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75 Years of Mercury Marine

How did today’s leading manufacturer of recreational and commercial marine engines rise from the inadvertent purchase of 300 defective motors in 1939? Retired Mercury Marine executive Jim Hubbard will present “75 Years of Mercury Marine,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required. Refreshments will be served.

A book for book lovers

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is a touching story about people who love books and about the people they love. A.J. is a middle-aged widower who owns Island Books on Alice Island, MA. He is quirky and prickly and still grieving for his wife Nic who died in a car accident. Things are not going well for A.J. His meeting with Amelia Loman, the new representative for Knightly Press, ends badly with A.J. ranting about the current state of publishing.

Power Play by Danielle Steel

The life of business and power is not all it seems and Danielle Steel's latest novel gives an excellent example of the good and bad. Power Play runs two stories at the same time about powerful CEO's and the way they conduct their lives - one involving a hardworking devoted mother who sacrifices any type of personal life for her success, and the other a philandering, scheming man with no conscience who always seems to land on top. The way the two stories come together is excellently written.

It’s not e-books versus print books; it’s e-books AND print books

I generally read print books, but sometimes I read an e-book. In this case the book that I wanted to read was not available in print here at the Fond du Lac Public Library, but it was available to me as an e-book through the Library from the Wisconsin Digital Library (Overdrive). I did a virtual check-out of Wicked Watertown: History You Weren’t Supposed to Know by W. F. Jannke published as a print book in 2010 and as an e-book in 2012.

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

Bestselling chick-lit author Jennifer Weiner goes a bit darker with her newest book All Fall Down, a compelling story about the price some people pay in the pursuit of having it all. Weiner tackles the growing epidemic in our society of middle and upper-class suburban parents who abuse prescription medication to cope with their overworked and overstressed lifestyles, yet writes this story beautifully and in a way that doesn't make you hate the addict or necessarily feel sorry for her either.

Calling all '80s board games

Have a box of forgotten board games? Maybe Scattergories? Operation? Pictionary? The Fond du Lac Public Library seeks donations of 1980s-era board games for an event in the fall.

End of Always by Randi Davenport

End of Always is historical fiction set in 1907 Waukesha and concerns domestic abuse and family violence. It is based on the author’s family history. The tone can be quite grim, but the story is not without hope. This is a good choice for people who like to read historical fiction with Wisconsin settings, but be prepared for some scenes of violence which may be upsetting.

Solar Light Centerpiece sign-up starts July 5

Sign-up starts Saturday, July 5, for the July 19 Solar Light Centerpiece Crafternoon class at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The class meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Explosion of Art in July

The members of Fond du Lac Visual Arts offer Explosion of Art in July, in the Fond du Lac Public Library Langdon Divers Gallery July 3 to A

Wisconsin's First Scientist July 24

He’s been called Wisconsin’s first scientist. Increase Lapham was an early chronicler of plants, rocks, rivers, mounds and all things Wisconsin.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, July 24, authors Martha Bergland and Paul Hayes will present a program on the remarkable life and achievements of Lapham (1811-1875). The program is free; no registration required.

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