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, Feb.16, in observance of the Presidents Day holiday.
Top 5 Most Requested Books
• “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins.
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• “Go Set a Watchman: A Novel,” by Harper Lee.
• “The Diary of a Young Girl,” by Anne Frank.
• “The Nightingale,” by Kristin Hannah.
• “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James.
by Sarah Addison Allen. The Waverley sisters of Bascom, North Carolina, get an early autumn visit from a man carrying a shabby suitcase. Little do they realize how he will disrupt their family life and conjure a season they won’t soon forget.
•“Small-Space Vegetable Gardens: Growing Great Edibles in Containers, Raised Beds, and Small Plots,”
by Andrea Bellamy. This book demonstrates how to make productive mini-farms in any area where soil is scarce — patios, balconies, parking strips and more.
•“The Art of Asking: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help,”
by Amanda Palmer. We all somehow depend on others, yet are often reluctant to request their assistance. This handy guide shows the reader how to embrace the process, accept the pitfalls and vulnerabilities, and gain what we need to improve our lives.
•“Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales,”
by Terry Pratchett. When King Arthur’s knights are away, the dragons come to play, and it’s up to a boy named Ralph, Fortnight the Friday knight and Fossfiddle the wizard to subdue them.
•“The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,”
by Doris Kearns Goodwin. A riveting narrative by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. It shows how two American presidents began as best of friends, only to end up as bitter political foes, with very different ideas on what America should become.
•“Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power,”
by Jon Meacham. An explanation of how Jefferson helped fight the Revolutionary War, delivered peace and stability, and guided the U.S. through its first half-century.
•“Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage,”
by Hazel Rowley. This combined portrait of the Roosevelts reveals how their partnership was traditional in many ways, groundbreaking in others, and left its stamp on World War II and the United Nations.
•James Ardaiz Book Discussion and Signing:
Retired Fresno County Superior Court judge and author of “Hands Through Stone,” a gripping account of the Fran’s Market murders, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Fig Garden Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-4071.
•Jazz at the Library
: Listen as local guitarist Mike Dana presents “The Music of Pat Metheny,” 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-3135.
Make a lantern to celebrate the Chinese New Year. For all ages. Please arrive early, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Cedar Clinton Branch Library. Details: (559) 442-1770.
•Get to Know the Heritage Center:
Learn how to build your family tree, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Central Library. Details: (559) 600-6230.