Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon is about a father who wrestles with this question when his son Jake is a suspect in a school shooting. Simon is a stay-at-home father to two children while his wife Rachel has a job as an attorney. Jake, the older of their children, is bright, quiet, and doesn’t like crowds. Laney, the younger child, thrives in social situations. Jake is a good big brother to his sister. Jake follows his father’s advice to be nice to people and befriends Doug.
The program on the history of the Fond du Lac Children’s Home, originally presented on March 19, will be repeated at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Presenter Sally Powers-Albertz agreed to a reprise to satisfy the dozens turned away from the standing-room-only turnout.
Silver Thaw by Catherine Anderson might be a small paperback book but there is nothing small about the story within its covers. It gives a moving and terrifying view into the world of abuse as it follows a woman and her child as they escape from an abusive marriage and their struggle to survive without being found. You will be hooked from the first few chapters as little by little they both learn to trust and finally live and love again.
Kids are a big part of what Money Smart Week is all about. The annual program is a one-week campaign to promote the importance of financial literacy. Kids have fun Money Smart opportunities at the Fond du Lac Public Library:
Who needs Hollywood? Tweens ages 9 to 13 are invited to the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Tween Scene program at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 30, to try their hand at making stop-animation movies. Using iPads and clay, Lego, puppets and more, tweens will try different ways to create movies. The program is free. No registration required.
Get spring break started off right by celebrating half-day Friday at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Kids ages 6-12 are invited to an afternoon party at 1 p.m. Friday, April 3, with Battle-It-Out-Bingo, snacks and the showing of Big Hero 6. Free. No registration.
The “Ultimate Cheapskate” Jeff Yeager will present Finding Wholesale Happiness in a Retail World, at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. He’ll give tips on how to spend less and enjoy life as the final event in the annual Money Smart Week celebration. The program is free. No registration required.
From April 11 through April 25, the Fond du Lac Public Library will waive $1 in overdue fines for each donation of a nonperishable food item to celebrate National Library Week (April 12-18) and Money Smart Week (April 18-25) and to support local food pantries.
Scrub away the long, dry winter with a day at the spa. Teens in grades six to 12 are invited to pamper themselves at Ahh Spa on Sunday, April 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fond du Lac Public Library.