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Letters to Santa due Dec 5

When it comes to Christmas wishes, kids know it’s smart to put them in writing. Kids who drop off their letters to Santa at the Children’s Room at the Fond du Lac Public Library by Monday, December 5, will get a personalized reply by Santa mailed to their homes before Christmas.

5-year-old spends allowance money for the library

Five-year-old Ben Johnson has come all the way from Grand Prairie, Texas, to do a good deed in Fond du Lac.

While in town with his mother, Tracy Johnson, to visit Grandpa and Nana Bob and Elaine Stogsdill, Ben came to the Children’s Room at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

BookCellar needs volunteers

It’s a hidden gem in the basement of the Fond du Lac Public Library. The BookCellar is the city’s only used book store, and it helps support library programming. Best of all, customers can buy great hardcover books for just $1 and kids’ books and paperbacks for just 50 cents.

The BookCellar is run primarily by volunteers, and the library is looking for additional help to keep the store open every Saturday and Monday. BookCellar volunteers help customers find books, shelve new items, sort donations and organize special displays.

Make room for Christmas: donate to BookCellar

Make room before the holidays by donating used books, movies, music, puzzles and games to the Fond du Lac Public Library BookCellar. It’s easy: label your materials as donations and drop them in the parking lot drive-by book drop or bring them inside to the Main Desk. Materials should be in good condition (no mold, no musty odors), and magazines, encyclopedias and text books are not accepted.

Borrow e-books for up to 21 days

Fond du Lac Public Library card holders can borrow e-books for free direct from the library’s website, www.fdlpl.org.

Through OverDrive Media, card holders can borrow books for most e-book readers, including Kindle, Nook and Sony E-Reader.

E-books can be borrowed for up to 21 days, and card holders can check out as many as 10 items at a time. They also can place holds on up to 10 items.

Donate books, movies, puzzles to BookCellar

Make room before the holidays by donating used books, movies, music, puzzles and games to the Fond du Lac Public Library BookCellar. It’s easy: label your materials as donations and drop them in the parking lot drive-by book drop or bring them inside to the Main Desk.

Homemade Christmas gifts program Dec 6

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.

Christmas Tree Ship program Dec 13

In the 1900s, holidays in Chicago meant the arrival of The Christmas Tree Ship, which carried hundreds of freshly cut northern evergreens to brighten the streets and homes of the city.

Half off at BookCellar

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.

FDLPL Express to open Nov 17

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.

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