Library Bookshelf: Explore poetry, play chess, make bead magnet

FresnoMay 10, 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

"Divergent" by Veronica Roth

"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

"Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain's Silent Killers" by David Perlmutter

"Frog Music: A Novel" by Emma Donoghue

"City of Heavenly Fire" by Cassandra Clare

New arrivals

"The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match" by Sonya Rhodes. A relationship therapist's no-nonsense guide for successful career women to finding the right mate, without having to settle or change for a man.

"You Should Have Known" by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Right before her book is published, a doctor's wife must face horrifying revelations about her missing husband's past.

"A Poet's Glossary" by Edward Hirsch. A poetry lover's guide to poetic forms and traditions from around the world.


"A Few Good Eggs: Two Chicks Dish on the Insanity of Infertility" by Julie Vargo and Maureen Regan. An insider's guide to the world of infertility treatments and the emotional roller coaster accompanying infertility.

"Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing, and the Women Who Tried It" by Sarah Elizabeth Richards. Personal stories of four women's infertility, and a look at the latest advances in reproductive science that helped them achieve motherhood.

"The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock" by Tanya Selvaratnam. An examination of fertility myths perpetuated by popular culture and the mass media, and the reality that these myths obscure.


Chess Club: Chess for all ages! Appropriate for beginners and advanced level, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Auberry Library. Details: 855-8523.

Preschool Storytime: All toddlers and preschoolers are welcome to read stories, sing songs, and have fun activities before the library opens to the public, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Politi Library. Details: 431-6450.

Japanese Culture Club: Share the joy of Japanese culture through discussions of books, movies, foods, 2:45-5:15 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Orange Cove Library. Details: 600-9292.

Glass Bead Magnets: We will use recycled paper, old magazines and books to make decorative magnets. Space is limited to 15 and sign-ups begin one week in advance, 2-3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at 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 or call (559) 600-6227 for details.

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