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
"The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd
"If I Stay" by Gayle Forman
"Blood of Olympus" by Rick Riordan
"Four: A Divergent Collection" by Veronica Roth
"All Fall Down" by Jennifer Weiner
"The Romanov Sisters" by Helen Rappaport. The lives of the Russian Grand Duchesses — Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia — are examined. The author draws extensively on unseen or unpublished private letters from the Romanov sisters to present a new view of the daughters of the last Russian Czar and their role in the Russian Revolution.
"Flying Shoes: A Novel" by Lisa Howorth. An old unsolved murder on Mother's Day in 1966 is the backdrop for this novel of family stories and secrets. Set in the South and rich with characters who all have secrets to hide, the story is based on the still unsolved murder of the author's stepbrother.
"The Actress: A Novel" by Amy Sohn. Hollywood heartthrob Steven Weller pulls a struggling actress out of obscurity to star with him in his next award-winning film. The two begin a whirlwind romance and soon marry and become the next "it" couple. For all their happiness, there are still gay rumors about Steven that continue to follow them and threaten their happiness.
Books on TV
"Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout. This 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner consists of character studies of people in small town Crosby, Maine. Soon to be an HBO mini-series with Frances McDormand and Bill Murray.
"The Strain" by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan. A Boeing 777 stops dead on the tarmac after arriving at JFK with all communication channels dead. The Centers for Disease Control Biologic Threat Team boards the plane and is horror stricken. So begins the release of a vampiric virus into New York. This title is the first of a trilogy. Corey Stoll leads the cast in the FX series that airs 10 p.m. Sundays.
Summer Reading 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. 19, at the Woodward Park Library, 600-3135.
Read to a Dog: Come read to a Tail-Waggin' Tutor, from among the registered therapy dogs. This program is for kids preschool through sixth grades, at various branches: 1 p.m. Monday at Gillis and 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at Fig Garden; 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Kerman; 2:30 p.m. Wednesday,Aug. 20, at Reedley; 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21-23, at Woodward Park.
Harry Potter Book Club II — "The Chamber of Secrets": A book club all about Harry Potter. Talk about and take part in a fun activity all about the second book. For kids kindergarten-sixth grade, 11 a.m. to noon Friday at the Woodward Park Library, 600-3135.
Paranormal Investigations: Chad Stambaugh from the 11th Hour Paranormal Research Society will speak on research and investigative techniques, 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Auberry Library, 855-8523.
Veterans Resource Center: Stop by to learn about the benefits, services and resources available to all veterans. Open Mondays, 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Fridays, 3-4:45 p.m. at the Central Library, 600-7323.