The Fresno County Library’s Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music and other items and provides information about library programs.
All libraries will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Top 5 Most Requested Books
“The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins.
“All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel,” by Anthony Doerr.
“Hope to Die,” by James Patterson.
“The Cold Dish,” by Craig Johnson.
“Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James.
by Ashley Weaver. Set at an elegant seaside resort during the 1930s, this murder mystery involves Amory Ames, a wealthy young woman; Milo, her husband; and Gil Trent, her previous fiancé. It begins as a romp and builds tension slowly with twists, turns and red herrings.
by Alex Marwood. The apartment building at 23 Beulah Grove is run-down, requires no credit check or leases, and is full of people without options. After a terrible accident, its tenants band together for self-protection, not realizing one is a murderer—and is planning to strike again.
•“Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children Over Age Four,”
by Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, Gloria Russo Wassell and Victor Groza. For more than 200,000 people in the United States hoping to adopt children, taking in an older child presents its own set of obstacles. This guide focuses on the behavioral, mental and educational issues faced by families in such situations.
•Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Day of Remembrance “The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.,”
edited by Clayborne Carson. Assembled from various writings, speeches and interviews, this account depicts moments and events that formed Dr. King’s social consciousness, culminating in his civil rights leadership. It includes glimpses of his family life and portraits of other historically important people, such as Malcolm X and President John F. Kennedy.
•“Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,”
by Doreen Rappaport. This children’s picture book takes Dr. King’s history-changing speeches and interweaves them with illustrations by acclaimed artist Bryan Collier. It provides an insightful, poignant introduction to the man and his impact on the world.
•“A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King Jr.,”
edited by James Melvin Washington. A treasury of speeches, writings and reflections, this anthology gives us Dr. King’s thoughts on nonviolence, social policy, the ethics of love and hope, and more.
• Skills for Teen Parenting (STeP): A series of 10 workshops, held on alternate Sunday afternoons, designed to provide teenage mothers with knowledge to succeed as adults and parents. Pre-registration is required: call or visit the Politi Branch Library. Childcare at the library will be provided during these sessions. Starts 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Politi Branch Library. Details: (559) 431-6450.
•What You Need to Know about Asthma:
Learn about asthma symptoms, how to cope effectively with them, different available medications, and additional management information. 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Kerman Branch Library. Details: (559) 846-8804.
A presentation by Don Simmons, Ph.D., Chair of the City of Fresno’s Historic Preservation Commission—“Doing the Dance of Historic Preservation: Steps Forward.” 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-3135.
• Mouse Basics for the Absolute Beginner: Computer instruction for those with no experience, with lots of hands-on computer mouse practice. You do not need to take this class if you are already comfortable using the mouse. No prerequisites. Pre-registration is required: call or visit the Central Library. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Central Library. Details: (559) 600-7323.