Trench warfare during World War I was particularly brutal. The Great War encompassed four long years of suffering: of the more than 70 million military personnel mobilized, more than nine million were killed.
But something remarkable happened in 1914, the year war broke out.
The Fond du Lac Public Library’s annual Fond du Lac Reads celebration in October focused on the novel, Wingshooters, by Nina Revoyr. During the month, the community was invited to “write” poems in the library’s Book Spine Poetry Contest – Talking About Tolerance. Poems were written using the words on the spines of books, movies or CDs.
On Wednesday, Mary Wehner and Paula Sergi of the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective judged the entries and awarded first, second and third place prizes.
Like so many other authors, Karen Robards decided to follow the popular paranormal route in her latest novel, Last Victim. Charlotte "Charlie" Stone is a psychologist studying serial killers for the Department of Justice. She is definitely qualified for this profession because as a teenager she was the only survivor of a killer known as the Boardwalk Killer. Having witnessed her friend's family brutally murdered, Charlie has since dedicated her life to finding out what makes these killers do what they do.
Local psychologist Dr. Matt Doll will present Not One of Us: The Psychology of Prejudice at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.
Doll will present information and discuss the psychological nature of racism, intolerance, family ties, bullying and loyalty in a program suitable for parents and middle-school-aged and older children. He’ll explore how grownups can help children understand and deal with problems they face when among friends and at school. The program is free; no registration required.
One thing the folks at the Fond du Lac Public Library know for sure is that Reading ROCKS! They’re going to prove it on Tuesday, November 20, at a free event for kids ages 3 to 8. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., kids are invited to come to the Children’s Room for stories, games, crafts and more. There will be a drawing for door prizes at 6 p.m. (must be present to win).
Sign-up starts December 1 for the Crafternoon: Book Page Wreath. Crafters will cut, fold, staple and glue pages from discarded books to create a distinctive, lacy literary holiday wreath. All supplies will be provided.
Mel Kolstad brings history to life with a collection of paper collages and mixed media pieces in her show, My Downtown: A Collection of Collages Celebrating Fond du Lac on display throughout November in the Fond du Lac Public Library gallery.
House to clean. Presents to buy. Packages to mail. Cookies to bake. Finances to juggle. The stress-o-meter flies into the red zone during the holiday mad dash. Sandra Peterson thinks there’s a better way.