The Summer Reading Program: Tails and Tales runs through Saturday, July 31! Read to earn raffle tickets for prizes and stop by the library for fun and educational events every Wednesday in July!

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.

Masks are now optional. The library will continue with its escalated cleaning regimen. Patrons are encouraged to stay six feet apart and practice frequent hand-washing.
Closed Saturday, July 3 for holiday weekend
Markesan Public Library will be closed on Saturday, July 3 for the holiday weekend. Our normal hours will resume on Monday, July 5.

We hope you have a fun Fourth of July celebration! 


If you would like to return books, movies, etc. while we are closed, there is a 24-hour bookdrop next to the East Charles Street entrance. 
Thank you for making the Chair Affair a success!
We want to extend a big thank you to all the Chair Affair artists, who donated their time and creative talents, and to all those who bid on chairs! Because of you, the Chair Affair was a success, and will help the children's area become a brighter spot for our youngest library visitors!

All Chair Affair winners have now been contacted by phone. Congratulations to Young Stars Daycare LLC on winning Flavor of the Day!

We anticipate making at least $2,940 on the chairs based on bids. 

  • We received $805 on the auction of the cow (Thank you, Young Stars Daycare LLC!). 


  • We also received an anonymous $2,500 donation.

  • We can add in the $823.01 from the Piggly Wiggly roundup.
 
  • Plus, most heartwarming of all, we received a $60 donation from a children’s lemonade stand. 

When we add everything together, we should have at least $7,628.01 to use for our children’s area update!! 

The library board and staff cannot thank the community enough for pulling together to make this happen. All our artists, bidders, donors and volunteers—thank you so much!!
Summer Reading Program
Our Summer Reading program runs through Saturday, July 31!

Prizes drawn Monday, Aug. 2.
Awaken your sense of wonder, play, and discovery at the Markesan Public Library this summer! Participate in exciting events, reading incentives for the whole family, and lots of fun. Check out all the fun prizes we have to bid on!

Visit the library anytime between June 7th - July 31st and pick up a Summer Library Club reader's ticket to sign up!

Children and teens: Show us your reading tickets to receive a spin on the Wheel of Prizes. Readers can spin the wheel weekly.  Then enter the raffle of your choice for each new ticket you fill out. Other small incentives will take place throughout the challenge so visit and read often.
 
Adults: Earn a raffle ticket for each book you read or listen to; each ticket gives you a chance to win one of our great raffle prizes!
 
Cards can be picked up and returned through Saturday, July 31. Prizes will be drawn on Monday, Aug. 2nd.
July Events
Wednesday, July 7 @ 10:00 am
Hobby Farm Friends

Pet a variety of farm animals
in our courtyard! Animals may vary, but it will be furry fun for all ages!
Wednesday, July 7 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Read to Tia the Reading Dog
Sign up in advance

Sign up for a time slot to read to Tia! Sign up for a time slot to read to Tia the therapy dog. Tia is cute, cuddly and loves books. This program is great for reluctant readers as Tia listens with no judgement and all cuteness.

Sign up at the library or by calling (920) 398-3434.
Wednesday, July 14 @ 1:00 pm
Crafty Critters
Sign up in advance

Get crafty and make your own Chia Pets and Pet Rocks!

Sign up at the library or by calling (920) 398-3434.
Wednesday, July 21 @ 1:00 pm
Raising Bunnies

Everything you needed to know about bunnies! Rachel Heise and family will be presenting on raising, breeding, and showing our long-eared furry friends. It will be a HARE-raising experience!
Wednesday, July 21 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Read to Tia the Reading Dog
Sign up in advance

Sign up for a time slot to read to Tia! Sign up for a time slot to read to Tia the therapy dog. Tia is cute, cuddly and loves books. This program is great for reluctant readers as Tia listens with no judgement and all cuteness.

Sign up at the library or by calling (920) 398-3434.
Wednesday, July 28 @ 1:00 pm
Ice Cream Social & Water Balloon Olympics
*Sign up in advance*

Come down to the library to cool off in two ways: ice cream and water balloons!

To make sure we have enough ice cream for everyone, please sign up in advance at the library or by calling (920) 398-3434.
Please help us thank our sponsors; their support helped provide all these fun summer events and raffle prizes!

Kevin & Holley -- Amway Home, Inc.
Ted's Piggly Wiggly

If you would like to donate towards our Summer Reading Program and help us keep reading and learning an important and fun part of summer then contact the library at ( 920)398-3434 or stop in.
Early July brings the start of our Green Lake County Libraries’ Penny War! Starting July 1, bring in whatever denomination you’d like to contribute to our fundraiser and place it in the Penny Jar. The library with the most cash at the end of the war will win an ice cream social put on by the other libraries. We are going to have some stiff competition with Kingston, Berlin, Green Lake, and Princeton to beat!

All funds raised will be kept by each library however so everyone will be a winner in the end!
Ongoing Programs
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
Congratulations to our student worker, Nara Shin!
We want to say thank you to our student worker, Nara Shin, for all her hard work at the library, especially for getting our Instagram page off the ground and for all her help at library events! We wish her best of luck at Northwestern University in the fall!
The Markesan Library offers special assistance to the housebound or those with special needs. We will pull books for you, place holds, issue you a housebound card which is overdue fine exempt (except for lost or damaged materials) and has a loan period of 60 days. In some cases we will deliver library materials to your home or allow another family member to pick up your items.   

We have Large Print titles available and audio books, along with the rest of our collection. 

Teacher Cards are available for all teachers and parents of homeschool students.

Benefits of aTeacher Card include:

Multiple copies of individual titles.
Extended loan periods are available upon request.
Classroom visits and checkout assistance for students.
Scheduled library tours and story times.

Contact the library for more information by calling (920) 398-3434, or click the link below to learn more.
Bird and Bug Activity Kits
We have 2 new kits to help children explore the outdoors!

  • Bird Watching Kit: binoculars, bird activity sheets, and bird ID books

  • Bug & Butterfly Kit: Terrarium, bug catching tools, bug ID books

More kits will be coming in 2021!

These can be found next to the Launchpads in the children's section.

If you would prefer contactless service, we can bring out one of the kits to you as a curbside pickup, just call and let us know when you would like it waiting for you at (920) 398-3434!

Thank you so much to the Grand River Turkey Club for donating the funds for these fantastic outdoor activity kits!!
Try our improved Internet! Faster download and upload speeds, and better access in library courtyard!
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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.
Read your favorite magazines on the road or at the lake!
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!
You can 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!
Learn something new this summer!
Did you know your library card gets you free access to Gale Courses?

You can take interactive, instructor led online courses on a wide variety of topics: business, finance, graphic design, and more!

Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.
For those who would like 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