Friday, December 15, 2017

Free Friday: The Whole Thing Together



Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Friday through Sunday and winners are announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)



The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they’ve shared almost everything—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met.

Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.

The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control . . . or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love.

Want this book? Fill out and submit the form below for a chance to win your very own copy!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Free Friday: A Shadow Bright and Burning



Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Friday through Sunday and winners are announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)



A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

When Henrietta Howel is forced to reveal her unique power—the ability to control flames—to save a friend, she fears she will be executed. Instead, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers and declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.

As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

Update: Congratulations to the new owner of this book, Emily Z.!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Coming Soon (Even More Reasons to Hang Out at the Library)


Hey, everyone!

Winter break is right around the corner, which means more time to visit the Library!

Right?

Well, we certainly hope to see you around. Here are just a few of the programs you can enjoy in the very near future.

Crime Scenes and More - All About Forensic Science at West Fresno Regional Library (12/7, 4:30-6:30 pm)

If you watch a lot of CSI/crime shows, or you're interested in forensic science as a possible career, this program is for you! Jeff Gentry from the Fresno County Coroner's Office will give an interactive introduction to this field of work.

Superhero Movie Night at Woodward Park Regional Library (1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-9 pm)

Twice a month, you can catch free showings of superhero movies at FCPL's Woodward branch. The next event will be 12/7. Click here to see the movie schedule.

Teen Cram at Selma (12/9, 10 am-4 pm) and Kingsburg (12/16,10 am-2 pm)


Study for your finals at the Library! Snacks will be provided, the WiFi is free, and laptops will be available to reserve for a limited time.

Dungeons & Dragons at Sunnyside Regional Library (12/10, 1-4:30 pm)

Bring your warriors, elves, wizards, and hobbits for adventures in new lands and realms; plus, learn about the battle systems, how to create characters, and how not to become lunch for an ogre!

Lit Wits Book Club at Clovis Regional Library (12/21, 6-7:30 pm)



If you live in or near Clovis and you want to hang out with other people just as crazy about books as you are, join the Lit Wits Book Club! The Club's next meeting will be on 12/21.

Big Fat Quiz of 2017 at Woodward Park Regional Library (12/27, 7-9 pm)

End 2017 on a high note! Join us at Woodward to reflect on the passing year with a trivia night, featuring all things 2017 pop culture, current events, sports, etc. Bring your best friends and battle it out for prizes!


Check the calendar for even more opportunities, including some holiday fun!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Congratulations, Winners!


The votes are in, and we are now able to announce the winners of October's "Unleash Your Story" short story contest!

We received many exceptional entries, but these were the stories our judges awarded top honors (and prizes):

1st Prize: "Clementine," by Sophia B. 
2nd Prize: "A Different Perspective," by Lily G. 
3rd Prize: "Our Last Dance," by Shauna H.

Winners have been notified, and the stories will soon be made available for the public to read, on BiblioBoard (one of FCPL's newest eResources). 

Thanks to everyone who submitted a story!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Free Friday: Signs of You



Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Friday through Sunday and winners are announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)



Signs of You by Alexandra Blogier

Ever since Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her survival has depended on her other family: the quirky kids she met in a grief support group at school. Jay, Kate, and Noah are the only people who understand her pain; each lost a loved one.

When Riley sees her dead mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears post-traumatic stress—until Jay and Kate report similar visions. Noah, having seen nothing, withdraws. Soon he disappears, and Riley fears the worst. But the frantic search for him unexpectedly draws Riley and the other two into a mystery surrounding a centuries-old relic and the clues it might offer about the afterlife. By reaching for the ones who are gone, Riley uncovers hidden truths about those she hasn’t yet lost.

Update: Happy Monday, Angelica E.! This book is going out to you.