Wisconsin

2-part Beginning Genealogy class

It’s easy to get lost amid the myriad online resources that cater to people filling in their family trees. The Fond du Lac Public Library will hold a two-part class, Beginning Genealogy: Using FDLPL Online Resources. Part one is Tuesday, February 7; part two is Tuesday, February 21; and both are held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the McLane Meeting Room in the lower level.

Faith Lutheran student art on display

Artwork by students kindergarten through eighth grade will be featured in the exhibit, A Taste of Art from Faith Lutheran School, at the library's Langdon Divers Gallery through February.

Director Ken Hall announces retirement plans

Fond du Lac Public Library Director Ken Hall has announced he will retire on July 27, 2012, completing 10 years with the library.

Hall has worked for more than 34 years in public libraries in Appleton, Wisconsin Rapids and Two Rivers. He was brought to Fond du Lac in 2002 to oversee the library’s massive expansion and renovation project.

Susan's Top 15 Picks for 2011

Susan’s 15 Picks for 2011

These are all books that were published in 2011 that I read and liked.  Since I like books with a Wisconsin connection, about half of the titles have a Wisconsin connection.

My Top Four, Alphabetically by Author

New Express desk unveiled

Several dozen people gathered to help the Fond du Lac Public Library celebrate their first-ever branch location, FDLPL Express, on Saturday. Highlighting the event was the unveiling of a one-of-a-kind, custom-made circulation desk made of books.

Kids' hats, mittens for Giving Trees

The Fond du Lac Public Library has set up Giving Trees at the downtown library and the new FDLPL Express on east Johnson Street to collect donations of hats, scarves, mittens and gloves. Donated items will be given to the Fond du Lac Salvation Army before Christmas for distribution to local children.

Opportunity Center needs volunteer help

The Fond du Lac Public Library’s Opportunity Center is a free computer lab resource where people can get help looking for work, writing resumes and researching employers. The center is staffed by local volunteers who work one-on-one with users, many of whom lack computer skills. This help is essential.

The Queen by Steven James

I like to read books with a Wisconsin connection, and The Queen is a Christian thriller in the Patrick Bowers series that is set in northern Wisconsin. All of the books in the series are named for chess pieces starting with the first book The Pawn. This is a great book to read for those who like suspense and espionage.

FDL Visual Arts member show in Dec

The 21 members of Fond du Lac Visual Arts have collaborated in a show aptly named “21,” at the Fond du Lac Public Library gallery through December. Each member submitted two works, and the range is vast. Jewelry, ceramics, watercolor, collage, oils … it’s a multimedia exhibit that showcases the diversity of the group.

Bone House by Brian Freeman

A thriller set in Door County. The book starts with a prologue. Ten year old Glory Fischer witnesses a fire that destroys the Bone family house and kills the mother and 2 sons. Daughter Jen survives because she was having a sleep-over with Glory’s older sister Tresa. The story picks up six years later. Mark and Hilary Bradley moved to Door County from the Chicago area. Both are teachers, but Mark’s job was cut after allegations that he had an affair with Tresa. Both say it is not true. Hilary and Mark are vacationing in Florida where Hilary is watching a college dance team competition.

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