Maker May Thursdays @ 4:00 pm for kids

Stop by the library on Thursdays in May at 4:00 pm for fun and creative hands-on activities! These are geared for ages 9 and up. Younger kids are welcome with a helping adult.

Please sign up in advance at the library or by calling (920) 398-3434. 

May 13: Clay & Plastic Milk - Make your own beads, figures, and decorations using air-dry clay and modeling magic.  Learn how to turn milk into plastic.

May 20: Build Bonanza - The library will bring out its large supply of legos, along with Keva blocks & magnetic blocks for your building enjoyment.

May 27:  Rock Garden & Moss Messages - Help transform the library courtyard into a magical area.  Let’s dress up our rocky areas with painted rocks and make moss paint to create messages on our brick walls.



Take and Make Kit: Bee Craft starting Monday, May 17

The next Take & Make Craft Kit will have all the supplies and instructions to make an adorable Bee Craft! These kits will be available for pick up starting Monday, May 17, but you can reserve one in advance at the library or by calling (920) 398-3434. A $6 fee covers the cost of supplies.

If you would prefer contactless service, we can bring a kit out to you as a curbside pick up - you can call us and let us know when you would like to have it outside waiting for you.


Convert your VHS family videos to DVD or flashdrive from May 11 - May 20!

If you have old VHS family videos that you would like converted to either DVD or to a flashdrive, the library will have a conversion kit available from Tuesday May 11 – Thurs May 20th! Patrons must sign up for this program as the converter records in real time (a 30 minute video takes 30 minutes to convert). The library has some blank dvds and flashdrives that can be purchased. DVDs cost .25 cents. Flashdrives cost $2.50. There is a 2 hour maximum record time so longer videos will have to be broken up into multiple DVDs or flashdrives. Call the library at (920) 398-3434 to schedule a time or if you have any questions.

Wednesday morning Story Time taking a summer break, see you in the fall!

Thank you so much to Miss Brittany for holding "Adventures through the Alphabet" Story Time this year! We are taking a summer break, but her Story Time videos will be available to watch on our Facebook page in the "videos" section. 

Even though Story Time is taking a break, the library will still have lots of fun reading events for little ones during the summer reading program. There is already a tentative event schedule on our website, click here to go to our Summer Reading Program page!

Theater Readers: Book and Movie Book Club meeting in-person and virtually on Tuesday, May 25 @ 6:00 pm

Book lovers and movie lovers unite! The Theater Readers Book & Movie Club is for anyone who loves movie or books or both! We will hold the next meeting on Tuesday, May 25 at 6:00 pm in-person and virtually on Google Meet. This month, we'll be discussing the best-selling novel and movie adaptation of News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

We have copies of the book, audiobook, and movie available at our special display by the window nearest the DVD section. Since the movie has only recently been released, available DVD and Blu-ray copies are limited as most copies have holds on them already. We encourage anyone who would like to watch the movie to place a copy on hold by clicking here. If you need help placing a hold, call us at (920) 398-3434 -- we are happy to help!

If you would prefer contactless service, we can bring a copy out to you as a curbside pickup. Call us at the same number and let us know when you would like a copy waiting for you outside the library. 

For those who would like to attend virtually on Google Meet, please let us know in advance by calling (920) 398-3434, and we will email you the meeting link shortly before the meeting begins.

This is always a fun, engaging discussion - we hope to see you there!

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

Raffle drawing for 100 Books Before College is coming up soon -

June 1, 2021

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, 2021. Find out more here at our online challenges page!

This challenge will take place completely online and readers can access it at 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: 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.

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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