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Learn about our changing weather online

Ever wonder how global warming affects our area? Dramatic reports from the Arctic and Sahara don’t seem to translate to life in the upper Midwest. The scientists at UW-Madison have studied it thoroughly, and they’re excited to share what they know.

2014 staff favorites

As the year draws to a close, FDL Library staff reflects on 2014's most memorable books. Click on any book title to place a hold.

Make Dixie Cup Lights Dec 6

Crafters will use Dixie Cups, upcycled book pages and stamps and inks to add some retro warmth to a string of holiday lights in the December 6 Crafternoon program at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Crafters must bring their own strand of twinkle lights (50 lights maximum) to make a festive garland in the program that runs 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for adults and teens in middle school and older.

Listen to holiday story on radio

Once upon a time there was a magical story about what happened when Santa crash-landed during a terrible storm. Who did Santa meet? Why was he in danger? How can he, his angels and invisible reindeer save Christmas?

Visit with Santa Dec 3

Kids, get your lists ready: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Fond du Lac Public Library from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3. Every family will receive a free, new holiday book to take home. Parents can take photos of their kids with Santa, and the whole family can enjoy making a holiday craft. Santa’s visit is free and open to the public; no registration required.

Optimists' holiday gift to the library

Thanks to members of the Fond du Lac Evening Optimist Club, families who attend the Fond du Lac Public Library's Evening with Santa 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, each will receive a copy of the book, Mouse's First Christmas, by Lauren Thompson. Pictured, from left, bottom row: club member Tricia Bonlander, library Children's and Teen Services Coordinator Sarah Newton and club member Lynn Nickel. Top row: club members Dick Baumhardt, Gail Harder and Gerry Bonlander.

It is official - I have been bitten by the Christmas bug!

I know it is early.... but I have officially been bitten by the Christmas bug. There is a fresh dusting of snow on the ground and the library is already partially decorated for the holidays. This is the time of year when many authors offer up their yearly Christmas book and I hope to read new titles as I catch them and share my thoughts with you. Luckily, most of the books are short and sweet and very easy reads. My first selection is An Island Christmas by Nancy Thayer.

Is living in Door County the key to a happy life?

In the debut novel North of the Tension Line by J. F. Riordan, Fiona Campbell is a writer currently living in Ephraim and formerly from Milwaukee and Chicago. This novel is leisurely-paced, character-driven, and humorous, and most loose ends are tied up neatly at the end. Fiona’s friend Elisabeth runs a gallery and has a dog named Rocco.

Sometimes authors surprise us...

I have long been a fan of author Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Her romance stories are written with style and grace, and most times love conquers all when the story comes to a happy ever after ending. She certainly surprised me with her latest book, Heroes are My Weakness. Even though the title hints at a romantic setting, this one has a much darker and serious feel to it. In some ways, the beginning had elements of classic gothic romances like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

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