Now accepting applications for Library Director

Hiring Library DirectorThe Markesan Public Library seeks a Library Director with a passion for community and life-long learning to administer all aspects of library service. If you love a flexible, friendly, supportive work environment where you will be surrounded by a talented and motivated staff and library board, then Markesan is for you. Interested individuals will have exceptional public and community service skills; computer proficiency; interest in literacy, and excellent organizational and management skills. The position is 30 hours per week. The qualified candidate must have at least 54 college semester credits, half in liberal arts and sciences, to obtain initial certification and commit to additional coursework as required. Transcript required at interview. Background check and pre-employment drug test required. Pay commensurate with experience and education. Benefits include participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System, vacation, sick, and holiday time.

Send cover letter, resume, application, and three letters of reference to Jill Worden, Board President, by email to or by mail to PO Box 160, Markesan, Wisconsin 53946. Job applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Rock Painting in the library - September 18th - 30th

We're making a community "painted rock snake"! Between Monday, September 18th - Saturday, September 30th, stop in to make your painted rock to add, and see the amazing rocks others have painted! We have a rock painting station with markers and rocks in the main lobby for everyone to use.

Special thanks to the elementary students at Markesan Elementary and Faith Lutheran schools for getting our snake started, as well as Helen Dietz for painting the snake's face!

New cookbook club: Marksan Menus - Thursday, September 28 @ 4:30 pm

Join our new cookbook club: Markesan Menus! Each month, participants can select a recipe from our cookbook (or cookbook series) of the month. They can share the dish with everyone at the Potluck Tasting at the end of the month! It's a great chance to find new favorite recipes and meet with others who enjoy the culinary arts!

For September, choose a soup, stew, or bread recipe from the "Pioneer Woman Cooks" series. We have the books available at the checkout desk. Let us know which recipe you are interested in making. The Potluck Tasting will be Thursday, September 28th @ 4:30 pm. There will also be a prize drawing for a new cookbook at the Potluck Tasting!

Storytime and Play & Learn are back at the library!

Every week, there will be fun activities for kids at the library!

Monday, September 18 @ 3:30 pm - Storytime with Miss Brittany - classic stories for kids, followed by a craft especially for ages 3 -6

Monday, September 23 @ 3:30 pm - Audiobook Storytime - kids can listen to an audiobook while doing a fun activity

Wednesday, September 27 @ 9:30 am - Play & Learn - family games and activities held by Children's Wisconsin. Geared toward children 9 months - 6 years old.


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


Book Club: "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear - Wednesday, September 27 @ 6:00 pm

 On Wednesday, September 27 @ 6:00 pm, the Book Club will be meeting for an engaging discussion about "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear! Copies in regular print and large print editions are available in the special display in our fiction section. Click here to place a hold for yourself, or we are happy to place a hold for you if you call us at (920) 398-3434. 

"Maisie Dobbs" was an "Agatha Award Winner" for best first novel and a New York Times notable book of the year! Maisie Dobbs had a bright future waiting for her at college in Cambridge, England, but her dreams were broken by the outbreak of World War I. She served as a nurse on the frontlines, and was changed forever by her experiences there. After the war is over, she begins her own business as a private investigator. She is asked to be involved in two cases involving The Retreat, a convalescent working farm for ex-soldiers trying to find healing away from the world. She's brought face to face with troubles she's been trying to run from for over ten years.

September is Library Card Sign Up Month!

This September, we want to celebrate "Library Card Sign Up Month" with new library card holders and our current library patrons! When you check out an item, get a limited edition vinyl sticker!

We'll also have "Overdue Fine Forgiveness" all month long! If you check out an item, you'll receive fine forgiveness for any preexisting overdue fines up to $10! And if you're already fine free, pick a treat from our treat basket!

Fine forgiveness doesn't cover fines for lost or damaged items, but we're happy to discuss those with you if you would like to reach out to us by phone at (920) 398-3434 or by email to We would love to see you back at the library!

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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