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. 

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.




To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to be responsive to the recommendations of the Centers of Disease Control and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Safe at Home order, the Markesan Public Library will be closed Weds. March 18 until Friday April 24 , subject to changing conditions.  We are taking the following measures at this time:

  • All adult and children events and programs are canceled and postponed until further notice.
  • Library materials will not be available for checkout
  • All library to library delivery and patron holds are suspended. 
  • We will extend all checkouts to April 24th, there will be no fines accessed.

Access to E-books and streaming services is still available through this website and on your devices with the Overdrive or Libby app.  The library also has public Wi-fi that reaches to our parking lot for those that need to connect.  You can also access Ancestry Library Editions from home during this time with your library card.

For the latest information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-19, please visit:

Please visit this website and Facebook page for updates to this rapidly changing situation.  The health and well-being of our patrons and staff is of the upmost priority to the library.  Thank you so much for your understanding and support.

Below is a news release from the city of Markesan with further information:

City of Markesan Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Press Release Date: March 18, 2020


The City of Markesan is taking proactive measures to protect the health and wellbeing of the citizens of Markesan to help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We understand the measures highlighted below will have an impact on how the city serves the public, please know that these measures are made in the best interest to protect the health of everyone in the City of Markesan. 



The Markesan Public Library will be closed effective immediately until  April 24, 2020.  All current checkouts will have due dates extended until April 24, 2020 with no late fees assessed to customers over that period of time. 



The Markesan City Hall will be closed to walk up service effective immediately.  If you have a question or concern for city hall, please call them at 920-398-3031 and they will be happy to assist you.


Water bill, parking tickets and other payments can be made one of several ways, you may mail your payment to City Hall at PO Box 352, Markesan WI 53946, you may drop the payment off in the drop box located outside of the City Hall entrance or you may go to our web page and pay online.  Our webpage is



Residents are highly encouraged to vote by mail for the April 7, 2020 election. If you would like to request an absentee ballot please call City Hall at 920-398-3031 and they can explain the process to you. 


If a citizen would like to vote early or register to vote at City Hall, the entrance will be locked but you may ring the door bell and if it is during business hours the city clerk will come out and facilitate your ability to vote early.  This should only be used for early voting purposes; all other city business should be done via phone at this time. 


City hall will continue to serve as the City of Markesan polling location for the April 7, 2020 election. 




City of Markesan dog owners are reminded that your dog license must be registered with City Hall by March 31st or you will be assessed a late fee.  To complete the dog license process we ask that you mail your dog’s proof of rabies vaccination and payment to City Hall PO Box 352, Markesan WI 53946 or you may place those items in an envelope and drop them in the drop box outside of the City Hall entrance.  If you have any questions on the dog license process please call City Hall at 920-398-3031



Effective immediately the community room will be off limits for use for any sort of gathering or meeting.  If your group or family had the community room reserved, please contact City Hall at 920-398-3031.  This will remain in effect until the health emergency is over. 



City of Markesan employees will be using social distancing to the greatest extent possible when conducting business with the public.


As of today the city council meetings and committee meetings will continue as normal, but please continue to watch for future updates regarding the status of these meetings. 


City of Markesan parks remain open at this time. 



Citizens of Markesan always come together in a time of need or crisis and this is no different, we have been asked by many already what can I do to help, so we have listed a couple of ways that you can make a huge difference.  At this point, we assume you have heard many times stay home, limit interaction with others, wash your hands, etc.  So we will tell you some other ways you can help your community.

Support your local food pantry.  This is going to be a very trying time for many without our community and school district.  Now is the perfect time to help support our local food pantry that works so hard to help so many.  Here is how you can help:

Drop off non-perishable items at the main entrance to City Hall, we will have plastic totes outside the front entrance that you can put your items in and we will get them to the food pantry. 
If you would like to donate monetarily to the food pantry so that they can go and buy needed supplies, you can mail a check to city hall addressed:  Markesan Food Pantry PO Box 352, Markesan WI 53946. 

Support our local businesses, many of them are struggling right now with the current restrictions and lack of daily traffic.  Swing in and buy something from them. 



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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