We are happy to be back to normal services and hours, starting on Monday, September 28!

For those who would still 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.

Events of all kinds are happening this October at the library - in-person, online, spooky, informative - we have something for YOU.
October Events
Pumpkin Patch Palooza
Monday, October 12 - Friday, October 30

Share your Halloween spirit by decorating a pumpkin at home -- painted, carved, bedazzled, it's up to you! -- and sending the picture to the library at meyer@markesanlibrary.org between Monday October 12 - Friday, Oct. 30. We'll post submitted photos in an album on our Facebook page, and display the photos in the library. When you email your picture, be sure to include your name and phone number to be entered into a random drawing for a $15 gift certificate to Sandy's Diner! Winner of the random prize drawing will be announced on Saturday, Oct. 31. We can't wait to see what you create!
Online: Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?
Monday, October 19 @ 6:00 pm
Zoom registration in advance

Trying to declutter and decide who gets which family heirloom can be difficult. How do we decide what to do with items everyone wants? How do we decide what to do with items no one wants but we can't just give to anyone? On Monday, October 19 at 6:00 pm, Katie Gellings from UW-Extension will host an online Zoom presentation on strategies and advice for how to approach those big conversations.

Register in advance by clicking the button below. After you register, you'll receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.
Scooby Boo Mystery Week
Monday, Oct. 26 - Saturday, Oct. 31
During open library hours

From Monday, Oct. 26 - Saturday, Oct. 31, stop by the library for Scooby Boo Mystery Week! During this week, kids can come anytime during library hours to help Scooby and the gang find the stolen Scooby snacks by solving puzzles and challenges in the library! Once they find the location of the stolen treats, kids get to take real treats home with them! This event will be social-distancing friendly. If you like, you can sign your family up ahead of time to guarantee a time slot.

To sign up in advance or to ask any questions about this event, please call the library at (920) 398-3434.
Try one of our online challenges!
When the weather starts to get cold and rainy, don't get stir crazy! Try one of our 3 fun online challenges -- earn small prizes, enter raffles, and discover great resources along the way. There's something for all ages!

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.

Digital Discoveries (ages 12 - adult): This challenge is meant to encourage exploration of the online world with the information experts at Markesan Library. People who take this challenge will be sure to learn about a few new free and helpful online tools. Again, small incentives will be awarded and raffle tickets will be earned. The raffle portion of this challenge (a $25 Family Dollar gift card) will end on Dec.1, 2020. 

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, www.markesanlibrary.org.

Virtual Story Time
This fall, Story Time continues to be virtual. New videos are uploaded every week on our Facebook page. You can even view previous videos by going to our "videos" page on Facebook. Young children get to go on an adventure through the alphabet this fall, followed by fun activities like crafts and songs. More experienced readers get to hear classic chapter books. Click the button below to go to our Facebook page and see our video archive!
The Chair Affair returns in 2021! Chair donations sought
Back by popular demand! The Markesan Public Library Chair Affair is being planned for 2021. Please consider donating your structurally sound, wooden chairs to the library. Check your garage, basement, and attic for old unused chairs. Over the summer and fall, chairs will be collected by the library. Then, chairs will be given to local volunteers to paint and decorate for a silent auction-date TBD. The money raised will help the library fund its programs and weather the COVID-19 setbacks. We know its early, but we need your chairs now.  

If you have any questions, please call the library at (920) 398-3434.
In compliance with the state mandate, face masks are required inside the library for those able to wear them. Right now, we have a limited supply of disposal masks available. If you don't have your own, simply ask at the desk!

Curbside service is available for patrons who are not able to wear masks or 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.
Going on a trip? Staying home? Wherever you are, you can check out eBooks, audio books, movies, and music anytime using your library card! Click the button below to go to our website's "download books" page to get started!
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
75 North Bridge Street, Markesan, WI 53946
(920) 398-3434