Celebration of the Book April 12

The word “book” used to mean one thing: a bunch of printed pages bound together with a sturdy cover. Now, it can be something you listen to or – more frequently – a digital file accessed on an electronic device. Regardless of how it’s delivered, the book is the thing at the Fond du Lac Public Library. It’s so important, the library has set aside April 12 for the Celebration of the Book, with activities for all ages:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Lessons in Self-Publishing. A panel discussion with local self-published authors Richard Hauschild and Corrine Trepanier and Oddint Publishing President Michael Johnson. The authors will talk about their experiences getting a book ready for publication, including choosing publishers, copyright protection, proofreading and editing. Johnson will discuss the business side, such as promotion and distribution. Free. No registration.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: You Can Write a Story. A step-by-step workshop for teens and adults. Members of Fond du Lac Area Writers club will demonstrate how to take an idea through the stages of storytelling: concept, plot, characters, setting, story line, theme and finale. At the end, the participants will have all the elements in place to complete their story. The workshop will be applicable to all writing genres and formats. No registration.
  • Noon-3 pm: Local Authors’ Fair. Meet and greet more than 20 local authors, who will sell and sign copies of their books at tables set up around library.
  • 1-3 pm: Special Crafternoon. Make pretty flowers using upcycled book pages and a few odds and ends. For teens and adults. All supplies provided. Just drop in, no registration required.
  • All day: Book fun in the Children’s Room. Join Browser, the library mascot, to play Book Hopscotch, Pin the Shoe on Pete the Cat, Make and Take Rhyming Story and stories read aloud throughout the day.
  • All day: Bake sale and free popcorn.
  • Through the month of April: Add a Sentence/Build a Story. The library provides the first lines to different story boards. Watch the stories twist, turn and grow as people add their sentences.

The Celebration of the Book is the library’s kick-off for National Library Week – April 13-19 – a decades-old observance sponsored by the American Library Association to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. National Library Week events include the appearance of Fond du Lac native Ann Peters, author of House Hold: A Memoir of Place, speaking at the Friends of the Fond du Lac Public Library annual meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. Free; no registration. Refreshments will be served.


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