The lazy days of summer are finally here. Time to grab that sunscreen, beach chair and umbrella and relax with the perfect beach read. My top choice for this summer is Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews. Set on the sunny beaches of Florida, it has the perfect combination of romance, mystery and comedy. Though it is a tale of divorce and betrayal, the author tells it with her trademark humor and mixes a bit of revenge and sweet justice in for good measure. This one is chick-lit at its best.
Want to do two things at once? Try listening to an audio-book as you walk, run, exercise, work around the house, or drive. The Library has three kinds of audio-books: CDs, Playaways, and downloadable audio-books. The CDs can be used in any device that plays CDs such as in a car, entertainment center, or portable CD player. The Playaways are self-contained units about the size of a deck of cards. You put in your own AAA battery and add headphones or ear buds, and off you go listening to the book.
The Buses to Books program lets kids ages 6 to 17 can ride the bus to the Fond du Lac Public Library and back for free on Thursdays June 13 to August 1, 2013, using their library cards as bus passes. Kids ages 6 to 9 must be accompanied by an adult; adults pay full fare.
Robyn Carr is one of those contemporary romance authors I just never get tired of reading, and her new book The Wanderer is an amazing start to her new Thunder Point series. I loved her long running Virgin River series, and I am happy to report this new book had all the elements I have come to expect from this author - small town charm, quirky characters, wonderful romance, and a little mystery thrown in for good measure. As the story line progressed and I met each character, I found myself identifying them with people I know, or know of, in real life.
June is National Audio Book Month, and the Fond du Lac Public Library is celebrating by giving out free ear buds to kids and free car-adapter cords to adults when they check out Playaway books. Playaways are MP3-like devices loaded with just one book that can be paused, forwarded, reversed – run just like any digital player.
In Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, Howard Carter found the tomb of King Tut. Kathleen Kenyon’s excavation on the banks of the Jordan River unearthed Jericho, the world’s oldest city. Peter Brown and Michael Morwood found traces of ancient Hobbit-like people in Indonesia.
There’s a full roster of great Dig Into Reading events for kids this summer at the Fond du Lac Public Library, starting Monday, June 10. Full details are available at the Calendar.
• Mighty Mighty Mondays: Professional entertainers come for two shows, 1 p.m. and repeated at 2:30 p.m. For all ages. Free tickets are required for entry; tickets are available from the Children’s Desk at the Main Library starting the Tuesday before the performance. The lineup: