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
"Unlucky 13" by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
"Divergent" by Veronica Roth
"Mantiques: a Manly Guide to Cool Stuff" by Eric Bradley. A collection of stories and eye-catching photographs of antiques and artifacts appealing to guys. Included are Marilyn Monroe's chest X-ray, spy gadgets from World War II and guns and knives. All items are tagged with current prices.
"10 Steps to Mastering Stress: a Lifestyle Approach" by David H. Barlow, Ronald M. Rapee, and Sarah Perini. This is a well-structured self-help program written by three anxiety experts to tackle stress, with practical advice and exercises to keep this common problem under control.
"I Heart My Little A-holes: a bunch of holy-crap moments no one ever told you about parenting" by Karen Alpert. Desperate and memorable moments of a young mother's life become hilarious stories for those who have been there. Small cartoons and photographs add extra pleasure to the reading experience.
"Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction" by Bobby Flay. American chef Flay explains the different types of cookers used for outdoor cooking. He educates his readers on the pros and cons of cookers, fuels, woods and grilling gear, and expresses how he loves to travel across the world to find new flavors, techniques, and ingredients.
"Good Old-fashioned Roasts" by Laura Mason. This acclaimed cook and British food historian shares the story of how roasting became a cooking method. She gives tips on using leftover meat to make another equally appealing dinner.
"The New Slow Cooker: Comfort Classics Reinvented" by Brigit Legere Binns. Great slow-cooker meals can be easy. Comfort meets convenience with delicious results. Binns says you will be amazed to see how the slow cooker can enhance freshness, colors and textures to produce flavorful dishes.
Lunch at the Library: Free summer meals and enrichment activities for ages 1-18 with no income limitations. The Central Library (600-7323) and the Sanger Branch Library (875-2435) will offer meal service Monday through Friday, noon-1 p.m. The Fowler Branch Library (600-9281) will serve meals Monday through Friday, 1-2 p.m. The Caruthers Branch Library (864-8766) will provide meals Monday through Thursday, noon-1 p.m. No meal service at any location on July 4.
Summer Reading Program performance: Come be amazed by the magic of Gerald Joseph. First-come, first-served seating in compliance with room capacity limits. Wednesday, June 18, 10-11 a.m. at the Mosqueda Branch Library (600-4072); 1-2 p.m. at the West Fresno Branch Library (455-6066), and 4-5 p.m. at the Kingsburg Branch Library (897-3710).
Summer Reading Program teen crafts workshop: Create your own magnet with colorful bottle caps. Thursday, June 19, 1-2 p.m. at the Pinedale Branch Library (439-0486); 2-3 p.m. at the West Fresno Branch Library (455-6066); 3-4 p.m. at the Caruthers Branch Library (864-8766); and 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Politi Branch Library (431-6450).
Summer Reading Program performance: Come see the Omnipresent Puppet Theater put on action-packed storytelling. First-come, first-served seating in compliance with room capacity limits. Friday, June 20, 9-10 a.m. at the Cedar Clinton Branch Library (442-1770); 11 a.m.-noon at the Sierra Vista Library in the Sierra Vista Mall's Community Room.
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.