Theater Readers: Book and Movie Book Club virtual meeting Thurs. Jan. 28 @ 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 first meeting on Thursday January 28th at 6pm on Zoom. This month’s selection is “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Pick your preference: the book or the movie then join us on Zoom to discuss! Multiple copies of the book and movie will be available at the library for anyone to check-out and enjoy. 

If you prefer contactless service, you can pick up a copy of the book or movie as a curbside pickup. You can call the library at (920) 398-3434 to schedule a pickup time if you would prefer curbside pickup, or if you have any other questions. 

You can join the meeting on Zoom on your computer, smart device, or you can join by calling in on your phone. 

How to join Zoom Meeting: 

Zoom link:

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State and Federal tax forms now available

State and federal tax forms are now available at the library! We are open for our normal hours and services, but if you would prefer contactless service, we can bring out forms to you as a curbside pickup. If you have any questions about which forms we have, or curbside service, please call us at (920) 398-3434.

Craft kits for Jan. 27 Children's Alphabet Adventures Storytime available at the library

Kids, come to the library and pick up a storytime pack to craft along with Miss Brittany! Miss Brittany’s storytimes are every Wednesday at 10:30 am on our Facebook page.  Storytime videos will be kept up all week long so you can tune in when it works best for you!  This week (Wednesday, January 27), the craft makes an octopus out of the letter O! You will need your own colors, glue, and paint (if you want to paint your octopus) at home. To reserve a Storytime craft kit, just call the library at (920) 398-3434 or pick one up at the table in the children's section. If you prefer, we can also bring a kit out to you as a curbside pickup! 

Take and Make Kit: Framed XOXO Valentines

Starting Tuesday, January 26 at 10:00 am, you can pick up the third Take and Make Craft Kit, a cute framed XOXO Valentine! All the supplies are included. A small fee of $3 will cover the cost of supplies.You can call ahead to reserve one of these kits at (920) 398-3434 if you would like to make sure one is saved for you. If you would prefer contactless service, we can bring it out to you as curbside pickup, too!


Watch recorded Gangsters of Wisconsin w/Chad Lewis for a limited time

If you missed Chad Lewis's presentation, "Gangsters of Wisconsin", you can still view the recorded presentation on our Facebook page! You can go to the "Videos" part of our Facebook page to view it, but it will only be available for a limited time.

Get ready to put on your zoot suit and follow author Chad Lewis in the footsteps of infamous gangsters as they make Wisconsin into their personal vacation land. Daring bank robbers, vicious shoot outs, and notorious history awaits you in this incredible discussion!

If you enjoyed his discussion, click the "Search the Catalog" button on our website and search for "Chad Lewis" to see all of his books that are available for check out! He's published on a wide variety of fascinating subjects: hauntings, gangsters, paranormal events, and more!

If you have any questions, please call the library at (920) 398-3434.

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, 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.

Chairs Needed for 2021 Chair Affair

Chairs Needed: Another fundraising event we need help with is next year’s “Chair Affair.” 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.  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. 

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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Staying indoors while the weather gets colder? Why not try our 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! 

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