If you like mysteries set in Wisconsin, tryDeath Stalks Door County by Patricia Skalka, the first in the Dave Cubiak series. Cubiak was a Chicago cop who became a park ranger at Peninsula State Park after his wife and daughter were killed in an accident. He is still grieving, feeling guilty, and drinking too much. This is a not a cozy mystery even though the author does a good job of describing the beauty and ambience of Door County.
The Mega-Monday series of free, professional summer entertainment for all ages gets underway at the Fond du Lac Public Library on Monday, June 16, when Steve Russell will perform twice – at 10 a.m. and repeated at 1 p.m. – with his show of juggling, magic, comedy and good, clean fun.
Fulfilling the wishes of many customers, the Fond du Lac Public Library BookCellar now accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. The city’s only used book store is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Mondays from noon to 7 p.m.
What a fun book! Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson is a humorous contemporary retelling of the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice set (of all places) in the world of dog shows. Fans of Austen won't be disappointed; Wilson has very cleverly weaved in references to the original tale and does an excellent job bringing back to life Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth while adding a fun modern twist.
The title Confabulist means that a person makes up stories because the person does not know or cannot remember the truth, and narrator Martin Strauss is a confabulist. In the beginning Martin tells the reader that he has a condition where his brain cannot store and process memories and that he killed Harry Houdini. Part of the story is about Martin’s life as he believes it happened and part is factual information about Houdini.
Everyone is invited, beginners to masters, to this summer’s Chess Connect program at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Players will meet at 6 p.m. every other Monday starting June 16 (June 30, July 14, July 28 and August 11).
Buses to Books returns! Fond du Lac Transit’s Buses to Books program allows kids ages 6 to 17 to ride the bus to the Fond du Lac Public Library and back for free on Thursdays June 19 to August 7, using their library cards as bus passes. Kids ages 6 to 9 must be accompanied by an adult, and adults pay full fare. Bus routes and other transit information are available on the Transit Dept. page at www.fdl.wi.gov.
Kids to the rescue! Kids age 8 through high school can learn more about a wide variety of summer volunteer opportunities available by attending the 2nd Annual Youth Volunteer Fair at the Fond du Lac Public Library on Wednesday, June 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.