We are warming up for the Summer Reading Program! Fun Maker May Thursdays for kids, don't miss the Chair Affair Reveal Party, and bring your old VHS tapes to convert to DVDs!

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 recommended. Items are no longer quarantined per CDC recommendations. The library will continue with its escalated cleaning regimen. Patrons are encouraged to stay six feet apart and practice frequent hand-washing.
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.
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!!
May Events
Maker May Thursdays @ 4:00 pm in the library!
Thursdays in May at 4:00 pm, stop by the library with your kids ages 9 and up for fun creative play! New projects each week! Younger children are welcome with a helping adult.

  • May 13 - Clay & Plastic Milk -create art with air-dry clay; learn how to turn milk into plastic

  • May 20 - Build Bonanza! with Legos, magnetic tiles, and Keva blocks

  • May 27 - Rock Garden & Moss Messages - help brighten our library courtyard with painted rocks and moss paint art

Please sign up in advance at the library or by calling (920) 398-3434.

Click the button below for a printable schedule to have at home!
Convert your old VHS tapes to DVD or digital files!
May 10 - 20, 2021
The library will have access to a VHS converter from May 10 - 20. This machine will convert your old VHS tapes to DVD or digital files onto a flash drive for a small fee. DVDs cost .25 cents. Flash drives cost $2.50. 

This conversion process happens in real time and has a 2 hour maximum record time so longer videos will have to be broken up into multiple DVDs or flash drives. The real time aspect of the recording means that it actually takes 2 hours to record a 2 hour video.

Contact the library for more information by calling (920) 398-3434..
Big Reveal Party
Big Reveal Party!
Friday, May 21 @ 6:00 pm
On Friday, May 21 @ 6:00 pm, join us for an evening of light refreshments as we see the finished chairs lovingly created for this year's Chair Affair Auction. Meet the artists, and have the opportunity to place the first bids on these incredible works of art.

All proceeds from the Chair Affair will go to refreshing and improving our Children's Area. The auction will wrap up during June Dairy Days on Saturday, June 12.

Thank you so much to all the artists for donating their time and energy towards this fantastic cause!
Book lovers and movie lovers unite! The Theater Readers Book & Movie Club is for anyone who loves movies or books or both! We will meet on Tuesday, May 25 at 6:00 pm in person and virtually on Google Meet. This month, we'll be discussing the novel and movie adaptation of News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

You can click here to go to our catalog to put a copy on hold.

You can read, listen, or watch! We'll have copies of the book, audiobook, and DVD available at the library. If you would prefer contactless service, we can bring it out to you as a curbside pickup. You can call us at (920) 398-3434!

This month, we'll be meeting in person and also be streaming the meeting on Google Meet. Please sign up in advance and let us know if you would like to come in person or attend online. Those who will be online will receive the meeting link in an email shortly before the meeting begins on Tuesday, May 25.
Library closed on Monday, May 31
Markesan Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day.

Normal hours will resume Tuesday, June 1. We hope you have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!
Click here to get a sneak peek of our Summer Reading Program! Events are already tentatively scheduled, check out the fun in store for summer 2021!

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
Try our improved Internet! Faster download and upload speeds, and better access in library courtyard!
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.
Despite a challenging COVID year, the Markesan Public Library continues on its quest to be better than ever by updating our building and expanding our offerings. We are organizing a fundraiser for our children's area -The Chair Affair - where local artists decorate doanted chairs however they like, and then the chairs are put up for an auction which culminates during June Dairy Days.

All proceeds from the 2021 Chair Affair will go towards a much-needed refresh of the Children’s Area. We are busy working on ideas on how to make the children’s area more fun and functional from paint, to shelves, to toys, to books. And we are going to need funds to make those dreams come true.

We are extremely grateful to all the chair artists who have put it in amazing amounts of time and effort into their chairs!!

We hope you'll consider being a part of this effort to make our children's area better and brighter by bidding on one of these fantastic works of art! Stop by the library during the Reveal Party on Friday, May 21 @ 6:00 pm to meet the artists in person, or anytime afterwards to place bids on your favorite chairs.

The Chair Affair auction will conclude during June Dairy Days (Saturday, June 12, 2021).
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!

We are excited to announce we have an Instagram page! Follow us for news, event updates, as well as exclusive content just for our Instagram followers!

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!
Masks are recommended. Items are no longer quarantined per CDC recommendations. The library will continue with its escalated cleaning regimen. Patrons are encouraged to stay six feet apart and practice frequent hand-washing.

Curbside service is available for patrons who would prefer contactless service.

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