New Express desk unveiled

Several dozen people gathered to help the Fond du Lac Public Library celebrate their first-ever branch location, FDLPL Express, on Saturday. Highlighting the event was the unveiling of a one-of-a-kind, custom-made circulation desk made of books.

On hand to help christen the new location was Judith Berger, a local business woman who donated $20,000 to help furnish the branch.

Berger spoke of her family’s deep connections to public libraries. She recalled how important the public library was to her when she was raising children on a tight budget. Now, Berger has the means to give back to help improve the community. She said her late husband, Joe, would heartily approve of the donation to the library. Joseph Berger Jr. died in 2010. His parents founded Berger’s and Elliot’s in downtown Fond du Lac. Joe Jr. and his dad went on to develop the west side of town, including Forest Mall, Forest Plaza and the Forest Manor Complex. The donation to Express was made in the Berger family name. (In photo at left, Berger reads to sisters Simone, 3, and Ella, 8, Blackburn during the grand opening celebration.)

The unique desk was a show-stopper. It was designed and created for the branch by a local team: Lindsey Bovinet, of Interior Systems, Inc.; Axel Mendez and Paco de la Torre of AMC Countertops; Susan Fiebig and Trista Holz, of Fond du Lac Visual Arts; and architect Tom Meiklejohn.

Meiklejohn, Fiebig and Holz were on hand to lift the covering to show the desk for the first time. The result: gasps, wows and applause. (Photo at right shows, from left: Trista Holz, Tom Meiklejohn, Susan Fiebig and Judith Berger.)

The grand opening also featured refreshments provided by Agnesian EZ Care, a make-your-own antlers craft for kids and appearances by the library’s mascot, Browser, and Agnesian’s Aggie the Bear.

FDLPL Express opened November 17 at The Shops at Johnson Crossing on east Johnson Street. It features a to-go collection of materials with best sellers and new releases, a sizable children’s corner and materials to help with busy lives, featuring cooking, crafting, home repair and more. Patrons can use the computer catalog, place holds, pick up materials and log into the free wi-fi.

The branch, which replaced the bookmobile formerly parked in front of Festival Foods, is open five days a week: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.


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