Food 4 Fines returns this month -- support the Markesan Community Food Pantry while getting rid of your overdue fines at the same time! We also have events for crafters, cooking enthusiasts, and historians. If you feel like staying in, we have puzzles and board games available for you to check out to take home when the weather gets cold.

If you have any questions or to sign up for any of our events, please call the library at (920) 398-3434.

October Events

Food 4 Fines

Monday, November 6 - Wednesday, November 22

Support the Markesan Community Food Pantry and get rid of some pesky overdue fines at the same time! From November 6th - 22nd, you'll receive $2 in overdue fine forgiveness for each non-perishable food item you bring in to donate. You can also bring in bottles of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash (larger than travel size). Food 4 Fines does not apply to fines for lost or damaged items.

Card making class

Monday, November 6 @ 4:00 pm

On Monday, November 6 @ 4:00 pm, come learn how to make 3 festive holiday cards with experienced card maker Pamela Werth! She'll bring all the inks, paper, and other supplies. Only $5.00 to cover the cost of supplies.

Sign up in advance is not required, but appreciated. If you would like to sign up, please call us at (920) 398-3434.

Markesan Menus

November 6 - 10: Stop in to pick your recipe

Wednesday, November 15 @ 4:30 pm: Potluck Tasting

Join our new cookbook group: Markesan Menus! Each month, we'll pick a cookbook that everyone can pick a recipe from, make at home, and bring to a fun potluck tasting meeting. It's a great chance to try something new and find fun recipes. And, potluck tasting attendees are entered into a random prize drawing for a new cookbook!

In November, we'll be choosing appetizer and salad recipes from the "Taste of Home" Annual Recipes series! The books will be available for you to peruse starting Monday, November 6th! The potluck tasting will be on Wednesday, November 15 at 4:30 pm.

If you have any questions, please call the library at (920) 398-3434.

Storytime with an audiobook

Monday, November 6 & 20 @ 3:30 pm

Kids can play, color, and craft in the children's area while listening to an audiobook. Alternates Mondays with Read Aloud.

Play & Learn is back at the library!

Wednesday, November 8 & 22 @ 9:30 am

Play & Learn is held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 9:30 am. Fun games and activities for children ages 9 months to 6 years old. Provided by Children's Wisconsin.

Markesan's Veterans Memorials: Past, Present, and Future

w/ Amy Corson and Diane Duscheck

of the Markesan Historical Society

Friday, November 10 @ 4:00 pm

For almost one hundred years, Markesan residents have honored their hometown veterans with monuments and memorials. That trend continued with a new memorial that was dedicated in October 2023 and more updates and memorials to come in 2024. On Friday, November 10 @ 4:00 pm, Amy Corson and Diane Duscheck, executive board members of the Markesan Historical Society, will share information so you can easily locate and visit Markesan’s Veterans Memorials.

Read Aloud

Monday, November 13 & 27 @ 3:30 pm

Kids can hear favorite classic stories followed by fun crafts for ages 3 and older! Held every other Monday. (This event was formerly called Storytime.)

Closed for Thanksgiving weekend

Thursday, November 23 - Sunday, November 26

We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday, November 23 - Sunday, November 26. Normal hours will resume on Monday, November 27. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

If you would like to return library items while we are closed, there is a 24-hour book drop next to the E. Charles Street entrance (the one next to the disabled parking area).

Book Club: "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate

Wednesday, November 29 @ 6:00 pm

The Book Club will be meeting on Wednesday, November 29 at 6:00 pm for an engaging discussion about "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate! Copies are available in the special display in our fiction section. We are happy to hold a copy for you - call us at (920) 398-3434 to ask. You can also place a hold at

"Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate moves between late 1930s Tennessee and present day South Carolina. In late 1930s Tennessee, the five Foss siblings are kidnapped from their family's shantyboat and taken to the Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage. Far from being a place of care and concern, the orphanage is place where the siblings must fight to stay together. In present day South Carolina, Avery Stafford has a wonderful life with a great career and a beautiful wedding coming in her future. She returns home to help her father through a health crisis, and ends up journeying through her family's mysterious history.

Ongoing Programs

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

WiFi hotspots available for checkout

Now that the summer is over, our WiFi Hospots have more availability. If you were interested in the past, but thought that the wait time was too long, we encourage you to call us at (920) 398-3434. Availability is much better over the winter months.

Hotspots can be checked out for 2 weeks. They are very simple to use and connect to!

If you would like to place a hold on one, call the library at (920) 398-3434, and we're happy to help!

Thank you to Addie, student page!

We want to say thank you so much to Addie Heiling for her years here as a student page! Her friendly and helpful personality will be missed here, and we wish her luck at her new job!

Stream movies with Kanopy

Your library card can now get you access to Kanopy, our new movie streaming service that’s free with no waiting and no limits! Click here to access Kanopy’s diverse collection of movies and documentaries. There’s even a special Kanopy Kids collection especially for younger viewers! All you need is your library card number to get started. Download the Kanopy app to stream on your phone, tablet, or TV. If you have any questions, we are happy to help. You can bring your device to the library, or call us at (920) 398-3434.   

Here are the other technology services you can find at the library!

Your library card gives you access to Wisconsin's digital library! You can check out  ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and even watch movies and listen to music! Click the button below to get started! 

All you'll need is your library card and PIN number! If you have any questions, or forgot your PIN number, please call the library at (920) 398-3434 and we can help!

Check out our digital resources!

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.

Learn about housebound services and teacher cards
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
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