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.
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.
The hands-on American History class offered by Marian University at the Fond du Lac Public Library continues at 6 p.m. every Wednesday in February with a trip through the earliest days of our nation’s history.
Area artists have collaborated to create Green Fire: Art Inspired by Aldo Leopold, Wildlife and Nature, an exhibit February 1 through March 3 at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Langdon Divers Gallery.
During the Civil War, about 300 African Americans were living in Fond du Lac. They had been brought to the community by the Rev. Rogers, a local Methodist minister. But, by the 1940s, the group dwindled to just one person, former slave Mrs. Frances Shirley. What happened to make the young African Americans leave? How did Fond du Lac react to the minister’s good works?
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg is another one of her trademark heartwarming and humorous stories. The story starts in 2005 with main character Sookie, a 60-year-old woman, living in Alabama with her dentist husband. Except for having to deal with her demanding and flamboyant mother Lenore, she expects to be living a quiet life now that her four children are grown. Then Sookie finds out that she was adopted, and her birth mother was a young woman from the Jurdabralinski family of Pulaski, Wisconsin.
Grab a friend who’s into sports. Another history buff. And maybe a science nerd. Voila: you have the perfect Team Trivia roster. Or not. You’d probably do just as well by corralling a few friends for the 14th annual Team Trivia. The quizmasters are notorious for their off-the-wall questions, stumping college professors and algebra drop-outs alike.
Sometimes the in-betweens get lost in the shuffle. Tweens are too old for the little-kid stuff and too young to hang out with high schoolers. So the Fond du Lac Public Library is starting a program just for them: Tweentastic, the last Thursday of the month from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kids ages 10 to 13 are invited to drop in to have fun for a hands-on, crafty time.