Readers

Girl in the Blue Beret, a WWII Novel

Veterans’ Day is coming soon on November 11, and each year we lose more of our World War II veterans. In remembrance, why not read one of the many novels or nonfiction books on WWII? The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason would be an excellent choice.

World War II is a popular setting for novels. I have read and enjoyed several in the past few years:

I Gave My Heart to Know This by Ellen Baker

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

Carry Me Home by Sandra Kring

Romance Readers Unite!

We romance readers take a lot of heat for our love of the genre, and now there is a book that proves all those critics wrong - Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell. This book was a stitch! Co-founder of one of the top romance blogs, SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com, Sarah combines her own views, quotes from famous authors, and from romance readers like us to explain why the romance genre is so popular – to the tune of over a billion dollars annually.

Kindle users can now borrow library ebooks

The Fond du Lac Public Library now has Kindle e-books for borrowing. For many months, the library has had e-books compatible with other formats, but it wasn't until September 21, 2011 that Amazon entered into a partnership with OverDrive Media, the program used by libraries across the United States. 

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

I am interested in reading books with a Wisconsin connection—either the author is from Wisconsin or the setting is Wisconsin. In this case both the author and the setting have a Wisconsin connection. Chad Harbach grew up in Racine and has set his debut novel The Art of Fielding in Wisconsin at a fictional college called Westish which is somewhere north of Milwaukee and south of Door County.

Nooks, Kindles available Oct 10

Starting Monday, October 10, the Fond du Lac Public Library will lend out Nook and Kindle e-reader devices to anyone holding a local library card age 18 or older.

Jodi Picoult fans will love this one

Night Road by Kristin Hannah is a story of parental love, young love, teenage social angst, loss, sacrifice, and most of all; forgiveness. Telling the story of Lexie Baill and the Farraday family, it is not only about true love, but also true friendship. Lexie has been tossed from foster home to foster home all her life. When she moves to the small town of Port George, Washington to live with the great-aunt she never knew existed, her life changes forever. Jude Farraday's whole life has been dedicated to her family, and specifically her two twins Zach and Mia.

FDL Reads celebrates Coach Lombardi

He was a perfectionist who expected as much out of his players and his family as he expected from himself. He was a complicated man from simple origins, the son of an Italian butcher who grew up in Brooklyn. He was a good player, hardnosed and hard working, but at 5’8,” too small for big-time football, so he turned to coaching. His perfectionism became an obsession with winning.

Summer 2011 was a barn-burner

Every year the library encourages the whole community to participate in summer reading programs. Along with helping children hold onto critical reading skills through their break from school, the programs reinforce the importance of lifelong learning for all ages. The programs – for young kids, teens and adults – all encouraged reading with events and rewards.

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