'Where Does the Money Go?' March 24

If money worries are giving you a headache, maybe it’s time for some preventative medicine. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, Family Living Educator Michelle Tidemann will present Where Does the Money Go? at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.

Return to FDL's 'Grand Manner' days Feb 19

Years ago, attorney Terry Gaffney came across souvenir guide books from the late 1890s and early 1900s that promoted Fond du Lac to visitors and conventioneers. Both books included pages of photos of “representative” homes, featuring the abodes of the city’s most-comfortable citizens.

Intrigued, Gaffney tracked down the houses. Some were in disrepair and some beautifully restored.

Sign-up for Beginning Crochet starts Feb 7

The Crafternoon program at the Fond du Lac Public Library will offer Beginning Crochet 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 21.

Romance sale heating things up in Feb

What better way to warm things up? Fond du Lac Public Library’s BookCellar is offering a hot deal: romance paperbacks just three for $1 February 7, 9, 14 and 16.

Teen-tween programs for Feb

Check out these programs for teens and tweens at the Fond du Lac Public Library in February. Teen programs are for teens in grades six through 12; tween programs for ages 9 through 13.

For fans of Downton Abbey

The Library currently has a display of books for people who are fans of Downton Abbey, and I am one of them so I found the book Below Stairs by Margaret Powell to be fascinating. Powell was born in 1907 and had to start work when she was 13 years old. The book was originally published in 1968 but was reissued. The book jacket of the reissued edition says “the classic kitchen maid’s memoir that inspired Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey” and that sums up the book.

Federal tax instructions available to borrow only

For many years, the Fond du Lac Public Library has been one of the only places in the area where the public can pick up free tax-preparation forms. However, the Internal Revenue Service recently informed the library that it would not provide printed copies of instruction booklets, citing budget cuts. Forms will be available – they likely will start arriving at the library in late January – but not instruction booklets for federal taxes.

Sweet stories with plenty of heat

The Sweetheart Sisters series by Shirley Jump combines sweet stories with plenty of heat. Set in Rescue Bay, Florida, the "sisters" are a trio of sassy, well-meaning grannies living at the Golden Years Retirement Home who think their mission in life is to play matchmaker for the town of Rescue Bay, all while giving some old-school lessons in love. Add in the elements of an animal rescue facility and numerous subplots, and these stories tug at your heartstrings while making you laugh out loud.

The Story of Romeo and Juliet as told by Juliet’s nurse

Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen is historical fiction set in Verona, Italy that provides a backstory to William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It made me re-read Romeo and Juliet after finishing this book. Half of the book covers the years 1360-1363 from Juliet’s birth until she is three years old. The second half covers the five fateful days as depicted in Shakespeare’s play when Juliet is fourteen years old and meets and falls in love with Romeo.

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