Wild Foods - Wednesday, August 24 @ 6:00 pm

Wednesday, August 24 @ 6:00 pm

The whole world is a garden if you know what to eat. Learn to recognize and prepare a variety of wild Wisconsin plants, including lamb's quarters, purslane, wild carrot, and more. Laura Skalitzky will lead this free class.

To make sure we have enough food for everyone, please sign up in advance by calling us at (920) 398-3434

Thank you Summer Readers & Sponsors!

Our hearts are filled with gratitude at the Markesan Public Library for all the wonderful sponsors of our Summer Learning Program and all the families that participated.  The statistics this year are staggering.  We had 79 children participate and 46 adults.  Children read a total of 1,026 hours!  Adults read 315 books!  We were able to give away 55 plus raffle prizes, weekly wheel prizes, and offer diverse programs that taught us lots about animals, conservation, dinosaurs, myths & legends, healthy eating, spicy foods, crafting, and so much more!  Families made memories and had fantastic opportunities for free spirited play.  But the library was only able to do this because of our kind sponsors.  Please help us thank :  Adam's Rib (in honor of Dennis & Jean Adam); Ballweg Implement Co., Inc.; Berlin Journal/Markesan Regional Reporter; Citgo of Markesan; Delmonte; Ergo Bank of Markesan; Green Lake Basic Needs Fund within the Green Lake County/Ripon Community Foundation (Grant); Horicon Bank of Markesan; Lions Club of Markesan; Pizza Hut; Two Sisters Piggly Wiggly of Markesan.  We also received a few personal donations too.  Thank you to those anonymous donors as well.

Library Pet Update

Our community’s generosity continued during the Penny Wars.  We raised a total of $502.40 completely from individuals!  We are planning to spend those funds on purchasing a pet for the library.  Voting ballots are out in the main lobby, and you can be included in a random drawing and have a chance to be the one to name our new library pet! Voting will finish at the end of August. We hope you'll stop by and cast your ballot!

Markesan Book Club Meeting - Wednesday, August 31 @ 6:00 pm

The Markesan Book Club will be meeting on Wednesday, August 31 at 6:00 pm to discuss "The Maid" by Nita Prose. Copies of the book are available in regular, large print, and audiobook editions on our display in the fiction section.Click here to reserve your copy or call us at ask us to place a hold for you at (920) 398-3434.

If you would like to attend virtually, please send an email request to director@markesanlibrary.org, and we'll send you a Zoom link shortly before the meeting begins.

"The Maid" is a locked-room mystery following Molly Gray, a 25-year-old who works as a hotel maid at the Regency Grand Hotel. She's proud of her job until the day she enters the guest room of the wealthy Mr. Charles Black only to discover he has been murdered. Molly becomes one of the main suspects, but unexpected friends help her find the truth of who killed Charles Black.

Join the 2022 Book Binge Challenge!

Take the Markesan Public Library 2022 Book Binge Challenge!! Each month, use a set of key words found on your Book Binge bingo card to inspire your book choices. With the key words provided, pick a book with that word in the title and read away. For instance, January’s key words are: Girl, Dark, Winter, Ocean, Light, Run. Examples of books with these key words include: “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “My Dark Vanessa”, “Winds of Winter”, ect. Players can also choose synonyms and plurals or even antonyms (if you are feeling rebellious) replace the word Sea for Ocean or Bright/Pale for Light or Runs/Ran/Sprinted/Race for Run, etc.

The library will have Book Binge cards ready to be picked up starting January (you can also find a downloadable pdf in this month's newsletter). We will also do displays throughout the year to keep you reading. You can also share your book binge picks with us on Facebook and join the online conversation!

Online Challenge: 100 Books Before College for ages 12 and up

100 Books Before College (ages 12-19): 100 Books before College dares readers 12-19 yrs. to read 100 books before they graduate. Small prizes will be awarded as you get closer to 100 books. 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. The raffle drawing will be on June 1, 2022. Find out more here at our online challenges page!

This challenge will take place completely online and readers can access it at markesanlibrary.beanstack.org. Participants can also download the Beanstack app and search for Markesan Library to play.

Click here to begin! 

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This project was brought to you by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant LS-00-19-0050-19.

Updated Online Resources

Boy with headphonesMore Online Resources to Keep You Connected! 
(Thank you Princeton Public Library for compiling and sharing many of these links with us )

We can offer you plenty of  online learning and entertainment opportunities!

You may need a library card to access some of our resources. When required to sign in to use our online resources all you need to do is enter your library card number with no spaces. Your PIN is usually the last four digits of the phone number you gave us when you aquired a card.

If you don't have a library card, go here to get one free:Click Here
If  you lost your card or don't remember your number, contact the library through emai: director@markesanlibrary.org or by phone: 920-398-3434.  You can leave a message and a librarian will get back to you shortly.

Now that the basics have been explained, onto the resources!

Overdrive is our most popular online resource-- download ebooks and audiobooks for free! If you have a smartphone or tablet, download the Libby App. Books are available for all ages, and we recently added many more titles. You may have to wait to download some books, but others are available 24/7. J.K. Rowling recently released the audio and ebook versions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for unlimited checkouts with no waiting until April 30th.

Digital Books: The library's digital book offerings have exploded with brand new content for all ages. Tumblebooks, Abdo, Audio Book Cloud, National Emergency Library and More!  Check it out.

Need financial assistance? UW Madison has put together a great list of resources.

Need help finding work?  See the Winnefox Employment Help Center page.

Do you have a young student at home? Check out Facebook Live Storytime each Wednesday at 10:30 am.  The Markesan Public Library also has started  the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, get a jump start reading to your little ones now.  KidLit TV, Scholastic's Learn at Home, a list of 30 online "field trips" with live cameras or virtual walk-throughs, a sample daily schedule for kids, a great list of resources at Read Wonder & Learn, Live Learning videos with LivBits, Mystery Science lessons for grades K-5, and 1 Hour Coding for Kids for K-9th grades. Finally, there's a HUGE List of at-home educational entertainment resources, including live webcams, activities and more.

Do you have an older student at home?
Check out our Homework Help page.  Want to learn technology skills at your own pace by watching these video tutorials on popular software and computer basics?  Try the Winnefox Tech Skills CenterGale Courses is another popular resource that offers interactive, instructor led online courses available on a wide variety of topics. Explore our Research Page for more great links, including genealogy resources, automotive repair guides, Consumer Reports, language learning, and lots more.

Want more free ebooks?
Sesame Street is offering some free ebooks for kids right now.
The Internet Archive's Open Library has textbooks, classics, and even some juvenile chapter books like The Giver by Lowis Lowry, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and Matilda by Roald Dahl.
 Open Culture has a nice list of older classics.
The National Emergency Library is a collection of mostly older non-fiction books that supports remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation.
Project Gutenberg has over 60,000 titles (mostly older).

Do you miss the Book Page magazine? Sign up to get a digital copy.

Need to connect with people digitally? Here are some resources for online meetings:

Microsoft Teams: https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software
Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/facebookmedia/solutions/facebook-live
Google Hangouts: https://gsuite.google.com/products/meet/
Zoho: https://www.zoho.com/meeting/
Zoom: https://zoom.us/
Join.me: https://www.join.me/

If you have any trouble accessing any of these resources, feel free to contact the library by emai: director@markesanlibrary.org.  Or you can call us and leave a message at 920-398-3434.  A librarian will get back to you shortly.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Head Start!

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We want to help you give your little ones a great start in building reading skills! Sign up for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program -- Kids get fun prizes for every 100 books read to them, with a special prize at the very end! Visit the 1000 Books tab of our website to get started today at home. Please call us with any questions at (920) 398-3434.  

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