A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is a charming debut novel by a Swedish author. Ove is a grumpy man with fixed routines and standards who has been forced into early retirement. He loves his wife and his Saab but is difficult and bitter with everyone else. Yet beneath his crusty exterior is a tender heart. The first thing that brought tears to my eyes when I read this book was that (spoiler) Ove’s beloved wife Sonja is dead.
Fond du Lac County is home to amazingly creative teens. Their ingenuity was on full display during separate judging sessions for the Fond du Lac Public Library’s two spring contests: Upcycled Glam and Teen Photo.
Kids ages 6 to 12 and their families are invited to Half Day Party at the Fond du Lac Public Library on Friday, May 6. Kids who attend Fond du Lac School District have early release that day. The library party will start at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kids will watch Finding Nemo (G), munch on snacks and play bingo in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
The Friends of the Fond du Lac Public Library invite the public to their annual meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, featuring a presentation by Susan Fiebig, local author of two travel guides, “The Bloody Trail: In Quest of the Best Wisconsin Bloody Marys” and “Adventures on the Bloody Trail: The Quest Continues.” Refreshments will be served.
Take in the work of creative teens: Entries from the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Teen Photo Contest and Upcycled Glam Contest will be on display in the Langdon Divers Gallery from May 4 to June 1. The two grand prize winners and runners-up will receive their prizes at an awards ceremony and public reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12.
Take a trip back to Fond du Lac’s Lakeside Park in the 1920s, and what do you see? Local historian Tracy Reinhardt will present Lakeside Park Through Langdon’s Eyes two times at the Fond du Lac Public Library on Thursday, May 19, at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. The programs are free; no registration required.