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Happy 60th Birthday, Lego! These books tell all about the tiny stacking toy

Lego’s 60th Anniversary 1958-2018
Lego’s 60th Anniversary 1958-2018

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

Lego’s 60th Anniversary

▪ “The Amazing Book of Lego Star Wars,” by David Fentiman. See your favorite Star Wars characters, inventions and space vehicles brought to Lego life in this clever, colorful book.

▪ “Lego: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know,” by Simon Hugo. If you want to know all the colors in the Lego palette, the tallest tires ever produced for moving creations, and the most unusual pieces ever produced (syringes, croissants), this is the reference book for you!

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“LEGO Absolutely Everything You Need to Know” by Simon Hugo DK CHILDREN

▪ “The Lego Batman Movie” (DVD). The Caped Crusader reprises his role from “The Lego Movie” and learns to lighten up his approach toward crime-fighting. Features the voices of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes; directed by Chris McKay.

Top 5 Most Requested Books

▪ “The Woman in the Window: A Novel,” by A.J. Finn.

▪ “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” by Michael Wolff.

▪ “Robicheaux: A Novel,” by James Lee Burke.

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“Robicheaux: A Novel” by James Lee Burke SIMON & SCHUSTER

▪ “Before We Were Yours: A Novel,” by Lisa Wingate.

▪ “The Rooster Bar,” by John Grisham.

New Arrivals

▪ “Iron Gold,” by Pierce Brown. This continuation of the popular Red Rising saga depicts a Solar Republic worn down by years of war and treachery, taking calculated risks to try and save itself.

▪ “The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist’s Point of View,” by Tim Crane. A surprising discussion in which the author seeks not to condemn conventional religion but, instead, understand (and even appreciate) its social and psychological importance.

▪ “Eternal Life: A Novel,” by Dara Horn. Rachel has lived for 2,000 years and is supposed to be immortal. Life has become an irritation and she thinks she can escape it  once she sees a few present-day problems get resolved.

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“Eternal Life” by Dara Horn W.W. NORTON & COMPANY


▪ New Firebaugh Library – Stakeholder Engagement Session: Tell us what you would like to see in a proposed new library branch, co-located with the West Hills Community College Library. Library staff members will be on hand to listen to your questions and ideas. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Firebaugh Branch Library. Details: 559-600-9274.

▪ The Art of Mystery Writing: Join us as local mystery writers Gloria Getman, Krista Lynn, Marilyn Meredith and Cora Ramos share what inspires them, how they create fascinating characters and how they make plots twist and turn! 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Fig Garden Regional Library. Details: 559-600-4071.

▪ Friends of the Betty Rodriguez Regional Library Book Sale: Come to shop for great books, CDs, DVDs, tapes and more. Funds raised will be used to support the Regional Library. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Betty Rodriguez Regional Library. Details: 559-600-9240.

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