'Where Does the Money Go?' Oct 29

If you’re wondering how you’re going to afford the upcoming holiday season, it’s the perfect time to get a handle on spending. At 6 p.m. Thursday, October 29, 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.

Tidemann will discuss ways to take control of your money and better manage the money you have. She’ll provide money management materials to take charge of finances.

Beginning Crochet signup starts Oct 3

Back by popular demand: Beginning Crochet class will be repeated at the Fond du Lac Public Library 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 17. Signup starts October 3.

Teen book club, library council start in Oct

Teen readers are the lucky ones; the new book club at the Fond du Lac Public Library, Pizza & Pages, puts a tasty twist on the standard by combining great reads with a craft and pizza.

Half-Day Party at the library Oct 2

Kids ages 6 to 12 who attend school in Fond du Lac School District get a bonus: early release on the first Fridays of the month starting in October. Parents perhaps aren’t as thrilled. The Fond du Lac Public Library has stepped in with a free program, Half Day Party at the Library, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. every first Friday of the month starting October 2.

FDL Reads 'Dracula' celebration for whole family

As the season turns, nighttime comes sooner. October looms, with ghouls around every corner. This is the inspiration for the 11th annual Fond du Lac Reads choice of Dracula, by Bram Stoker.

Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams

Those intrigued by the current political atmosphere may find Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams an interesting read. Set in the mid-60s, it captures the world of politics and gives the reader a glimpse into what it can be like living under a microscope. Family dynamics play a large role in the book but there are also political agendas, secrets, lies and betrayals, and secret love affairs. The time frames switches back and forth between 1964 and 1966, but both stories are beautifully intertwined.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Bestseller Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal is a good novel for foodies and for people who are familiar with the Twin Cities. If you like food—church basement suppers, high-end locally sourced gourmet ingredients, or county fair bake-off bars—this is a tasty treat. If you are familiar with the Twin Cities you will enjoy references to St. Paul’s Farmer’s Market, First Avenue, Loring Park, and Seward Co-op.

Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

Hopeless romantics everywhere will want to add Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas to their reading list. It is a wonderfully romantic story guaranteed to warm your heart. Although this might be the fourth book in the author's Travis Family series, it still does well as a standalone and proves that you don't always need high drama to keep things interesting. It has been years since I read the last one but with back stories perfectly woven in I had no problem catching up with the Travis clan.

Summer 2015 one for the record books

Summer seemed to zoom by faster than ever this year. Maybe that had something to do with all the superheroes in our midst.

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig

Last Bus to Wisdom is a charming, funny, heartwarming, and autobiographical novel set mainly in Montana and briefly in Manitowoc. Donal is an eleven-year-old orphan living in Montana with his grandmother who is a cook on the Double W ranch. In the summer of 1951, his grandmother needs surgery, and Donal is sent on the Greyhound Bus (which he calls the dog bus) to Manitowoc to stay with his Great Aunt Kate and Great Uncle Herman.

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