Library Bookshelf: Explore beauty with nail designs and perfumes

FresnoJune 21, 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

"A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery" by Albert Marrin. This book presents a serious subject, slavery, in an approachable format with John Brown as the center of the controversy. Maps, photographs, sketches, extensive references and further readings included.

"500 Nail Designs: Inspired and Inventive Looks for Every Mood and Occasion" by Chelsea Franklin. Photographer and blogger Franklin displays her creativity and imagination on pages of colorful nail designs in six different categories for all occasions.

"Help Your Kids with Computer Coding: A Unique Step-by-Step Visual Guide, from Binary Code to Building Games" by Carol Vorderman, Jon Woodcock, Sean McManus, Craig Steele, Claire Quigley and Daniel McCafferty. An introduction to basic binary coding and instructions on using the free Python software to produce simple games right from your home computer.


"Perfumes: The Guide" by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. An insider's guide to the world of perfume, its history and production, with nearly 1,500 fragrance reviews.

"Scent & Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume" by Barbara Herman. A colorful exploration of over 300 vintage perfumes, illustrated with 100 fragrance ads, dating from the 1920s to the present.

"Perfumes, Splashes & Cologne: Discovering and Crafting Your Personal Fragrances" by Nancy M. Booth. An illustrated, step-by-step instructional guide to crafting signature fragrances at home.


Summer Reading Program Performer: Tim Mannix. This performer pulls audience members into a fun-filled show of magic. First come, first served in compliance with room capacity limits, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the Clovis Regional Library (600-9531) and 2-3 p.m. at the Sanger Branch Library (875-2435).

Summer Reading Program Performer: Winston the Balloon Wizard. Show combines magic, comedy and balloon animals. First come, first served in compliance with room capacity limits, 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Tranquillity Branch Library (698-5158) and 4-5 p.m. at the San Joaquin Branch Library (693-2171).

Summer Reading Program Performer: E & M's Reptile Family. Showcase of bugs, frogs and reptiles. First come, first served in compliance with room capacity limits, 9-10 a.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Politi Branch Library (431-6450) and 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional Library (600-3135).

Summer Reading Teen Craft: Wizard Wards. Handcraft a one-of-a-kind magic wand for yourself, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Tranquillity Branch Library (698-5158), 1-2 p.m. at the Piedra Branch Library (787-3266) and 1-2 p.m. at the Laton Branch Library (923-4554).


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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