Simple wooden blocks. Not complicated. Nothing to plug in. Not trendy. But did you know that playing with blocks helps children develop skills that later will help them learn math and science, build vocabulary and exercise their dexterity?
Drop by the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Idea Studio and you’re likely to see all kinds of creativity underway. Teens could be composing an original rap inside the recording studio. Students could be ogling a friend’s latest 3-D printer masterpiece. A grandfather could be machine-carving a nameplate for his family. To celebrate and enhance the makerspace’s devotion to creativity and invention, the Idea Studio is offering a summer residency program.
Historians Dr. Rick Whaley and Herman Bender know there’s much to learn and uncover about our local history. In their annual wintertime history presentations at the Fond du Lac Public Library, now into year four, they’ve uncovered an enormous local appetite for the stories of our past.
Teens in grades 6 through 12 have a lot of fun options at the Fond du Lac Public Library in February. All programs are free; no registration required.
At the Teen Game Party at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 18, teens will hang out, snack and play new and classic tabletop games, including Apples to Apples, Battleship and Ticket to Ride. Door prizes included.
It began with Civil War re-enactments and the collection of Civil War artifacts. Then Richard and Gloria Schroeder began zeroing in on antique photos, ultimately developing a passion. Their collection today represents countless hours scouring antique stores and the internet, amassing images themselves and the stories behind them.
Want to explore and expand your tech side? In two Getting Started classes at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Idea Studio, makers will learn how to use the Makey Makey and Raspberry Pi, equipment that’s available free for checkout with a valid library account. Getting Started classes are free and open to adults and children aged 13 or older. Space is limited; online-only registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
Persons with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, their caregivers and family members are invited to monthly Alzheimer’s Association Memory Cafés held at 1 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The programs are free; no registration required. Each month features a new theme: