World Literature

Highlights of Southern Spain Nov 6

Veteran travelers Valerie and Wayne Graczyk will share their photos, stories and travel tips at Highlights of Southern Spain travelogue program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 6, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.

Celtic Soul: Celtic Stories March 19

Performing three Celtic tales – from myth, legend and Ireland’s early Christian era - professional storyteller Midge Miles will go beyond St. Patrick’s Day clichés with Celtic Soul: Celtic Stories at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

Greece travelogue on Feb 25

Veteran travelers Valerie and Wayne Graczyk will share their photos, stories and travel tips at The Best of Greece & Mediterranean Isles travelogue program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free, and no registration is required.

Greece is at the top of the Graczyks’ list of favorite travel destinations.

Shop for readers at BookCellar sales

Shopping for readers this holiday season? The BookCellar at the Fond du Lac Public Library – the city’s only used book store – sells used books, movies, music and magazines for all ages at deep discounts. Most hardcover books are $1, paperbacks and kids’ books are 50 cents.

In December, two special sales offer even-better deals:

Experience England on Oct 16

Veteran travelers Valerie and Wayne Graczyk will share their photos, memories and stories from their extensive travels at Experience England, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free. No registration required.

Arab Spring program Sept 19

Arab Spring continues to bring hope for reform to the Middle East and Northern Africa. But these revolutionary movements are bringing violence and turmoil while exposing the fault lines between religious and political groups. This is true especially in Syria, where a violent civil war rages, and Lebanon, where tensions threaten to unravel its civil society.

Award Winners

Our current display at the library features award-winning fiction and nonfiction books. Check it out. One of the award-winning authors on display is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970. I have read and re-read his book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich which is based on Solzhenitsyn’s experiences in a Soviet labor camp. This book made an impression on me. It is the story of an ordinary Russian, Shukov (Ivan Denisovich), who is in a prison labor camp in Siberia in January, 1951.

Viva La France!

Bonjour! Today is Bastille Day, an annual celebration of the first storming of the Bastille prison in Paris. This was an important event in the French Revolution and today is remembered not only in France, but around the globe. Milwaukee, our neighbor to the south, has a four day festival, beginning today, that includes a "Storming of the Bastille" and a replica Eiffel Tower!

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