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
"House of Hades" by Rick Riordan
"The Longest Ride" by Nicholas Sparks
"Killing Jesus" by Bill O'Reilly
"Doctor Sleep" by Stephen King
"Gone" by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
"Once Upon a Time: The Lives of Bob Dylan" by Ian Bell: Dylan's life with historical, social and political perspective; deemed one of the best Dylan biographies in years.
"Critical Mass" by Sara Paretsky: V.I. Warshawski is back, helping her old friend Lotty find a friend's daughter. Old secrets lead back to the race for the atom bomb in this satisfying mystery.
"Spider Woman's Daughter" by Anne Hillerman: Tony Hillerman's daughter successfully continues his Leaphorn and Chee novels. A cold case may hold the key when Joe Leaphorn is shot.
New books for kids
"Mr. Putter & Tabby Drop the Ball" by Cynthia Rylant: In this beginning-level chapter book, Mr. Putter and Tabby decide to form a baseball team.
"Charlie the Ranch Dog: Charlie's Snow Day" by Ree Drummond: Charlie the basset hound plays in the snow in this story for new readers.
"Incredible Lizards" by Mark O'Shea: Lots of color pictures adorn this cool book that explains basic facts about lizards.
Upcoming library events
Affordable Care Act: Sessions on how to enroll under the new federal health insurance law will be available at many libraries during the week. Go to the library website or call (559) 600-READ (7323) for locations and times.
Preschool creative dance: Creative dance sessions to help young children have fun with rhythm and movement. Locations and times: Fig Garden Library, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 9:30-10:15 a.m.; Gillis Library, Friday 1:30-2:15 p.m. Registration required at both locations: (559) 600-4071 (Fig Garden) and (559) 225-0140 (Gillis).
Learn to square dance: Square dancing with caller Evo Bluestein. Fowler Library, Thursday, Nov. 7, 6-7:30 p.m. Details: (559) 600-9281.
The Perfect Peach: Recipes and stories from the Masumoto Family Farm. The Masumotos share stories from their cookbook as well as their experiences in writing a cookbook. Woodward Park Library, Saturday, Nov. 9, 3-4 p.m. Details: (559) 600-3135.
The library posts a full list of the week's events on Facebook. Events are usually free. Visit fresnolibrary.org or call (559) 600-6227 for details.