Fall Market - Thursday, September 22 *Now accepting Vendor Applications*

Thursday, September 22 from 3:30 - 6:00 pm

Celebrate the first day of Autumn at the first ever Markesan Public Library Fall Market on Thursday September 22 from 3:30-6pm.  There will be produce, bakery, and crafts for sale.  The library will also supply free family fun with kids crafts and games. 

Oft Family farm will be on sight with pumpkins, microgreens, farm fresh eggs, canned goods, and late season vegetables for sale.  Other vendors plan to bring hickory nuts and meal solutions.  Local artisans plan to bring stepping stones, jewelry, woodcarvings and burnings, photo cards, walking sticks, gourd bird houses, baskets, denim pocket purses, and more!

Support the library by buying baked goods in our bake sale or used books from our used book shelf.   Enjoy complimentary coffee!  Browse and shop while the children make fun free crafts like leaf suncatchers and fuzzy caterpillar clips or play pumpkin bowling.  There are sure to be a few surprises too! 

Help us start a new tradition and let us know what we can do to make the event even better in the future.

Vendor applications are now available at the front desk, or you can copy and paste the form below to print out at home.This is a FREE event for vendors; no booth or registration fees!

If you have any questions, you can email them to director@markesanlibrary.org or call us at (920) 398-3434. 

Harvest Craft Fair & Farmers Market Vendor Application
Set-up: Thursday, September 22 @ 1-3 p.m.
Craft Fair Hours: 3:30 p.m. – 6pm
Tear Down: 6pm – 7pm
Location: Markesan Public Library 75 North Bridge Street, Markesan WI

Name:____________________________________  Phone #:_______________________________                                               

Street Address: _____________________________________________________________________


Email address:_________________________________________________________________________                                                                         

Description of craft(s) or business: __________________________________________________


__I am a sales person for a direct sales business/company that only allows one representative at a given craft fair/event (i.e. Thirty-one, Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, etc.)

*** PLEASE NOTE: Vendors will be responsible for anything you need for your booth. Please bring your own 6 foot or under table and your own chairs when setting up outside in library courtyard.

There are 12 spots available in the library courtyard, mostly 8 X 8.  We have additional room in library meeting room.  There are 8 spots available in library meeting room where you can use our 5 X 2.5 tables and our chairs (we have 8 tables, so one table each vendor).  Electric is available inside the library and in one area outside the library. 

___ I need electric
___  I want indoor

___ I want courtyard (outside)

In case of poor weather, we will move outdoor vendors inside the library proper.

This event is free for vendors, as we consider it a service to the community and would love to see the event grow.   

Reservations are requested ASAP to allow for proper advertising of event, but will be accepted up to the day before the event, as space allows.

Please email/call with any questions.  Nicole Overbeck 920-398-3434 (library); 920-290-6601 (cell).  director@markesanlibrary.org.

Take & Make Craft Kits this fall

Here are our upcoming Take & Make Craft Kits! Each kit will have all the supplies and instructions to make at home. They are easy to make, and can be great for a solo crafternoon or for a fun activity with family or friends. We encourage interested crafters to reserve kits in advance by calling the library at (920) 398-3434. There are small fees to cover the cost of craft supplies. 

"Fall Fun Sign Post" will be available starting Thursday, September 22! For this one, we're asking interested crafters to sign up by Tuesday, September 20, to make sure we can have enough supplies for everyone. Each kit is only $10.











"Hello Fall Wreath" will be available starting Thursday, September 29. To make sure we have enough supplies for everyone, please sign up by Tuesday, September 27. Each kit is $12.






"Stacked Pumpkins" will be available starting Thursday, October 6. To make sure have enough supplies for everyone, please sign up by Tuesday, October 4. Each kit is $10.

Wednesdays @ 9:30 am - Storytime alternating with Play & Learn

Storytime and Play & Learn return to the library starting Wednesday, September 7 @ 9:30 am! For our littlest of readers and their adults, Storytime and Play and Learn 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.

Storytime with Miss Brittany is family-focused, and recommended for ages 3-5, but the whole family and children of all ages are welcome, including infants.

Play & Learn is recommended for toddlers and up with more of a focus on learning through play, led by Miss Morgan. Play and learn is brought to you by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

This fall, Storytime will be alternating with Play & Learn, Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am. Storytime will take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Play & Learn will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.

You can be sure to find great family fun at the library each Wednesday at 9:30 am!

And the winner is....

Library Pet Update

Our winning Pet is "Axolotl"! Thank you all for voting!! We are so excited to start the work of purchasing our Axolotl, a tank and accessories. Look for more details in the weeks to come, including the name of our new pet!

Markesan Book Club Meeting - Wednesday, September 28 @ 6:00 pm

The Markesan Book Club will be meeting on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 pm to discuss "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles. Copies of the book are available in regular, large print, and CD-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.

"A Gentleman in Moscow" follows Count Alexander Rostov, who is sentenced by Bolshevik tribunal to house arrest in the grand Metropol Hotel. Count Rostov bears his adverse circumstances with humor, and introduces us to colorful characters and vivid scenes of life in Russia before and after the revolution. 

Movie Showings at the library

We'll be showing a blockbuster movie each week through early October! 

Tuesday, Sept. 13 @ 4:00 pm - "Minions: The Rise of Gru" - rated PG

Monday, Sept. 19 @ 4:00 pm - "Lightyear" - rated PG

Monday, Sept. 26 @ 4:00 pm - "Elvis" - rated PG-13. Children younger than 13 need a signed parental permission slip or an accompanying adult to attend. 

Monday, Oct. 3 @ 4:00 pm - "Thor: Love and Thunder" - rated PG-13. Children younger than 13 need a signed parental permission slip or an accompanying adult to attend. 

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

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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