Friday, April 28, 2023

Flowers are blooming for youth at the Fond du Lac Public Library during May! Felt flowers and painted pansies, that is.

Youth can get into the spring spirit with several artsy events this month that are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, May 10, drop into the McLane Room at 4:30 p.m. for Crafty Kids, when youth ages 4+ will be invited to create their own felt flowers. No registration required; all supplies will be provided. Crafty Kids is a monthly program featuring arts and crafts activities.

Then, on Saturday, May 13, join Miss Katie for Paint-Along. During two sessions, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., she will lead children ages 5+ through creating their own floral painting perfect for spring. Wear old clothes; children may get messy. Caregivers must remain with children under the age of 8.

Registration is required; register by May 10 at

Plenty of other activities are planned for younger children and their caregivers as well during May. Other activities include:

  • Wednesday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts: Learn about artist Yayoi Kusama, and then create art in her style. Projects will be adaptable for all ages. This program will be provided in partnership with Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts.
  • Monday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the McLane Room: Discover the STEAM resources the library offers during STEAM Night.
  • Mondays throughout the month at 9:30 a.m.: While storytime takes a break, drop in Monday mornings in the Children’s Room for Playtime at the Library. Open to babies, toddlers and preschoolers. No registration required; playtime will not occur on Memorial Day.

Teen activities scheduled for May include:

  • Tuesday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the Teen Area: Drop into Anime Afternoon to see a few episodes of anime and enjoy a few snacks. Cosplay is welcome.
  • May 14-20: Register at for Browser’s Cache, which contains a checked-out library book to read and return, plus a snack, an activity, and a list of more book recommendations for you to keep. We'll hook you up with a cache curated just for you. Pick up your cache on the holds shelf from May 21 to 27.
  • Tuesday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m. in the McLane Room: Get creative as you make your own Pet Portrait Printmaking during Full Steam Ahead. No registration necessary.
  • Ongoing - 100 Books Before Graduation: This new, low-key reading program is geared toward busy middle school and high school students. It can be hard to find time to read for fun, but reading regularly improves cognitive skills, boosts reading comprehension, and more – so you might as well get prizes for reading. Register at the library or online, then keep track of each book you read. 

Meanwhile, be sure to stop into the Langdon Divers Community Gallery to see the entries for the 9th-annual Teen Photo Contest. The exhibit opens May 3 and runs throughout the month; a special reception recognizing winners will be held Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.