Summer Reading

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. 

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!

You can also keep track using the Beanstack Tracker App. You can download the app from either the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store. The app is built specifically for mobile devices.

The Online program we are using for our Summer Reading Challenge (Beanstack) has been 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.


   Badger Talks: Dinosaur Stories in Stone: Virtual on Facebook Live: Wednesday June 17th, 1pm

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. It is a history that can be told from many different perspectives at many different scales ranging from the preservation of raindrops to dynamic times of great calamities, continental upheavals, and biological revolutions. One such revolution occurred nearly 230 million years ago when dinosaurs arose from a group of small agile upright reptiles. This revolution was so successful that dinosaurs dominated terrestrial ecosystems for nearly 170 million years, just as they dominate the air today. Each new dinosaur locality holds a vast array of information that lends insight into the lives of these fantastical creatures, from the preservation of soft tissue to how they lived, breathed, and died. This talk will take us on a journey through time as we read these long-forgotten stories in stone. 

Badger Talks: Dinosaur Stories in Stone


Where the Sidewalk Ends Scavenger Hunt: June 22nd - July 3rd. 

Pick up or print out a Scavenger Hunt key at the library or from the library's website anytime between June 22nd & July 3rd. Take a walk around Markesan, look for poems from the "Where the Sidewalk Ends" displayed in business's windows, write its number on the key and return to the library for a prize.

Fun in the Sun: Giant Bubbles: Wednesday July 8th, 1pm weather permitting. 

Learn how to make giant bubbles wands out of coat hangers and rope. Other bubble fun will be available too. Event outside in the library park/courtyard, weather permitting.

Meme your Library Contest: July 13th - July 24th.

Create your own library related memes or short videos (think tik toks), and email them to Submissions will be posted to an album on our Facebook page. The meme or short video with the most likes will win a $15 gift card from Sandy's Diner or Firehaus BBQ.  Three age categories: adult (18+), teen (14-17), child (13 and under), each category will have a winner.  Please keep it general public PG appropriate. 

Pop Bottle Fireflies with Kim: Wednesday, July 15, 1pm *registration required*

Learn how to make fireflies that really light up in the dark with Kim Zills. Registration is required, as space is limited. Sign up at the library or by calling (920) 398-3434.

Fun in the Sun: Water Balloon Olympics: Wednesday July 22, 1pm weather permitting

In leu of the Summer Olympics...join us for water balloon Olympics:  splashy, cool challenges, all outside, in the library park/courtyard, weather permitting.  Dress to get wet!

Up Late at the Library: Youtube Animal Antics Outdoor MiniMovies:  Thursday July 30th, 8:30 pm, weather permitting.
You bring your blanket or lawn chair.  We'll provide the popcorn and entertainment with mini movies of silly animal antics in the library park/courtyard.  Feel free to tell us your favorites ahead of time or to submit to us your own animal video.


Help Us Thank Our Sponsors:  Our summer reading program couldn't be what it is without the generosity of our sponsors.  Please help us to say thank you to them with your patronage and support. If you would like to be a sponsor of our program please contact the library at 920-398-3434

Chris' Floral
Milwaukee Public Museum
Pizza Hut
Wishing Well of Green Lake County Fund