What would we do without books?

I don’t know what I would do without books. Before there was printing, books were handwritten and were rare. So I am glad that we have an abundance of printed books as well as e-books now. Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie is historical fiction that tells the tale of the breakthrough in printing which produced the Gutenberg Bible and made possible all the books we have today. In 1450, Peter Schoeffer was called back to the German city of Mainz from Paris where he was working as a scribe.

Team Trivia 2015 results

Above: Team Cardinal Knowledge took home top Team Trivia honors on March 3. From left: Pedro Arellano, Kevin Kraemer, Sue Heitzman and Nick Heitzman.

Below: Winning the top spot on March 5 was team Ledgers for Literacy. From left: Mary Lindborg, Kathy Bartel, Clarence Davis and Tom Kitchen.

Like visiting an old friend

I finished reading Love Letters by Debbie Macomber this weekend and it felt like I was visiting an old friend. I say that because with an old friend you know what to expect, you are always entertained and rarely disappointed. Love Letters is the third book in the Rose Harbor series (a spin-off of her Cedar Cove series) and is just as good as the two previous books. As usual, Macomber creates interesting and complicated characters that you grow to care about. Her writing truly touches your emotions, happy and sad, and that is a wonderful gift not all authors have.

Artists: Your chance to shine

Budding artists are invited to submit samples for the Emerging Artists Show at the Fond du Lac Public Library gallery in June. All mediums are accepted; if space permits, more than one piece per artist may be shown. Artists aged 16 and older are invited to submit the following:

How well do you know your child?

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.

Double the history in April

Due to popular demand, there will be two History at Home programs in April at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Both programs are free; no registration required.

Children's Home history program repeating April 14

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.

A big story in a little book

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 big on Money Smart Week 2015

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:

Tweens to make stop-animation movies April 30

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.

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