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
• “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” by Laura Hillenbrand.
Never miss a local story.
• “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins.
• “All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel,” by Anthony Doerr.
• “Gray Mountain,” by John Grisham.
• “Hope to Die,” by James Patterson.
•“One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More,”
from the editors of Martha Stewart Living. This collection of recipes can be prepared quickly and easily, using a single vessel, at the end of a busy day.
•“Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography,”
by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Pamela Smith Hill. Hidden since the 1930s, this is the real-life odyssey of the pioneer Ingalls family throughout the Midwest, ending in Dakota Territory. A must-read for “Little House on the Prairie” enthusiasts.
by Simmone Howell. The story of 15-year-old Skylark (“Sky”) Martin, who lives near Melbourne, Australia, and helps her family run a run-down record store. This enchanting coming-of-age story is a “literary soundtrack” to a summer filled with romance, grief and music.
•“It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized,”
by Marilyn Byfield Paul. Unlike most how-to books of this kind, disorganization is seen as a blessing, not a curse. The author shows how it can provide perspectives on insecurity, emotional attachment and inexperience, and provides a seven-step path to eliminate the “swamp of disorder.”
•“One Year to an Organized Financial Life: From Your Bills to Your Bank Account, Your Home to Your Retirement, the Week-By-Week Guide to Achieving Financial Peace of Mind,”
by Regina Leeds. This guide sets forth a 12-month master plan for attacking overwhelming disorder, each with four weekly tasks.
•“Organizing Plain and Simple,”
by Donna Smallin. Clutter around the house can keep people from achieving mental balance and serenity. By following the author’s philosophy and helpful hints, readers can learn how to get organized, stay organized and stay focused on what matters.
This is a class for those using the World Wide Web for the first time and those who wish to brush up on basic Web skills. Participants must be able to use a mouse. Registration is required. Monday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Orange Cove Branch Library. Details: (559) 600-9292.
•Sit and Be Fit Exercise Program for Seniors:
A fun, new way to stay healthy and in shape. Registration is required. Thursday, Jan. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Fig Garden Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-4071.
•Fowler Library Explorers:
Bring the kids to learn and read about winter, and make paper snowflakes, marshmallow snowmen and snowballs. Thursday, Jan. 15, 4-5 p.m., at the Fowler Branch Library. Details: (559) 600-9281.
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