Up for a challenge, teens? Forget Sochi. The Great Choco-lympics start at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.
Teens in grades six to 12 are invited to experience the glory of chocolate as they battle it out in games such as Rapid-fire Sorting, Hershey’s Squirt Challenge, A Whopper of a Race and Chocolate Pie Eating.
Here is a mystery with a winter setting to pull you through a winter slump. The title of this mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming comes from the hymn “In the Bleak Midwinter,” and the descriptions of the snow and cold add to the atmosphere of the story. Clare Fergusson is the new priest at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in the small town of Millers Kill, NY who finds an abandoned infant at the church at the beginning of December. The baby boy has a note saying that his name is Cody and that he should go to Mr. and Mrs.
Two great sales are coming up in February at the Fond du Lac Public Library BookCellar, the city’s only used book store.
February 1 and February 3: Groundhog Sale, buy one hardcover mystery and get one free from a wide selection that includes authors Tom Clancy, Suzanne Alleyn, John Le Carré, Patricia Cornwell, Loren D. Estleman, Mary Higgins Clark and Faye Kellerman.
After the holiday hustle and bustle was over the only books I felt like reading were something light and easy. I checked my "to be read" book list and headed to the paperback shelves, grabbed a copy of Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery, and found just what I was looking for. Susan Mallery, author of the long running Fool's Gold Series, is one of my favorite authors. Just One Kiss takes you back to the town of Fool's Gold, California with all its warm and quirky characters, and is the first in a trilogy within the long running series.
Veteran travelers Valerie and Wayne Graczyk will share their photos, stories and travel tips at The Best of Greece & Mediterranean Isles travelogue program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free, and no registration is required.
Greece is at the top of the Graczyks’ list of favorite travel destinations.
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg is another one of her trademark heartwarming and humorous stories. The story starts in 2005 with main character Sookie, a 60-year-old woman, living in Alabama with her dentist husband. Except for having to deal with her demanding and flamboyant mother Lenore, she expects to be living a quiet life now that her four children are grown. Then Sookie finds out that she was adopted, and her birth mother was a young woman from the Jurdabralinski family of Pulaski, Wisconsin.
The Fond du Lac Public Library’s Opportunity Center is a free computer lab resource where under- and unemployed people can get help looking for work, writing resumes and researching employers. The center is staffed by local volunteers who work one-on-one with users, many of whom lack computer skills. This help is essential.
Grab a friend who’s into sports. Another history buff. And maybe a science nerd. Voila: you have the perfect Team Trivia roster. Or not. You’d probably do just as well by corralling a few friends for the 14th annual Team Trivia. The quizmasters are notorious for their off-the-wall questions, stumping college professors and algebra drop-outs alike.
Christmas is only days away, and I am sure many of you are rushing around trying to finish up all those last minute holiday tasks. It can be a stressful time, and sometimes you just need to take a step back and focus on what Christmas is really about. The library can help! We have a wonderful display of Christmas fiction, with titles ranging from over the top humor to heartwarming and inspirational, guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Many people with new e-readers might not know they can use their Fond du Lac Public Library account to borrow e-books from the library. The library has several resources available to help people learn how to receive this free service.