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
"Sycamore Row" by John Grisham
"House of Hades" by Rick Riordan
"Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan
"Divergent" by Virginia Roth
"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt
"Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life" by Jane Pauley. Overflowing with true accounts, the host of the "Your Life Calling" feature on the "Today" show gives sensible proposals, encouragement, and incentive for people older than 50 to navigate with triumph the "reinvention" period of their lives.
"The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd. Follows more than 30 years in the lives of an affluent Charleston debutante, Sarah, who yearns to break free from the constraints of her home and create a worthwhile life.
"Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War" by Robert M. Gates. The former secretary of Defense and director of the CIA presents a frank narrative.
"Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential" by Rich Weinfeld, Linda Barnes-Robinson, Sue Jeweler and Betty Roffman Shevitz. This second edition provides complete and revised information for parents, counselors, and teachers on how to work with gifted students who meet learning challenges every day.
"Why Can't My Daughter Read?: Success Strategies for Helping Girls With Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties" by Ellen Burns Hurst, Ph.D. The author, an established innovator on the topic of dyslexia, has aimed her book at parents of girls who wrestle with reading and provides strategies, advice and true stories they can use to help their daughters be successful at (and learn to love) reading.
"Raising Kids With Sensory Processing Disorders: A Week-by-Week Guide to Solving Everyday Sensory Issues" by Rondalyn V. Whitney, Ph.D. and Varleisha D. Gibbs. Examining the most frequent sensory issues children confront, the authors suggest a collection of exceptional, verified approaches parents can employ to help their children move outside their sensory requirements and boost their performance on everyday assignments.
Starting the New Year Healthy: A presentation on health and nutrition for families and singles, 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Woodward Park Library. Details: 600-3135.
Classics Bookclub: Explore the classics of literature. Meet at Panera Bakery in the Sierra Vista Mall to chat about literature. This month's discussion is on "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker. Presented by the Clovis Library, 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5. Details: 278-2066.
Valentine's Paper Craft: Make a Valentine-inspired decoration to brighten your home! Call to sign up. Saturday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m.-noon at the Sanger Library. Details: 875-2435.
Cardboard Challenge: Use cardboard, recycled materials and your imagination to create robots, games or toys. For kids and teens, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Sunnyside Library. Details: 600-6594.
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.