T he 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
by Brandon Mull. Kendra and her brother, Seth, discover that their grandfather’s home plays host to many trolls, satyrs, witches, imps and fairies. They maintain an uneasy peace with each other by following their ancient laws. When that truce is broken, a major conflict between good and evil begins to unfold.
•“The Night Gardener,”
by Jonathan Auxier. Despite repeated warnings, orphaned siblings Molly and Kip leave Ireland to work as servants at a decrepit old English mansion. When they arrive, they encounter a withdrawn family, a ghost gardener, a wish-granting tree and other surprises aplenty.
by David Potter. Stranded at school during Christmas break, Mel, Bev and Brandon suddenly find themselves in 1776, with a dead George Washington beside them. Mel pulls out his iPhone and begins dialing to fix the problem and save the newborn United States.
Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!
•“In the Shadow of the Master,”
edited by Michael Connelly. A collection of classic Poe tales and poems, with accompanying appreciations by Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, Nelson DeMille and other contemporary best-selling authors.
•“The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe,”
by Edgar Allan Poe. While Poe won his greatest fame for “The Raven,” he wrote a wide range of imaginative verse. Those unfamiliar with his other poems will discover amazing new landscapes of language.
•“Poe: A Life Cut Short,”
by Peter Ackroyd. His was one of America’s most brilliant literary careers, but Edgar Allan Poe died at age 40, after leading a strange and often troubled life. Ackroyd tells this story in a thoughtful, sympathetic manner, and adds multiple insights into Poe’s mind and genius.
Upcoming library events
• Technology Petting Zoo: Bring your electronic devices and get help on how to use them effectively. This is a great chance to try some hands-on exploring with your e-readers and smartphones! Pre-registration is required. 4-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at the Bear Mountain Branch Library. Details: (559) 332-2528.
• Author Talk with Linda Lee Kane: She will present her new YA novel “Icelandia: Baba Yaga’s Revenge,” a new take on an old Russian fairytale — and discuss ways authors can tackle their own writing projects. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-3135.
• Fit Families for Life: Learn how to make better food choices, exercise effectively, read a food label, limit sugar in your diet and much more. 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Kerman Branch Library. Details: (559) 846-8804.
• Learn to Download a Book to Your Device: This class will demonstrate how to use the Overdrive mobile app and transfer library books to electronic devices. Bring whatever device you use to read e-books. Participants must have a library card and an email account. 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the Selma Branch Library. Details: (559) 896-3393.