July 2011

Sudden Spin Causes New Appreciation for Reading

I just had an inner ear infection which causes a spinning sensation, dizziness, loss of balance and nausea. I also found it hard to focus and concentrate and therefore hard to read. This episode made me appreciate being able to read. Reading is important to understanding your health and doing the right thing to get better. But even more, I missed reading fiction. Fiction is a part of my life and has been a part of every human’s life. Think of all of those children’s bedtime stories, ancient sagas and myth, campfire stories, novels, and adventure tales.

Donation for branch encourages community giving

The Fond du Lac Public Library has received just over $30,000 in donations for the new FDLPL Express branch. The new site, to open this fall in the Shops at Johnson Crossing, at Highways 23 and 151, will be the first branch in the library’s 107-year history.

‘Fibers of Our Being’ on exhibit at FDL Library in August

“The Fibers of Our Being” will showcase the malleability and creativity of fiber arts at the Fond du Lac Public Library gallery through the month of August.

Items on display were submitted by artists around the region and curated by the professional artists’ collective Fond du Lac Visual Arts.

Why do you read?

There is no doubt about it – I LOVE TO READ. It doesn't matter if it is a book, a magazine, or newspaper; reading is my passion. For me, a perfect afternoon is sitting at home on my porch, book in hand, and dog at my side (and no mosquitoes, of course). Someone asked me the other day why I read so much. I thought for a bit, and then replied "because I love to learn". Even though the majority of what I read is fiction, I still learn something. For example, I just finished reading the paperback book Home Again by Mariah Stewart. The setting is in St.

Road work in Oshkosh to disrupt catalog, internet July 26

Road construction in Oshkosh will disrupt internet service and the online catalog at the Fond du Lac Public Library on the morning of Tuesday, July 26. If all goes as planned, the public will be able to access the internet on the free computers at the library around noon, and the catalog – available through the website – should be back up at that time as well. The work is weather-dependent, so the outage date may change.

Rank the Lake

With temperatures heating up this week, nothing feels quite as good as a swim. As residents of Fond du Lac, we're lucky to have access to beautiful Lake Winnebago. Did you know that Lake Winnebago is the largest inland lake in Wisconsin at 215 square miles? That's pretty huge! According to the National Atlas of the United States of America, it's actually the third largest freshwater lake completely in the confines of one state (within the lower 48). The largest is Lake Okeechobee in Florida at 700 sq. miles and number two is Red Lake in Minnesota at 452 sq. miles.

Learn to 'Compost at Home' July 19

Heat and rain have made jungles of our yards and gardens, and it’s hard to keep up with the mowing and weeding. But yard waste and clippings can be turned into great compost with a few easy steps. The Fond du Lac Public Library will offer a free class, “Composting at Home” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19.

Mischief Managed.

The last Harry Potter movie is being released today and I find myself feeling strangely sad. As someone who doesn’t even particularly love the movies, this is a pretty odd sensation.

I started reading Harry Potter in 1999. I was almost the same age as the characters and it all felt so deliciously real. I devoured the first book and immediately demanded the second. Luckily, it had just come out, and in a matter of a day or two, I had finished that one too. Then came the waiting for the publication of the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Public internet access guidelines

These guidelines go into effect on August 1, 2011

To access the internet at FDLPL:

 

If a person’s permanent residence is anywhere in Wisconsin:

• They must have or get a Fond du Lac Public Library card to access the internet

• They can use a Winnefox Library System card while FDLPL remains a member of that system

 

If a person’s permanent residence is anywhere outside Wisconsin:

• They must present an unexpired photo ID to receive a guest pass

Budget cuts bring changes to FDL Library services

In anticipation of reductions in funding, the Fond du Lac Public Library will be changing automation systems in November. Removing the library from the shared Winnefox cataloging system will change to the way library patrons can request materials not found on the Fond du Lac shelves.

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