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Money Smart Week schedule April 21-28

Money Smart Week 2012, April 21-28, is a series of classes and activities designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

Money Smart Week Big Read for kids

It’s the Big Read – a statewide celebration of Money Smart Week just for kids. From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, the Fond du Lac Public Library will feature stories and activities for children in kindergarten through third grade that focus on teaching kids how to be smart consumers.

Conference features mom who saved $40K in 1 year

Dannelle Gay was just your average mom with an active household in Madison. When the family decided they wanted a new house, Gay decided to get serious about saving money. Very serious.

May the odds be ever in your favor-- a review of The Hunger Games movie

As a fan of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, I was pretty excited to see the movie adaptation. After watching the series of trailers released, I was pretty sure they had done a good job. I have a history of not loving movie adaptations, as I think they often lack the depth of books. While The Hunger Games movie does change some details, remove certain scenes and characters, and add in a few things, overall I thought it a very skilled adaptation of a book that hit a chord with a lot of people. Warning: spoilers ahead.

Open Door Artists gallery show

Open Door Artists will present Figuratively Speaking, their fourth annual theme show, April 4 to May 2 in the Fond du Lac Public Library Langdon Divers Gallery.

Kids' drawings earn custard

Kids love to color and they love frozen custard, so this is a win-win. Kids ages 11 and younger can pick up a special coloring sheet at the Fond du Lac Public Library Children’s Desk throughout April. All they have to do is draw a picture about their favorite book, turn the picture in to the library and they get a coupon for a free scoop of custard. The coupon is redeemable at any neighborhood Culvers.

The free custard promotion is taking place in recognition of National Library Week, April 8-14. The library is holding a number of activities during the week and month.

How technology will transform libraries April 10

You probably know that the Fond du Lac Public Library offers more than just books. You can borrow e-readers, audio books, DVDs, CDs and a lot more. But these options just scratch the surface of what’s to come at the public library of the future.

From 3D printers to tablet PCs, robotics to custom professional cake pans, the technology world is helping to transform 21st Century libraries into vibrant, creative community spaces, rich with opportunities to make, share and collaborate.

Tax Time

Don’t forget that the library has tax forms available. Forms, including some instruction booklets, are available on the first floor of the library across from the Help Desk. All paper forms are free; however if you need us to print forms for you, you will have to pay standard printing costs.

Team Trivia 2012 winners

First there was 47. Then there were six. Then there were two. The 12th annual Fond du Lac Literacy Services Team Trivia 2012 drew a total of 47 teams of four players over two nights of tough questioning on March 6 and March 8 at Whispering Springs Golf Club.

On March 6, the winning team was the Schraufiderios: Jeanine Schraufnagel, Shawn Schraufnagel, Sarah Desiderio and Joe Desiderio. On March 8, the winners were The Operators: Anthony Strigenz, John Moen, Linda Englehardt and Tammi Flaherty.

Dollar Design Contest for kids

Canada’s paper money comes in five different colors. The Euro is likewise a rainbow. Put the U.S. dollar up against other countries’ currencies, and it seems a bit drab.

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