During the Civil War, about 300 African Americans were living in Fond du Lac. They had been brought to the community by the Rev. Rogers, a local Methodist minister. But, by the 1940s, the group dwindled to just one person, former slave Mrs. Frances Shirley. What happened to make the young African Americans leave? How did Fond du Lac react to the minister’s good works?
Up for a challenge, teens? Forget Sochi. The Great Choco-lympics start at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.
Teens in grades six to 12 are invited to experience the glory of chocolate as they battle it out in games such as Rapid-fire Sorting, Hershey’s Squirt Challenge, A Whopper of a Race and Chocolate Pie Eating.
Two great sales are coming up in February at the Fond du Lac Public Library BookCellar, the city’s only used book store.
February 1 and February 3: Groundhog Sale, buy one hardcover mystery and get one free from a wide selection that includes authors Tom Clancy, Suzanne Alleyn, John Le Carré, Patricia Cornwell, Loren D. Estleman, Mary Higgins Clark and Faye Kellerman.
Veteran travelers Valerie and Wayne Graczyk will share their photos, stories and travel tips at The Best of Greece & Mediterranean Isles travelogue program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free, and no registration is required.
Greece is at the top of the Graczyks’ list of favorite travel destinations.
The Fond du Lac Public Library’s Opportunity Center is a free computer lab resource where under- and unemployed people can get help looking for work, writing resumes and researching employers. The center is staffed by local volunteers who work one-on-one with users, many of whom lack computer skills. This help is essential.
Grab a friend who’s into sports. Another history buff. And maybe a science nerd. Voila: you have the perfect Team Trivia roster. Or not. You’d probably do just as well by corralling a few friends for the 14th annual Team Trivia. The quizmasters are notorious for their off-the-wall questions, stumping college professors and algebra drop-outs alike.
Many people with new e-readers might not know they can use their Fond du Lac Public Library account to borrow e-books from the library. The library has several resources available to help people learn how to receive this free service.
Sometimes the in-betweens get lost in the shuffle. Tweens are too old for the little-kid stuff and too young to hang out with high schoolers. So the Fond du Lac Public Library is starting a program just for them: Tweentastic, the last Thursday of the month from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kids ages 10 to 13 are invited to drop in to have fun for a hands-on, crafty time.
The popular Storytimes program for parents and young children at the Fond du Lac Public Library will resume on Tuesday, January 7. Kids think the sessions – full of stories, rhymes and songs – are a lot of fun. Parents know they reinforce and emphasize important early literacy skills.