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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:

Non-Latex Gloves
Masks (N-95 or Surgical)
Hand Sanitizer
Clorox Wipes

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!

Great Online Resources

During these times of social distancing and the state's safer at home order, the Markesan library is still here with a window to the world.  Online access to digital books, downloadable audiobooks. movie streaming and research databases like Ancestry Library Editions and Gale Universities are available.  New resources like Tumblebooks have been added.  And the library’s Facebook page features weekly live streamed storytime, Wednesdays at 10:30am.

The Libby or Overdrive app can be installed on most e-readers, smartphones and tablets to download books and audiobooks and to stream movies.  Libby is the newest version of Overdrive and is simple to use.  A new online resource for books geared especially for children is Tumblebooks.  It features animated, talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles. Read-Alongs, Ebooks, and Puzzles & Games too.  This access is offered free through August 31, 2020 by Tumblebooks.

Ancestry Library Editions use to only be available for in library use.  Now for a limited time the resource can be accessed at home.  Research your family tree and search over 30,000 record collections and 11 billion records with a click of a button.  Other helpful tools for all types of research, independent study, and personal development exist on our website.  There are reputable databases covering health, automotive, magazines, newspapers, scholarly articles, school research & homework help, consumer reports, business and investments, literature and so much more.  Gale Universities has been especially popular and offers a vast collection of online classes taught by certified instructors. 

Most of our online resources require your library card.  If promoted your username is your library card, with no spaces and your password is the last four digits of your phone number.  If you don't have a library card, you can get a temporary card online.  If you forgot your card number or pin number please contact the library  ideally through emai:  You may also phone: 920-398-3434 and leave a message.  One of our librarians will get back to you shortly.

Please continue to visit our website and our Facebook page for more information on all these exciting resources and some of the great plans and programs the library has coming up when we reopen.  Look for 1,000 books before Kindergarten, Summer Reading plans, play stations, monthly crafts, and more to be on the horizon!  In the meantime join us for our Facebook Live events, like storytime and other fun activities like “Hornet Strong”.  “Hornet Strong” is a great way to show community solidarity and pride.  Visit our Facebook page, print out a Hornet to color, and display in your window.  How creative can you be?  Thank you for making our library and community so vibrant during these difficult times.

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.



Call for donated artistic creations for the Sixth Annual Garden Art Auction

Your creative talents can help support children's events at the library! The Sixth Annual Markesan Library Garden/Home Art Auction is coming up in May. This is a great fund-raising event for children's programming at the library. We are looking for creative people like YOU to donate handcrafted items with an outdoor, garden or home theme that can be part of the auction. 

If you are able to donate an item (or items), please call Nancy Stellmacher at (920) 344-5526 to be added to the list. Last date for donated items to be dropped off is Friday, May 1st.

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


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