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
"Standup Guy" by Stuart Woods. Providing legal guidance to an uncommonly well-behaved man only to find that a number of individuals are concerned about his connection to a past crime, Stone Barrington begins a search that takes him from Florida to the vacation homes of the Northeast.
"Saints of the Shadow Bible" by Ian Rankin. Restored to the police force, downgraded, and a bit cocky, Rebus reunites with internal affairs officer Malcolm Fox to solve an old case from three decades ago in the 19th book in the Rebus series and the third one including Fox.
"Younger Next Week: Your Ultimate Rx to Reverse the Clock, Boost Energy and Look and Feel Younger in 7 Days" by Elisa Zied. Offers a 7-day energy plan, including menus, exercise recommendations and daily life resolutions, that will help women feel and appear younger in just one week.
Food & drink
"Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans" by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong. Nutritious cooking doesn't mean forgoing flavor. Presents an assortment of family- pleasing paleo recipes as well as plans for supplying the food cupboard, feeding children, and spending less time in the kitchen.
"The Complete Book of Juicing: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality" by Michael T. Murray. The first totally updated edition of this juicing standard is full of information on juicers, weight-loss and juice fasts, super fruits such as pomegranate and papaya, immune function, and more.
"Who Put the Beef in Wellington?: 50 Culinary Classics, Who Invented Them, When and Why" by James Winter. Clarifies the story behind the names of some elegant dishes and contains a recipe on how to make that dish, including Caesar salad, peach Melba and chicken Kiev.
Day of Remembrance: One-woman performance by Nikiko Masumoto as Japanese internment detainees, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Woodward Park Library. Details: 600-3135.
Family Storytime: Your entire family is invited to this family storytime. The first half-hour, adults make a craft with their children; in the second half-hour Ms. Shonda shares stories and songs to help relax the kids for bedtime, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Clovis Library. Details: 600-9531.
Origami: We will teach you how to fold origami and create animals, shapes and toys. Fun and easy for all ages, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Selma Library. Details: 896-3393.
Winter Olympics at the Library: Come test your athletic abilities in these fun, winter-themed stations. Activities will include a "snowball" toss, broom hockey, ring toss and make-your-own Olympic torch station, 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 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 www.fresnolibrary.org or call (559) 600-6227 for details.