Fond du Lac Reads 2017

Every year, Fond du Lac Reads focuses on one title and encourages the community to read and discuss the book. The library hosts special events to help foster discussion and understanding on the ideas and themes brought forward by that year's title.

Our selection for 2017: Wonder by R.J. Palacio. From Goodreads:

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

Join us for these Wonder-full events:

  • Through October: Visit the Main Library downtown to pick up a Choose Kind sticker, paint a Kindness Rock, add your message to the Kindness Wall, draw a self-portrait and sign up for prizes such as movie tickets ("Wonder" hits theaters on November 17), "Wonder" journals, totes and more. Prize winners will be drawn at the October 26 book discussion. Need not be present to win. Free. No registration.
  • Wonder Half-Day Party 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, October 6: Ages 6-12. Celebrate the FDL Reads book with a photo booth, Kindness Rocks, self-portraits and watch the movie "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (G). With snacks. Free. No registration.
  • Books Between Bites @ Salem United Methodist Church is featuring a discussion of "Wonder" 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 120 Sheboygan St. Bring a lunch; drinks available.
  • Auggie Loves Star Wars 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 14: Teens in grades 6-12. Inspired by Auggie's obsession with Star Wars. Watch "The Force Awakens" and make Star Wars crafts. With prizes and snacks. Free. No registration.
  • Pizza & Pages teen book club 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 18: Teens in grades 6-12. Discuss "Wonder," munch pizza and do a fun "Wonder"-inspired activity. Free. No registration.
  • Wonder Book Discussion & Prize Drawings 6 p.m. Thursday October 26: All ages. Watch a short video, "Nathaniel," about a boy with Treacher Collins Syndrome, watch the latest "Wonder" movie trailer and discuss the themes in the book. With drawings for prizes. Free. No registration.

For more information, visit the Calendar or call the Help Desk at (920) 322-3929.

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