Library Bookshelf: Prepare for parenthood, create your own cards

FresnoJanuary 25, 2014 

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

"House of Hades" by Rick Riordan

"Divergent" by Virginia Roth

"The Longest Ride" by Nicholas Sparks

"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

New arrivals

"The Death Trade" by Jack Higgins. After a distinguished scientist makes an amazing discovery in nuclear arms research, it results in having the lives of his family endangered if he does not surrender his technology to the Iranian government. It is up to Sean Dillon, Afghan war hero Sara Gideon and the rest of their squad to leave on a bold rescue operation.

"Hazardous Duty" by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV. When three U.S. tankers are held for ransom by Somali pirates at the peak of Mexican drug cartel fighting in Laredo and El Paso, a vengeful U.S. president increases doubts about his growing volatility by seeking out retired Col. Charley Castillo and his previous squad, many of whom have been driven into going underground.

"Critical Mass" by Sarah Paretsky. Helping best friend Lotty Herschel defend a fellow Holocaust survivor's daughter from threatening enemies, V.I. Warshawski exposes a vortex of fabrications and mysteries arising from World War II's race to create the first atomic bomb.

Health books

"Pregnancy: Day by Day: An Illustrated Daily Countdown to Motherhood, from Conception to Childbirth and Beyond" by consultant editor Paula Amato, M.D.; editor-in-chief Maggie Blott. Fully revised with the most recent medical practices and scientific developments in prenatal care and imagery, an illustrated guide for expecting parents describes in detail every phase of a pregnancy, including life with a new baby.

"Quiet Kids: Helping Your Introverted Child Thrive in an Extroverted World" by Christine Fonseca. Living as an introverted child is hard, particularly in a progressively loud world. Fonseca offers tactics to instruct children on how to flourish in an environment that may not comprehend them, and shows parents and teachers how to help kids acquire resiliency.

"60 Seconds to Slim: Balance Your Body Chemistry to Burn Fat Fast!" by Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. A four-week strategy for facilitating losing weight by altering the body's pH shares strategies for balancing the body via an alkaline diet, describing how to eat nourishing whole foods and integrate behaviors that boost the metabolism.

Upcoming events

Card-making with Gloria: Come join us and make beautiful handmade cards. No experience necessary. Learn the technique of rubber stamp art using various inks and a variety of materials, 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Clovis Library. Details: 600-9531.

Shakespeare at the Movies: The 10th season of the Woodward Shakespeare Festival as seen at The Movies with Paul Kaser, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Woodward Park Library. Details: 600-6226.

TAG!: Join the Auberry Library Teen Activity Group! For all seventh-12th graders. Earn volunteer hours, do crafts, plan programs, enjoy Pizza & Pages, meet people and more, 4-5 p.m. Thursdays at Auberry Library. Details: 855-8523.

The Golden Age of Flight: The Rise and Fall of Pan Am World Airways: Travel through the history of the Flying Clipper Ships and the rise and fall of Pan Am through stories and more than 200 historical images presented by Genie Pratt, a former member of the flight crew, 2 p.m Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Woodward Park Library: Details: 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 or call (559) 600-6227 for details.

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