The Fresno County Library's Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music and other items and provides information about library programs.
Most requested books
"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
"If I Stay" by Gayle Forman
"Blood of Olympus" by Rick Riordan
"All Fall Down" by Jennifer Weiner
"Four: A Divergent Collection" by Veronica Roth
"It's a Wild Life: How My Life Became a Zoo" by Bud DeYoung. DeYoung has always had a love for animals. Rescuing animals big and small, DeYoung and his wife have built a private family zoo at their home to care for these creatures.
"I Work at a Public Library" by Gina Sheridan. Think librarians just answer questions and sit at a desk all day? Not so. Read this collection of true encounters between library staffs and customers all over the United States.
First day of school
The first day of school can be scary for new students. Here is a list of books for children to read to settle the jitters.
"Vera's First Day of School" by Vera Rosenberry
"The First Day of School" by Margaret McNamara
"Mr. Ouchy's First Day of School" by B.G. Hennessy
"Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School" by Herman Parish
"It's Your First Day of School, Annie Claire" by Nancy White Carlstrom
"Mouse's First Day of School" by Lauren Thompsen
For older kids:
"Cam Jansen: The First Day of School Mystery" by David A. Adler
"The Top Ten Ways to Ruin the First Day of Fifth Grade" by Kenneth Derby
"It's the First Day of School — Forever!" by R.L. Stine
Sunday Afternoon Family Movies: Family-friendly movies with popcorn provided, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Sunnyside Library. Call the library at (559) 600-6594 for details.
Read to a Dog: Come read to a Tail Waggin' Tutor. For kids preschool through sixth grade. Mondays, 1 p.m. at the Gillis Branch Library, and 3 p.m. at the Pinedale Branch Library and at the Fig Garden Regional Library; Fridays, 2:30 p.m. at the Woodward Park Regional Library; and Saturdays, 1 p.m. at the Riverdale Branch Library.
Harry Potter Book Club II — The Chamber of Secrets: A book club all about Harry Potter. For kids K-6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays at the Woodward Park Regional Library (600-3135).
Veterans Resource Center: Mondays, 1-3 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon; Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; and Fridays, 3-4:45 p.m. at the Central Library (600-7323).