It is hard to believe the month of July is almost over. Much of my summer has been spent reading light, romantic and fun books, but to be good at reader's advisory you have to be willing to read out of your "comfort zone" once in a while. Tell Me by Lisa Jackson is about as opposite of light, romantic and fun as you can get. Both thrilling and terrifying, Jackson's latest takes you on a suspenseful ride filled with both venomous snakes and creepy characters. Reading this one made me want to sleep with the lights on!
Well before upcycling became cool, Midwesterners honed the fine art of finding new ways to use discarded stuff. The August 17 Crafternoon program at the Fond du Lac Public Library will take that idea a step further. Pull-Tab Jewelry, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., will use the lowly soda can pull-tab to make surprisingly pretty accessories. Space is limited, and registration is required beginning 9 a.m. Saturday, August 3, at the Calendar, or by calling the Help Desk at (920) 322-3929.
Janet Evanovich’s latest Stephanie Plum series book, Takedown Twenty, is due to be published in November. While you wait, try Sophie Littlefield’s Stella Hardesty series. Stella is a middle-aged woman in Missouri who runs a sewing shop and is a vigilante on the side. She was abused by her now deceased husband and is an advocate for other abused women. She has romantic entanglements with Sheriff “Goat” Jones. Although the comedy is darker than in the Evanovich books, there are plenty of quirky characters and humorous situations in Littlefield’s fast-paced series.
They’re so smart it’s scary, and more than half the U.S. population owns one, but just because a smartphone can take pictures, it doesn’t mean those pictures are really very good.
Two seasoned photographers will offer tips and advice to remedy that problem with Making the Most of Your Smartphone Camera, at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 3, at the Fond du Lac Public Library downtown. The program is free, no registration required.
Have you ever looked at a book cover and wanted to crawl right in and be part of the setting? That was my first thought when I spotted The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs. The cover pictures the perfect summer scene of a white, casually laid table with mismatched white chairs set among apple trees loaded with succulent looking apples. I could almost hear the bees buzzing around the beautiful pitchers filled with colorful wild flowers gracing the center of the table.
The Solutions Center will show the movie Holes at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.
The free movie (rated PG) is adapted from the best-selling novel by Louis Sachar. It tells the story of down-on-his-luck Stanley Yelnats (played by Shia LaBeouf), who’s sent to Camp Green Lake, where he’s thrown into the adventure of his life.