Saturday, June 01, 2024

Exciting activities, amazing prizes, and great books: It’s time to jump into Summer Reading at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

Starting Saturday, June 1, the Fond du Lac Public Library invites users of all ages to “Read, Renew, Repeat,” the outdoorsy theme of Summer Reading @ FDLPL 2024.

All summer, the library will offer plenty to enjoy, including three Wonder Wednesday performances for youth during June.

Activities for all ages will be held throughout the program, often highlighting the wonders of gardening and of the outdoors.

Adults can drop in for the library’s first Plant Swap on Saturday, June 1. From 10 to 11:30 a.m., visit the McLane Room to trade plants, tips, and stories with other gardeners. Or, visit to see any of our other regular programs, such as Bad Art Night (June 3), Evening Craft Class (June 10), History at Home (June 13), or Super Simple Crafts (June 25).

Kids, meanwhile, have tons of activities to join to keep them from getting bored, including Summer Reading Kick-off Week. From June 2-8, drop into the Children’s Room at the Main Library for great activities as well as a chance to sign up for Summer Reading.

Then, starting the following week, Wonder Wednesdays return with a series of great performances. Enjoy a visit from Animals From Around the World (June 12), the magic of What If? (June 19), and drumming by Oshkosh Taiko (June 26). All performances are held at noon and 2 p.m., with a limited supply of tickets available starting five days prior to each performance. These events will be available by ticket only.

During the first month of Summer Reading, youth also may enjoy a Family Planting Party (June 11 at 4:30 p.m.) and a Storywalk Storytime (June 21 at 6 p.m.). 

Love the Percy Jackson book or TV series? Students entering grades 4 through 12 can register for the Percy Jackson Escape Room (limited space will be available on the day of the events). From June 27-29, students will be challenged to escape the underworld. Register individually or with a team starting June 13.

Teens also can drop into favorite events such as Anime Afternoon (June 4), Mischief and Magic (June 6), and Ready, Set, Roleplay! (June 20). Or, they may join our new monthly program, Play With Your Food (June 18), which features a new activity each month with a food theme. In June, they will learn how to cultivate plants from scraps.No registration needed for any of these teen events.

Meanwhile, through Aug. 11, kids, teens, and adults may read their favorite books to earn prizes. Returning in 2024 is an online logging option: users can hop on the Fond du Lac Public Library’s online portal, Beanstack, to record their minutes of reading. A link to Beanstack is available at Participation is easy, and earns readers instant rewards along the way as well as a chance at a grand prize at the end of the summer. All reading counts, and reading aloud counts for both the reader and the listener. Instant prizes include the popular Faris Popcorn.

Learn more about Summer Reading at the Fond du Lac Public Library by visiting