Saturday, January 14, 2017

Lesser-Known (but Awesome) YouTube Channels

Watching YouTube videos won't necessarily make you smarter--but if you need a distraction, and you want something a bit different than what is currently trending, these channels are definitely worth a browse. They may even help you to see the world in new and exciting ways.

Veritasium

Have you come across Veritasium yet? It's an educational science channel created by a physicist, featuring videos that debunk popular misconceptions about natural phenomena, cool science experiments, interviews with experts--and even songs (fans of science and musicals will enjoy the "Atomic Bonding Song"). 




Smarter Every Day

In his own words, American engineer Destin Sandlin "explore[s] the world using science. That's pretty much all there is to it." Whether he's studying what makes water droplets dance on top of other droplets, demonstrating how a Tesla gun works, testing Google Streetview's powers of deduction at the Great Barrier Reef, or something else entirely, Destin's goal is to learn something new every day and he's taking us along for the ride.



AMNH's Shelf Life

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is on YouTube, and their channel offers up some pretty cool video content. Their Shelf Life series is especially interesting, showcasing many of the museum's 33 million specimens, only a fraction of which are on display at any given time. In recent videos, they've experimented with 360 degree video techniques to bring the history of these objects to life.

 

Vsauce

If you're interested in science, philosophy, gaming, technology, or culture, Vsauce has you covered. Here, Internet personality and primary channel contributor, Michael Stevens discusses the science of color perception.


Friday, January 13, 2017

The Sun is Also a Star




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 Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

***Update: Cate V. will soon be able to enjoy her very own copy of this bestselling book. Remember: if you didn't win this time around, you can still read Yoon's new title for free through FCPL! Just click the link above to locate the book in our catalog.***

Friday, January 6, 2017

I Woke Up Dead at the Mall




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.)


I Woke Up Dead at the Mall: A Novel by Judy Sheehan


When you're sixteen, you have your whole life ahead of you. Unless you're Sarah. Not to give anything away, but...she's dead. Murdered, in fact. Sarah's murder is shocking because she couldn't be any more average. No enemies. No risky behavior. She's just the girl on the sidelines.

It looks like her afterlife, on the other hand, will be pretty exciting. Sarah has woken up dead at the Mall of America--where the universe sends teens who are murdered--and with the help of her death coach, she must learn to move on or she could meet a fate totally worse than death: becoming a mall walker.

As she tries to finish her unfinished business alongside her fellow dead teens, Sarah falls hard for a cute boy named Nick. And she discovers an uncanny ability to haunt the living. While she has no idea who killed her, or why, someone she loves is in grave danger. Sarah can't lose focus or she'll be doomed to relive her final moments again and again, forever. But can she live with herself if she doesn't make her death matter?

***Update: Congrats to Ofelia F.!***

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Keep Those New Year's Resolutions @ Your Library

by Brittany C., Librarian Trainee




With the New Year just days away, New Year's resolutions may be coming to mind, and The Fresno County Public Library can help you complete a lot of those!

Learn Something New

Whether it’s looking for a new hobby in our non-fiction section, or trying out a library program there is always something new at the library.

Check out the calendar to find something new to do!

Manage Stress

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We all have a little bit of it, be it worrying about a chem test on Wednesday; getting on the Varsity team; avoiding the rumors someone started about you; or figuring out money for school. Everyone experiences stress, and some more than others. At the library we have several books for you to read and help you manage that stress. One of these is The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time, by Dr. Dzung X. Vo, who works with directly with teens dealing with stress. In it he teaches you exercises and tools to help you recognize what is causing you stress and take time for yourself to de-stress.  When you are less stressed, you do better in all aspects of life! What a great way to start the New Year!

Read for Fun

Here at Fresno County Public Library, we're always acquiring exciting new titles for you to check out. Here are a few you might enjoy!


At the Edge of the Universe, by Shaun David Hutchinson
What would you do if your best friend/boyfriend whom you’ve known since second grade suddenly disappears and no one remembers them except you? Ozzie’s boyfriend is not only missing, he has been erased from everyone’s memories, what is going on? Ozzie is sure he knows the reason; could the universe be shrinking or is something else happening in Ozzie’s small town?

Spider-Gwen Vol. 2: Weapon of Choice, by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez
You’ve heard of Spiderman, in which Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes Spiderman, but what if Gwen was bitten by that spider instead? In Spider-Gwen we encounter a world where instead of Spiderman to save the day, there is Spider Woman!

Denton Little’s Still Not Dead, by Lance Rubin,: sequel to Denton Little’s Deathdate 
Denton lives in a world where everyone knows when they are going to die, but what do you do when you have an imminent date with death? Read the first book in the series and find out! 

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig, a sequel to The Girl from Everywhere
Where would you go if you could travel anywhere so long as you had a map of that place? Go to Venice, Italy? Travel to Hawaii in 1868? Visit Atlantis or Middle Earth or perhaps visit Paris in the 1920’s? Nix can travel anywhere and anytime on her father’s time-traveling ship. The sequel comes out in the New Year, request your copy and read the first book in the meantime!

Get Better Grades 

Did you know that your library may have a homework center shelf, filled with books to help you do better in school?  Contact your local library to check it out! We also have some great online resources just in case those books aren’t on the shelf.  Check out our online Homework Center!

Homework Help Days and Times

Betty Rodriguez
  • Mondays and Wednesdays @ 6-8pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays @ 3:30-5pm
Fresno Central
  • Wednesdays @ 4-6pm
Parlier
  • Mondays and Wednesdays @ 3:30-4:30pm
Woodward Park
  • Saturdays @ 10-2pm and Sundays @ 12-2pm
Volunteer 

Need some volunteer hours for school? If you are 13 or older, you can volunteer at the library! There are several opportunities, including helping out with crafts and programs, shelving books, tutoring, and more! Visit our website to learn how you can help out at your local library.

Also, check out our Teen Councils. Your word counts, and we want to hear from you! Is there a fun craft you want to see done at your library, or do you wish you had a say in what the library plans for people your age? Contact your local library to see when the next Teen Council meeting will be.

About the author:

Brittany has worked for Fresno County Public Library for 2.5 years, as a library assistant and now a librarian trainee. She is currently studying for her MLIS degree, which she needs to be a professional librarian. In the meanwhile, as a trainee, she gaining some hands-on experience working in various Library departments, on different kinds of projects. She has also designed some library programs, including the popular "Escape at the Library" and teen screen printing events.

Among her favorite authors are Sarah J. Maas, Rainbow Rowell, Shannon Hale, Morgan Rhodes, Sarah Raasch, Tamora Pierce, and J.K. Rowling. At present, she is reading Marissa Meyer's Heartless and Garth Nix's Goldenhand.




Friday, December 30, 2016

The Book Jumper




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 Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser


What if you could jump inside books and experience their stories firsthand?

Amy Lennox doesn't know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to Lennox House, her mother's childhood home on the island of Stormsay.

Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House--but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book-jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts--at whatever cost.

***Update: Congratulations to first-time winner Shauna H.!***