Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out

Fresno County Public Library will be hosting a Banned Books Read-Out at Betty Rodriguez Regional Library on Oct. 1, 10:00 AM-12:00 noon, but we know not everyone will be able to attend. So that everyone can join in on the fun and celebrate their favorite banned or challenged titles, we’ve decided to do a Banned Books Virtual Read-out as well!

You can participate by submitting a video of yourself reading a passage from a banned or challenged book, like this: 


Submitted videos will be featured on Fresno County Public Library’s YouTube channel.

Those who take part in the Read-Out, in person or virtually, will receive a Banned Books Week button. Buttons for virtual readers will be sent to the reader’s FCPL branch of choice.

If you are unsure which books have been subjected to censorship (or why), consult the American Library Association’s lists of banned and challenged literary classics and frequently challenged books.


  • Videos should be no more than 3 minutes in length.
  • Check the sound. Film the video in a quiet area. Too much background noise may make it difficult for viewers to enjoy your reading.
  • Don't backlight. The light should be on your face, not behind it.

Submit Your Video

Use this web form to send us your Read-Out video. You can upload videos now and during Banned Books Week. You are also welcome to post throughout the year.

Banned Books Week Keychain Craft

Come out to the branches this week for some festive crafting fun!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Monkey Wars

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.)

Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti

In this dark, inventive fable, rhesus monkeys are brutally massacred on the dusty streets of Kolkata by a troop of power-hungry langur monkeys. Mico, a privileged langur, becomes entangled in the secrets at the heart of his troop's leadership and is shocked at what he discovers. He feels compelled to help the few surviving rhesus, especially Papina, a young female he befriends, even though doing so goes against everything he's been taught. As more blood is spilled, Mico realizes that choosing between right and wrong won't be easy.

Told entirely from the monkeys' points of view, Monkey Wars shines a light on the politics of power, the rise of tyrants, and the personal dilemmas that must be faced when your life is on the line.

Analey R. is our winner this week! Congrats, Analey!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Teen Movies @ Woodward Park

Looking for something fun and free to do on Thursday nights, 5:30-8:30 PM? Come join FCPL's Woodward Park branch for showings of movies adapted from some of our favorite YA/Teen books! 
Here's the schedule:

September 22: Divergent (PG-13)
September 29: Mockingjay Pt. 2 (PG-13)
October 6: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (PG)
October 20: Beautiful Creatures (PG-13)
October 27: Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies (PG-13)
November 3: Holes (PG)
November 17: Princess Bride (PG) 
All movie showings are free, but you are encouraged to bring your own blankets and snacks!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Put College to Work

Still don't know what you want to be when you grow up? Not quite sure how to make your dream career happen?

This Thursday, 9/22 (7-8:30 PM) join college/career consultant Kat Clowes, M.B.A. at Fig Garden branch for a presentation and discussion on college and career planning that you won't want to miss:

Space is limited, so arrive early for seating!

Copies of Clowes' new book Put College to Work will be available at the event.