In 2002, Jason Padgett was just an average guy. Not the best student; he had graduated from high school a few years back, just. He got by selling futons and spending his off time pumping iron and partying. But a brutal attack changed all that. Muggers jumped him outside a bar and left him on the sidewalk, a victim of severe head trauma.
Relativity by Antonia Hayes is a novel for people who enjoy stories about family relationships such as those by Jodi Picoult. It is also a good book for anyone interested in the subject of savants. Twelve-year-old Ethan lives in Sydney, Australia with his mother Claire and is brilliant in physics and astronomy. Claire has not told Ethan anything about his father Mark until Ethan has a seizure which sends him to the hospital. Then the story comes out that Mark was convicted of shaking Ethan and causing brain damage when Ethan was 4 months old.
School's finally out and now it's time for summer vacation road trips. Nothing makes a road trip fly by faster than listening to a great story on audio while you drive. The Fond du Lac Public Library has a great collection of books on CD and playaways, with everything from the latest James Patterson thriller to family friendly titles guaranteed to entertain.
UPDATE: Due to the inclement weather on Halloween, the flash mob is rescheduled for Saturday, Nov 7. Meet with choreographer Julie Wilson at her studio, Shut Up and Dance, 17 Forest Ave., at 11 am. Flash mob downtown at 11:30, then mob the library at noon.
Flash mobbers should come dressed in their zombie worst and made up to look their undead-iest.
The author of Ready Player One talks to Fond du Lac readers via Skype at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, answering such pressing questions as what's your favorite video game? How do you make a Flux Capacitor? What's happening with the “RPO” movie? Free. No registration.
’80s Board Game Night, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 15: All ages. Just drop in to try your hand at a variety of classic board games, including Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Battleship and lots more. Free. With refreshments. No registration.
In the Fond du Lac Reads pick, Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, OASIS creator James Halliday worships 1980s culture. We honor that obsession with an '80s Movie Marathon Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., featuring seven classic movies.
With '80s refreshments like Jello Jigglers and Cool Ranch Doritos.