Our hearts are filled with gratitude at the Markesan Public Library for all the wonderful sponsors of our Summer Learning Program and all the families that participated! Keep reading for staggering Summer Reading numbers, and find out all the great events coming up this August at the library!


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.

Masks are now optional. Patrons are encouraged to stay six feet apart and practice frequent hand-washing.
August Events
Movie Matinee:
The Lost City
Monday, August 8 @ 3:45 pm

Movie rated PG-13. 2 hours.
We'll be showing the swash-buckling adventure comedy starring Sandra Bullock as a romance author who is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire. Her cover model, played by Channing Tatum, sets out to rescue her and prove he is more than just a model.

Want to see the movie but can't make it? Click here to place a hold on a copy to watch at home!
Dynamic Desserts w/4-H
Wednesday, Aug. 10 @ 1:00 pm
*Sign up in advance*

Come make a sweet treat while learning about giving our muscles the care they need through stretching and practicing managing moods through mindfulness. Morgan from the UW Extension 4H office will be leading us!

To make sure we have enough snacks for everyone, please sign up in advance at the library or by calling us at (920) 398-3434.
Wild Foods Program
Wednesday, August 24 @ 6:00 pm
*Sign up in advance*

The whole world is a garden if you know what to eat! Learn to recognize and prepare a variety of wild Wisconsin plants, including lamb's quarters, purslane, wild carrot, and more. Join the Markesan Public Library for this free class led by Laura Rose of the Princeton Library. 

To make sure we have enough supplies for everyone, please sign up in advance at the library or by calling us at (920) 398-3434.
Thank you to the 2022 Summer Reading Program Sponsors!!!
We would like to extend a BIG thank you to our sponsors for the 2022 Summer Reading Program! Their support helped provide the prizes and events all summer at the library! We couldn't have done it without them!



If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for next year's summer reading program, please contact our director at director@markesanlibrary.org.
Ongoing Programs
Wednesday Story Time is taking a summer break.
See you in the fall!

Play & Learn will now be held in Hein Park on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.

Our weekly Wednesday Story Time will be on break until the fall. Play and Learn, organized by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, will be held in Hein Park on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. To learn more about Play and Learn, visit the Children's WI Start Right Facebook page.
Join the 2022 Markesan Public Library
Book Binge Challenge!
Take the Markesan Public Library 2022 Book Binge Challenge! You can find bingo cards at the check out desk, or click the button below to print out your own bingo card at home.

Each month, use a set of key words found on the bingo card to inspire your book choices. With the key words provided, pick a book with that word in the title and read away. For instance, January’s key words are: Girl, Dark, Winter, Ocean, Light, Run. Examples of books with these key words include: “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “My Dark Vanessa”, “Winds of Winter”, etc.

Players can also choose synonyms and plurals or even antonyms (if you are feeling rebellious) replace the word Sea for Ocean or Bright/Pale for Light or Runs/Ran/Sprinted/Race for Run, etc.

Share your Book Binge picks with us on Facebook and join the online conversation!
Online Reading Challenges!
Try one of our 2 fun online challenges -- earn small prizes, enter raffles, and discover great resources along the way! Raffle drawing for 100 Books Before College will happen on June 1, 2022.

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, 2022 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
Welcome Addie!
We're excited to welcome Addie to the library team as our student page! Here are a few things she enjoys:

  1. Playing basketball and softball
2. Hanging out with friends and family
3.Thrift shopping!
Thanks to a generous grant from the American Rescue Plan Act, the Markesan Public Library now has two new wi-fi hotspots for patrons 18 and over to checkout. These wi-fi hotspots operate through cellular data provided by US Cellular. Wherever US cellular coverage is available there too will our wi-fi hotspots work to provide our patrons with free wi-fi service. Checkouts are good for two-weeks at a time.

The wi-fi hotspots are available at the checkout desk. If you have any questions, please call us at (920) 398-3434.
Val's Pick of the Month:
"Daughter of the Deep" by Rick Riordan
In his new chapter book, best-selling author Rick Riordan pays homage to Jules Verne with his take on "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea".

"Daughter of the Deep" was the winner of Goodreads Choice Awards 2021 in the Best Middle Grade and Children's categories.

It's a story about a field trip gone awry. Ana Dakkar and her brother, Dev, are students at a high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Did I mention a dolphin's name is Socrates? Great story!!

Click here to place a hold on a copy today! Or call us at (920) 398-3434, and we'll be happy to place a hold for you.
Check out audiobooks, ebooks, movies, music, and more 24/7 online using Hoopla, Overdrive, and Libby -- all you 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!
You can access over 3,000 magazine titles from home using the Libby app on your smart phone, tablet, or computer.

All you'll need is your library card. Click here to get started!

Stop by the library or call (920) 398-3434 if you have any questions, or need help!
The Markesan Library offers special services for the housebound, teachers, and for home-school families!

Contact the library for more information by calling (920) 398-3434, or click the link below to learn more.
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
Sunday CLOSED
Markesan Public Library | (920) 398-3434 | 75 North Bridge Street