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A real-life fairy tale romance...sigh

Sometimes a real-life story reads very much like fiction, and I think Seven Letters from Paris: a Memoir by Samantha Verant is a perfect example of a modern day fairy tale come true. The author shares her personal story of how a bundle of seven romantic love letters from her past lead her to pick herself up when her life was at its lowest and reach for the happiness she deserves. She tells it all - the good, the bad and the ugly - with just the right amount of humor mixed in.

'Art, Healing & Well-Being' Feb gallery exhibit

Art, in expression and appreciation, can heal. That’s the theme and thesis of the exhibit, Art, Healing and Well-Being, at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Langdon Divers Gallery February 4 to March 4.

The exhibit, arranged by Leah Klapperich, director of Marian University’s Expressive and Therapeutic Arts, will explore the relationship of art to the experience of health and well-being and will feature a variety of artists working in a variety of media.

'Where Does the Money Go?' Feb 17

If credit card bills are giving you holiday-spending remorse, maybe it’s time to get a handle on spending. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, 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.

Return to FDL's 'Grand Manner' days Feb 19

Years ago, attorney Terry Gaffney came across souvenir guide books from the late 1890s and early 1900s that promoted Fond du Lac to visitors and conventioneers. Both books included pages of photos of “representative” homes, featuring the abodes of the city’s most-comfortable citizens.

Intrigued, Gaffney tracked down the houses. Some were in disrepair and some beautifully restored.

Sign-up for Beginning Crochet starts Feb 7

The Crafternoon program at the Fond du Lac Public Library will offer Beginning Crochet 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 21.

Romance sale heating things up in Feb

What better way to warm things up? Fond du Lac Public Library’s BookCellar is offering a hot deal: romance paperbacks just three for $1 February 7, 9, 14 and 16.

Teen-tween programs for Feb

Check out these programs for teens and tweens at the Fond du Lac Public Library in February. Teen programs are for teens in grades six through 12; tween programs for ages 9 through 13.

For fans of Downton Abbey

The Library currently has a display of books for people who are fans of Downton Abbey, and I am one of them so I found the book Below Stairs by Margaret Powell to be fascinating. Powell was born in 1907 and had to start work when she was 13 years old. The book was originally published in 1968 but was reissued. The book jacket of the reissued edition says “the classic kitchen maid’s memoir that inspired Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey” and that sums up the book.

Federal tax instructions available to borrow only

For many years, the Fond du Lac Public Library has been one of the only places in the area where the public can pick up free tax-preparation forms. However, the Internal Revenue Service recently informed the library that it would not provide printed copies of instruction booklets, citing budget cuts. Forms will be available – they likely will start arriving at the library in late January – but not instruction booklets for federal taxes.

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