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
"Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
"Divergent" by Veronica Roth
"All Fall Down" by Jennifer Weiner
"Invisible" by James Patterson
"The Vacationers" by Emma Straub
"Slow Cooking for Two: A Slow Cooker Cookbook with 101 Slow Cooker Recipes Designed for Two People" by Mendocino Press. A collection of quick recipes with a preparation time of less than 30 minutes that cook while you are at work. Examples include apple berry breakfast cobbler, buffalo chicken meatballs and beef stroganoff.
"Murder on High Holborn" by Suzanna Gregory. A suspenseful whodunit set in 17th century England. Investigator Thomas Chaloner must foil a conspiracy that threatens war between England and the Dutch after the mysterious sinking of the largest ship in the British Navy.
"Strength Training for Fat Loss" by Nick Tumminello. A series of weightlifting exercises that target specific body parts. Amply illustrated, this book also includes diet and nutrition recommendations.
"Genealogy for the First Time: Research Your Family History" by Laura Best. Discover many methods beginners can use to research family histories. Contains easy-to-follow techniques that lead to using readily available information, new genealogy skills and progress in building a family tree.
"Who do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History" by Megan Smolenyak. Learning to research your family history has its ups and downs, and reading this book will help you understand the information you gather. This companion to the NBC series contains reviews of websites, methods of research and resources.
"Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs" by Maureen A. Taylor. Learn how to read and analyze family photographs by costume, type of photo, photographer's imprint and more. Provides step-by-step interpretation guidelines for photographs to assist in tracing a family tree.
Summer Reading Zoo Program: This fun, educational and interactive program teaches about animals at the zoo. Pre-registration is required, recommended for children up to age 9, 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Woodward Park Library 559-600-3135.
Summertime Crafts: Fun and creative crafts for children to do in the summer, 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Fig Garden Library 559-600-4071.
Citizens on Patrol: Join in a discussion of issues important to the area of Orange Cove, 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Orange Cove Library 559-600-9292.
Veterans Resource Center: Stop by to learn about the benefits, services and resources available to all veterans. One-on-one consultations with trained volunteers available, 1-3 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 3-4:45 p.m. Fridays at the Central Library 559-600-7323.