Dinosaur Dimension - Wednesday, July 6 @ 1:00 pm

On Wednesday, July 6 @ 1:00 pm, Prehistoric Puppets are visiting the library for a very fun, ferocious, informative afternoon. Learn about your favorite dinosaurs and even pet a few with “Dinosaur Dimensions”!

Sign up in advance is appreciated for planning purposes, but not required. If you would like to sign up ahead of time, please call us at (920) 398-3434.

Library closed for Fourth of July weekend

Markesan Public Library will be closed on Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4 for the holiday weekend. We hope you have a fun Fourth of July! Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5. 

If you would like to return items while the library is closed, there is a 24 hour book drop next to the East Charles Street entrance. 

Markesan Book Club Meeting - Wednesday, June 29 @ 6:00 pm

The Markesan Book Club will be meeting on Wednesday, June 29 at 6:00 pm for a fun, lively discussion about "The Chicken Sisters" by KJ Dell'Antonia. Copies of the book are available in regular and large print 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 director@markesanlibrary.org, and we'll send you a Zoom link shortly before the meeting begins.

"The Chicken Sisters" is a 2020 Reese's Book Club pick. "Three generations. Two chicken shacks. One recipe for disaster". For almost a century, a tiny town in Kansas has been home to the feud between two chicken shacks and their respective owning families, the Moores and the Pogociellos. Amanda Moore, a well-meaning, but harassed woman with ties to both families, calls in the TV reality show Food Wars in the hopes that once a winner is declared (and awarded the $100,000 prize) the tension will end. But the ensuing chaos and drama, along with uncovered family secrets, might make both families implode instead.

We are hiring!

We are taking applications for a Library Assistant! 9-15 hours per week. HS or GED required. Join a friendly, positive, flexible, and service orientated workplace! Technology and social media knowledge a plus. 

Applications available until position is filled!

Here is the full job description:

Library Assistant I - Job Description 

Responsibilities of Position: 

Under general supervision, perform clerical and other library work as required. 


Examples of Work: 

1. Performs circulation desk procedures, such as check-in and check-out materials, etc., including collecting fines and other money. 

2. Registers patrons, records data, issues cards. 

3. Performs interlibrary loan procedures. 

4. Does typing, filing, processing, repairing, or reconditioning of  library material. 

5. Assists patrons with reference, readers advisory, bibliographic, and other patron assistance services. 

6. Shelves library material and reads shelves. 

7. Picks up, sorts and routes mail, shelves new periodicals. 

8. Assists with library programs and displays. 

9. Performs light housekeeping duties, including trash on collection day. 

10. Assists patrons with mechanical operations of library equipment. 

11. Manages rotating collections and perform interlibrary loan procedures. 

12.  Assist with entering of acquistion information into the data base. 

13. Performs opening and closing procedure as necessary. 

14. Performs other related duties as required. 


Knowledge and Abilities: 

1. Working knowledge of library procedures, services, and material. 

2. Ability to communicate effectively and work well with staff and public in person or on the telephone. 

3. Ability to sort and file efficiently in alphabetic or number order, and to develop a working understanding of the Dewey Decimal system of library materials arrangement. 

4. Ability to maintain a positive, professional, and confidential attitude with staff and public. 

5. Ability to operate library business machines properly, use computer software and automated data base. 

6. Ability to perform moderately heavy physical work. 

7. Ability to maintain patron and library confidentiality. 

8. Willingness to maintain skills in above-mentioned areas through active participation in appropriate education classes. 

9. Ability to complete tasks with a minimal supervision. 


Physical demands of Position: 

1. Standing, walking, stooping, kneeling and crouching. 

2. Climbing: ascending and descending short footstool. 

3. Bending, twisting, and reaching. 

4. Talking and hearing; using the telephone. 

5. Far vision at 20 feet or further; near vision at 20 inches or less. 

6. Lifting and carrying: up to 50 pounds. 

7. Pushing and pulling: object weighing 60-80 pounds on wheels. 

8. Handling: picking up and shelving library material. 


Skill  Requirements: 

1. Communication Skills: effectively communicate ideas and information both in written and oral form. 

2. Reading Ability: effectively read and understand information contained in memoranda, reports and bulletins. 

3. Ability to Comprehend and Follow Instructions: effectively follow instructions from supervisor, verbally and in written form. 

4. Mathematical Ability: calculate basic arithmetic problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) without the aid of a calculator. 

5. Time management: set priorities in order to meet assignment deadlines. 


Working Conditions: 

1. Inside work environment. 

2. Flexible work hours: may include morning through evening, and weekend hours. 


Equipment Used: 

Typewriter, calculator, copy machine, personal computer, automated system, printer, fax machine, scanner, telephone, microfilm reader/printer, audio-visual equipment, software programs, others as necessary. 


Education and Experience: 

1. High school diploma or GED. 

2. Library experience or its equivalent in relevant business experience preferred. 

Approved November 18, 2010 


Take & Make Craft Kit: Happy Place Board - can pick up July 7th -15th

Update: All "Happy Place" board craft kits have been reserved.

Our first summer Take & Make Craft Kit will have all the supplies and instructions to make a "Happy Place" board for your wall! So charming and easy to make, and only $10 per kit!

They'll be available for pickup at the front desk from Thursday, July 7 through Friday, July 15. You may call us with any questions at (920) 398-3434.

Summer Learning Program - June 6 thru July 30, 2022

Excitement is bubbling up for the next Summer Learning Program "Oceans of Possibilities"!  There will be prizes for reading, surpises, animals, crafts, performers, and so much more to enjoy.  Our program will be for all ages, so the whole family can get in on the fun!

Visit the Library anytime between June 6-July 30 to pick up a Summer Library Club reader's ticket to sign up.  Then start reading!  The more you read the more chances you have to win fabulous grand prizes! 

Find a full schedule of events on the "Summer Learning" page on our website!

Join the 2022 Book Binge Challenge!

Take the Markesan Public Library 2022 Book Binge Challenge!! Each month, use a set of key words found on your Book Binge bingo card to inspire your book choices. With the key words provided, pick a book with that word in the title and read away. For instance, January’s key words are: Girl, Dark, Winter, Ocean, Light, Run. Examples of books with these key words include: “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “My Dark Vanessa”, “Winds of Winter”, ect. Players can also choose synonyms and plurals or even antonyms (if you are feeling rebellious) replace the word Sea for Ocean or Bright/Pale for Light or Runs/Ran/Sprinted/Race for Run, etc.

The library will have Book Binge cards ready to be picked up starting January (you can also find a downloadable pdf in this month's newsletter). We will also do displays throughout the year to keep you reading. You can also share your book binge picks with us on Facebook and join the online conversation!

Online Challenge: 100 Books Before College for ages 12 and up

100 Books Before College (ages 12-19): 100 Books before College dares readers 12-19 yrs. to read 100 books before they graduate. Small prizes will be awarded as you get closer to 100 books. At every 10 books read, participants earn tickets to enter into a prize raffle of either a $25 Ted’s Piggly Wiggly Gift Card or $10 gas station cards. The raffle drawing will be on June 1, 2022. Find out more here at our online challenges page!

This challenge will take place completely online and readers can access it at markesanlibrary.beanstack.org. Participants can also download the Beanstack app and search for Markesan Library to play.

Click here to begin! 

Online Challenges









This project was 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.

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: director@markesanlibrary.org 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: https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software
Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/facebookmedia/solutions/facebook-live
Google Hangouts: https://gsuite.google.com/products/meet/
Zoho: https://www.zoho.com/meeting/
Zoom: https://zoom.us/
Join.me: https://www.join.me/

If you have any trouble accessing any of these resources, feel free to contact the library by emai: director@markesanlibrary.org.  Or you can call us and leave a message at 920-398-3434.  A librarian will get back to you shortly.

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