Fresno County Library Bookshelf: Halloween books, events abound at Valley libraries

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

“The Crossing,” by Michael Connelly.

“Killing Reagan,” by Bill O’Reilly.

“See Me,” by Nicholas Sparks.

“Come Rain or Come Shine: A Mitford Novel,” by Jan Karon.

“Make Me,” by Lee Child.

New arrivals

“The Clasp,” by Sloane Crosley. College friends Victor, Kezia and Nathaniel reunite for a crazed trek across Europe, trying to find the legendary jewelry piece mentioned in Guy de Maupassant’s short story, “The Necklace.”

“Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture – And What We Can Do About It,” by Kate Harding. Is this persistent problem getting worse? Are the accused actually treated better than victims? The author asks these and other provocative questions.

“Daughter of Ashes: A Hannah Ives Mystery,” by Marcia Talley. When Hannah and her husband, Paul, buy a fixer-upper house, little do they realize it will unleash a torrent of deception, death and mayhem from the past.

Books that celebrate Halloween

“Ghosts: A Natural History, 500 Years of Searching for Proof,” by Roger Clarke. Alleged haunted places, famous people returning from the grave and even ghosts from fiction are all discussed at length in this pulse-pounding volume.

“Mothman’s Curse,” by Christine Hayes. When Josie Fletcher takes a picture and a strange man shows up in the shot, she and her brothers get caught up in a wild ride leading straight to the Mothman, who’s haunted Ohio for decades.

“Catacomb: An Asylum Novel,” by Madeleine Roux. Dan, Abby and Jordan have just graduated from high school and are having the time of their lives in New Orleans. Unfortunately, it might also be the time of their deaths!

Upcoming library events

Spooky Story Concert: Now entering its second decade, Terrance McArthur’s show includes magic, music, puppetry and stories guaranteed to induce laughs and chills. 6-7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26, at the Sanger Branch Library. Details: 559-875-2435.

Decorate Mini-Pumpkins: Make them as crazy, funny or scary as you like! Materials will be provided. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Sunnyside Regional Library (559-600-6594), and 3-4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Sanger Branch Library (559-875-2435).

Halloween Movie Night: See “Hocus Pocus” (1993), starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. Seating is limited, so arrive early. 6-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Details: 559-600-6135.

This is a weekly column written by the Fresno County Public Library staff. Events are usually free. Visit, or call 559-600-6227 for details.