Happy New Year to you and your family!!

We invite you to step back to the 1920s with our fun new events in 2021! Check out our new Theater Readers Book & Movie Club, and more fantastic online events and social-distancing friendly activities!

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.
January Events
Take and Make Bullet Journals
Available starting Wed. Jan. 13, reserve in advance
A special activity kit for 4th - 8th grade students! Take home everything you need to make your own bullet journal, including supplies, instructions and fun tricks and ideas to customize your journal any way you would like! Let every day move forward in organized bliss and never be late again!

These kits will be ready starting Wednesday, January 13th. Call ahead at (920)398-3434 to reserve a kit -- supplies are free, but limited.

If you would feel more comfortable staying outside the library, you could pick up your bullet journal as a curbside pickup, just let us know when you call to reserve your kit.
Gangsters of Wisconsin w/ author Chad Lewis
Monday, Jan. 18 @ 6:00 pm
*Facebook Live*

Keeping in theme with the 1920s, join the Markesan Public Library for a Facebook live event exploring the Gangsters of Wisconsin with author and researcher Chad Lewis! This event will take place on Monday January 18th at 6pm. Get ready to put on your zoot suit and follow in the footsteps of infamous gangsters as they make Wisconsin into their personal vacation land. Daring bank robbers, vicious shoot outs, and notorious history awaits you in this incredible discussion.

You can join in by visiting our Facebook page on Monday, Jan. 18 at 6:00 pm! If you have any questions, please call the library at (920) 398-3434.
Try out Theater Readers, our new Book & Movie Club!
Book lovers and movie lovers unite! The Theater Readers Book & Movie Club is for anyone who loves movies or books or both! We will hold the first meeting on Thursday Jan.28th at 6pm on Zoom. This month’s selection is “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Pick your preference: the book or the movie, then join us on Zoom to discuss! Multiple copies of the book and movie will be available at the library for anyone to check-out and enjoy. The link for the Zoom meeting will be posted on our website and Facebook page closer to Thursday, Jan. 28!
1920s Decades Display
courtesy of Markesan Historical Society

To help us ring in the new year, the Markesan Historical Society is back with a new decades display…1920s!! Come visit the library to see memorabilia of a hundred years ago. Prohibition, gangsters, flappers, jazz, the roaring twenties – it’s back, baby doll.
Ongoing activities at the library
Weekly Story Time Videos for all ages
This winter, 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 this fall, 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.
Online reading challenges for children and teens
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, www.markesanlibrary.org.
Other library news
The Chair Affairs returns in 2021!
Donations sought

Back by popular demand! The Markesan Public Library Chair Affair is being planned for 2021. Please consider donating your structurally sound, wooden chairs to the library. Check your garage, basement, and attic for old unused chairs. Over the summer and fall, chairs will be collected by the library. Then, chairs will be given to local volunteers to paint and decorate for a silent auction-date TBD. The money raised will help the library fund its programs and weather the COVID-19 setbacks. We know its early, but we need your chairs now.  

If you have any questions, please call the library at (920) 398-3434.
In compliance with the state mandate, 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