One sure way to stretch Christmas shopping dollars and still make a big impression is to give gifts that you made yourself. The Fond du Lac Public Library will offer a hands-on program, Thrifty Gifts to Make, on Tuesday, December 6, at 6 p.m.
Three crafters – librarian Annette Clark and her friends Sue Derge and Charlotte Clark – will demonstrate several make-it-yourself gift projects. They will provide instructions and tools and supplies lists for each project. Everyone will make a decoupage Christmas ornament to take home.
Books make great gifts, and with a giant half-off sale at the BookCellar, gift-giving is a snap. The BookCellar is the library’s used books-and-more store located in the lower level.
On Saturday, November 12, Monday, November 14 and Saturday, November 19, books, movies, CDs and more are all half off (with exception of collectors’ materials and the newest best sellers). Hardcover books and CDs will be 50 cents; kids’ books and paperbacks just 25 cents.
The Fond du Lac Public Library’s first branch expansion is scheduled to open November 17. A grand opening for the 1,700-square-foot FDLPL Express, at The Shops at Johnson Crossing, is planned for Saturday, December 10.
The branch will feature a “to-go” collection of materials, emphasizing best sellers and new releases, a sizable children’s corner and materials to help with busy lives, featuring cooking, crafting, home repair and more. Patrons will be able to access the computer catalog, place holds and pick up materials.
To save more than $60,000 a year and to provide better service, the Fond du Lac Public Library is becoming an independent, standalone library. The library has been a member of the Winnefox Library Automated System, but this year the library board determined that the $103,000 annual Winnefox price tag was not providing good value to Fond du Lac city taxpayers.
It starts earlier every year, so it’s no wonder that months of holiday spending can create financial worries. Money Smart U is offering, Managing Holiday Spending (and Stress) on Tuesday, November 8, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the library's McLane Room in the lower level.
Paranormal explorer Curt Strutz, cast member of the cable show, “Paranormal Generation,” will present an exciting program rich in history, storytelling and personal experiences to set the mood for Halloween. “Visiting the Beyond” will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 24, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is recommended for teens and adults.
The Fond du Lac Public Library now has Kindle e-books for borrowing. For many months, the library has had e-books compatible with other formats, but it wasn't until September 21, 2011 that Amazon entered into a partnership with OverDrive Media, the program used by libraries across the United States.
Dress up your dog, cat, ferret, turtle, wombat – anything goes – in his best Green Bay Packers finery and parade around the library (or inside, if weather is uncooperative) at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 15.
Prizes for Best Use of Green and Gold, Most Like Lombardi and Most Enthusiastic Fan (pet, that is).