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The Collector by Nora Roberts

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, or so her website 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.

Sign-up starts May 3 for Binder Clip Holder Crafternoon

Sign-up starts Saturday, May 3, for the May 17 Binder Clip Photo/Card Holder Crafternoon class at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Class meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited, and registration is required beginning at 9 a.m. May 3 at the Calendar or by calling the Help Desk at (920) 322-3929.

Superhero Princess Party May 31

It’s going to be a celebration of princesses and superheroes. Children ages 12 and younger are invited to come to the Fond du Lac Public Library Children’s Room from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, with their cape, crown, tutu, mask or any favorite hero and/or princess gear for a power-packed afternoon of fun. Free. No registration required.

May brimming with bargains at BookCellar

Celebrate the return of sunny skies and warm weather by shopping at the Fond du Lac Public Library BookCellar in May:

  • Saturday, May 10, and Monday, May 12: Ready, Set, Grow Sale, all gardening books half price.
  • Saturday, May 17, and Monday, May 19: Hooray for Hollywood Sale, movie and TV-themed books just 50 cents.

The BookCellar will be closed Saturday, May 24, and Monday, May 26, for the Memorial Day weekend. Normal hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Mondays from noon to 7 p.m.

Upcycled Glam winners announced

Gorgeous. Incredibly creative. Awesome!

That’s what judges called a dress made from Kool-Aid-dyed book pages and a hand-me-down shirt. Sarah Hansen, 16, won the grand prize in the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Upcycled Glam contest with a dress she said was an “adventure” to make.

Free custard for kids

Kids love to color and they love frozen custard, so this is a win-win. Kids ages 11 and younger can pick up a special coloring sheet at the Fond du Lac Public Library Children’s Desk throughout April. All they have to do is draw a picture about their favorite book, turn the picture in to the library and they get a coupon for a free scoop of custard. The coupon is redeemable at any neighborhood Culvers.

Growing, using herbs class on May 14

Master gardener and herbalist Lynette Liepert will present Growing and Using Culinary Herbs at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.

Liepert – who professes, “an herb is a plant with a purpose!” – will discuss the whys, hows, whats, wheres and whens of growing and using culinary herbs. Her presentation will include garden design and historical use of culinary herbs.

A story of friendship set at a vintage clothing shop in Madison

Three women, Violet, April, and Amithi, deal with their problems and bond at the Hourglass Vintage shop in Madison in the debut novel Vintage by Susan Gloss. This is a feel-good story that should appeal to people who like Cecelia Ahern, Elizabeth Berg, and Debbie Macomber. Each chapter starts with a description of a vintage item that is featured in that chapter’s storyline.

Remembering FDL's fallen on May 15

Army veteran and historian Wayne King will present Remembering Memorial Day at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 15, a program in the Fond du Lac Public Library’s History at Home series. The program is free; no registration required.

Learn our geo-history at 'Glacial Landscapes' May 7

How was the Ledge formed? What force dug out Lake Winnebago? Wisconsin’s Glacial Landscapes – with an emphasis on the geological history of the Fond du Lac area – will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.

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