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Mills: August programs, clubs heat up

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 11:11 a.m. CDT
Paul Mills is the executive director of Fountaindale Public Library.

August is upon us!  

I am never quite sure where the summer goes. It seems like the Fourth of July was just yesterday, and now I look at my calendar and see Labor Day is not far away. August can sometimes feel like a long month, but we have some great things for you to do at the library (or at your home) that you can take with you into the fall.

We have got some great book clubs for you to join!  What a neat way to meet some new neighbors in our community and start conversations about some great (and maybe some not so great!) books.

We have our Chills and Thrills Book Club, which discusses mysteries and has a lively discussion. Chills and Thrills meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. 

Variety may be what you are looking for in a book club. If so, then our Great Reads Book Club is your ticket to happiness! Great Reads discusses fiction, mystery, biography, history and everything in-between. Great Reads meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month in the Board Room. 

If evenings are not your thing, then our Coffee and Conversation Book Club in the morning may be what you are looking for. Please check our website ( for dates and times.

Perhaps your goal for yourself this fall is to learn something new. If so, we have lots of great stuff that you can access from home. In library land we call them databases, and they are subscription services that the library pays for that you can use at home or in the library.

Are you looking to learn a new language? Maybe you have a trip planned and you need to pick up some useful phrases so that you can get around and get along. If so, Mango Languages is your ticket! Mango is an online language learning system that teaches practical conversation skills for over 60 languages and you can access it through our website.

Maybe a new language is not your thing – instead, you’re ready to tackle that car repair that needs to be done.  We have got just the thing for you. Auto Repair Reference eCenter has complete Chilton auto repair manuals for nearly 25,000 vehicles from 1954 to the present. It has repair procedures, service bulletins, recalls, and wiring diagrams. It’s the perfect place to start when contemplating a car repair project.

Have a great August, and I am looking forward to seeing you at the library!

Paul Mills is the executive director of Fountaindale Public Library.

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