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Meet Jake & Charlie Oct 12

Jake and Charlie have been working side by side for more than five months. In that time, Charlie’s mastered such important skills as opening and closing doors, getting a tissue and picking up after his human friends. The duo’s work is nearly done.

FDL Reads celebrates 'Thunder Dog'

It was a national nightmare. Watching the 9/11 attacks on TV was unfathomable. Imagine sitting at your desk on the 78th floor of the North Tower and hearing a tremendous boom. Then the horror of feeling the building groan and tip.

Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Here is an adult book for people who liked the Hunger Games and Harry Potter series. Bone Season is set in the year 2059 in an alternate history version of England. Two hundred years ago there was an influx of clairvoyant people who can connect to the aether--the realm of spirits. England is controlled by a totalitarian organization called Scion which is trying to eradicate clairvoyants. The main character is nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney who is a rare type of clairvoyant called a dreamwalker.

The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow

The beach scene with the cute little dog in a sweater might make you think it is a light beach read. Take my word for it, The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow is anything but. It is a story of a wife and two daughters trying to move on after the death of their husband and father. It is hard enough to lose a loved one, but what if you discover the loved one you are grieving was not the person you thought they were, and the life of luxury you have been living is all based on lies?

2 great sales at The BookCellar in Sept

The city’s only used book store, the Fond du Lac Public Library’s BookCellar, is holding two great sales in September.

Customers shopping the Back to School Sale on Saturday, September 7, and Monday, September 9, will get one free children’s book with every purchase of $1 or more.

A book for Star Wars fans: William Shakespeare's Star Wars

What? William Shakespeare and Star Wars? Yes! Ian Doescher, with the cooperation of George Lucas, has written the story of the original Star Wars movie, A New Hope, in iambic pentameter in the style of a Shakespeare play. The language is fun to read with plenty of “thou” and “prithee” among the references to “droids” and “hyperspace”. It’s not really such a stretch to put Shakespeare and Star Wars together. Both the Star Wars movies and Shakespeare’s plays are epic tales with villains and colorful supporting characters.

It all starts with a locker . . .

It all starts with the locker

Picture this: You're walking into school. You approach your new locker. It's dull. It's boring. It's probably dirty.

Hang on. It doesn't have to stay that way. Teens in grades 6-12 should stop in 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 14, to put some personality into that bland metal box. Make cool gadgets to glam it up or rock it out. Just attending enters you in a drawing for a Back to School Survival Kit, complete with delicious candy.

Pump Up Your Locker is just the first of several great teen programs this fall:

Summer Reading? Done. Now for some fall fun.

Hi everyone!

Boy, you really dug into reading this summer. This has been one of the busiest summers ever at the Fond du Lac Public Library. With magicians, wild animals and tons of reading – more than 2 million minutes were logged by kids, teens and adults - we hope you had as much fun as we did.

As summer winds down and school gets started, we’re heading into a great fall season.

Sign-up starts Sept 7 for Magnet Board Crafternoon

Kids are starting school any day now, and that means the calendar will be filling up. The Fond du Lac Public Library Crafternoon program has a solution: Make a handy message board to get the gang’s attention. Crafters will have supplies provided to make one board and three magnets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 21. Space is limited, and registration is required beginning 9 a.m.

Arab Spring program Sept 19

Arab Spring continues to bring hope for reform to the Middle East and Northern Africa. But these revolutionary movements are bringing violence and turmoil while exposing the fault lines between religious and political groups. This is true especially in Syria, where a violent civil war rages, and Lebanon, where tensions threaten to unravel its civil society.

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