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
▪ “Golden Prey,” by John Sandford
▪ “The Fix,” by David Baldacci
▪ “16th Seduction,” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
▪ “The Black Book,” by James Patterson and David Ellis
▪ “Into the Water,” by Paula Hawkins
▪ “The Gods of Sagittarius,” by Erick Flint and Mike Resnick. A security specialist, a lord and a shaman go on a far-flung quest to find the Old Ones, deities long thought to be dead – but possibly alive and blazing new paths of vengeance.
▪ “Talking to Animals: How You Can Understand Animals and They Can Understand You,” by Jon Katz. Find out about the author’s conversations with Julius the Labrador, Elvis the steer, Rose the border collie, and how such communication both entertains and expands one’s mind.
▪ “Round Midnight,” by Laura McBride. A casino in Las Vegas begins genteel after World War II and ends up shabby today. Along the way, four completely different women set foot there and find their lives changed in unexpected ways.
40 Years of ‘Star Wars’
▪ “Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia,” by Patricia Barr. Characters, places, costumes, spaceships, technology – everything that’s in the saga and identified can be found in this handy-to-use reference.
▪ “Star Wars, the Prequel Trilogy: A Graphic Novel,” by Alessandro Q. (Ferrari). For those who haven’t seen “Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith,” or want to relive all the excitement in print.
▪ “Star Wars” Music on Freegal: From the Library’s free music streaming service: Hear the movie themes as re-interpreted by university marching bands, Henry Mancini, the Orlando Pops, and many other artists. Your library card unlocks this and many other musical treasures at fresnolibrary.freegalmusic.com.
▪ Crafting Circle: A group meeting for anyone interested in crochet, needlecraft, decoupage and similar hobbies. Tuesday, 11 a.m.-noon, Study Room A, Betty Rodriguez Regional Library. Details: 559-600-9240.
▪ Builder’s Club: Come and enjoy creating Lego masterpieces with other enthusiasts. Each week will have a special theme. 2-3 p.m., Wednesday, Sanger Branch Library. Details: 559-875-2435.
▪ More Genealogy Websites: Learn about the multitude of genealogy websites available to trace your ancestry. Family Search, Find A Grave, Cyndi’s List, USGenweb and more will be discussed. Please register in advance at bit.ly/2pQ796N. Thursday, 6-7:45 p.m., Fowler Branch Library Computer Lab. Details: 559-600-9281.