Friday, March 24, 2017

The Devil's Dreamcatcher

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 Devil's Dreamcatcher  by Donna Hosie

"How did you die?"

To Medusa Pallister's chagrin, the most popular question in Hell even shows up on the realm's job application forms.

Today she's interviewing for an internship that reports to Septimus, the coolest boss in the underworld, in hopes of pumping Septimus' other intern, Mitchell, for information about a strange sighting she had of him and two other devil's before she died. But when Medusa meets Mitchell, Alfarin and Elinor once more, she discovers their knowledge is as holey as hers.

That's soon the least of her problems when an Unspeakable--whom Medusa knows all too well--escapes Hell's Skinwalker jailers and steals The Devil's most prized possession: his dreamcatcher. In the wrong hands, this terrifying repository for The Devil's most chilling thoughts could be wielded as a horrifying weapon.

In this action-packed sequel to the critically acclaimed The Devil's Intern, Team Devil unites once more when Hell's leaders call on Medusa to capture the thief. If she is to succeed, Medusa must find the courage to come to terms with her tragic past, lead Team Devil and a counterpart band of unruly angels into terrible danger and face down The Devil in a surprising twist that no one, not even The Devil himself, could have foreseen.

Update: This time around, the lucky winner is Jannette N.! If you didn't win, don't despair: find this title at the Library by following the catalog link above, and stay tuned for the next "Free Fridays" drawing.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Celebrate World Poetry Day with us!

Today, as declared by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) back in 1999, is World Poetry Day--and so we challenge you to write a poem!

You don't have to consider yourself the best of creative writers, or an expert in poetic forms, to write a great poem; to get started, you mainly just need to have something to say and to be willing to seek feedback and revise so as to truly communicate experience or perspective to others.

If you're already a practiced poet and feel comfortable writing a poem from scratch, the Internet is rife with poetry prompts to get your creative juices flowing.

If you're less confident in your skillset, don't be deterred from "contribut[ing] [your] verse," as Mr. Keating would say. Try out the helpful poetry tools here.

And if you're feeling especially brave, please share your poem(s) with us in the comments! You might even think of what you write today as a rough draft for FCPL's annual April poetry contest.

Friday, March 17, 2017


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.)

Glitter  by Aprilynne Pike

Outside the Palace of Versailles, it's modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it's the eighteenth century. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it's about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret--falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls--is one risk she has to take.

Update: Lyndsie W. is the lucky winner this time around! Remember: even if your name wasn't drawn this time around, you can check out this title at FCPL.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

New Manga Notables

by Thomas W., Collection Development

On the hunt for great new manga reads? Look no further -- we've compiled a list of several popular titles that joined our collection in 2015 or later. Whether your tastes lean toward action-adventure, romance, fantasy, slice-of-life, or comedy -- or all of the above! -- you're bound to find something of interest.

We're also happy to announce that OverDrive, the Library's go-to service for ebooks, now offers a growing collection of digital comics. Recent hits like One-Punch Man and Tokyo Ghoul as well as classics like Skip Beat!, Bleach, and Naruto can all be checked out and enjoyed on a computer or mobile device. To browse a current listing of our OverDrive graphic novel and manga offerings, just click here, and be sure to check back every once in a while for newly added titles!

About the author:

Thomas is the children's collection development librarian at Fresno County Public Library. His primary duty is to review and select children's and young adult (teen) materials for inclusion in the Library collections, so we largely have him to thank for the great selection of items available for borrowing!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Award-winning Author to Visit Betty Rodriguez Regional Library

This week, we're all in for a special treat!

Guadalupe Garcia McCall, award-winning author of Shame the Stars, an update on "Romeo and Juliet" set during the Mexican Revolution, and other popular books will be stopping by Betty Rodriguez Regional Library on March 15, to talk to us about her writing and answer questions.

This event at our library is Day 3 of Arne Nixon Center's larger "The Magic of Story" program, which kicks off with a welcoming reception this evening (3/13, 5:00-6:30 pm) at Fresno State. To register (FREE) for these events, please visit the Center's Eventbrite page.