The Fresno County Library's Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music, and other items and provides information about library programs.
Top 5 most requested books (Aug. 12-18)
"And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini
"Takedown Twenty" by Janet Evanovich
"W is for Wasted" by Sue Grafton
"Mistress" by James Patterson and David Ellis
"House of Hades" by Rick Riordan
"Extreme Couponing" by Joni Meyer-Crothers: Learn how to pay nothing for some things, and always pay less than retail for everything else.
"Last Kiss Goodbye" by Karen Robards: Psychiatrist Charlotte Stone must match wits with a cunning killer who manipulates his victims like pawns in a chess game.
"The Girl You Left Behind" by Jojo Moyes: A dual timeframe novel tracing the lives of people involved with a portrait painting. A heartbreaking and breathtaking story of love, loss and sacrifice.
Popular books for beginning readers
"Watch Out, Monsters About!" by Simon Beecroft: Kids learn about the skills needed to fight Lego Warriors.
"Pete the Cat: Play Ball!" by James Dean: Pete is the coolest cat in the world and he's ready to play baseball. But what will he do if things don't go his way?
"Justin and the Bully" by Tony and Lauren Dungy: Justin wants to play soccer, but on the first day another kid calls him "Shorty" and tells him to go home. He loves soccer but hates being teased … what should he do?
Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale: Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Fresno County Public Library. Today is bag day: everything you can fit into a bag for $5! From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sierra Vista Mall.
Boxcar Figaro: Blues-roots originals and some surprising classic covers. From 7-7:45 p.m. Monday at the Sanger Library. Details: 875-2435.
Megan Bohigian: The local author will read from her new book of poetry, "Sightlines." Hosted by Fresno's Poet Laureate, James Tyner. From from 2-3 p.m. Saturday at Gillis Library. Details: 225-0140.
This is a weekly column written by the Fresno County Public Library staff. The library posts a full list of the week's events on Facebook. Events are usually free. Visit fresnolibrary.org or call 600-6227 for details.