Friday, August 18, 2017

A Librarian has the Best Summer Ever with the FCPL Summer Challenge: One more thing.

by Fae Giffen, Community Librarian 

Hi! My name is Fae and I’m a Community Librarian for Fresno County Public Library. I’m determined to have the best summer ever by doing the Fresno County Public Library Summer Challenge and sharing my experiences with you on this blog.


#33-Read for 60 minutes.

Because I was scarring myself and I needed it to be over. . .



#28-Write a book review.

It took me all summer, but I finally finished! Here is my review of IT by Stephen King.

Growing up is hard for anyone. Your friendships change, your body changes, your mind changes. The moments between childhood and adulthood can be strange and frightening under the best of circumstances. If you happen to be growing up in Derry, Maine, the circumstances are not good. In a small city in New England, the fears of childhood are not imagined or symbolic, they are real and they are evil. For longer than anyone can remember, strange things have happened in Derry and children disappear never to be seen alive again. For generations, the grownups of Derry have looked the other way as a demonic force controls their lives, but when a group of 11 year olds is brought together by chance and fate an epic battle ensues and destroys the evil IT. . . except that it doesn’t. Decades later, this same group of friends, now adults living with the complicated fallout of their childhood nightmares, is brought back to their hometown to try and save themselves and Derry one final time.

In IT, Stephen King creates the perfect monster in the closet. IT has no name and no shape. IT is simply what we fear. Stephen King created a horror masterpiece around the scars we all carry from childhood. The anxiety and fear of long-buried pain and forgotten trauma create an atmosphere of dread, unlike many other novels I’ve experienced. While I felt that the story could suffer from too many ideas stuffed together, and I'm still struggling with a major plot point toward the end, there is a reason that IT has endured as a modern classic for more than 30 years. If you want to truly scare yourself, I couldn’t recommend it more.

This really was the best summer ever. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Trusting You & Other Lies




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.)


Trusting You & Other Lies by Nicole Williams

Phoenix can't imagine anything worse than being forced to sit around a campfire and sing "Kumbaya" with complete strangers at summer camp. Family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years--do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better? Phoenix might as well be serving a life sentence in prison. At least they get cell service.

Worse, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum, the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all about wilderness skills. His hot-cold nature means he's impossible to figure out--and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgment, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he's promising Phoenix a summer she'll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Teens' Top Ten: Vote Now!

Want to vote for the best books you read last year? Just like there are Teen Choice Awards for music, film, and TV (and more), there is a Teens' Top Ten for books and, now through October 14th, you can cast your ballot for your favorites.

26 nominees have been named. Which ones do you think deserve to make the top ten?


To see an annotated list of the 2017 nominees, winning books from previous years, click here.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Words on Bathroom Walls




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.)


Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't.

Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

Update: Congratulations, Julie M.! The book will soon be on its way to your address.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Librarian has the Best Summer Ever with the FCPL Summer Challenge: Part 8

by Fae Giffen, Community Librarian 

Hi! My name is Fae and I’m a Community Librarian for Fresno County Public Library. I’m determined to have the best summer ever by doing the Fresno County Public Library Summer Challenge and sharing my experiences with you on this blog.

#39 Volunteer in your community.


Volunteering isn’t as simple as you might think. Lots of bigger charities and non-profits have an application process they ask you to go through before becoming involved. It’s important to remember that if you’re completing volunteer hours for a work or school assignment and to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get started. Services like Volunteer Match can help you find the right volunteer opportunity. However, volunteering can start closer to home. Offer to help your family, friends, or neighbors. Everyone needs a little assistance from time to time and it’s a good way to show your appreciation for all the help you receive. This week, I volunteered to drive my niece to a birthday party so my sister in law could catch up on her studies. She got a head start on her paper and I got to spend some quality time with one of my favorite people.

#5 Play a board game.

What do librarians do on our time off? We get together and play board games! On Saturday night there was a rousing game of 1990s Trivial Pursuit to be had and we didn’t even cheat by looking up the answers! We did, however, tell some pretty good stories of our own adventures during the decade of grunge. For instance, I wore knock off Dr Martens to my High School graduation, because...well it was the 90s.



#23 Play a board game.

There was also an epic game of Candyland. We ran out of pieces so we had to steal some from Trivial Pursuit. I was Kurt Cobain. We lost out to the green Candy person.


 
#35 Attend a community event.


The next time you’re sitting around thinking that there isn’t anything to do in Fresno, give Art Hop a try. It’s a completely free way to check out the art scene in Fresno. Once a month, different areas of town host events that showcase local talent. They're fun, free, and there's food! I’m lucky enough to live right next to the Downtown Art Hop so it’s easy for me to enjoy. Whichever Art Hop you choose, I highly recommend getting out and seeing what the art community of Fresno has to offer.



#4 Visit a park.

What’s the best way to enjoy your neighborhood park when it’s unreasonably hot outside? With a giant snow cone. And I ate it all.


#26 Participate in a library program.

As a librarian I participate in programs all the time, and sometimes I even get to run them. There are so many fabulous events going on that it can be hard to keep up with each and every one. Luckily we’ve put together a handy calendar to help you out. You can search by program type, branch location, or age group to find the right events for you. Don’t forget that pre-registering helps us gauge interest in each event and make sure we have enough supplies. See you there!

#7 Visit the library with a friend.

They’re my niece and nephew, but they’re also my buddies and they came to visit me at the library.

#9 Get crafty…Make something.

Remember last week when I said I’m not artistic? Well, I’m still not. Spray painting furniture is about crafty as I get. I do like how it turned out though, and I really like not having to pay for new patio furniture.
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That's all, Fresno County! We hope you enjoyed following along with Fae's adventures and creating some memories of your own during this year's Summer Challenge!