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Friday, February 17, 2017

So Many Weekend Programs, So Little Time!

All Fresno County Public Library branches will be closed this Monday (2/20), in observance of Presidents Day, but we're making up for our planned absence with a fun selection of weekend kids' programs.


Story Times
 
Saturday, 2/18:

Sunday, 2/19:



Activities 

Saturday, 2/18:



Study Buddies

Saturday, 2/18:

Homework Help at Woodward Park Regional Library, 10 am- 12 pm

Sunday, 2/19:

Read to a Dog at Clovis Regional Library, 3-4 pm


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Win it Wednesday: Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty

Every Wednesday we will give away a new book. For a chance to win, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Wednesday through 11:59 PM Friday and winners will be announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Win it Wednesdays.)


Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty, How One Man's Ideas Helped Form a New Nation  by Albert Marrin

Thomas Paine was one of the most influential writers of the eighteenth century. He brought the world Common Sense, Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason: clearly written arguments against political, civil, and religious bigotry.

Thomas Paine is often called the father of the American Revolution, even though he was not a signer of the Declaration of Independence. With his pen, he introduced the idea of liberty into the mainstream and turned the tide of public opinion toward independence. American troops clung to his words "These are the times that try men's souls" to boost their morale in their darkest days. But when he became caught up in the French Revolution, he risked his reputation and even his life.

Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty is both a biography and an exploration of the power of ideas to change the world. Award winning author Albert Marrin brings to life a time, a man, and a principle that shaped the United States if America and, indeed, the entire world.

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


 


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Win it Wednesday: More Than Magic

Every Wednesday we will give away a new book. For a chance to win, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Wednesday through 11:59 PM Friday and winners will be announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Win it Wednesdays.)


More Than Magic: Secret Friends to the Rescue  by Kathryn Lasky

Ryder Holmsby is the same age as Rory, the popular TV cartoon character her animator parents created. Ryder and Rory are bold and brave! But Ryder is a bit lonely: Mom passed away a couple years ago, and Dad is dating a woman with snooty teenage daughters. Ryder doesn't fit in with them at all.

And then: Shazam! Rory jumps out of the TV into Ryder's bedroom to tell her that the TV studio is trying to turn Rory into a dopey princess--no more adventures. She needs Ryder's help! The two girls team up with a crew of animated and real-life friends to save the day in both worlds.

Bestselling author Kathryn Lasky brings her passion for all things wondrous and magical to this whimsical and empowering story.

Update: Congratulations to Serenity M.!


 


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Manage Your Reading Life with Beanstack

Not sure which book(s) to check out next? Looking for ways to make reading and learning more exciting? Having trouble keeping track of which titles and series your family has read?

Try Beanstack!

Beanstack is just about the closest you can get to carrying a librarian and a teacher around in your pocket.

Beanstack is a mobile-optimized web application, very easy to use on your phone, which helps you discover children's books, matched to particular interests. All of these recommended books are titles already in the catalog, available for checkout at Fresno County Public Library.

Better yet, Beanstack helps you to find books within specific "learning tracks," or areas of focus, such as "African American Heritage," "Audacious Women & Fearless Females," and "Say NO! to Bullying." The site also provides booklists and allows you to browse books and related activities by themes. For instance, the theme guide for "Pirates" provides a list of pirate-themed books, questions and talking points for different age levels, party ideas, and suggested family activities that relate to the reading theme (ex. family treasure hunt, geocaching, heading to Long John Silvers for a bite).

And if you enjoy tracking your own reading on Goodreads, you'll be happy to know that you can even log your whole family's reading on Beanstack, with each reader earning electronic badges to mark their reading achievements.

You can sign up for a free account at fresnolibrary.beanstack.org.