Friday, August 26, 2016

Defender



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.)



Defender by Graham McNamee

They call her Tiny, but really she's a giant. Tyne Greer is six foot six and plays high school basketball, hoping it will be her ticket out of the slum. She lives in a run-down building called the Zoo, where her father is the superintendent. One day when she's helping out in the basement, she discovers a crack in the wall of an empty room. And sealed up in the wall is a girl's body. Horrified, she runs to get her dad. But after he goes to take a look, he comes back and tells Tyne that nothing's there. No girl, no body--she must be seeing things.

Tyne is sure it was real, though, and that the body was moved. She knows the only one who could have done it is her father. But why? What is he hiding?

Tyne's search for answers uncovers a conspiracy of secrets and lies in her family. The closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous it becomes for her. Because someone will do anything to bury the past...and keep her silent.

Want this book? Fill in the form below for a chance to win your very own copy. The winner will be announced Monday.




Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Back to School: Points of View Reference Center

Chances are you'll be asked to write at least one persuasive essay assignment or speech this semester, and sometimes it can be difficult to even pick a topic, let alone choose a stance on the issue you've decided to focus on. Often, writer's block sets in because we simply don't have enough information to go on; we might be reluctant or unable to join important conversations about pressing issues, because we aren't sure what all the various perspectives are or why these are significant.

That's where Points of View Reference Center can really come in handy.

This database features background information, pro and con articles, and research guides on 250+ controversial issues that people within our society are actively discussing.

You can check out trending issues:


 Or browse according to your own current interests:


And, of course, you also have the option of conducting basic and advanced searches:


Whatever route you take, you can expect to find useful background info and resources on your topic, conveniently bundled together for you. For example, if you happened to be writing a persuasive paper on the topic of censorship for Banned Books Week, Points of View Reference Center would get you off to a pretty great start:





Fresno County Public Library subscribes to this database, so you can access everything it has to offer for free with your library card!




Friday, August 19, 2016

The Head of the Saint





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 Head of the Saint by Socorro Acioli



Fourteen-year-old Samuel is newly orphaned and homeless in a small town in Brazil.

He lives in a giant hollow concrete head of St. Anthony, the lingering evidence of the village's inept and failed attempt to build a monolith over a decade ago. He didn't know what it was when he crawled into it, seeking shelter during a storm, but he hears beautiful singing echoing in the head like magic twice a day. So he stays.

Miraculously, he can also hear the private prayers and longings of the villagers. Feeling mischievous, Samuel begins to help answer those prayers. But he has a secondary motivation: he hopes that if he does, the noise will quiet down and he will be able to listen to the mysterious singing in peace. Ironically, his miracles gain him so many fans that he soon worries he will never fulfill his own true longing and find the source of the singing.

Filled with beautiful turns of phrase and wonderfully quirky characters, The Head of the Saint is a riotous story of faith and magic that won't soon leave your thoughts.



Pachang V. has won the drawing for this book!

If you didn't win this time around, don't be discouraged. Acioli's The Head of the Saint is available for checkout through FCPL; also, every Friday-Sunday brings a new opportunity to win a free copy of a new book!

 






Monday, August 15, 2016

Back to School: LearningExpress Library

What's your library card worth? Quite a lot, actually!


Everyone knows that you can check out books, dvds, and cds from the library, but did you know that you can also use an array of online study resources and tools through Fresno County Public Library?

Each week, for the next few weeks we'll be spotlighting library-provided resources that will ease your transition back to school and support your learning goals throughout the year.

The first resource we would like to call your attention to, LearningExpress Library, is really many rolled into one. This site, free to access with your Fresno County Public Library card, features online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks on a variety of topics to help people of all ages (elementary school students through adults) build their academic and career skills. However, a number of these are specifically designed for teens and young adults. Here are just a few of the things you can do with LearningExpress:
With so many tutorials, guides, and practice materials all in one place, you're guaranteed to find something you can use--and you can access everything anywhere you have an Internet connection!

Check back in the coming week for our next "Back to School" spotlight.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Julia Vanishes



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.)



Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan



Julia has the unusual ability to be...unseen.

Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people's senses.

It's a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it's a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned--crime pays.

She's being paid very well to infiltrate the grand house of Mrs. Och and report back on the odd characters who live there and the suspicious dealings that take place behind locked doors.

But what Julia uncovers shakes her to the core. She certainly never imagined that the traitor in the house would turn out to be...her.

With this stunning first book in the Witch's Child trilogy, Catherine Egan is revealed as a major new talent.

And the lucky winner is...Juana S.! Keep an eye out for your new book--it should be arriving within a few days.