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Library changes Q&A

Fond du Lac Public Library (FDLPL) will be leaving the Winnefox shared catalog automation system. Here are some answers on the major points surrounding the change.

What exactly is happening?

FDLPL will become a stand-alone library. We will remain a member of the Winnefox district – district boundaries are mandated by the state – but we’re leaving the Winnefox shared automation system.

Why is this happening?

Learn to 'Compost at Home' July 19

Heat and rain have made jungles of our yards and gardens, and it’s hard to keep up with the mowing and weeding. But yard waste and clippings can be turned into great compost with a few easy steps. The Fond du Lac Public Library will offer a free class, “Composting at Home” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19.

Public internet access guidelines

These guidelines go into effect on August 1, 2011

To access the internet at FDLPL:

 

If a person’s permanent residence is anywhere in Wisconsin:

• They must have or get a Fond du Lac Public Library card to access the internet

• They can use a Winnefox Library System card while FDLPL remains a member of that system

 

If a person’s permanent residence is anywhere outside Wisconsin:

• They must present an unexpired photo ID to receive a guest pass

Budget cuts bring changes to FDL Library services

In anticipation of reductions in funding, the Fond du Lac Public Library will be changing automation systems in November. Removing the library from the shared Winnefox cataloging system will change to the way library patrons can request materials not found on the Fond du Lac shelves.

Paws to Read lets young readers relax, practice

Kids ages 6 to 12 who could benefit from practicing their reading are invited to participate in the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Paws to Read program. Kids read aloud to certified therapy dogs in a relaxed setting. Studies have shown that reading aloud to dogs helps put the child at ease.

FREE summer programs

The Fond du Lac Public Library has free events all summer in conjunction with its “Travel the World, Page by Page” themed summer reading programs. Programs coming up are:

Summer books by the bag-full

Stocking up on summer reading is easy and affordable at the BookCellar. Grocery-bags-full of romance paperback books or kids' books are just $2. You’ll also find a huge selection of VHS tapes for just 50 cents each and a healthy selection of newer best-sellers for just $2 each.

The BookCellar is located in the library’s lower level and is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and every Monday from noon to 7 p.m.

 

Donor challenges community to match $10K for new branch

An anonymous donor has stepped forward to challenge the community to help equip the planned Fond du Lac Public Library Express branch at Johnson Crossing Shopping Center.

The donor has agreed to match all contributions, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.

“Our donor wants the public to support this historic expansion,” said library Director Ken Hall. “If we succeed in raising the full $20,000, then we would have reached our goal of raising the $40,000 necessary to properly equip the new branch.”

Summer Carnival Kickoff a blast!

Saturday's Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival was a smashing success, thanks to Sunshine the Clown, Betty Trent face painting, games, magic and popcorn! We couldn't have pulled it off without help from a great group of volunteers, who did everything from check out customers at the BookCellar Bag Sale to help sign people up for the summer reading programs.

Meeting Rooms

(If you need information about a scheduled meeting, go to Calendar)

FDLPL has three public meeting rooms available for reservation - Eugene G. McLane Meeting Room, Mid-States Aluminum Training Room and the Study Room.

McLane Meeting Room

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