During the Civil War, about 300 African Americans were living in Fond du Lac. They had been brought to the community by the Rev. Rogers, a local Methodist minister. But, by the 1940s, the group dwindled to just one person, former slave Mrs. Frances Shirley. What happened to make the young African Americans leave? How did Fond du Lac react to the minister’s good works?
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg is another one of her trademark heartwarming and humorous stories. The story starts in 2005 with main character Sookie, a 60-year-old woman, living in Alabama with her dentist husband. Except for having to deal with her demanding and flamboyant mother Lenore, she expects to be living a quiet life now that her four children are grown. Then Sookie finds out that she was adopted, and her birth mother was a young woman from the Jurdabralinski family of Pulaski, Wisconsin.
Grab a friend who’s into sports. Another history buff. And maybe a science nerd. Voila: you have the perfect Team Trivia roster. Or not. You’d probably do just as well by corralling a few friends for the 14th annual Team Trivia. The quizmasters are notorious for their off-the-wall questions, stumping college professors and algebra drop-outs alike.
Sometimes the in-betweens get lost in the shuffle. Tweens are too old for the little-kid stuff and too young to hang out with high schoolers. So the Fond du Lac Public Library is starting a program just for them: Tweentastic, the last Thursday of the month from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kids ages 10 to 13 are invited to drop in to have fun for a hands-on, crafty time.
Paintings by Chris Dolan will be the featured exhibit in the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Langdon Divers Gallery through January. The public is invited to attend an artist’s reception 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, January 17, held in conjunction with the Tour the Town downtown art walk. Refreshments will be served.
The Fond du Lac Public Library BookCellar will hold its annual Mega-zine Sale January 4, 6, 11 and 13. Bundles of magazines from 2011 will be sold for 25 cents each and will include such popular titles as Hemming’s Motor News, Linn’s Stamp News, TIME, Sports Illustrated, People and Rolling Stone. The magazines are issues culled from the library’s collection.
It’s pretty amazing what can be made from discarded books and a few odds and ends. Crafters will make a braided bracelet and beaded necklace using just those materials at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 18, at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Upcycled Glam AccessoriesCrafternoon program. Space is limited, and registration is required beginning at 9 a.m.
Winner of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The story is told by an elderly unnamed man who was a pitcher for the minor league baseball team Racine Robins during the Great Depression. The tight-knit team played in cities all around the Great Lakes states and was committed to the cause of helping the poor and laboring class. The team was happy with traveling in their beat-up bus, eating sandwiches on the road, and playing for enthusiastic crowds who received a portion of the money from the gate for soup kitchens and strikers.