Touted by foodies and the medical community alike for their complex flavors and purported health benefits, fermented foods are making a big comeback. They’ve been around for centuries; ancient people used what nature provided to preserve foods in a healthy way. The same basic techniques are available to any home cook.
Kids love books, and kids love clubs. Voila, the Fond du Lac Public Library has put together Book Club Kits for kids. Each kit comes with eight copies of the same book accompanied by discussion questions. They can be checked out for 60 days (instead of the usual 21 days for a single book).
The Fond du Lac Public Library is lending Kindle e-readers loaded with kids’ and teens’ chapter books. Books such as the uber-popular Divergent, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson and Harry Potter series are preloaded on the devices. The Kindles can be borrowed for 21 days and can be renewed just like other library materials. Children checking them out must have parents sign a release form.
The Kindles are available at the Main Desk in the downtown library.
Lake of Tears is Mary Logue’s latest mystery set in Pepin County and featuring the character Claire Watkins. This is a good choice for people who like to read books with a Wisconsin connection, and people who like police procedural mysteries. The story is set in autumn as the local people are doing an annual ritual of constructing a Viking boat and setting it on fire. Claire is a deputy sheriff, and her daughter Meg will be going to college soon.
Love to write? Hate to write? Want to improve your writing? The Teen Writers’ Workshop at the Fond du Lac Public Library will give young writers a chance to get feedback and help from students and faculty from UW-Oshkosh Writing Center. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to bring works, completed or in progress, at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 23. The workshop is free; no registration required.
Teddy is invited. So is bunny. Or kitty. And don’t forget dragon. They’re all invited to the Teddy Bear Sleepover at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Kids ages 3 to 8 are invited to drop off their best stuffed friend any time on Friday, March 14, and come back at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, to be reunited with their friends and enjoy breakfast and stories.
It’s a good guess that the hundreds who attended the annual Cujak’s Wine Market Holiday Wine Tasting at Fox Valley Savings Bank in November didn’t know their evening out was benefitting such a good cause. On Monday, Sara Cujak and Jim Ziebarth, vice president for FVSB Financial Services, presented a check for $3,500 to the Fond du Lac Public Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.
Nicholas Sparks is an author whose writing appeals to all ages. His latest, The Longest Ride, is an amazing book that tells what life and love are supposed to be about, and has a lesson for everyone no matter what stage of life they are in. It is the tale of two love stories, one at the end of its life and one just beginning, and the journey each couple took to find what they wanted and needed in the person they loved. Reality, fate, destiny and love are all present in this novel, and I think both men and women will enjoy the story.
In its 164-year history, the Fond du Lac Public Library has enjoyed the generosity of individuals and organizations in the community to augment municipal funding. On Tuesday, the library unveiled a display in the Main Library that honors new donors to its endowment fund.