Stop in to bid on handcrafted items by local artists in our Garden & Home Art Auction fundraiser for children's and teen programs at the library! Youth grades 3-7 have great programs Tuesdays in May provided by UW-Extension. AND we now have 2 wi-fi hotspots available for checkout! Keep reading for more details on the awesome things you can find at the library this May!

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. Patrons are encouraged to stay six feet apart and practice frequent hand-washing.
May Events
Garden & Home Art Auction

Bidding will take place
Monday, May 2 - Saturday, May 14

Stop by to place your bids in our Garden & Home Art Auction at the library! This silent auction will go from Monday, May 2 - Saturday, May 14. Bidding will end at 11:00 am on May 14. All auction art is on display on the main floor of the library. Auction proceeds will go towards children's and teen programs at the library. We have an amazing selection of garden and home art created by local artists and crafters!

Support programs for children and teens at the library, and find a beautiful piece of art for yourself or a friend!
Teen Friends Group

Monday, May 2 @ 4:00 pm

All teens ages 11-16 are invited to join our Teen Friends Group! You'll get to help the librarians make decisions on what type of programming to offer for children and teens. Friends also volunteer to help promote for library activities and help at library activities. It’s a great way to give back to the community and make new friends!

If you have more questions, please call the library at (920) 398-3434.
Charcuterie Summer w/Mill Haven & Cooking School

Wednesday, May 4 @ 6:00 pm
*Register in advance*

Learn how to prepare a simple charcuterie board for your summer parties while staying in your budget! This free class is led by Mill Street Haven & Cooking School.

Space is limited. Please sign up in advance to save your spot by calling the library at (920) 398-3434.
Build a Robotic Hand
w/Green Lake County 4-H

Tuesday, May 10 @ 4:00 pm
*Register in advance*

Construct a robotic hand while exploring robotics and engineering with Green Lake County 4-H!

This free program is designed for youth in grades 3-7, but any school-aged youth may attend.

Space is limited; save your spot by signing up at the library or call (920) 398-3434.
Grow Your Own Herb Garden
w/Green Lake County 4-H

Tuesday, May 17 @ 4:00 pm
*Register in advance*

Try out container gardening and see how rewarding it can be to grow your own food! Each participant will leave with their own herb garden.

This free program is designed for youth in grades 3-7, but any school-aged youth may attend.

Space is limited; save your spot by signing up at the library or call (920) 398-3434.
Markesan Book Club

Wednesday, May 25 @ 6:00 pm
"The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides

The Markesan Book Club selection for May is "The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides. Copies of the book in regular print, large print, and audiobook-on-CD on available 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, and we'll send you a Zoom link shortly before the meeting begins.

"The Silent Patient" is a best-selling novel about Alicia Berenson, whose life seems perfect until the evening when she shoots her husband five times and never speaks again. She is taken to the Grove, a secure psychiatric unit in North London. Theo Faber, criminal psychotherapist, is anxious to unravel her story, but finds the path to be more terrifying than he ever expected.
Library closed for Memorial Day
Monday, May 30

The library will be closed on Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday. Our normal hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31.

If you would like to return items while the library is closed, there is a 24-hour book book next to the East Charles Street entrance.
Wednesday morning Story Time is back!!

Our weekly Wednesday Story Time will return on Wednesdays @ 9:30 am!

Story Time will resume on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am! We'll continue partnering with Play & Learn on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Stop by for fun stories, games, and songs with your little ones, especially those who are 6 years old and younger (even babies!).

We can't wait to see you again! If you have any questions, please call us at (920) 398-3434.
Play & Learn!
Wednesday, May 11 and May 25
9:30 am

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is hosting Play and Learn at the library! Join us on Wednesday, May 11 and May 25 at 9:30 am for with fun games and activities especially for little ones ages birth to 6.

Come down and play! If you have any questions, please call us at (920) 398-3434.
Ongoing Programs
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 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
New Wi-Fi Hotspots available for checkout!
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.
Val's Pick of the Month:
"Alias Anna" by Sarah Hood with Greg Dawson
"I don't care what you do. Just live"- Zhanna's father's final words to his daughter. So powerful even today! This is true story for young chapter-book readers by author Susan Hood and Zhanna's son, Greg Dawson. It all starts with a letter to a grandmother for a school history project. You won't put this book down until you are finished!
Click here to place a hold on a copy, or ask us for help finding it on the shelves during your next library visit! We're also happy to place holds over the phone; 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.” ( 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!
Listen to music, watch movies, and read books with Hoopla!
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 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