Washing the Dead by Michelle Brafman

No, this is not some scary Halloween story. The unusual title Washing the Dead refers to a sacred Jewish ritual, and in this novel the ritual helps to strengthen the bond between mothers and daughters. Set in Milwaukee and alternating between the 1970s and 2009, main character Barbara is a teen in 1973 who is being raised in an Orthodox Jewish family. Their shul (church) is in an old mansion that was donated anonymously and also provides the living quarters for the rabbi's family.

All ages invited to flash mob to 'Thriller'

Learn the steps, get your zombie on and flash mob downtown Fond du Lac to Michael Jackson's Thriller. The Fond du Lac Public Library is teaming up with Julie Wilson, owner of Shut Up & Dance, to host a flash mob to the iconic creepy smash hit. Wilson will teach two practice sessions, and then dancers are invited to dress up, make up and flash mob downtown on Halloween.

Artists explore dark sides in 'All Hallows Eve'

Inspired by the classic creepiness of Dracula, which is the selection for Fond du Lac Reads this year, area artists have tapped into their dark sides for the exhibit, “All Hallows Eve” at the Fond du Lac Public Library Langdon Divers Gallery from October 7 through November 4. The show includes a variety of works in myriad media.

Red Cross blood drive at library Oct 28

Be the un-Dracula: donate blood to save lives. The Fond du Lac Public Library is hosting a Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, to support the community and to celebrate its Fond du Lac Reads book, Dracula, by Bram Stoker.

Donors must be 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.

Día de los muertos party at library Oct. 24

The whole family is invited to a Día de los muertos celebration 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 24, at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Children’s Room.

Translated as day of the dead, Día de los muertos is celebrated throughout Mexico and acknowledged around the world in other cultures. It focuses on remembering family members and friends who have died.

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig

Last Bus to Wisdom is a charming, funny, heartwarming, and autobiographical novel set mainly in Montana and briefly in Manitowoc. Donal is an eleven-year-old orphan living in Montana with his grandmother who is a cook on the Double W ranch. In the summer of 1951, his grandmother needs surgery, and Donal is sent on the Greyhound Bus (which he calls the dog bus) to Manitowoc to stay with his Great Aunt Kate and Great Uncle Herman.

Book artist to give maker presentation Sept 15

Book artist, professor and maker Steve Miller will explore the power of making things by hand in Making in a Digital World, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required. Miller’s presentation is sponsored by UW-Fond du Lac, where he will give his talk on campus the same day.

Bootlegging program repeated Sept 23

Local historian J.J. Jenkins will repeat his program Bootlegging and Moonshining in the Holyland at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

'Healthy Waters' program Sept 30

The Clean Waters Project and Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association will present Agricultural Efforts for Healthy Waters at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

Shine On Session: Teen Dating Violence Sept 21

Agnesian HealthCare’s monthly domestic violence awareness program, Shine On Sessions, will review the dynamics of a violent relationship in the program, Teen Dating Violence, at 6 p.m. Monday, September 21, at Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.

The overview, facilitated by Amy Rodriguez, Agnesian HealthCare's Domestic Violence Program prevention educator, will cover the warning signs of a violent relationship.

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