From resolution to routine, visiting the Markesan Public Library is a

sure-fire way to fulfill your goals and make the most out of the new year! Keep reading to see all the resources and tech tools we have for you to use at the library! As the snow flies, consider visiting our children’s area with toys and space for play. We also offer complementary coffee and quiet corners to read, study, and relax.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page and website for the next holiday Take & Make Craft Kits.

If you are feeling under the weather with cold or flu symptoms and can't make it in to return items, please call us at (920) 398-3434 and we can usually renew your items by at least a few days. We can also provide curbside pick up service if you would like to avoid coming indoors. You can call us to schedule a pick- up time.

January Events

Play & Learn

Wednesday. Jan. 11 & 25

@ 9:30 am

Come in for fun games and activities focused on learning through play! Recommended for toddlers and up. Led by Miss Morgan, brought to you by Children's Wisconsin.

Play & Learn is held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.

Storytime will be taking a winter break, returning in the spring.

Healing Spaces

Thursday, January 11 @ 1:00 pm

For those who love a new year’s fresh start, we are offering a special workshop on creating Healing Spaces on Thursday January 12 at 1:00 pm. This free, fun, and nonjudgmental program will give you the best tips and tricks you need to make your home or workspace a true sanctuary. Our information experts have been working overtime researching so you won’t have to. Learn the basics rules of decluttering, organizing, and design and then break them to fit your life! Get useful hacks to simplify the process. Automate your environment and tailor it to make life easier and more enjoyable.

Advance sign up is not required, but if you sign up, we can contact you easily if the class is cancelled due to bad weather. You can sign up at the library or by calling us at (920) 398-3434.

Book Club:

"Where the Crawdads Sing"

by Delia Owens

Wednesday, Jan. 25 @ 6:00 pm

On Wednesday, January 25 @ 6:00 pm, the Markesan Book Club will meet to discuss the best-selling novel "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens. Copies are available in regular print, large print, and audiobook editions at the library. Click here to place a hold on a copy, or call us at (920) 398-3434, and we'll be happy to place a hold for you!

If you would like to attend virtually, send an email request to, and we can email you a Zoom link the day of the book club meeting. 

"Where the Crawdads Sing" is a best-selling murder mystery set in the marshes of North Carolina. It jumps back and forth in time in the life of Kya Clark. Growing up in extreme poverty in the 1950s, Kya survives her mother leaving, followed by each of her siblings, until she is left alone with her volatile father, who is haunted by his experiences in WWII. Kya grows up independent, able to survive in the wilderness, and an expert in the flora and fauna of the North Carolina wetlands. Her life becomes entwined with Tate Walker, who teaches her to read and write before leaving for college, and Chase Andrews, the handsome star quarterback, who promises her marriage and a brighter future. Both young men betray her, and how she handles these betrayals will keep you guessing. When Chase Andrews is found dead in suspicious circumstances, Kya becomes the main suspect.

Ongoing Programs

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

Wi-Fi hotspots are available for checkout at the library!

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. They can be placed on hold similarly to books and movies. 

New library resource: Meeting Owl

Did you know that the meeting room in the lower level is available for public use? It has a projector, screen, and now: a meeting owl!!! This nifty device makes it easier to record and live-stream meetings. The projector and meeting owl can only be used in the meeting room, but are available for anyone using the meeting room.

We are happy to talk to you about these resources, how to reserve the meeting room, and show you how to use the projector and meeting owl. You can inquire at the library, by calling us at (920) 398-3434, or by emailing our director, Nicole, at

The Meeting Owl was purchased thanks to a grant through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Here are the other technology services you can find at the library!

Your library card gives you access to Wisconsin's digital library! You can check out  ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and even watch movies and listen to music! Click the button below to get started! 

All you'll need is your library card and PIN number! If you have any questions, or forgot your PIN number, please call the library at (920) 398-3434 and we can help!

Check out our digital resources!

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.

Learn about housebound services and teacher cards
Feel free to call the library with questions at (920) 398-3434, or email 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
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