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
▪ “Camino Island,” by John Grisham.
▪ “The Late Show,” by Michael Connelly.
▪ “Come Sundown,” by Nora Roberts.
▪ “Into the Water,” by Paula Hawkins.
▪ “No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories,” by Lee Child.
▪ “The Lost History of Stars: A Novel,” by Dave Boling. When a young Afrikaner girl is swept into a concentration camp during the Boer War, her struggle for survival is complicated when she makes friends with one of her British captors.
▪ “The Leavers: A Novel,” by Lisa Ko. Deming, a young Chinese boy, is adopted by an American couple after his mother disappears mysteriously. As he grows up and tries to succeed as a musician, he finds himself drifting toward the grip of his native culture.
▪ “Vintage Trailer Voyeur: A Peek Inside the Unique Custom Trailer Culture,” by Victoria Ocken. Relive the days of pre-RV road travel with people who roll down America’s highways in gorgeously-restored, beautifully-customized trailers.
20 years of Harry Potter
▪ “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two,” by J.K. Rowling. The latest addition to the Potter saga: a play that features an adult Harry and his young son fighting against a strange combination of evil, alternate realities and time travel.
▪ “Pottermore Presents Volumes 1-3, The Hogwarts Collection,” by J.K. Rowling. From the series author herself, learn inside stories of wizard training, the secrets of Azkaban prison and the care and feeding of magical creatures. Available for download in EPUB format from the Library’s website.
▪ “Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault,” by Jody Revenson.This book has all the details about how the flying brooms, enchanted maps and animated textbooks were created for the movie series, plus a look at their designers and their makers.
▪ Disney Trivia Night: Come with your own team (maximum six members), or join one at the event. The top scorers will walk away with prizes. 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: 559-600-3135.
▪ Discover Your Community Media Center: Find out how to shoot, edit and present your own video projects at Fresno’s Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC). Staff members will be on hand to answer questions. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Betty Rodriguez Regional Library. Details: 559-600-9245.
▪ The Discovery Center: Learn about the fun and excitement of chemistry with dry ice, glue, baking soda, vinegar and other everyday substances. See how matter changes from state to state. Saturday, 10-11 a.m., Central Library. Details 559-600-7323, and noon-1 p.m., Biola Branch Library. Details 559-843-2001.