Washing the Dead by Michelle Brafman

No, this is not some scary Halloween story. The unusual title Washing the Dead refers to a sacred Jewish ritual, and in this novel the ritual helps to strengthen the bond between mothers and daughters. Set in Milwaukee and alternating between the 1970s and 2009, main character Barbara is a teen in 1973 who is being raised in an Orthodox Jewish family. Their shul (church) is in an old mansion that was donated anonymously and also provides the living quarters for the rabbi's family.

All ages invited to flash mob to 'Thriller'

UPDATE: Due to the inclement weather on Halloween, the flash mob is rescheduled for Saturday, Nov 7. Meet with choreographer Julie Wilson at her studio, Shut Up and Dance, 17 Forest Ave., at 11 am. Flash mob downtown at 11:30, then mob the library at noon.

Flash mobbers should come dressed in their zombie worst and made up to look their undead-iest.

Artists explore dark sides in 'All Hallows Eve'

Inspired by the classic creepiness of Dracula, which is the selection for Fond du Lac Reads this year, area artists have tapped into their dark sides for the exhibit, “All Hallows Eve” at the Fond du Lac Public Library Langdon Divers Gallery from October 7 through November 4. The show includes a variety of works in myriad media.

One Way or Another by Elizabeth Adler

For Angie Morse, what begins as a beautiful evening off the Turkish coast at a party on a large luxury yacht ends with attempted murder and a quest for revenge. Standing on the yacht's deck enjoying the sunset, someone hits her over the head with a champagne bottle and pushes her over the side. The yacht pulls away and those on deck appear to turn their backs on her. How can that be? These are her friends, and one is her love, or so she thought. At that moment, Angie vows to survive and get even with those who did this to her - one way or another.

Red Cross blood drive at library Oct 28

Be the un-Dracula: donate blood to save lives. The Fond du Lac Public Library is hosting a Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, to support the community and to celebrate its Fond du Lac Reads book, Dracula, by Bram Stoker.

Donors must be 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.

Novels with World War II settings

Currently there are 2 books on the New York Times bestseller list with World War II settings: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (72 weeks on the list) and Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (33 weeks on the list). World War II remains a popular setting for novels with a diversity of plots, characters, and styles.

Sign up now for Nov 5 Scrabble Bee

Calling all good spellers, competitors, social animals and good-deed-doers. The November 5 Scrabble Bee will challenge your brain as you have fun and benefit a great cause: Fond du Lac Literacy Services.

Día de los muertos party at library Oct. 24

The whole family is invited to a Día de los muertos celebration 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 24, at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Children’s Room.

Translated as day of the dead, Día de los muertos is celebrated throughout Mexico and acknowledged around the world in other cultures. It focuses on remembering family members and friends who have died.

Stories on Ice at Blue Line Oct 1

Kids ages 3 to 5 and their adult friends are invited to Stories on Ice – a program of stories and skating – at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 1, at Blue Line Family Ice Center, 550 Fond du Lac Ave. The program is free, no registration required.

'Where Does the Money Go?' Oct 29

If you’re wondering how you’re going to afford the upcoming holiday season, it’s the perfect time to get a handle on spending. At 6 p.m. Thursday, October 29, Family Living Educator Michelle Tidemann will present Where Does the Money Go? at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.

Tidemann will discuss ways to take control of your money and better manage the money you have. She’ll provide money management materials to take charge of finances.

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