Our Summer Reading Program is in full swing, with fun events every Wednesday at 1:00 pm, along with other special events throughout the month! Kids and teens can spin the prize wheel weekly to win fun small prizes. Adults, teens, and kids can read (or listen to audiobooks) to earn raffle tickets to win fantastic prizes! Last day to turn in tickets is Saturday, July 30; stop in to see all the amazing prizes you can win!

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.
July Events
Sign up in advance is appreciated for all summer events, to help us plan for space and supplies! You can sign up at the library or by calling us at (920) 398-3434. Advance registration is only required on events where it is specifically mentioned.
Penny War during the month of July!

Help us fundraise for programming by “feeding” our coin jar! The Green Lake County libraries are banding together for some good-natured competition. Each library will collect coins and cash. Each week we will post our totals on Green Lake County Reads Facebook Page. The winning library will get to display the official Penny War trophy for the year. The losing libraries will host an ice cream social at the winning library. 
Dinosaur Dimensions
Wednesday, July 6 @ 1:00 pm

Prehistoric Puppets are visiting the library for a very fun, ferocious, informative afternoon. Learn about your favorite dinosaurs and even pet a few!
Shark Week
July 11 -16

Too Mega to fit inside a single day, Shark week is taking a bite out of summer with a slew of amazing and interesting activities. Join us for a daily dose of danger as you make shark themed crafts, science experiments, snacks, and games!!
Fabulous Fruits w/4-H
Wednesday, July 13 @ 1:00 pm
*register in advance*

Come learn about fruits by shaking up a "sharky" fruity pudding treat, explore the importance of handwashing, and practice mindful eating. Morgan from the UW-Extension 4-H 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.
Sea Serpents with Chad Lewis
Tuesday, July 14 @ 6:00 pm

Visit the library if you dare! Learn all about Wisconsin based lake monsters from the deadly monster of Lake Ripley, the Man eating monsters roaming the Mississippi River, the Livestock snatching beast of Cedar Lake, and the $50,000 serpent of Lake Pepin.

Chad Lewis is a researcher, lecturer, and author of many books on strange and paranormal topics. He has 30 years of experience travelling the world researching bizarre and unusual places and legends.
The Mr. Brad Worden Show

Wednesday, July 20 @ 1:00 pm

Join one of the world's top champions in the League of Fire take on the most spicy and hot snacks from around the world! Then, try a few samples yourself if you are feeling courageous.
Beach Splash Bash!
Wednesday, June 27 @ 1:00 pm

Dress up like your favorite Pirate, Mermaid, or just wear your Swimsuit and visit the library for water based games, beach crafts, photobooth, and more. Enjoy a free ice cream treat from Ripon's "Sweet & Saulty" ice cream truck!
Markesan Book Club
Wednesday, July 27 @ 6:00 pm

"Behind the Beautiful Forevers" by Katherine Boo

The Markesan Book Club selection for July is "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" by Katherine Boo. Copies of the book are available in regular, large print, and audiobook-on-CD editions on our display in the fiction section.Click here to reserve your copy or call us at ask us to place a hold for you at (920) 398-3434.

If you would like to attend virtually, please send an email request to director@markesanlibrary.org, and we'll send you a Zoom link shortly before the meeting begins.

"Behind the Beautiful Forevers", written by Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Katherine Boo, won the 2012 National Book Award for its look into life of the residents of the Annawadi slum near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, India.
Summer Reading Program ends Saturday, July 30!

Our Summer Reading Program runs from June 6—July 30!! Pick up your Readers Raffle Tickets at the library to enter raffles for a chance to win fantastic prizes for all ages! Last day to turn in raffle tickets is Saturday, July 30.

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. It only takes two hours of reading to fill out a ticket!

Adults also can enter reading raffles especially for them. One ticket per book read for our adult readers. Don't forget that audio books count!

Prize drawing will be on Monday, August 1st. Prize winners will be contacted by phone.
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
Goodbye, Jessica!
We are sad to say goodbye to Jessica French, and thank her for her years of service as library staff and on the board of directors before that. Her creativity and enthusiasm have been behind some of the big improvements in the children's area. We'll miss you! Best of luck with your big move to Louisiana!!
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.
Wonderbooks are here!
Thanks to a generous grant from the Oshkosh Area Foundation and the Websters Foundation, the library now has a collection of Wonderbooks!!

“Every Wonderbook is a print book with a ready-to-play audiobook inside. Kids will press play to read along with their favorite books and then switch to learning mode for literacy learning and fun.” (playaway.com). Click this link to see the amazing Wonderbooks we have in our collection!
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
Markesan Public Library | (920) 398-3434 | 75 North Bridge Street