This November, help the Markesan Community Food Pantry and get your overdue fines forgiven at the same time during our "Food for Fines" food drive! Keep reading for more information!

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.

November Events
November 6th - 20th
Food for Fines food drive

Help the Markesan Public Library give back this month by participating in our “Food 4 Fines” drive, Saturday November 6th – 20th.

For every nonperishable, non-expired food item you bring in, the library will forgive $2 off your overdue fines.

All food items will then be donated to the Markesan Community Food Pantry. It’s one of those rare opportunities where you can turn a common, small mistake into a “happy” mistake.

Most needed items include: Personal Hygiene, Dish Soap, Cake, Brownie, Frosting, Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, Mac & Cheese, Crackers (any), Flour, Sugar.

This promotion cannot be used to forgive lost or damaged items. But, in the spirit of good will please consider talking with our library director about any blocks to your library card. We want everyone who wants to read and enjoy the library to be able to do so. And if your card is already fine free, please consider donating a food item any way. A little help goes a long way, especially when the community pulls together to make it happen.
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"Play & Learn" at the library!

Wednesday, Nov. 10
Wednesday, Nov. 24
On Wednesday, November 10 and November 24, “Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will move their “Play & Learn at the Park” indoors, partnering with the library at 10:00 am for Story Time, and then again at 11:00 am to create joyful opportunities for families to play together. Storytime is geared towards ages preschool through early elementary. Play & Learn is geared towards ages birth – 6.

If you have any questions, please call the library at (920) 398-3434.
Thursday, November 11 @ 6:00 pm
Pajama Story Time
On Thursday, November 11 at 6:00 pm, come to the library for a special Pajama Story Time! Stories, songs, and fun for preschool and early elementary ages - and if you want, come in your favorite PJs!

If you have any questions, please call the library at (920) 398-3434.
See you at Homespun Holidays!
Saturday, November 20

The library will be at Homespun Holidays (at the Markesan Elementary School) in the kids' corner with Cookie Cutter Kids' Crafts! The Markesan Chamber of Commerce will also be there in the kids corner with Pictures with Santa, cookie frosting, coloring contest and a bouncy house!
The library will be closed on Thursday, November 25 for Thanksgiving Day.
"Thankful For Our Local Library" Fundraiser
We are having a "Thankful For Our Local Library" Fundraiser to raise money for supplies for craft kits and projects! We are selling rock painting kits (including engraved rock, paints, and paintbrush) for $3 at the checkout desk. This would be a fun craft to make with family and friends on a chilly autumn day!
Pumpkin Decorating Contest:
Congratulations to the winners!
Congratulations to the winners of the Pumpkin Decorating Contest!! Thank you to everyone who participated and voted!!
Upcoming in December...
December Book Club Selection:
"Sweet Revenge" by Diane Mott Davidson
Thursday, December 2 @ 6:00 pm
Our Markesan Library Book Club's next meeting will be on Thursday, December 2 at 6:00 pm! Our pick for December is "Sweet Revenge" by Diane Mott Davidson! We have copies available at the front desk, including large print and CD-audiobook editions.

It's OK if you can't finish the book in time for the meeting. We'll be happy to see you there (as long as you don't mind a few spoilers)!


"Sweet Revenge" is a great culinary murder mystery by New York Times bestselling author Diane Mott Davidson, featuring Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz.

Goldy Schulz spots a woman lurking in the stacks of the Aspen Meadow Public Library--a woman with a striking resemblance to Sandee Brisbane. The same Sandee Brisbane who shot and killed Goldy's ex-husband, the Jerk. But Sandee is assumed to be dead.

Soon after, the body of Jed Borholtz, a former district attorney turned high-end map dealer, is found in a corner of the library--with a map worth thousands of dollars hidden in his clothing. Goldy is convinced the allegedly dead Sandee Brisbane is involve, but staying alive to find prove her theory will be harder than she thinks.
Ongoing Programs
Story Time on Wednesdays
@ 10:00 am
Every Wednesday at 10:00 am, join us for stories, songs, surprises and friends. Geared towards preschool to early elementary. Our themes this month cover Cats, Fairy Tails, Rainbows, and Thanksgiving!
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
A belated welcome to Kailie Krombos, our new student employee!

We wanted to extend a (very belated, sorry!!) welcome to Kailie Krombos, our new student employee. She has actually been here for a whole year already serving as our janitor, and stepped in as our official student employee when Nara Shin graduated last spring. You might have gotten to hear Kailie perform at the Open Mic Night back in September!

Here are a few fun facts about Kailie:
  • I collect souvenir pennies
  • I recently opened an online business on Etsy
  • After I graduate high school, I plan to study neuroscience 

We are so happy to have her creativity and cheerful personality here at the library -- be sure to check our her great work on our Instagram page!
Children's Refresh Project Update: Mural Preview!
We have some exciting news about the children’s remodel project!! Thanks to all the artists, donors and volunteers that helped with the 2021 Chair Affair, the library has taken some important first steps to our remodel project. The children’s remodel committee has decided on a mural to decorate the children’s area. We are going with cheerful blue skies, a bright sun, some fluffy clouds, and some brilliant stripes! To take a sneak peek at the rough draft for the mural stop in the library. If you have any ideas on what could make our children’s area better, please share with us by using our suggestion box. Any thoughts you have on furniture, toys, books, etc – we’d love to here from you!
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.
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 here 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 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!
Just a few of the great fall reads available as audiobooks on Hoopla:
Need help updating your resume or exploring new career options?
Use your library card to access Gale Courses to help you step into a new position or career! You can take a resume writing workshop, or learn how to make your job search more successful. There are also classes on software, computer coding, business writing skills, and more!

If you need help, please call us at (920) 398-3434.
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