Summer’s a great time to upgrade the body’s hard drive: the brain. And the best way to do that is to read, read, read. Summer reading programs at the Fond du Lac Public Library – Reading is Brain Food – reward kids, teens and adults for giving their brains a boost.
There are many ways of choosing a book to read. It could be because of the subject matter, the cover, the series, the author, or because everyone is talking about it. I chose Casebook by Mona Simpson because I was intrigued by the author and the excellent reviews. Simpson was born in Green Bay (a Wisconsin connection!). Before her parents married, they had a son whom they gave up for adoption. Simpson did not know about her brother until she was an adult. Her brother was Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple.
Sign-up starts Saturday, June 7, for the June 21 Zentangle Coaster/Bookmark Crafternoon class at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The class meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited, and registration is required beginning at 9 a.m. June 7 at the Calendar or by calling the Help Desk at (920) 322-3929.
It’s a good guess that the hundreds who attended the annual Cujak’s Wine Market Holiday Wine Tasting at Fox Valley Savings Bank in November didn’t know their evening out was benefitting such a good cause. On Monday, Sara Cujak and Jim Ziebarth, vice president for FVSB Financial Services, presented a check for $3,500 to the Fond du Lac Public Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.
Debbie Macomber has written another feel good novel with several happy endings that reminds me of a modern-day fairy tale. In Blossom Street Brides, several lives intertwine and connect as they face the trials and triumphs in their varying stages of life. All are connected in some way to that little yarn store on Blossom Street called A Good Yarn, first featured in the second of her Blossom Street novels. The characters eventually get to their happy endings, but it sure takes some time to get there.
The Fond du Lac Public Library has been leading the charge for Money Smart Week since 2007. Money Smart Week Wisconsin is an initiative of the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker is a story about two families from the small town of Titan Falls on the Androscoggin River in northern New Hampshire. This is a gripping character-driven story with touches of magic realism and descriptions of the natural environment of the area. From the author’s descriptions, I felt as if I could not only see the river but smell it as well.
Although it reads more like a cozy mystery than a suspenseful thriller, The Collector by Nora Roberts is another great book by an author who to date has written 184 New York Times bestsellers - including 33 written as J.D. Robb, as her website proudly proclaims. The first character we meet in her latest bestseller is Lila Emerson, a professional house sitter and writer of young adult novels, as she settles into her latest client's swanky New York apartment while they head off to the south of France for three weeks.