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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Win it Wednesday: If the Magic Fits

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.)

If the Magic Fits by Susan Maupin Schmid

Inside an enchanted castle, there’s a closet—a closet with one hundred dresses that nobody ever wears.

Dresses like those need a good trying-on, and Darling Dimple is just the girl to do it.

When she tries on Dress Number Eleven, something unbelievable happens. She transforms into the castle’s Head Scrubber! It turns out that each dress can disguise her as someone else. And Darling is about to have an adventure that calls for a disguise or two . . . or a hundred.

Update: This drawing's book goes to Annie A.! Remember: If you didn't win this time around, you'll have a new chance on Wednesday Check back soon for our next Win it Wednesday giveaway.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Knowledge is Power, Too: Learning More About Natural Disasters to Manage Worry


The United States and surrounding islands are now in the middle of "Hurricane Season" and so far we're experiencing some of the most violent tropical storm activity in over a decade. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been especially destructive and it's nearly impossible to switch on the TV or log into social media these days without seeing updates about these storms. It can be downright scary to see those images and videos.

Nobody can deny that hurricanes and other storms are powerful. However, information can be, too: knowing how these natural disasters work, where we're most likely to encounter them, and what we can do to prepare for them can help us all worry a bit less--and make the right kinds of decisions if we ever come face to face with one.

We've collected a few links below to get you started.
  • Looking for a short, straightforward, no-nonsense explanation of what a hurricane is and what it does? Check out this brief episode of the popular YouTube series, SciShow Kids.



  • For much more detailed information about hurricanes and typhoons, log into ScienceFlix with your FCPL card barcode. Back in June, we introduced everyone to this exceptional eResource, and you can read all about its content and features here.


  • You can become a Disaster Master on Ready.gov, learning how to prepare for natural disasters through games and activities. Not only can you equip yourself with knowledge to help you survive hurricanes, but you can also learn how to stay safe during tornadoes, tsunamis, thunderstorms, floods, volcanoes, earthquakes, wildfires, winter storms and national security emergencies.

And don't forget: you can choose from a wide selection of books and DVDs when you search FCPL's catalog, using keywords like storms, hurricanesnatural disasters, and extreme weather.


When in doubt, of course, ask the staff at your neighborhood FCPL branch. They may not have a ready answer to every question, but they'll be more than happy to help you find the information you need!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Win it Wednesday: Naptastrophe!

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.)

Naptastrophe! by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

It might be naptime. . . but Lucy is not tired, not tired, NOT tired.

She is not going to nap today. Lucy is an expert in staying awake. But when running errands with her dad, it's suddenly way too LOUD. The lights in the store are way too bright.

It's a. . . NAPTASTROPHE!

With vibrant, charming illustrations and a relatable main character, this hilarious story is the perfect reminder that you only miss out on the fun when you skip your nap!

Update: Congratulations, Cherri B.!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Win it Wednesday: The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts

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.)

The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: A Novel by Avi

In an English seaside town, 1724, Oliver Pitts wakes to find his father missing and his house flooded. Oliver's father has left a note: he's gone to London, where Oliver's older sister may be in trouble. Exploring damage to the town in the aftermath of a storm, the penniless boy discovers a shipwreck. Removing anything from a wreck is a hanging offense, but Oliver can't resist the temptation to take money that could save his life. He's soon thrown into the filthy, terrifying poorhouse for his crime, but manages to escape, following his father's trail. The journey is full of scoundrels and treachery--and London might be the most dangerous place of all.

Update: This book goes to Patricia M. Congratulations, Patricia! It should arrive at your address within a few days.