I like reading historical fiction because it puts a human face on historical events. Different books that cover the same historical period have different points of view and add to understanding that period. I recently read 2 novels on the Civil War set in Washington, DC and 2 novels on Mormon life in the 19th century. All four novels feature strong female characters.
The ins and outs of selling on eBay will be covered in free classes at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Three classes will be offered in February: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 19; 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 26. The class will be repeated at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.
Kids love to be creative, and getting messy and crafty along the way is a win-win-win. The Fond du Lac Public Library now is offering Crafternoons for Kids every second Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. It’s free, no registration required. Kids ages 6 to 12 just pop in at the McLane Room in the lower level.
Prospective college students and their parents can get help with filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Lauren Lopez from Great Lakes Higher Education will hold a free open workshop from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, February 18, in the library’s Mid-States Aluminum Training Room, in the lower level. Computers will be available, or students can bring their laptops, for applications to be filled out on site.
Thirty award-winning works of art by Wisconsin children and adults with disabilities will be featured in Creative Power: VSA Wisconsin’s Traveling Exhibition February 1 through 25 in the Fond du Lac Public Library gallery.
Close Is Fine is a collection of 8 short stories featuring people who live and work on farms, at blue-collar jobs, and in the forests and taverns of Wisconsin, especially the area around Antigo and Shawano, and is a good choice for people who appreciate reflective, character-driven stories with a Wisconsin connection. These are not stories of dramatic redemption or tearful endings. The appeal of the stories is in the description of one particular event that happens to an ordinary individual at one point in time.