Chalk Art Winners, Book Sale, Chairs Needed, & Freezer Meal Class

frozen veggiesChalk About Winners:  Announcing the winners of the Chalk About Contest 2020! Check out our Facebook page to see who got the most likes/votes. Thank you so much to all the chalk artists for sharing their amazing artwork, and thank you to everyone who voted! This year, there was a tie for the mixed ages group prize, too. Congratulations to the winners!

Book Sale: Visit the Markesan Public Library starting this week Friday (Aug 14) and into next week for our expanded ongoing used book sale.  Hardcover books, movies, and audio books are only .50 cents.  Paperbacks and children’s books are .25 cents.  Magazines are free.  To be COVID responsive, as with our regular books, we will have a quarantine cart for items touched but not wanted or patrons can use hand sanitizer or hand washing before and after browsing.   All proceeds will go back into the library budget to help us purchase new items for our collection.  Thank you in advance for supporting this important fundraising activity.

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. 

Freezer Meal Class:

Join the Markesan Public Library and UW-Extension’s Katie Gelling for a free, online Freezer Meal Class on August 26th at 6pm.  This class is perfect for people whose gardens have done a little too well- those who stay up late at night, overwhelmed, thinking of all the lovely vegetables they need to harvest, process, and give away.  It is also the perfect class for people who want to save time and money as freezing allows you to buy in bulk and cook in big batches.  Freezing foods is simple, fast, and delicious when done correctly.  In this smart meal preparation class, we will specifically look at safe and healthy ways to make freezer meals.  Katie will also assemble a quick and simple meal, Freezer Lasagna Roll-ups.  If you’d like to cook along here is the ingredient list:

Freezer Lasagna Roll-ups

·         2 eggs

·         1, 15oz container of part-skim ricotta cheese

·         1/2 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese

·         8oz mozzarella cheese, freshly shredded and divided (about 2 cups shredded total)

·         1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

·         1 teaspoon salt

·         1/2 teaspoon pepper

·         1, 24 oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce

·         12 lasagna noodles 

·         A freezer-safe 9x9 dish


 Registration is required to attend this class.  Please register here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

If people need help registering you can have them call me at 920-251-3525 or email at


Summer Reading Thank you

Learning Wins!  The dreaded summer slide didn’t stand a chance this year at the Markesan Public Library.  Readers smashed through the summer reading challenge with phenomenal numbers.  We had 49 children signed up for the challenge with a total of 1,723 books logged and 40139 minutes read or 669 hours!  Adults and teens likewise crushed our benchmarks.  We had 31 adult and teens reading for a total of 55127 minutes or 919 hours of reading. A slew of great prizes including a $50 gift certificate to Ted’s Piggly Piggly and an electric “Razor” motor scooter were awarded and wonderful programs like the Water Balloon Olympics were held all because of the generosity of our sponsors.  Please help us thank Chris' Floral, Delmonte, Milwaukee Public Museum, Pizza Hut, and Wishing Well of Green Lake County Fund for helping us keep learning fun and exciting this summer.  A special thank you to our volunteer Kim Zills for sharing her crafting talents with the Firefly build and lending a hand at our children’s events.

Summer Learning and a Milk Shake!

Thanks to the folks at the Little Red Barn and in honor of June Dairy month, kids could get a free $3 coupon for ice cream at Ted’s Piggly Wiggly and a little recipe for a milk shake when they check out one of our Farm-tastic picture books.  Supplies are limited so stop in at the library today. 

While you visit, be sure to ask about the Summer Learning program “Imagine Your Story”.  You can either sign up online at or pick up a reading raffle ticket.  All ages are welcome to participate.  Fabulous prizes are available to win just for reading for 2 hrs (that’s less than 20 minutes a day!).

Summer Learning 2020 - Imagine Your Story

Imagine your own storyAwaken your sense of wonder, play, and discovery at the Markesan Public Library this Summer!  "Imagine Your Story" with exciting performances and events, reading incentives for the whole family, and lots of fun. 

Raffle prizes drawn Monday, Aug. 3!

Visit the Library anytime between June 8th to Aug. 1st and pick up a Summer Library Club reader's ticket to sign up.  Children and teens, turn in your first ticket to receive a free new book.  Then enter the raffle of your choice for each new ticket you fill out.  Other small incentives will take place throughout the challenge so visit and read often.  Adults also can enter reading raffles, especially for them. Prizes will be drawn on Aug. 3rd. Update: You can sign up online, track your reading online, enter into drawings online.  Just Click Here to Get Started!

Badger Talks: Dinosaur Stories in Stone: Virtual on Facebook Live: Wednesday June 17th, 1pm 
Missed the live broadcast?  Catch the recording of this event Here!

Join Professor Dave Lovelace for this interesting discussion on dinosaurs and fossils.  One of the most fascinating things about the geological record is the preservation of our planets history.

Click Here for our Full Line up of events and information on the Summer Learning Program.

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 )

Our building might be closed, but we can still offer you plenty of 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 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!

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.


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