Fresno County Library Bookshelf: Celebrate César Chávez’s birthday

The Fresno County Library’s Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music, and other items, and provides information about library programs. All libraries will be closed on Sunday, March 27, for the Easter holiday, and on Thursday, March 31, in observance of César Chávez Day.

Top 5 Most Requested Books

▪ “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” by J.K. Rowling.

▪ “Lady Midnight,” by Cassandra Clare.

▪ “Off the Grid,” by C.J. Box.

▪ “Fool Me Once,” by Harlan Coben.

▪ “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” by Ransom Riggs.

New Arrivals

▪ “Terror in Taffeta: A Mystery,” by Marla Cooper. Kelsey McKenna is a wedding planner by profession, but after a bridesmaid falls dead at one of her events, she’s forced to become an amateur detective!

▪ “No One Knows: A Thriller,” by J.T. Ellison. The state of Tennessee is sure that Aubrey Hamilton’s husband can be declared legally dead – and she’s equally sure that it’s too early to make the call.

▪ “And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East,” by Richard Engel. A memoir of continuing war and strife from NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, told from a front-row observer’s unique perspective.

Honoring César Chávez’s Birthday

▪ “Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States,” by Felipe Fernández-Armesto. Instead of showing an America always growing westward, the author explains how deeply Spain, Mexico and the Southwest have influenced our past and present.

▪ “César Chávez (DVD),” directed by Diego Luna. This 2014 film provides a full account of the civil rights leader’s struggles and triumphs. Stars Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, Wes Bentley and John Malkovich.

▪ “Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation,” by Duncan Tonatiuh. Told for children, this is the little-known story of how public school segregation barriers were broken down by California Hispanics right after World War II.


▪ Cardboard Challenge: Children and parents – use your imagination to make science fiction characters and objects with cardboard and recycled materials. 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, at the Sunnyside Regional Library. Details: 559-600-6594.

▪ Attention, Job Seekers: Come join us for an informational meeting and see how Proteus, Inc. can assist you with any employment-related needs. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, at the Sanger Branch Library. Details: 559-875-2435.

▪ Osterberg’s Antique Appraisal: Bring in your treasures and have them evaluated and priced by expert Kathy Osterberg 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at the Caruthers Branch Library. Details: 559-864-8766.

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.