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Optimists' holiday gift to the library

Thanks to members of the Fond du Lac Evening Optimist Club, families who attend the Fond du Lac Public Library's Evening with Santa 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, each will receive a copy of the book, Mouse's First Christmas, by Lauren Thompson. Pictured, from left, bottom row: club member Tricia Bonlander, library Children's and Teen Services Coordinator Sarah Newton and club member Lynn Nickel. Top row: club members Dick Baumhardt, Gail Harder and Gerry Bonlander.

It is official - I have been bitten by the Christmas bug!

I know it is early.... but I have officially been bitten by the Christmas bug. There is a fresh dusting of snow on the ground and the library is already partially decorated for the holidays. This is the time of year when many authors offer up their yearly Christmas book and I hope to read new titles as I catch them and share my thoughts with you. Luckily, most of the books are short and sweet and very easy reads. My first selection is An Island Christmas by Nancy Thayer.

Is living in Door County the key to a happy life?

In the debut novel North of the Tension Line by J. F. Riordan, Fiona Campbell is a writer currently living in Ephraim and formerly from Milwaukee and Chicago. This novel is leisurely-paced, character-driven, and humorous, and most loose ends are tied up neatly at the end. Fiona’s friend Elisabeth runs a gallery and has a dog named Rocco.

Sometimes authors surprise us...

I have long been a fan of author Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Her romance stories are written with style and grace, and most times love conquers all when the story comes to a happy ever after ending. She certainly surprised me with her latest book, Heroes are My Weakness. Even though the title hints at a romantic setting, this one has a much darker and serious feel to it. In some ways, the beginning had elements of classic gothic romances like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

Can you build a crazy golf hole?


Golf fans know it. Movie fans, too. It’s the scene in the comedy Happy Gilmore when Adam Sandler has to hit his golf ball through a massive pile of wreckage to sink the putt and win the tournament. Spoiler alert: It’s ridiculously funny.

Talk with Ernie Cline Oct 29

The author of Ready Player One talks to Fond du Lac readers via Skype at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, answering such pressing questions as what's your favorite video game? How do you make a Flux Capacitor? What's happening with the “RPO” movie? Free. No registration.

Returning to Gilead: Lila by Marilynne Robinson

This is the story of Lila, the much younger wife of Reverend John Ames, first introduced in the Pulitzer prize-winning novel Gilead. Marilynne Robinson’s books, Gilead, Home, and Lila are set in the small Iowa town of Gilead and are about things of the heart and spirit.

Christmas on Main Street Nov 20

What do you remember about shopping for Christmas in downtown Fond du Lac? In the 1950s and 1960s, Main Street was a shopping mecca for the small towns and rural areas for miles around. Families made special weekend trips just to visit stores such as Fond du Lac Dry Goods, Ragatz Shoes and Yost’s College Shop.

Where Does the Money Go? Nov 12

Where does the money go? If that question seems to come up a lot, it’s time to take control. At 9 a.m. Wednesday, November 12, Family Living Educator Michelle Tidemann will present Where Does the Money Go? at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.

Marian History class preview Nov 19

This history is so sweeping it needs an intro.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, Marian University’s Dr. Rick Whaley together with geologist and internationally published author Herman Bender will offer Big History Preview at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

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