Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Recommendations For Your Summer Reading



When you're not sure what to read next, where can you go for recommendations?

You might ask a friend, or an older sibling, or a librarian, of course, and you can certainly browse reviews and categories on Goodreads for inspiration. However, the Library offers some other great (and free) options that definitely should not be overlooked!

NoveList Plus

Among the most multifunctional of these readers' advisory tools is NoveList Plus. Within the site, you can browse books by genre, appeal, award winners, audiobooks, fiction or non-fiction, and you can access author read-alikes (writers and books similar to those you have enjoyed) and book discussion guides. As a bonus, NoveList Plus's interface is very user-friendly and intuitive. The main page, for example, prompts the searcher with the phrase "I'm in the mood for books that are..." and allows you to find books by clicking through tabs specifying audience age range and appeals.

Once you  have discovered new titles through this tool, be sure to stop by FCPL's catalog , or browse your favorite branch to locate them! If you want it, chances are we've got it

Select Reads

Select Reads helps you discover new books, explore interests, and follow your favorite authors. You can browse book lists by genre (science fiction & fantasy, Christian fiction, etc.) and even get monthly recommendations delivered directly to your email inbox.

Select Reads is also conveniently integrated with Fresno County Public Library: clicking the "Check Catalog" button next to book that interests you takes you to the book's record in our catalog, where you can find information about the book's availability and, if necessary, request to have it delivered to your neighborhood branch.

These are just two of our fine resources for readers. For more, be sure to check out our Books & Reading page.




Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Reading Challenge: Week 5


Next week is the last week Fresno County Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge. Be sure to join us in the branches for crafts, magic, and henna and balloon art!

Also, don't forget to turn in your completed reading logs at one of the library branches sometime during the week (by July 30) for your chance to win a Kindle Fire!

The Problem With Forever


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 Problem With Forever by Tanita S. Davis

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival and finding your voice For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory "Mouse" Dodge, it's a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it's been four years since her nightmare ended, she's beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone--spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she's imagined, there's one she never dreamed of--that she'd run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn't seen since childhood, on her very first day. It doesn't take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she's not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider's life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out--for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.

Congratulations, Jenny O.! Your new book is in the mail.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Make Book Art at Woodward Park Regional Library



Think this is cool?

Drop by Woodward Park Regional Library 1:00 PM-2:00 PM July 20th (tomorrow) and July 27 to make some book art of your own. 

All supplies are provided. No registration necessary.

If you participate in the event,  be sure to share your masterpiece with us on Instagram @fresnolibrary!



Monday, July 18, 2016

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Adventures with Bentley: A Social Media Contest


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Adventures with Bentley: A Social Media Contest
We’re challenging library customers and social media followers of FCPL to take Bentley the Library Dog along on their summertime adventures. To participate, you must:

1. Print and cut out a picture of Bentley from the Library website. You may opt to use the color photo or the black and white coloring page image.

2. Snap photos of Bentley participating in summertime activities. If you can’t decide where to take Bentley, check out the Summer Reading Challenge 2016 calendar for some great ideas.

3. Share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #FCPLBentley. If your account is private and your photos can’t be seen, you may share your photos with us on the Library’s Facebook page.

Contest Run

Begins: July 2, 2016

Ends: July 21, 2016

Two winners will be announced on Instagram and Facebook on July 22, 2016.

Winners and Prizes

The winning photos will be selected by random drawing.

Two winners will each receive a 5-pack of passes to Blackbeard’s Family Entertainment Center.

Rules and Disclaimers

1. There is no limit on number of entries, so have fun!

2. All ages are encouraged to participate.

3. By submitting photos for the Adventures with Bentley for Fresno County Public Library, participants give the Library permissions to re-post their submitted photos on any Library page and to use their photos for Library promotions.

4. Winners must be Fresno County residents and must pick up their prizes at their nearest library branch (specified in event of win).