Two senior citizens find love and danger in the driftless area around Soldiers Grove and Viroqua in Paul Zimmer’s novel The Mysteries of Soldiers Grove. This is a quick read with some humor, some serious points about growing old, and a happy ending. Told in alternate chapters by Cyril and Louise who both live at the assisted living center in Soldiers Grove. Cyril is alone in the world. He had a hard childhood with drunken parents and sought comfort in reading biographies in the encyclopedia.
Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser will stop at the Fond du Lac Public Library for “A Conversation” event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Blaeser will discuss the role of poetry in public life as well as the importance of the poet laureate position in Wisconsin.
Then, at 7 p.m., Blaeser will give a reading and talk across the street at Thelma Center for the Arts.
Agnesian HealthCare’s monthly domestic violence awareness program, Shine On Sessions, takes on the topic, “Why Do They Stay?” at 6 p.m. Monday, May 18, at Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.
The session, facilitated by Amy Rodriguez, will discuss the dynamics of a violent relationship and the barriers that non-abusive partners find in trying to leave the relationship.
Shine On Sessions are held the third Monday of every month from 6-7 p.m. and highlight a different focus with a goal ending violence in homes. Sessions coming up:
In a fitting Wisconsin salute to National Historic Preservation Month, the Fond du Lac Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation on historic architecture and Wisconsin taverns at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.
Adults and high school students interested in going to college are invited to a Continuing Education Fair 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, the Fond du Lac Public Library.
Sponsored by the Northeast Wisconsin Consortium for Adult Education, the fair will feature one-stop information on higher education opportunities in the area. Schools represented will include Marian University, xxx, xxx and many more.
The program is free. No registration required; just drop in.
The Friends of the Fond du Lac Public Library will hold their annual meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, by hosting a discussion with Keith Hellwig, local author of No Place Like Home. Refreshments will be served. No registration required.
Guests will never know that your pretty centerpiece started out as a lowly tissue box. Crafters at the May Crafternoon class at the Fond du Lac Public Library will create a vase or planter using upcycled boxes, book pages, glue and simple household items. The program from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, is free and open to adults and teens in middle school or older.