Help Wanted: Cleaning Person

help wantedThe Markesan Public Library is looking to hire an individual to clean the library.  Flexible schedule of 3-7 hours a week during early mornings, evenings, or weekends.  Pay range $7.50 – $9.50 an hour based on experience.  Love of cleaning, attention to detail, and trustworthiness is a must.  Please contact the library 920-398-3434 during curbside service to pick up a job application or email director with resume  and references at  Deadline: Applicants will be reviewed May 18th but applicants accepted until position filled.

Job Description as follows:

Markesan Public Library

Cleaning Person - Job Description

Approved November 18, 2010


Responsibilities of position:

Under general supervision of the Library Director, performs cleanup and minor maintenance of the library building, grounds and sidewalk to ensure the comfortable, clean, convenient, and safe operation of the library for both its patrons and staff.

Examples of Work:

1. Performs routine cleaning and/or vacuuming of the library floors including but not limited to: halls, entrances, public areas, rest rooms, staff work areas, storage areas, meeting rooms, stairways, elevator, book drop, and offices.

2. Performs cleaning and/or disinfecting of rest room fixtures such as toilets, sinks, mirrors, grab bars, floors, and baby changing stations. Cleans and/or disinfect other sinks in library such as meeting room and staff work room. Refills supplies.

3. Performs cleaning of windows and glass surfaces such as doors and adjacent windows, display cases, fire extinguisher boxes, grandfather clock, rest room mirrors, photo copier, and computer monitors (special attention depending on type of monitor), light fixtures.

4. Empties trash and recycling receptacles and readies trash and recyclables for pickup. Notifies other staff if not able to take out trash on trash day. Keeps up to date on recycling procedures.

5. Performs cleaning and/or dusting of all flat surfaces including but not limited to all shelves, window sills, computer desks, tables, railing, heat registers, (library and meeting room), counters etc.

6. Maintains an orderly and sufficient supply of cleaning materials and promptly notifies Library Director of reordering requirements.

7. Monitors the condition of the furniture upholstery and shampoo as necessary.

8. Monitors the condition of the building and grounds, repairs as able or reports maintenance needs as necessary.

9. Performs other related duties.

Knowledge and Abilities:

1. Ability to quickly and efficiently carry out cleaning tasks on a regular schedule and with a minimum of supervision.

2. Physical ability to move furniture and equipment, boxes and containers of library material, operate and maintain floor cleaning equipment and do other tasks as assigned.

3. Ability to deal harmoniously with patrons and library staff.


Physical demands of Position:

1. Standing, walking, stooping, climbing using legs and feet.

2. Bending, twisting, and reaching.

3. Grappling, climbing using legs and arms, and balancing.

4. Sitting, kneeling, crouching, and crawling.

5. Talking and hearing; using the telephone.

6. Far vision at 20 feet or further; near vision at 20 inches or less.

7. Lifting and carrying: up to 80 pounds.

8. Handling: sweeping, mopping, dusting, possible snow removal.

9. Pushing and pulling: object weighing up to 150 pounds.

Skill Requirements

1. Communication skills: effectively communicate ideas and information both in written and oral form.

2. Reading Ability: effectively read and understand information contained in memoranda, reports and bulletins, etc.

3. Ability to Comprehend and Follow Instructions: effectively follow instructions from supervisor, verbally and in written form.

4. Mathematical Ability: calculate basic arithmetic problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) without the aid of a calculator.

5. Time Management: set priorities in order to meet assignment deadlines and task schedules


Environmental/Working Conditions

1. Inside work environment: 75% or more.

2. Hazards: use of commercial/industrial cleaning chemicals. Some climbing involved in upkeep of lighting fixtures and maintenance of interior walls and ceilings.

3. Flexible work hours: early morning, evening, or weekend hours.


Equipment used:

Basic cleaning equipment, including but limited to: brooms, floor buffer, mop and bucket, vacuum cleaner, shovel, and ladder, hand held vacuum, upholstery cleaner, and others as needed.


Education and Experience:

1. High school diploma or GED.

2. Previous cleaning experience preferred.


Parenting during COVID-19 w/Steve Shekels - Recording

parenting classFollow this link to view the Facebook live recording of "Parenting during COVID-19 w/Steve Shekels" : Click Here!

This recording will only be available for a limited time and then will be deleted.

The COVID-19 epidemic is challenging everyone by separating us from loved ones, affecting our work life, and adding stress. Parents have been particularly impacted with added challenges. For those of you looking for tips and guidance on how to best provide for your children and yourself during these difficult times, the Markesan Public Library is offering an online event: Parenting during COVID-19 w/Steve Shekels on Thursday May 7 at 6pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to join professional parent educator Steve Shekels for a town hall style talk using Zoom and Facebook. Shekels has worked for the last 9 years with the state and county providing parenting services. He has been a foster parent for 30 years and is a Dad and Stepdad. Among the tools for parents that he will discuss include the three “Rs” – Reassurance, Routine, and Regulation. He will also talk about how parents can self-care. But most importantly, Shekels will open up the meeting for parents to ask their own questions.

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 )

Our building might be closed, but we can still offer you plenty of 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: 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:
Facebook Live:
Google Hangouts:

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

Sixth Annual Garden/Home Art Auction June 1-12th

The Sixth Annual Markesan Library Garden/Home Art Auction is taking place from June1 -12 th. Help the Markesan Public Library fund its children's programs and help yourself in the process.  Visit the library anytime between June 1 -12 to place  your bid on a wide assortment of home and garden crafts and artwork.  We have a Giant flower stand in the shape of a watering can, a beautifully carved wooden walking stick and bird, a fun "I want smore'" bucket, and so many other items big and small.  Bidding will close Friday June 12th at 5pm.  So stop in and see what you could win.


Help Make a Difference

Police Department needs PPE

Here is a message from the Markesan Police Department:  First responders (local PD, FD, EG, and EMS) along with our local nursing home are unable to order any PPE equipment at this time.  The backorder date for most supplies is May or June at the earliest.  Therefore, we are reaching out to the community to see if when you happen to be out gathering necessities for your family that if you come across the following if you would be so kind to purchase some for us and donate:

Masks (N-95 or Surgical)
Clorox Wipes

Non-Latex Gloves Update 4/6: Thank you to Webster's Marketplace in Ripon.
Hand Sanitizer Update 4/6:  Thanks to the Hendricks Family Distillery we have enough Hand Sanitizer.

We can't thank you all enough!

Or, if you happen to know where there is some available, please contact us at: or 920-398-2121.

Donations can be dropped off in the large white cooler outside the City Hall door M-F 8am-4pm or given to any officer on-duty.  


Thank you,

Will Pflum
Chief of Police
Markesan Police Department

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Head Start!

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We are working furiously to bring you new programming while the library is closed. One of those new programs is the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Because there may be more downtime during the COVID-19 emergency, we would like to give parents the opportunity to start logging the many wonderful books they may be already reading to their children. Visit the 1000 Books tab of our website to get started today! Stay tuned for more enrollment information as we roll it out!

Hornet Strong

Are you Hornet Strong? If so, then join us in a show of community support, love, and care! Print out a Hornet, color it, decorate it any way you like, put it in your window.

Show your thanks to all those essential workers out there: health care professionals, police force, farmers, grocery store workers, and more! Show your compassion to all those affected by the Covid-19 virus. Let's get creative--with a swarm of Hornet pride.


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