Laaadies and gentlemen: Big Top celebration April 20

Come one, come all to Big Top: The Greatest Library on Earth at the Fond du Lac Public Library Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The family event is being held to celebrate the culmination of National Library Week (April 14-20) with three rings of fun: programs in the Children’s Room that include circus craft stations, a circus peanut guessing game and face painting; games, free popcorn, bake sale and real circus costumes on display on the first floor; and a collection of genuine circus memorabilia in the lower level McLane Room.

The circus display is coming from Steve Flint from Janesville, who has the third-largest private collection of circus memorabilia in the nation. He’s bringing a model circus train with wagons, historical posters, books and other collectibles.

The costume display will include the circus parade jacket worn by Ernest Borgnine’s wife, Tova. For 30 years, Ernest Borgnine marched in Milwaukee’s annual Great Circus Parade as the “Grand Clown.” Tova’s jacket, hats and other costumes are coming to the library courtesy of the Circus World Museum in Baraboo.

Juggling afficonado Brad Wyman and friends will be on hand for demos and casual, drop-in juggling lessons. The FDL Police Dept. is bringing their radar throw, and the FDL YMCA will have a fun activity as well.

Big Top: The Greatest Library on Earth is free, no registration or signup required.

National Library Week is a decades-old observance sponsored by the American Library Association to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Culver’s is helping to celebrate this special time, as well. Through the month of April, children up to age 11 can pick up a coloring sheet at the Children’s Desk and hand it in to get a coupon for free custard and to enter a drawing for a free Culver’s meal.


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