Back to school means back to books and the Markesan Library has you covered from beginning to end with Book Club, a Rhino Dino Party, and a Fall Market. Our biggest news is Story Time will be starting up again, and Play & Learn will be back at the library!
Keep reading for more library news, including what the new library pet will be!

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.
September Events
Starting Wednesday, Sept. 7, Storytime alternates with
Play & Learn on
Wednesdays @ 9:30 am

Storytime and Play & Learn are returning to the library! This fall, Storytime will be alternating Wednesdays with Play & Learn. Every Wednesday at 9:30 am, little ones and their caregivers will have an hour of fun at the library!

Storytime is family-focused, and recommended for ages 3-5, but the whole family and children of all ages are welcome. Led by Miss Brittany. Held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.

Play & Learn is recommended for toddlers and up with more of a focus on learning through play. Led by Miss Morgan, brought to you by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.

Both events are great places to make new friends and learn early literacy skills. Join in the fun with stories, songs, music, movement, and crafts that encourage development of early literacy and social skills in young children.

September 7 - Storytime
September 14 - Play & Learn
September 21 - Storytime
September 28 - Play & Learn

If you have any questions, please call the library at (920) 398-3434.
Rhino & Dino Party!!
Saturday, Sept. 10 @ 11:00 am

Join us for a Rhino & Dino party on Saturday September 10th at 11:00 am!! Meet the author/illustrator of this funny and adorable easy read series-- Erin Kant Barnard. Erin will read one of her books using a big screen projector. You will be invited to play silly games like “farting lemon”. You will learn how to draw Dino! You can take pictures with a Rhino & Dino Standee! Other fun activities and handouts will be available. You can even purchase a book and get it signed by the author. This is sure to be ginormous goofy fun!
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Tuesday, Sept. 13 @ 4:00 pm

Rated PG. Length 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Prequel to the blockbuster "Despicable Me" series!
Monday, Sept. 19 @ 4:00 pm

Rated PG. Length 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Buzz Lightyear's adventures as a space ranger, helping his commander and crew get home after being marooned on a hostile planet, and facing a threat to the safety of the universe.
Fall Market
Thursday, September 22 from 3:30 - 6:00 pm
**Vendor applications now available in the library**
Celebrate the first day of autumn here at the library with our first Fall Market! Join us on Thursday, September 22 from 3:30 - 6:00 pm for farmer's produce, autumn arts & crafts, and a bake sale, along with free activities for kids! The Fall Market will be held in the library courtyard and in the lower level meeting room.

Vendor applications are now available at the front desk. This is a FREE event for vendors; no booth or registration fees! Space is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis so stop in today to get your form. You can also copy and paste the form to print off at home; visit to find it on our homepage.

If you have any questions, you can email them to or call us at (920) 398-3434.
Monday, Sept. 26 @ 4:00 pm
Children younger than 13 need an accompanying adult or a signed parental permission form.

Rated PG-13. Length 2 hours, 40 minutes.

The newest biopic about Elvis Presley. See his story told from the perspective of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
Book Club:
"A Gentleman in Moscow"
by Amor Towles
Wednesday, Sept. 28 @ 6:00 pm

On Wednesday, September 28 @ 6:00 pm, the Markesan Book Club will meet for an engaging discussion on "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles. Copies are available in regular print, large print, and CD-audiobook editions at the library. Click here to place a hold on a copy, or call us at (920) 398-3434, and we'll be happy to place a hold for you!

"A Gentleman in Moscow" brings us to 1922 Russia and the magnificent Metropol Hotel. Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced by Bolshevik tribunal to house arrest in this luxury hotel, which is only a short distance from the Kremlin. Threatened with death if he leaves, the distinguished gentleman also is forced to move from his palatial suite to cramped servants quarters, and surrender most of his belongings "to the people." He tries to make the best of his adverse circumstances with humor and empathy. Readers are introduced to a gorgeous Russian setting, Towles' colorful characters, and his fantastic writing style, called "gorgeous sleight of hand" by the New York Times.
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
Welcome to Karen, our new library assistant!
Hi, my name is Karen and I am excited to have the opportunity to work at the Markesan Library where I get to interact with so many wonderful people. Before coming to the library, I worked for 35 years teaching fourth grade at Markesan Elementary School. When I am not at work; I like to travel, spend time with my family and dogs, go boating, and of course read. Please stop by the Markesan Library to say “hi” and to see all that the library has to offer.
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.
The new library pet has been chosen!!
Winner: Axolotl!
The results are in, and our winning Pet is "Axolotl"! Thank you all for voting!

We will be starting the work of purchasing our axolotl and a tank and accessories. Look for more details in the weeks to come!

Axolotls are amphibians. They have feathery looking gills, which help them look so cute! Their native habitat in Mexico is threatened, making them an endangered species. One of the coolest facts about axolotls is that they can regrow missing body parts when they have close calls with predators in the wild!

If you want to learn more about axolotls before ours arrives, click here to place holds on library books about axolotls for children and adults!
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!
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