Friday, May 26, 2017

Bad Blood




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.)


Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta

All sixteen-year-old Heather MacNair wants is to feel normal, to shed the intense paranoia she's worn all year like a scratchy sweater. Ever since her compulsion to self-harm came to light, Heather has been kept under her doctor's watchful eye. Her family thinks she's better--and there's nothing she wants more than for that to be true. She still can't believe she's allowed to spend her summer vacation as she always does: at her aunt's home in Scotland, where she has lots of happy memories. Far away from all her problems save one: she can't stop carving the Celtic knot that haunts her dreams into her skin.

Good friends and boys with Scottish accents can cure almost anything. . .except nightmares. Heather can't stop dreaming about two sisters from centuries ago, twins Prudence and Primrose, who somehow seem tied to her own life. Their presence lurks just beneath the surface of her consciousness, sending ripples through what should be a peaceful summer. The twins might hold the key to putting Heather's soul at rest. . .or they could slice her future deeper than any knife.

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

Friday, May 19, 2017

Caraval




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.)


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett's long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor who she has just met, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season's Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Update: Congratulations to our latest winner, Hayley R.!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Need Volunteer Hours? We Can Help!


If you need some volunteer hours for school or church, FCPL would be glad to have you!

With so many different opportunities available, you're bound to find a way to help out that is a good match for your personality, skill-set, and schedule.

Current Opportunities for High School-Aged Volunteers


Early Learning Center Aide (15 years or older) – Cleans baby toys and keeps the Early Learning Center organized. Interacts with parents and children. Excellent customer service skills. Ability to bend down.

Homework Help (15 years or older) – Volunteers help K-8 students with homework 2-4 hours weekly. Commitment is a minimum of a school semester. Program runs September – June at the following libraries: Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, Sunnyside Regional Library, Woodward Park Regional Library.

Program/Activity Assistance (16 years and older) – Volunteers put together arts and craft activities. Gaming volunteers facilitate chess and other games. You can also volunteer to help with the summer reading program at some library locations.

Summer Lunch Program Volunteer (16 years and older) – Volunteers must be reliable, enjoy kids, and have the physical ability to set up, serve meals to kids, monitor, and clean up. Program runs June 24 – July 29 (weekdays), at Betty Rodriguez, Central, Mendota, Orange Cove, Sanger, Selma, and Sunnyside libraries. Volunteer shifts are two hours (openings and shift times vary by library). Must attend volunteer training.

Current Opportunities for Both High School and Middle School-Aged Volunteers


Teen Council – 7th-12th grade volunteers plan programs, select books, music and more, and help with other projects of benefit to Fresno County teens. Program runs September – May.

Service learning hours are available for classes and clubs requiring students to volunteer at a non-profit organization for the semester.

One-time volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and groups.


For information, please contact FCPL's Volunteer Coordinator, Elizabeth Finkle: Elizabeth.Finkle@fresnolibrary.org

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Weekend Reads: Graphic Novels and Manga at your Fingertips

Can't make it to a Library branch this weekend? No problem. Browse OverDrive from the comfort of your home--in your PJs if you like.
Have you checked out our OverDrive selection lately?

In addition to the latest bestselling fiction and non-fiction reads, you can now find many graphic novels and manga in e-book format!


Whether you're a fan of superheroes of the Marvel and DC Comics universes, quirky stuff like Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, or popular manga series such as Naruto and Bleach, you're bound to find something to download and enjoy.

If you're into vintage or Indie comics, also be sure to explore the "Comics & Graphic Novels" curation on BiblioBoard. Here, you can take a step back in time and see what your grandparents and great grandparents might have been reading for entertainment when they were young, or discover much newer comics and graphic novels of various genres, written by Indie authors.

Happy reading!

Friday, May 12, 2017

The One Memory of Flora Banks




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 One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora's brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend's boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora's fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

With little more than the words "be brave" inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must "be brave" if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

Update: This time, the luck of the draw was with Giovanna C.! Enjoy your new book, Giovanna! Everyone else, be sure to check back on Friday for a new drawing.