Library Bookshelf: 'Soda Fountain,' 'Conform' are new arrivals

FresnoJune 7, 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

"City of Heavenly Fire" by Cassandra Clare

"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

"The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd

"Divergent" by Veronica Roth

"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

New arrivals

"The Soda Fountain: Floats, Sundaes, Egg Creams & More — Flavors and Traditions of an American Origin" by Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman. Just in time for the summer heat, this is a compilation of the histories behind and stories about the soda fountains in New York, accompanied with many recipes of all-American-favorite soda drinks, completed with step-by-step guides to homemade syrups and toppings.

"Conform: Exposing the Truth about Common Core and Public Education" by Glen Beck, Kevin Balfe and Kyle Olson. Believing in limited government, Glenn Beck, a political commentator and a prominent mass media figure, challenges the promotion of Common Core nationwide in terms of the intended purposes of educators, union members and politicians, the fairness to different social classes, and the effectiveness of a uniform educational model.

"The Lost History of Aztec & Maya: The History, Legend, Myth and Culture of the Ancient Native People of Mexico and Central America: Olmec, Maya, Chimichee, Huastec, Zapotec, Toltec, Mixtec, Totonac, Aztec" by Charles Phillips. More than 200 treatises on a vast array of topics that unveil the mysteries of the people and the culture of the ancient empires of Mesoamerica.

Christian fiction

"It Happened at the Fair" by Deeanne Gist. With everything at stake, Cullen McNamara packs up his invention and is off to display it at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

"Belonging" by Robin Lee Hatcher. Orphaned at a young age, Felicia Kristoffersen relies on her faith to combat her loneliness and push her forward to achieve her goals. As a new school teacher in a small rural community, Felicity must prove that she is up to the job. Her biggest critic is widower Colin Murphy, who feels she is too young and inexperienced for the job.

"The Measure of Katie Calloway" by Serena B. Miller. Katie and her younger brother flee from her abusive husband to the wilds of a northern lumber camp. She finds employment as a camp cook and hopes the remoteness of the camp will keep her safe. Robert Forester, the camp owner, develops a friendship with the young woman and vows to look after her. Katie finds herself falling in love with Robert, but fears her secret husband will catch up to her.

Upcoming library events

Sunnyside Master Gardeners Story Time & Craft. Tuesday, June 10, 10-11 a.m. at the Sunnyside Branch Library. Details: (559) 600-6594.

Friends of Auberry Library Free Teen Tour: Yosemite. Yosemite Valley, geology and wildlife tour. A notarized medical authorization for treatment of a minor needed. For sign-up information and forms, go to the Auberry Library or go to Provided by the Bertha & John Garabedian Charitable Foundation. Meet at the north side of Auberry Library on Wednesday, June 11, at 8 a.m. Details: (559) 855-8523.

Harry Potter Book Club II — The Chamber of Secrets. The book club continues this summer with the second book in the series. Read aloud together, talk about the story and take part in an activity related to what you've read. Friday, June 13, 11 a.m.-noon at the Woodward Branch Library. Details: (559) 600-3135.

Summer Reading Program Kick-Off at the Valley Animal Center. Performers include the E&M Reptile Family, the Bubble Guy and more. Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Valley Animal Center, 3934 N. Hayston Ave. in Fresno. Details: (559) 600-7323.


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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