Top 10 things I hope survive social isolation

Top 10 things I hope survive social isolation

May 11, 2020

By Chris Durkin

There’s no arguing that being at home now feels difficult, especially with children under foot. I tend to be on the cynical side, but lately I’ve found myself trying to find the silver lining. I don’t know if this is a copin...

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What bird is that?

What bird is that?

May 8, 2020

By Joanne Mengel

About the only good thing I can say about this quarantine situation is that it’s given me a chance to watch the slow transition to spring in my yard. I’m learning to appreciate the little things. For instance, last night I sa...

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Burkhart named May 2020 maker-in-residence

Burkhart named May 2020 maker-in-residence

May 4, 2020

Owing to the times, the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Idea Studio has named its first of four paid virtual summer makers-in-residence. Sewer and needleworker Stacey Burkhart will be offering virtual classes, interactive question-and-answer sessio...

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Mary Leb retires after 24 years with FDLPL

Mary Leb retires after 24 years with FDLPL

May 1, 2020

Mary Leb – a welcome smiling face in the Reference department – will retire May 1 after 24 years with the Fond du Lac Public Library. Normally a milestone such as this would be celebrated with a staff potluck, cake and lots of laughs. But, lif...

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Curbside pickup starts Mon Apr 27

Curbside pickup starts Mon Apr 27

April 27, 2020

The Fond du Lac Public Library is providing curbside pickup on Portland Street next to the downtown Main Library. Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-6 pm; Sat 9 am-4 pm. Pickup is easy as 1, 2, 3:

Step 1: Place items on hold

  1. Go to the Catalog at fdlpl.org an...

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Time is right for starting a vegetable garden

Time is right for starting a vegetable garden

April 22, 2020

By Chris Durkin

Today I read an article about Victory Gardens, which were popular during World War II. According to Patty Percy, Community Garden coordinator at Extension Fond du Lac County, our current pandemic has lots of folks considering star...

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DIY personal protective equipment, Part 3

DIY personal protective equipment, Part 3

April 15, 2020

By Crystal Valentine

Face Masks for Personal Use

In an earlier blog post we explored sewing face masks to donate to health-care workers.

Now, since the CDC issued guidelines recommending the wearing of “cloth face coverings in public settings...

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She who laughs ... lasts

She who laughs ... lasts

April 14, 2020

By Joanne Mengel

I’m dating myself but, how many of you remember Erma Bombeck?

She was an American humorist whose newspaper column describing suburban life was wildly popular from the mid-1960s to the late ’90s. She published 15 books, most ...

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6th annual Teen Photo Contest results

6th annual Teen Photo Contest results

April 13, 2020

A dramatic shot of winter waves splashing on an icy shore struck a chord with judges, awarding 14-year-old Kristen Heap the grand prize – a $250 gift card – in the Fond du Lac Public Library’s sixth annual Teen Photo Contest.

Judges reviewe...

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Gardening, romance, horror, sci-fi: Spring reading

Gardening, romance, horror, sci-fi: Spring reading

April 10, 2020

By Emilyn Linden

It’s been a challenging time for all of us, whether we’re self-isolating at home or an essential worker going to our job every day. One thing that’s been uplifting for me is finally seeing some sun on most days. My reading ...

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