November Food Drive - Food for Fines

Starting November 1 and continuing for the whole month, we will be collecting nonperishable, nonexpired food items for the Markesan Food Pantry. For every item you bring in, as a bonus we will forgive $2 off any overdue fines you may have accumulated.

Unfortunately, we can’t extend this offer to lost or damaged items but do talk with our director by calling us at (920) 398-3434 or emailing We are very willing to work with people to reduce charges and reinstate library privileges in such cases. Even if you have no fines please consider donating. It is very much appreciated and needed!

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

Storytime and Play & Learn will be alternating Wednesday mornings @ 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!

Closed over Thanksgiving

The library will be closed Thursday, November 24 - Saturday, November 26 to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend. 

If you would like to return items while the library is closed, there is a 24-hour book drop next to the E. Charles St. entrance (the entrance next to the handicapped parking area).

We hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving!!


Markesan Book Club Meeting - Wednesday, November 30 @ 6:00 pm

The Markesan Book Club will be meeting on Wednesday, November 30 at 6:00 pm to discuss the best-selling novel "For One More Day" by Mitch Albom. 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, and we'll send you a Zoom link shortly before the meeting begins.

"For One More Day" follows Charles "Chick" Benetto, who receives the gift of one more day with his mother. The former baseball player tried as a child to earn the love of his father, but his role model left while he was young. As an adult, Charles has let bad decisions send his life into a downward spiral, leaving his family, losing his baseball career, and destroying his finances, until he hits rock bottom when his daughter asks him not to come to her wedding. Charles returns to his hometown to end it all, but on coming to his childhood home, he finds his mother waiting for him. Although she died eight years previously, she treats him like nothing unusual has happened and welcomes him with open arms. What will he do with the extra day with his mother?

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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