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“A Christmas for Bear” by Bonny Becker
“A Christmas for Bear” by Bonny Becker

The Fresno County Library’s Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music and other items, and provides information about library programs.

Christmas Stories for All Ages

▪ “Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe,” by Melissa de la Cruz. An updated version of Jane Austen’s classic novel, transplanted to the United States, in which the main character finds unexpected romance in the imaginary town of Pemberley, Ohio.

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“Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe” by Melissa de la Cruz ST. MARTIN’S PRESS

▪ “Nickelodeon 5-Minute Christmas Stories Collection.” Join some of the channel’s best-known characters (PAW Puppies, Dora the Explorer, the Bubble Guppies and more) for these holiday tales.

▪ “A Christmas for Bear,” by Bonny Becker. For younger readers: When Mouse visits Bear and claims that a holiday party will start soon, Bear becomes afraid that Mouse will settle down with his snacks and ignore his promise  then surprises begin to happen.

Top 5 Most Requested Books

▪ “The Rooster Bar,” by John Grisham.

▪ “End Game,” by David Baldacci.

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“End Game” by David Baldacci GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING

▪ “The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel,” by Lee Child.

▪ “The People vs. Alex Cross,” by James Patterson.

▪ “Hardcore Twenty-Four,” by Janet Evanovich.

New Arrivals

▪ “Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace,” by Jennifer Chiaverini. The little-known story of Lord Byron’s daughter, whose talent in mathematics and sciences kept her close to some of England’s most eminent scholars.

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“Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace” by Jennifer Chiaverini DUTTON

▪ “The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight,” by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark. An authoritative account of the years between 9/11 and bin Laden’s death in Pakistan, when he held the dubious title of the world’s most sought-after fugitive.

▪ “Night Market,” by Daniel Pembrey. This sequel to “The Harbor Master” has Amsterdam police detective Henk van der Pol at war on different fronts, chasing members of a child exploitation network and corruption in high places.


▪ Annual Winter Craft: Create a melting snowman sugar cookie. Supplies are provided by the library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Please call the branch to register. 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Riverdale Branch Library, details: 559-867-3381; 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, Fig Garden Regional Library, details: 559-600-4071; 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Pinedale Branch Library, details: 559-439-0486); 3-4 p.m. Thursday, West Fresno Branch Library, details: 559-600-9277); 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Tranquillity Branch Library, details: 559-698-5158); and 10-11 a.m. Saturday, San Joaquin Branch Library, details: 559-693-2171.

▪ Christmas with Santa: Join us in welcoming Santa! Free pictures with Santa, treats, music, Christmas tree lighting, model trains and more! 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Fowler Branch Library. Details: 559-600-9281.

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.