This Sunday, the world will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93. The tragic events have stayed with all of us, no matter where we were at the time or whether we knew anyone in those buildings or on the planes. As we take time to pause and honor those who died, news outlets across the country are also reflecting on how 9/11 changed us.
Have you ever wanted to learn another language? Did you take Spanish or French in school, but have long lost the ability to have a conversation? Are you hoping to help your kids with their language homework? Or are you going on a trip to a foreign country?
With temperatures heating up this week, nothing feels quite as good as a swim. As residents of Fond du Lac, we're lucky to have access to beautiful Lake Winnebago. Did you know that Lake Winnebago is the largest inland lake in Wisconsin at 215 square miles? That's pretty huge! According to the National Atlas of the United States of America, it's actually the third largest freshwater lake completely in the confines of one state (within the lower 48). The largest is Lake Okeechobee in Florida at 700 sq. miles and number two is Red Lake in Minnesota at 452 sq. miles.
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!
Happy National Ice Cream Month! In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month in recognition of the 90% of Americans who say they love ice cream. In fact, according to the International Dairy Foods Association, 9% of the milk produced in this country goes towards ice cream production. The ice cream industry generates about $21 billion in sales each year!
Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile has long challenged viewers: what is she thinking? What is her secret? But if you're like many people, you might not have noticed the other mystery in the painting--Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.
When you think of services your library provides, do you think of dance instruction? No?
Well, the FDLPL has instructions for the chicken dance available.
A little secret of libraries is that we get asked the same questions over and over. Eventually, we often write down resources and answers to these FAQs in order to better help you. While browsing through some of these questions, I found instructions for the chicken dance. They are typed (yes, on a typewriter) on an old card catalog card and read:
"The production of L.I.F.E. in Fond du Lac County was truly a collaborative effort. The Fond du Lac Area United Way is deeply indebted to the Fond du Lac Public Library and the University of Wisconsin-Extension Fond du Lac County for their invaluable leadership, advice, guidance, and editorial support."--LIFE Report 2007
Librarians spend a lot of time answering questions and along the way, we’ve all picked up some interesting knowledge. (Hint: you want us on your team at trivia night.) To keep things fun around here and to improve your own trivia standings, we’ll be sharing some of that accumulated knowledge with you here.
Check back and see what we've got up our sleeve (and tucked away in our brains!) Have questions? Give us a call or drop us a line.