Stop by The BookCellar, in the lower level of the Fond du Lac Public Library, during the September 8 downtown Fondue Fest to stock up on cookbooks, all marked down half price (regularly $1). The BookCellar is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. every Monday.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a must-read for those who enjoy stories with a plot that keeps you guessing until the very end. To be honest, when I read the first few paragraphs I did not think I was going to like it. Seriously. In the first few paragraphs a man is talking about the shape of his wife's head and how when he first saw it he thought she had a "finely shaped head". OK. Next, he describes how he could picture himself opening her skull, un-spooling her brain, and sifting through it.
Kids love Legos. The library loves kids. Voila, the Lego Club.
From 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays September 18, October 23 and November 20, kids are invited to join the club and build, build, build. The club is free; all materials are provided.
The Lego Club is exclusive for kids ages 7 to 12 – no adults or younger children. Registration is required for each month’s session; registration begins the Monday before the club meets at the Calendar or by calling the Children’s Desk at (920) 322-3940.
Who doesn’t love Saturdays? They’re especially great for kids this fall at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Super Saturdays – a free program for school-aged kids – will introduce concepts such as chemistry and physics in a way that feels a lot more like play than school.
Fond du Lac Public Library will launch Family Storytimes starting September 18. The program for parents and kids ages 12 months to 5 years will be repeated four times a week through October 18, with a new program each week.
Handmade is better. Nothing beats the love, meaning and care that come with a gift made by hand. A home decorated with hand-crafted items is unique. Besides, making stuff is a lot of fun.
The Fond du Public Library kick-starts the fun this fall with Crafternoons, a new program for adults and teens. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every third Saturday, library staff and local crafters will host a different how-to, make-and-take fun project.
The slow turn from summer to fall sends all sorts of signals to our bodies and minds. Even if a person’s back-to-school days are long gone, this can be a time when books and reading get extra attention. So it’s a perfect time to consider a book club.
Both of the Fond du Lac Public Library’s book clubs are accepting new members. Ladies of the Evening Book Group meets 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, and the Afternoon Delight Book Group meets 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month.
Parodies are meant to poke fun at things and Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin (aka Andrew Shaffer) does just that. It doesn't just poke fun at the popular erotic series; it takes aspects of the first in the erotic series, Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, and raises them to a whole different level - of absurd and outrageous – and outrageous is putting it mildly. I will admit it. I did read James's Fifty Shades of Grey. I wanted to find out what all the commotion was about, and I would have to say I am still not quite sure.
Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson is one of the strangest, funniest, and yet, saddest stories I have ever read. Growing up poor in rural Wall, Texas, and spending her whole life being pegged as "that weird girl", the author shares her life story in her own unique, rambling style. Once I started reading I just couldn't stop. Living surrounded by people who were just as poor, her childhood did not seem all that weird. Her parents never said they could not afford things, just that they did not need them.
Jon Mark Bolthouse, 47, is a technology expert, father of 11-year-old Ivy, husband to Monica Walk and, in his spare time, an accomplished (and busy) keyboard and guitar player for the Madison-based band Fuzzy Side Up. He took over as director of the Fond du Lac Public Library on July 23.