Back-to-school sales at Chapter 52

The Fond du Lac Public Library’s used-books-and-more Chapter 52 Bookstore has great sales in September to help recharge the brain as summer wanes and kids go back to school.

Paper wreath Crafternoon Sept 17

Crafters will make a festive wreath by rolling upcycled book pages and adding an embellishment or two at the 1 p.m. Saturday, September 17, Crafternoon program at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Idea Studio.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When life gets you down try looking at what others are going through. You may realize that your troubles are minuscule compared to theirs. Reading the memoir When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi made me sad, but also gave food for thought on life and how precious each day is.

Sept. 15 history program delves into Civil War

Local boys and men who signed up to fight for the Union during the Civil War were attached to the Iron Brigade, the only all-Western unit in the Union’s Eastern army, the Army of the Potomac.

Fantasy-fueled art in gallery in Sept

When writers write, they involve all their senses. Their imaginations conjure the sights, sounds, flavors, scents and textures of the worlds they create. So it makes perfect sense that a writer with a gift for visual arts would extend her creation on the sketch pad.

Tragic story of a Somali Olympian

Don't Tell Me You're Afraid by Giuseppe Catozella is a heartbreaking novel based on the true story of Samia Yusuf Omar who was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1991, ran in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and died in the Mediterranean Sea in April 2012 during a horrific journey trying to reach the London Olympics. The story starts in 1999 when Samia and her friend Ali were 8 years old. Ali realized that Samia was a faster runner and decided to be her coach. When Samia was 10 years old, she won a city-wide race.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

They say patience is a virtue, and you are really put to the test with Liane Moriarty's new book titled Truly Madly Guilty. Six responsible adults, three cute kids, and one small dog are all enjoying a neighborhood barbecue. Something happens at the barbecue, but you are kept hanging until halfway through the book before you find out what it is. In my opinion - this one is truly, madly, intriguing.

Relativity by Antonia Hayes—family relations and a boy savant

Relativity by Antonia Hayes is a novel for people who enjoy stories about family relationships such as those by Jodi Picoult. It is also a good book for anyone interested in the subject of savants. Twelve-year-old Ethan lives in Sydney, Australia with his mother Claire and is brilliant in physics and astronomy. Claire has not told Ethan anything about his father Mark until Ethan has a seizure which sends him to the hospital. Then the story comes out that Mark was convicted of shaking Ethan and causing brain damage when Ethan was 4 months old.

VanDyke ran 13 marathons in 13 days

How did a self-professed nonathlete run 13 marathons in 13 days?

“Your body can do anything your mind tells it to,” said Amy VanDyke.

'Move Your Body' on Aug 9

The Fond du Lac Public Library and community partners finish up their Healthy Brain/Healthy Body series of programs with Move Your Body at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 9 in the library’s new Idea Studio in the lower level.

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