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
• “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town,” by Jon Krakauer.
• “All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel,” by Anthony Doerr.
• “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins.
• “Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies: The Real West,” by David Fisher.
• “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” by Peter Schweizer.
by David Baldacci. After sustaining a hard concussion during a football game, Amos Decker is unable to forget anything. That skill becomes useful years later, after his family is murdered and he follows a huge tangle of clues to find the culprit.
•“Where They Found Her: A Novel,”
by Kimberly McCreight. In a small New Jersey town, a baby’s body is found where another corpse was discovered years earlier. Is it coincidence, or are sinister forces lurking beneath this otherwise quiet village?
by Janet Portman and Marcia Stewart. This up-to-date manual explains how to cope with privacy, noise, financial disputes, and all other difficulties that arise when you lease your living space.
Cinco de Mayo
•“Marco’s Cinco de Mayo,”
by Lisa Bullard. Aimed at younger readers, this is the story of a young boy and his fascination with the holiday’s many traditions. It even has instructions on how to make your own maracas! Illustrated by Holli Conger.
•“Celebraciones Mexicanas : History, Traditions, and Recipes,”
by Andrea Lawson Gray and Adriana Almazan Lahl. This guide to Cinco de Mayo and other Mexican holidays devotes special attention to cooking and food. More than 200 recipes are featured.
•“El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition,”
by David E. Hayes-Bautista. If you thought the holiday originated in Mexico and was imported to the United States — you’d be wrong. In this detailed history, the author shows how it was created in California and has been part of our shared culture for decades.
•Astronomy Night on the Lawn:
The Friends of the Auberry Library present local resident and amateur stargazer Carl Dotts, who will have a telescope available. See the Leo constellation, the planets Mercury and Jupiter, and Comet Lovejoy. Please bring binoculars and a blanket. 8-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the Auberry Branch Library. Details: (559) 855-8523.
•Sit and Be Fit at Fig Garden:
Come join this low-impact exercise program designed for seniors to stay in shape! Please register in advance, only 20 seats are available. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, May 7, at the Fig Garden Branch Library. Details: (559) 600-4071.
•Story Time with Author-Illustrator Angela Dominguez.
Meet this former Fresno resident and listen to her read from her new book, “Knit Together.” Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program. 3-4 p.m., Saturday, May 9, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: (559) 600-3135.