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
"Divergent" by Veronica Roth
"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt
"Valley of Amazement" by Amy Tan
"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
"The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd
"Hunting Shadows: an Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery" by Charles Todd. When three extremely unalike victims are slain apparently by the same murderer, local police call on Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge for help.
"The Counterfeit Agent" by Alex Berenson. Powerless to stop the murder of a CIA station commander by Iranian enemies who are apparently planning a nuclear strike on the U. S., John Wells goes undercover to determine the legitimacy of a mission that takes him all over the world.
"Moving Target: a Novel" by J.A. Jance. Sister Anselm forms a partnership with B. Simpson to inspect a dubious fire that has left an incarcerated juvenile offender with serious burns, while Ali Reynolds investigates the long unsolved murder of Leland's father in England.
"Easy Recipes for the Bread Machine: Get the Best Out of Your Bread Machine with 50 Ideas for All Kinds of Loaves, Shown in 250 Step-by-Step Photographs" by Jennie Shapter. A "how to" guide for baking bread in your bread machine, including settings, techniques, and troubleshooting. Also contains 50 time-honored and new recipes from around the world.
"Backpack Gourmet: Good Hot Grub You Can Make at Home, Dehydrate, and Pack for Quick, Easy, and Healthy Eating on the Trail" by Linda Frederick Yaffe. Enhance your backpacking adventure by making the tasty and wholesome home-dehydrated snacks and meals included here. Revised with 20 new recipes.
"Family Celebrations with the Cake Boss: Recipes for Get-Togethers Throughout the Year" by Buddy Valastro. Contains loads of recipes that describe how to, bake, cook, and decorate a variety of dinners, appetizers, and desserts for special occasions.
Romare Bearden Craft: Romare Bearden Craft Program — a collage-style craft for children in conjunction with "The Great Gatsby" Big Read 2014, for kids and tweens, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the Kerman Library. Details: 846-8804.
St. Patrick's Day Irish Music & Dance: Join us for a live performance of Irish music and dance with musical group Pipe on the Hob and the McTeggart Dancers. All ages are welcome, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at the Woodward Park Library. Details: 600-3135.
Thrilling Radio Theater Programs: Turn back the clock to the '20s when families sat around the radio and listened to stories for entertainment such as "The Shadow," "Red Ryder," and "Little Orphan Annie," 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Sunnyside Library. Details: 600-6594.
Feather Headband and Bowties: Make a feathered headband or bowtie to go along with this year's Big Read — "The Great Gatsby," ages 12 and up, space is limited, signups begin one week in advance, 2-3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Reedley Library. Details: 638-2818.
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.