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
"Sycamore Row" by John Grisham
"Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck" by Jeff Kinney
"The Longest Ride" by Nicholas Sparks
"Dust" by Patricia Cornwell. Kay Scarpetta examines the homicide of a young graduate student who is later linked to strange murders in Washington, D.C., where her FBI agent husband is hunting for a serial killer.
"The Supreme Macaroni Factory" by Adriana Trigiani. When a secret about her lover and business colleague is discovered during her family's festivities of The Feast of the Seven Fishes, Valentine Roncalli must make life-changing decisions.
"Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him" by David Henry and Joe Henry. Offers a valuable look into the life of the candid comedy genius whose childhood as the son of a prostitute helped form him into one of the most significant and exceptional entertainers of the 20th century.
"The Old World Kitchen: The Rich Tradition of European Peasant Cooking" by Elisabeth Luard. An award-winning food writer offers a collection of over three hundred time-honored recipes from 25 European countries.
"The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life" by David DeBenedetto and the editors of Garden & Gun. The guide presents a stash of indispensable Southern talents, including how to break in Western boots, drink bourbon and flavor grits.
All Library branches will be closing at noon Tuesday and will be closed all day on Wednesday in observance of Christmas.
Read to a Dog!: Our dog just loves children and books. Kids, K-6, come read a story to this registered therapy dog from Tail Waggin' Tutors, 3-4 p.m today at the Clovis Library, Details: (559) 600-9531.
Grand Readers & Books Volunteer Storytime: Drop in for a story from great volunteer readers! For preschoolers and kids (K-6), 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday at Sunnyside Library, Details: (559) 600-6594.
Saturdays with Santa: Christmas Movies with Santa, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Orange Cove Library. Details: (559) 600-9292.
HP Book Discussion Club: Come join this great group of 8-12 year olds as we discuss the book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." We will meet to read and discuss one chapter a week — no homework required! Space is limited and registration required, 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-3135.
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.