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
"Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan
"Sycamore Row" by John Grisham
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck" by Jeff Kinney
"Identical" by Scott Turow
"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt
"The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. This revised version of the classic book offers new recipes, including gluten-free tips and ideas. Warm bread on these cooler days is perfect.
"City of Lies" by R.J. Ellory. John Harper always knew his father was dead. Until he learns his father is in a coma in a Manhattan hospital. Uncovering the past leads to involvement with organized crime and a shocking conspiracy in this gripping thriller.
"The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge" by Vernor Vinge. It has everything from classic space opera, to a near future, where everyone is constantly connected to the Internet. Vinge is a well-respected sci-fi author.
"The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman. A lighthouse keeper discovers a body and a baby in a drifting boat. A thoughtful, beautifully written novel.
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.
The zoo brings the animals to you!: This fun, educational and interactive program will teach pre-schoolers about zoo animals from the experts at Chaffee Zoo. Registration required. Clovis Library, 1-2 p.m Monday, Nov. 18, (559) 600-9531, or Kerman Library, 3-3:45 p.m Wednesday, (559) 846-8804.
Jazz at the Library: Jazz Fresno presents musical evenings featuring different topics in jazz. Includes live music. Woodward Park Library, 7-8:30 p.m Tuesday, Nov. 19. Details: (559) 600-3135.
Family movies: Come watch family-oriented movies at the Cedar-Clinton Library 12:30-4:30 p.m Saturday, Nov. 23. Details: (559) 442-1770.
Homework help: Homework help is available at many libraries throughout the week for children from first grade through high school. Call (559) 600-READ (7323) for locations and times.
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 (559) 600-6227 for details.