July 2011

Paws to Read lets young readers relax, practice

Kids ages 6 to 12 who could benefit from practicing their reading are invited to participate in the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Paws to Read program. Kids read aloud to certified therapy dogs in a relaxed setting. Studies have shown that reading aloud to dogs helps put the child at ease.

Viva La France!

Bonjour! Today is Bastille Day, an annual celebration of the first storming of the Bastille prison in Paris. This was an important event in the French Revolution and today is remembered not only in France, but around the globe. Milwaukee, our neighbor to the south, has a four day festival, beginning today, that includes a "Storming of the Bastille" and a replica Eiffel Tower!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Happy National Ice Cream Month! In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month in recognition of the 90% of Americans who say they love ice cream. In fact, according to the International Dairy Foods Association, 9% of the milk produced in this country goes towards ice cream production. The ice cream industry generates about $21 billion in sales each year!

Best “bodice-ripper” I ever read!

I just finished reading the book Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean and all I can say is - WOW. I haven't read one of these "bodice-rippers" in a long time.  I went back and forth between laughing and fanning myself and sighing and crying! Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always been a good girl, and always does the right thing. Deciding it is time for a change, she makes a list of things she must do in her life to satisfy her so she can truly be happy. She wasn't counting on the charming and devastatingly handsome, Gabriel St.

A Grown-up Book for People Who Like Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia

The final Harry Potter movie is coming out this month. If you liked reading the Harry Potter series and the Chronicles of Narnia series, try reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman. This is a book about magic with dark overtones. The main character, Quentin, is a high school senior who has always loved the “Chronicles of Fillory” and feels disconnected with his world. He goes for a college interview only to find the interviewer dead and a strange paramedic there who gives him an envelope that leads him to Brakebills, a college for magicians.

Mona Lisa's Mystery

Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile has long challenged viewers: what is she thinking? What is her secret? But if you're like many people, you might not have noticed the other mystery in the painting--Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.

FREE summer programs

The Fond du Lac Public Library has free events all summer in conjunction with its “Travel the World, Page by Page” themed summer reading programs. Programs coming up are:

Dance Instruction at Your Library

When you think of services your library provides, do you think of dance instruction? No?

Well, the FDLPL has instructions for the chicken dance available.

A little secret of libraries is that we get asked the same questions over and over. Eventually, we often write down resources and answers to these FAQs in order to better help you. While browsing through some of these questions, I found instructions for the chicken dance. They are typed (yes, on a typewriter) on an old card catalog card and read:

Form Circle--start slow

Summer books by the bag-full

Stocking up on summer reading is easy and affordable at the BookCellar. Grocery-bags-full of romance paperback books or kids' books are just $2. You’ll also find a huge selection of VHS tapes for just 50 cents each and a healthy selection of newer best-sellers for just $2 each.

The BookCellar is located in the library’s lower level and is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and every Monday from noon to 7 p.m.

 

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