks, ebooks, movies, music, and more 24/7 online using Hoopla, Overdrive, and Libby! All you'll need is your library card!

If you have any questions, or forgot your PIN number, please call the library at (920) 398-3434 and we can help!
Face masks are required inside the library for those able to wear them. Right now, we have a limited supply of disposal masks available. If you don't have your own, simply ask at the desk!

Curbside service is available for patrons who are not able to wear masks or prefer contactless service.

To view our CO-VID-19-related policies, visit the CO-VID-19 policy page on our library website by clicking the link below.
Feel free to call the library with questions at (920) 398-3434, or email director@markesanlibrary.org. Stay updated on our events by visiting our website or by following us on Facebook.

Markesan Public Library Hours
Monday & Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tues, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Markesan Public Library | (920) 398-3434 | 75 North Bridge Street