The Fresno County Library’s Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music, and other items, and provides information about library programs. All Fresno County Public Libraries will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
Top 5 Most Requested Books
▪ “The BFG,” by Roald Dahl.
▪ “Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience With Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate,” by Gary J. Byrne and Grant M. Schmidt.
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▪ “Apprentice in Death,” by J.D. Robb.
▪ “Here’s to Us: A Novel,” by Elin Hilderbrand.
▪ “Me Before You,” by Jojo Moyes.
▪ “Edenland,” by Wallace King. The epic struggle of escaped slaves Bledsoe and Alice, who make their way through swamps, cities and the Civil War to gain their freedom.
▪ “Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals,” by Nathan H. Lents. A compelling study of how love, envy, greed, and other emotions unite all living things.
▪ “Two for the Show: A Thriller,” by Jonathan Stone. Chas Stanton is a cyber-detective who helps Wallace the Amazing, a Las Vegas mind reader, learn obscure facts about the people in his audience. Unfortunately, someone is ready to rip the lid off Wallace’s act. It’s up to Chas to stop him and keep the illusions alive!
The Spirit of Independence
▪ “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality,” by Danielle Allen. The ideal book for those who want a word-by-word explanation of what this important document means, and continues to teach us.
▪ “Day of Independence,” by William W. Johnstone, with J.A. Johnstone. Out on the Texas range, a proud lawman leads a war for freedom against a crooked cattle baron and his henchmen.
▪ “Independence: The Tangled Roots of the American Revolution,” by Thomas P. Slaughter. This thought-provoking study shows how the events of 1776 were forecast by circumstances that went back 150 years.
▪ Summer Crafts: Fun and creative projects for children. Some involve cutting, gluing, and painting, so parents need to accompany any children under age 7. 3-4:15 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, at the Fig Garden Regional Library. Details: 559-600-4071.
▪ Naturalization Information: A representative of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will give a half-hour presentation on naturalization, and answer audience questions. 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7, at the Gillis Branch Library. Details: 559-225-0140.
▪ Tabletop Gaming at the Library: Learn a new board game, or bring one of your favorites to play with others. Open to all ages! 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, July 9, at the Kingsburg Branch Library. Details: 559-897-3710.
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.