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
• “A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel,” by Anne Tyler.
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• “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins.
• “The Nightingale,” by Kristin Hannah.
• “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James.
• “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” by Marie Kondo.
•“The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be,”
by Jack Canfield with Janet Switzer. The 10th-anniversary edition of a book that illustrates 67 time-tested ideas for making the most out of your life.
“The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014,” edited by Daniel Handler. From the author of the popular Lemony Snicket books, assisted by a team of San Francisco high school students. They have picked the best in young adult fiction, nonfiction, poetry and graphic novels.
“One Step Too Far: A Novel,” by Tina Seskis. Emily Coleman has a solid marriage, loving family and cozy home. So why does she walk away from it all? The answers emerge slowly and unexpectedly in this fascinating tale.
Celebrating Teen Tech Week
“It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens,” by Danah Boyd. What effects are Facebook, Twitter and Instagram having on younger American society? The author finds a number of surprising answers, and demolishes more than a few myths along the way.
“Screen-Smart Parenting: How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child’s Use of Social Media, Apps, And Digital Devices,” by Jodi Gold. Offers sound advice on how to manage teenage technology needs and wants while maintaining high-quality family life.
“Unfriended,” by Rachel Vail. A compelling story with today’s technology as a backdrop. Truly can’t believe her good luck when she gets to sit at the school “Popular Table,” and is then horrified by the deceit, gossip and backstabbing that goes with the “honor.”
•Friends of the Auberry Library Symposium: “Hunger in a Land of Plenty”:
Why do so many people in Fresno County, America’s breadbasket, need to rely on food banks and other free nutrition sources? Join this panel discussion, part of the Anne Neal Guest Speaker Series. Wednesday, March 11, 7-8 p.m., at the Auberry Branch Library. Details: (559) 855-8523.
•The Big Read 2015 Kickoff:
Dance and music from the ’30s will introduce this year’s selection, Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon.” The first 50 attendees will receive free copies of the book. Friday, March 13, 2-4 p.m., at Arte Americas, 1630 Van Ness Ave. Details: (559) 600-6226.
•“The Maltese Falcon” — The Fresno Connection:
Did you know that this famed mystery has some of its roots in Central California? Freelance author and pulp magazine historian Warren Harris will explain further during this intriguing presentation. Co-sponsored by Sisters In Crime. Reservations are necessary, please call 431-4360 by March 12. Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. to noon at Yosemite Falls Café, 4278 W. Ashlan Ave., Fresno.