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
▪ “Me Before You,” by Jojo Moyes.
▪ “The Widow,” by Fiona Barton.
▪ “Blue: A Novel,” by Danielle Steele.
▪ “A Girl’s Guide to Moving On,” by Debbie Macomber.
▪ “The Obsession,” by Nora Roberts.
▪ “Where My Heart Used to Beat,” by Sebastian Faulks. World War II veteran and British psychiatrist Robert Hendricks is sinking into depression and despair when he receives a letter from an admirer of his published work. Conversations between the two veterans uncover repressed memories of love and war. From the author of the international bestseller, “Birdsong.”
▪ “Midnight in St. Petersburg,” by Vanora Bennett. Fleeing her home to take refuge with relatives, Inna Feldman is recruited into a family violin-making apprenticeship. She finds herself torn among three potential suitors: the wildly destructive and revolutionary Yasha; older, respectable, and secure Horace; and the charismatic and enigmatic Rasputin. A story rich in mystery, passion, and history.
▪ “Fear Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Voodoo, Vampires, Graveyards & Ghosts of the Crescent City,” by Michael Murphy. A guidebook to the eccentric and unusual corners of New Orleans, including haunted buildings, psychic readings, and a “bone-watcher’s guide” of gravesites and cemeteries.
On Teens and Technology
▪ “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens,” by Danah Boyd. The book explores themes of identity, safety, privacy, bullying, and addiction relating to teens, youth culture, and technology.
▪ “Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way they Learn,” by Larry D. Rosen. The author considers new methods to better cater teaching materials to the strengths and learning styles of today’s youth. Topics include multitasking, using social networking in the classroom, optimizing creativity, and “rewiring” education to engage students.
▪ “Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media,” by Mizuko Ito, et. al. Findings from a three-year study on how social media and new technology is impacting students in the classroom, at home, and in online communities.
▪ Hooks and Loops – Beginning Crochet: Learn the basics skills of crochet to prepare for your first project! Please bring your own hook and yarn. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22, at the Senior Resource Center. Details: 559-600-6767.
▪ Woodward Shakespeare Festival – Open Mic Night: Join WSF regulars for an evening of your favorite theatre selections. Come to listen, or come prepared with a monologue to share. 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: 559-600-3135.
▪ Author Talk – Stephen Provost, Fresno Growing Up: Author Stephen H. Provost presents “Fresno Growing Up: A City Comes of Age 1945-1985.” 2:00—3:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Betty Rodriguez Regional Library. Details: 559-600-9245.
This is a weekly column written by the Fresno County Public Library staff. Events are usually free. Visit fresnolibrary.org, or call 559-600-6227 for details.