Silver Thaw by Catherine Anderson might be a small paperback book but there is nothing small about the story within its covers. It gives a moving and terrifying view into the world of abuse as it follows a woman and her child as they escape from an abusive marriage and their struggle to survive without being found. You will be hooked from the first few chapters as little by little they both learn to trust and finally live and love again.
Kids are a big part of what Money Smart Week is all about. The annual program is a one-week campaign to promote the importance of financial literacy. Kids have fun Money Smart opportunities at the Fond du Lac Public Library:
Who needs Hollywood? Tweens ages 9 to 13 are invited to the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Tween Scene program at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 30, to try their hand at making stop-animation movies. Using iPads and clay, Lego, puppets and more, tweens will try different ways to create movies. The program is free. No registration required.
Get spring break started off right by celebrating half-day Friday at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Kids ages 6-12 are invited to an afternoon party at 1 p.m. Friday, April 3, with Battle-It-Out-Bingo, snacks and the showing of Big Hero 6. Free. No registration.
The “Ultimate Cheapskate” Jeff Yeager will present Finding Wholesale Happiness in a Retail World, at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. He’ll give tips on how to spend less and enjoy life as the final event in the annual Money Smart Week celebration. The program is free. No registration required.
From April 11 through April 25, the Fond du Lac Public Library will waive $1 in overdue fines for each donation of a nonperishable food item to celebrate National Library Week (April 12-18) and Money Smart Week (April 18-25) and to support local food pantries.
Scrub away the long, dry winter with a day at the spa. Teens in grades six to 12 are invited to pamper themselves at Ahh Spa on Sunday, April 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fond du Lac Public Library.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is on the bestseller list and had much interest before it was published because it was described as the next Gone Girl. I found the book hard to put down once I started reading it. It is not exactly like Gone Girl in plot or characters, but if you enjoy suspenseful books with unreliable narrators, then you will like The Girl on the Train. Main character Rachel takes the train to London every day.