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
"Top Secret Twenty-One" by Janet Evanovich
"Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd
"Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt
"Blood of Olympus" by Rick Riordan
"Silkworm" by Robert Galbraith
"What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, a Life" by Marc Leepson. In this well-researched biography of Francis Scott Key, the first in 75 years — timed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of our national anthem — the author portrays him as a patriotic, conservative and religious man. Although known primarily as the author of "The Star Spangled Banner," he was also the U.S. attorney general at the time of the first U.S. race riot in 1835, and was adamantly opposed to slavery. The book explores the many complexities of the man.
"A Catered Fourth of July: A Mystery with Recipes" by Isis Crawford. Cooking sisters Bernie and Libby set up their catering stand during a Revolutionary War battle re-enactment. When the fighting is over, town playboy Jack Devlin is really dead, and the sisters get moving to find the killer.
"The Book of Life" by Deborah Harkness. In this time-traveling finale to the All Souls Trilogy, ancient knowledge and modern science combine as spellbound witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont struggle to fulfill their mission.
"Girl Walks into a Bar" by Strawberry Saroyan. William Saroyan's granddaughter writes of post-collegiate life in New York City and all that comes with it: love, success, failure and the search for identity.
"And the Heart Says Whatever" by Emily Gould. The author puts a modern twist on the coming-of-age memoir with struggling to carve out a writing career in the digital age while becoming an adult in New York City.
"Clearly, I Didn't Think This Through: One Tall Girl's Impulsive, Ill-Conceived, and Borderline Irresponsible Life Decisions" by Anna Goldfarb. The author chronicles her tale of being a broke post-graduate, forced to move back in with her parents out of sheer necessity in the midst of the recession.
Zoo Program: This fun, educational and interactive program will teach you about animals at the zoo. Pre-registration is required. Recommended for children up to age 9. 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Auberry Branch Library (855-8523), and 2-3 p.m. at the Sanger Branch Library (875-2435).
Clifford the Big Red Dog Storytime: Come meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and hear some of his favorite stories.
Pre-registration is required. Recommended for ages 3-6. Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Parlier Branch Library (646-3835). Sponsored by Valley PBS and Educational Employees Credit Union.
Veterans Resource Center: Stop by to learn about the benefits, services and resources available to all veterans. One-on-one consultations with trained volunteers are available, 1-3 p.m Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and 3-4:45 p.m. Fridays at the Central Library (600-7323).