Summer Reading Program -- last day to turn in tickets is Sat. July 31!

The Summer Reading Program: Tails & Tales has officially started!! Come to the library to pick up Summer Library Club reader's tickets between June 7 and July 31. Then start reading! Each completed ticket gives you a chance to earn one of the amazing prizes we have for children, teens, and adults! Starting the week of June 14, children and teens get to spin the special prize wheel each week for more fun!

We also have fun events happening all summer long, both in-person and virtual, for all ages and interests!

Go to our "Summer Learning" page to get more details about how to participate in the Summer Library Club, and see our full summer event schedule.

Penny War during the month of July




During the month of July, help Markesan win the Green Lake County Libraries’ Penny War! Starting July 1, bring in whatever denomination you’d like to contribute to our fundraiser and place it in the Penny Jar. The library with the most cash at the end of the war will win an ice cream social put on by the other libraries. We are going to have some stiff competition with Kingston, Berlin, Green Lake, and Princeton to beat! (But I know we can do it!) All funds raised will be kept by each library however so everyone will be a winner in the end!

Movie Matinee on Wednesday, August 4 @ 1:00 pm - Rock Dog 2

On Wednesday, August 4 @ 1:00 pm, we'll be showing "Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park" in the library! Bodi and his band, True Blue, make it big and get to tour with pop star Lil' Foxy, but learn fame can come with its own set of problems. Family appropriate. We'll provide free popcorn, too!

If you want to see the movie, but can't make it to the matinee, you can place a hold on "Rock Dog 2" by clicking here, or call us and ask us to place a hold for you at (920) 398-3434. 

This week's events

Wednesday, July 28 @ 1:00 pm - Ice Cream Social & Water Balloon Olympics

Stop by the library for ice cream and fun with water balloons! Dress to get wet! 

To help us make sure we have enough ice cream for everyone, please sign up in advance by calling the library at (920) 398-3434. 





Find our full summer event schedule on our "Summer Learning" page!




Chair Affair Fundraiser -- Thank You!

Thank you so much to all the Chair Affair artists, who donated their time and creative talents, and to all those who bid on chairs! Because of you, the Chair Affair was a success, and will help the children's area become a brighter spot for our youngest library visitors! All Chair Affair winners have now been contacted by phone. We anticipate making at least $2,940 on the chairs based on bids. 

We received: 

  • $805 on the auction of the cow (Thank you, Young Stars Daycare LLC!). 
  • a generous $500 donation from the Markesan Historical Society
  • an anonymous $2,500 donation.
  • $823.01 from the Piggly Wiggly roundup.
  •  most heartwarming of all, we received a $60 donation from a children’s lemonade stand. 

When we add everything together, we should have at least $7,628.01 to use for our children’s area update!! 

The library board and staff cannot thank the community enough for pulling together to make this happen. All our artists, bidders, donors and volunteers—thank you so much!!

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. Click here to go to our Summer Reading Program page!

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 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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