Excitement is bubbling up for our Summer Reading Program "Oceans of Possibilities"! There will be prizes for reading, surprises, animals, crafts, performers, and so much more to enjoy. Our program will be for all ages, so the whole family can get in on the fun! The Summer Reading Program officially kicks off on Monday, June 6. Fun events will happen every Wednesday, along with special workshops and activities throughout the summer!

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.
June 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.
Summer Reading Program starts Monday, June 6!

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!

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!

We'll have fun activities on Wednesday afternoons, along with a few special Tuesday and Thursday events. Click the button below for a printable version of our summer event calendar -- it's a smaller bookmark format that can easily be trimmed to fit on your refrigerator :)
Movie Matinee: Turning Red
Tuesday, June 7 @ 3:45 pm

Enjoy popcorn and a movie at the library! We'll be showing "Turning Red", a movie about a girl who has to learn how to mange with her new ability to transform into a red panda!

This movie is rated PG.

Can't make it? Place a hold on a copy to watch at home!
Heartsaver CPR Basics Class

Tuesday, June 14
5:00 - 8:00 pm
*register in advance*

Learn how to provide basic CPR, provided by McKenna's Mission.
The class itself is FREE, however, the cost is $20 only if you need a certification for work.

Class size is limited to 14 participants, so we encourage those who are interested to register in advance at the library or by calling (920) 398-3434.
Creepy, crawly, and cool

Wednesday, June 15 @ 1:00 pm

Meet and greet reptiles from Marsh Haven Nature Center, including a snake, painted turtle, and a red-footed tortoise! Other neat items will include turtle shells & artifacts, snake skins, and more!
What's in my stream?

Tuesday, June 21 @ 2:00 pm

Get up close to some wriggly critters from the Grand River! Learn how to identify some common aquatic invertebrates and how to help keep our local streams clean to give them a safe home!
Delicious Dairy with 4-H

Wednesday, June 22 @ 1:00 pm

Come learn about the dairy food group by making a delicious snack, practicing in a fitness mix-up, and explore how to describe feelings in a mindfulness activity. Class led by Morgan from the UW-Extension 4-H office.
Fish and Wetland Wildlife

Wednesday, June 29 @ 1:00 pm

Our Wisconsin DNR will be doing an informative and fun presentation on the fish and wildlife common to our community. Snag your swag at this event with DNR fish trading cards!
Markesan Book Club

Wednesday, June 29 @ 6:00 pm
"The Chicken Sisters" by KJ Dell'Antonia

The Markesan Book Club selection for June is "The Chicken Sisters" by KJ Dell'Antonia. Copies of the book are available in regular and large print 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.

"The Chicken Sisters" is a 2020 Reese's Book Club pick. "Three generations. Two chicken shacks. One recipe for disaster". For almost a century, a tiny town in Kansas has been home to the feud between two chicken shacks and their respective owning families, the Moores and the Pogociellos. Amanda Moore, a well-meaning, but harassed woman with ties to both families, calls in the TV reality show Food Wars in the hopes that once a winner is declared (and awarded the $100,000 prize) the tension will end. But the ensuing chaos and drama, along with uncovered family secrets, might make both families implode instead.
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
Congratulations to Kailie!
We want to extend congratulations to our student page, Kailie Krombos!!! She's graduating from Markesan High School, and while we're sad to see her go, we're so happy for her and wish her well on her next chapter! Kailie is going to Carnegie Mellon University to study neuroscience with a concentration in neurobiology on a full tuition scholarship!!

Her hard work and dedication, cheerfulness, and creativity (check out her work on the library's Instagram page!) are sure to take her far!
Val's Pick of the Month:
"The Puffin Keeper" by Michael Morpurgo
This month's pick is a chapter book for grade school readers - "The Puffin Keeper" by Michael Morpurgo! This is a story of a life-changing friendship, a lost puffin, and a lonely artist. It's a story of an entire lifetime, and how one event can change a life.

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!
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!
Thank you so much!
We would like to extend a big thank you to Stacey Hein who donated her time and talent so that we also now have an updated, colorful book display! We will display all kinds of picture books along rotating themes in this refreshed book bin. Stacey also added a chalk board side and white board side to the unit so kids can engage their imaginations through art. Stacey also finished the colorful mural now gracing the walls (thank you to Ness Electric for the use of your very, very tall ladder). Watch for more updates to the children’s area in the future. We have big plans!
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