I was drawn to the debut novelDodgers by Bill Beverly because of the great reviews and the possibility that there was a Wisconsin connection. There is not much of a Wisconsin connection, but I am happy that I read this novel. Main character East is a 15-year-old black teen living in Los Angeles who is a lookout for his uncle Fin’s drug house. When the house is raided, East is told to go with 3 other young men to kill a judge who was a key witness and who is hiding out in Wisconsin.
School's finally out and now it's time for summer vacation road trips. Nothing makes a road trip fly by faster than listening to a great story on audio while you drive. The Fond du Lac Public Library has a great collection of books on CD and playaways, with everything from the latest James Patterson thriller to family friendly titles guaranteed to entertain.
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith is inspired by a real-life 17th century female Dutch painter and alternates with the fictional story of a woman who was an art student in the 1950s. The character of Sara de Vos is based on the real Sarah van Baalbergen who was the first woman to be admitted to the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke in the Netherlands in 1631.
The Fond du Lac Public Library Summer Reading Program starts today and it is for the entire family! How does it work? It is so easy. Simply sign up online or go to any library desk, at the Main Library or FDLPL Express. You will be given a card with circles on it. Read anything you like − books, magazines, audiobooks, comics - and mark off a circle on your card for every 30 minutes you read. When it's full, bring the card to any library location and get a prize. In addition, all adults' cards are entered into weekly prize drawings. There are 4 cards total and the prizes are awesome.
Farmers Markets aren’t the only thing bursting with goodness this time of year. Two sales at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s used-books-and-more Chapter 52 Bookstore offer a cornucopia of savings in June:
All programs are free. Only Mega-Mondays require tickets. No registration required for the others.
Mega-Mondays: Professional entertainers every week at 10 a.m. and repeated at 1 p.m. All ages. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Free tickets are required and are available at the Children’s Desk the Tuesday before each performance.
Popular Wisconsin author Jane Hamilton has written another book--The Excellent Lombards--a humorous story about family relations and growing up and featuring an endearing main character and a bittersweet ending. Set in the 1990s, main character Mary Frances Lombard (also known as Frankie or Francie) lives with her parents Jim and Nellie and her brother William in southeastern Wisconsin on their farmland.