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Two-bit Two Step at BookCellar

Select fiction and nonfiction books are just two bits – 25 cents – at The BookCellar on Saturdays August 9 and 16 and Mondays August 11 and 18. The BookCellar, Fond du Lac’s only used book store located in the lower level of the downtown Fond du Lac Public Library, is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Mondays from noon to 7 p.m.

WI Regional Art Show Aug 6-Sept 3

The Fond du Lac Public Library Langdon Divers Gallery is the site of the annual Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) show August 6 through September 3.

Learn money-saving tips at 'Frugal Foodie' Aug 27

Do you have sticker shock at the supermarket? Do you feel as though you can’t afford to eat better? Fear not! At 6 p.m. Wednesday August 27, local save-maven Mel Kolstad will present Frugal Foodie: How to Save Money and Still Eat Well at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.

'Wheel Fever' recounts WI's history of bicycling

There was a time in Wisconsin that the bicycle – the “poor man’s horse” – ignited great controversy. It was considered not suitable for women. Or the working class. Or people of color. Those notions didn’t prevail through the era that “wheel fever” took hold of Wisconsin.

75 Years of Mercury Marine

How did today’s leading manufacturer of recreational and commercial marine engines rise from the inadvertent purchase of 300 defective motors in 1939? Retired Mercury Marine executive Jim Hubbard will present “75 Years of Mercury Marine,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required. Refreshments will be served.

A book for book lovers

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is a touching story about people who love books and about the people they love. A.J. is a middle-aged widower who owns Island Books on Alice Island, MA. He is quirky and prickly and still grieving for his wife Nic who died in a car accident. Things are not going well for A.J. His meeting with Amelia Loman, the new representative for Knightly Press, ends badly with A.J. ranting about the current state of publishing.

Power Play by Danielle Steel

The life of business and power is not all it seems and Danielle Steel's latest novel gives an excellent example of the good and bad. Power Play runs two stories at the same time about powerful CEO's and the way they conduct their lives - one involving a hardworking devoted mother who sacrifices any type of personal life for her success, and the other a philandering, scheming man with no conscience who always seems to land on top. The way the two stories come together is excellently written.

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

Bestselling chick-lit author Jennifer Weiner goes a bit darker with her newest book All Fall Down, a compelling story about the price some people pay in the pursuit of having it all. Weiner tackles the growing epidemic in our society of middle and upper-class suburban parents who abuse prescription medication to cope with their overworked and overstressed lifestyles, yet writes this story beautifully and in a way that doesn't make you hate the addict or necessarily feel sorry for her either.

End of Always by Randi Davenport

End of Always is historical fiction set in 1907 Waukesha and concerns domestic abuse and family violence. It is based on the author’s family history. The tone can be quite grim, but the story is not without hope. This is a good choice for people who like to read historical fiction with Wisconsin settings, but be prepared for some scenes of violence which may be upsetting.

Wisconsin's First Scientist July 24

He’s been called Wisconsin’s first scientist. Increase Lapham was an early chronicler of plants, rocks, rivers, mounds and all things Wisconsin.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, July 24, authors Martha Bergland and Paul Hayes will present a program on the remarkable life and achievements of Lapham (1811-1875). The program is free; no registration required.

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