The Summer Reading Program: Tails and Tales kicks off June 7! Read to earn raffle tickets for prizes and stop by the library for fun and educational events!

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.
Chair Affair Fundraiser
Friday, May 21 - Saturday, June 12
We are holding the Chair Affair as a fundraiser for a much-needed refresh of our children's area! Local artists spent this spring decorating chairs in their favorite styles, and now they available for bidding in our silent auction! All of the chairs are currently on display on the library. Bidding began Friday, May 21 and will close on Saturday, June 12 at 11:00 am as part of June Dairy Days.

All proceeds from the Chair Affair will go to refreshing and improving our Children's Area.

If you missed the Big Reveal Party on Friday, May 21, you can find videos and photos on our Facebook page.

Thank you so much to all the artists for donating their time and energy towards this fantastic cause!
Fundraiser includes "Flavor of the Day"....

To help open up more space in the library for resources and study areas, we're auctioning off our cow, Flavor of the Day. It's hard to say good bye, however all proceeds from her sale will go to our efforts to improve and refresh our children's area. Bidding starts at $200. Magic beans not accepted at this time. The bidding sheet can be found in the library lobby near the elevator. Please call us at (920) 398-3434 or email our director, Nicole Overbeck, at director@markesanlibrary.org if you have any questions.
Summer Reading Program
Our Summer Reading program kicks off
on Monday, June 7!
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.

Visit the library anytime between June 7th - Aug. 2nd 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 through July 31. Prizes will be drawn on Aug. 2nd.
June Events
Wednesday, June 16 @ 1:00 pm
Mess Fest!

Let's get MESSY! Let's make the library courtyard a messy Pigsty! Put on your play clothes and enjoy icky, yucky, grimey fun like squirt gun painting, oobleck, mud pies, elephant toothpaste and so much more!
Thursday, June 17 @ 6:00 pm
Badger Talks:
"Impacts of Wolf Predation on Wisconsin's Deer Herd"
Facebook Live Event

The effects of wolves on deer populations are a source of enormous interest for Wisconsin residents. Professor Tim Van Deelen from UW-Madison will review a bit of the history of this topic, its scientific context, and will review recent research to quantify the effects of wolves on Wisconsin deer populations relative to the impacts of hunting and the impacts of other predators.

Visit the library's Facebook page to tune in to the live stream on Thursday, June 17 at 6:00 pm.
Wednesday, June 23 @ 1:00 pm
Raising Chickens

EGGsactly everything you needed to know about chickens, presented by Markesan's own....the Oft Brothers of Oft's Flock and Feather Farm!
Wednesday, June 23 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Read to Tia the Reading Dog

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.
Thursday, June 24 @ 6:00 pm
Furs on the Fox

Learn about History in our Backyard: Father Marquette, the Voyageurs, and the Fox River with Jerry Disterhaft & Glen Gorsuch of Fox of the River Voyageur Canoe LLC.

See the 18 Person Canoe, Artifacts, and Furs! This event is presented by the Markesan Public Library and the Markesan Historical Society.
Wednesday, June 30 @ 1:00 pm
Canoe and Furs Program at Little Green Lake
*Sign up in advance*

Voyageur Canoeing on Little Green w/ Fox of the River Voyageur Canoe LLC! Set up a teepee, learn about furs and fur trading, paddle along on an 18 person canoe!

Sign up will be required as space will be limited.
Please help us thank our sponsors; their support helped provide all these fun summer events and raffle prizes!


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.
Ongoing Programs
Online Reading Challenges - Raffle drawing on June 1!
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, 2021 -- there's still a month left to earn raffle tickets!

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 to get started.
Other library news
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 outdoor 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!!
We hope we have been a helpful resource for you and your families, especially during this last year!

Budgets are tight due to COVID-19. To ensure future funding for our amazing programs and services, please consider sending one of our new postcards to tell your state legislators or local officials why you are thankful for your local library!

Let them know how libraries have stepped up and provided community-based services that you enjoy whether it is simply the ability to check out books and movies or whether you enjoy our programming from craft kits to storytime to everything in between! Or whether the internet, fax service, or reference help made a difference in your life. We need your help now more than ever to toot our horn and let our funding representatives know that libraries matter to you.


Postcards are available at the check out desk, along with names and addresses for state legislators and local officials. You can also click the link below to view our list of legislators.
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 while staying cozy at home!
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'll 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