Wisconsin

Sign up for Team Trivia 2014

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.

Tweentastic good time

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.

Gallery to feature Dolan paintings in Jan

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.

Mega-Zine Sale at BookCellar

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.

Upcycled Glam Accessories sign-up starts Jan 4

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 Accessories Crafternoon program. Space is limited, and registration is required beginning at 9 a.m.

American History Up Close class starts Jan 29

Marian University Assoc. Prof. Richard Whaley and local historian Herman Bender will offer a university history course free to the public at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

'People of the Sturgeon' on Jan 16

Kathy Kline, one of the authors of People of the Sturgeon, a fascinating collection of stories and photos, will present a slide show on the history of the Lake Winnebago lake sturgeon at 6 p.m.

It Happened in Wisconsin by Ken Moraff

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.

Giving Trees at the library

The Fond du Lac Public Library has set up Giving Trees at the downtown library and at FDLPL Express 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. Donations accepted through December 23.

Sandra Lee writes a novel set in Wisconsin

Food Network TV host Sandra Lee has written a novel set in New London, Wisconsin. The book includes recipes and is a good choice for fans of Sandra Lee or those who like to read Debbie Macomber. Lee lived in Onalaska, Wisconsin in her teens and graduated from high school there. Her grandmother Lorraine was a stabilizing influence on her life, and the grandmother in Lee’s novel The Recipe Box is also called Lorraine. The main character in the story is Grace, a divorced woman with a fourteen-year-old daughter named Emma.

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