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The Story of Romeo and Juliet as told by Juliet’s nurse

Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen is historical fiction set in Verona, Italy that provides a backstory to William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It made me re-read Romeo and Juliet after finishing this book. Half of the book covers the years 1360-1363 from Juliet’s birth until she is three years old. The second half covers the five fateful days as depicted in Shakespeare’s play when Juliet is fourteen years old and meets and falls in love with Romeo.

Four Friends by Robyn Carr

Family and friends are such an important part of the holiday season and Four Friends by Robyn Carr is a perfect example of appreciating both. Carr has a way of writing about real people with real lives, and the four women in this book deal with very hard and very real issues. The constant throughout the book is friendship, and the strong bond between the four women sees them through. They may not always agree with each other's decisions, but their support for one another is unwavering and makes them stronger in the end.

Another heartwarming tale from Mitford

Jan Karon continues her Mitford series, set in a fictional small North Carolina mountain town, with Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good. This is classic Christian fiction by Jan Karon—heartwarming, character-driven, and hopeful. Retired Episcopal priest Tim Kavanagh returns to Mitford with his wife Cynthia after journeys to his Mississippi hometown and a trip to Ireland. There is an upheaval at his old parish, and Father Tim is asked to fill in for the current priest who is leaving.

Afternoon book club has openings

The Fond du Lac Public Library’s Afternoon Delight Book Group has openings for new members. The club meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month (there are no meetings in July and August). Participation is free and open to all.

Learn to download free e-books

Many people with new e-readers might not know they can use their Fond du Lac Public Library account to borrow e-books from the library. The library has several resources available to help people learn how to receive this free service.

BookCellar greets New Year with sales

Two great sales will greet the New Year at the Fond du Lac Public Library BookCellar, the city’s only used book store.

'Faces ... Rotary in Peru' in gallery Jan 7-Feb 4

The Langdon Divers Gallery at the Fond du Lac Public Library will feature an unusual and inspiring exhibit January 7 to February 4: Faces Tell the Story: Fond du Lac Morning Rotary in Peru.

Beginning Knitting sign-up starts Jan 3

When the holidays are over but winter’s just beginning, it’s nice to find a constructive indoor hobby. Crafternoons at the Fond du Lac Public Library and Jan Stoegbauer to the rescue. Beginning Knitting will be offered 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 17.

Storytimes resume Jan 13 with changes

The Fond du Lac Public Library’s popular Storytimes programs resume on January 13, with a few changes.

All Storytime programs are drop-ins (no registration required) full of age-appropriate fun stories, songs and activities. Programs change weekly. Adults are encouraged to stay with their children; all children 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Lake runoff program Jan 13

The Clean Waters Project and Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association will present Rules and Recommendations for Preventing Polluted Runoff at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

The program is aimed at area farmers, shoreline owners and anyone living in the Lake Winnebago watershed. It will be an opportunity to learn about the current rules and upcoming regulatory changes governing runoff – what is and is not allowed.

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