Fresno County Public Library

There are so many great events going on at your local libraries! We hope to keep you informed by highlighting some of the events that are coming up this week and beyond.

Link to Upcoming Events | Link to Ongoing Events

Crime Scenes West
December 7

West Fresno Branch

Crime Scenes West

Hour of Code
December 7

Orange Cove Library

Hour of Code

Melting Snowman Cookies
Throughout December

Multiple Branches

Melting Snowman Cookies

Pictures with Santa!
December 7, 13, 14, and 21

Kingsburg, Reedley, Selma, Gillis, Fowler

Pictures with Santa!

Author Talk: James A. Ardaiz
December 9

Fig Garden Branch

Author Talk: James A. Ardaiz

Storytime with Officer Fisher
December 7, 14, and 18

Woodward, Pinedale, Riverdale Branches

Storytime with Officer Fisher

Holiday Book Sale
December 8-11

Gillis Branch

Holiday Book Sale

Teen Finals Cram
December 9, 16

Selma, Kingsburg

Teen Finals Cram

Woodward Shakespeare Reading
December 13 (and more)

Woodward, Betty Rodriguez, Fig Garden Branches

Woodward Shakespeare Festival

Read to a Dog!
December 14, 28


Read to a Dog!

Medicare and You
December 14

Fig Garden Branch

Medicare and You

Early Learning Fun
December 15

Central Branch

Early Learning Fun

The Big Fat Quiz
December 27

Woodward Branch

The Big Fat Quiz

Upcoming Library Events

The Big Read: The Late Homecomer


The Big Read: The Late Homecomer

Driver's Written Test Study Group
January, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Sunnyside Branch

Driver's Written Test Study Group

Author Talk: Claude Ball
January 13, 20, 27

Clovis, Central, Betty Rodriguez Branches

Author Talk: Claude Ball

Ongoing Library Events

Local Digital History Collection

Local History

Get Your Book Published

Get Published

Free Magazines

Magazines for Free

Story Jam

Story Jam

Teen Events at Betty Rodriguez

Teen Events at Betty Rodriguez

Homework Center

Fresno Homework Center

Bulbs & Batteries Recycling

Bulb and Battery Recycling at the Library

Teen Coloring Night: Woodward
2nd & 4th Thursdays

Teen Coloring Night: Woodward

Tween Coding Club
1st and 3rd Wednesdays

Tween Coding Club

Nan's Coloring Club
1st and 3rd Thursdays

Color With Us!

Gillis Branch Art Wall
New Exhibit

Read more about the Gillis Branch Art Wall here!

Gillis Branch Art Wall


Yoga in the Library, Betty Rodriguez

(Click here to learn more!)

Yoga with Linda at Betty Rodriguez Library in Fresno

Game Night
1st and 3rd Tuesdays

Game Night Chess Club

Chess Club
Mondays in Reedley

Reedley Chess Club

Learn to Crochet and Knit
Wednesdays in Caruthers

Learn to Knit

Pumpkin Decorating Contest FCPL Staff

Fresno County Public Library Staff Pumpkin Decorating Contest (10/9-11/5)

(Sponsored by the Friends of the Fresno County Public Library)

Monday, October 9 through 11:59 PM, Sunday, November 5, carve out some time to be creative and enter FCPL’s fall pumpkin decorating contest!

To enter, all you have to do is:

  1. Use carving, paint, decoupage, stick-on items, etc. to decorate one or more pumpkins according to one of the contest themes (pumpkins do not have to be carved to be eligible for the contest).
  2. Email a picture of yourself (and any co-creators) with your decorated pumpkin(s), to

Anything Goes! (1st-3rd places awarded)
Exercise your imagination and design the coolest, most original pumpkin you can think up!

Fresno County Public Library employees are eligible to enter the staff portion of the Fresno County Public Library/Friends of the Fresno County Public Library pumpkin decorating contest. Because this is an all-ages contest, anything depicted in the contest entries must adhere to the equivalent of a “PG-13” movie rating (or less).

Decorated pumpkins must be real pumpkins (no foam or plastic, please), but may be of any size or color. Contest entries may be made up of more than one pumpkin.

Contest winners will be selected through a juried voting process. All eligible entries will be reviewed by a panel of local judges selected by the Friends of the Fresno County Public Library, who will nominate finalists (12 max). All entries will be anonymous when given to judges. Contest winners will then be chosen from among these finalists by popular vote from the community, via the Friends of the Fresno County Public Library website.  Winners will be announced on the Fresno County Public Library's and Friends of the Fresno County Public Library's social media profiles.

Winners will receive prizes as noted; prizes must be accepted as awarded. No cash alternatives, substitution, or transfers of prizes will be permitted. Prizes will be delivered to winners by the Friends of the Fresno County Public Library, at a Library branch of the winner's choice. Winners will be required to provide the Friends of the Fresno County Public Library with their first and last names, employee ID, and telephone or email address, for purposes of determining eligibility and prize administration.

Additionally, contest entrants agree that Fresno County Public Library and the Friends of the Fresno County Public Library may use their likeness and any associated identification, for advertising and publicity purposes, without additional compensation (except where prohibited).

Neither Fresno County Public Library, nor the Friends of the Fresno County Public Library, is responsible for computer system, hardware, software or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, or delayed computer transactions or network connections that affect the prize draw or your participation in it. Furthermore, Fresno County Public Library and the Friends of the Fresno County Public Library are not responsible for:

• lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete or late entries
• any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries

Fresno County Public Library and the Friends of the Fresno County Public Library are entitled to interpret these rules as required.

This contest is subject to all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. These rules are subject to change without notice in order to comply with any applicable laws or the policy of any other entity having jurisdiction over contest administration.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Entry window is now closed! Judges are selecting their favorites. Voting starts on Wednesday, November 15, right here!

It's that time of year once again when everything is coming up pumpkins! And we are getting in on the fun with a pumpkin decorating contest!


The Contest Details


Pumpkin carving contest!

Enter now through November 5, fan voting will begin on November 9 November 13 right here!


Enter through Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter


Post a photo of yourself (and any co-creators) with your pumpkin(s) and add both of these hashtags:

  • #fresnolibrary
  • #fcplpumpkins


There will be two categories:

  • an Anything Goes category where you can enter a pumpkin decorated in any way you like
  • a Book Lovers category for those who want to pay tribute to your favorite book, character, scene, genre, or anything else book, reading, or library inspired


The final prizes (1st through 3rd in both categories) are still being added up, but they will be great!

Official rules

Click here for official rules.

Judges and Fan Voting!

The entries will close on November 5. Then a panel of judges will choose their favorite entries which will then be featured right here on this page starting November 9 November 13. You and your friends will be able to vote for your favorite pumpkin. The top three in each category at the close of the voting window will win the prizes!

It's time to start decorating those pumpkins!

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Clovis Library Teen Photo Display

Are you a photo bug? Do you want to become one? Maybe you just want to get better at taking photos of your friends and the fun things you do together? Here's your chance! Become an Instagramming superstar! For free!

Clovis Library Teen Photo Display

Free Photo Classes from a Pro!

Professional photographer, Marc Blake, will teach a variety of skills over this FREE three-week course. Students will learn to create great photos with the eye of an artist, light and shadow use, showing emotion through the lens, as well as planning and producing photo assignments.

Clovis Library Photo Class 2017

When and Where?

  • Wednesday, September 20, 27, and October 4
  • 4:00 - 5:30pm
  • Clovis Regional Library, 1155 Fifth Street

Students, ages 13-18, must sign up at the Clovis Library circulation desk. Sign up now as there are only 20 spots available. Students should bring their own camera or smart device (phone, tablet, etc.).

Clovis Library Teen Photo Display

These classes are sponsored by the Clovis Friends of the Library!

During one of our "Friends" meetings we saw a blank wall and wanted to fill it. We decided it would be great to give patrons of the Gillis Branch a chance to showcase their artistic talents. We purchased a vertical art display & set up a poster asking people to submit their names. The response has been overwhelming. For those that did respond, please be patient. We will get to all of you!

We've met wonderful people of all ages, and giving them a chance to present their work is exciting. The variety of art has also been amazing. Being able to expose the Gillis Community to these artists will hopefully be enjoyable for all & may spark creativity in some. Neighbors appreciating & learning from each other. This is our goal.

Current Exhibit

Gillis Library Art Wall, What Do You See?

What Do You See?

There's a wonderful new photo exhibit on the Gillis Art Wall. Our volunteer, Mary, has taken some beautiful photographs and is showing them with a fun twist, "What do you see?". Her views of sunrise, sunset and clouds allow your mind to imagine all sorts of things. Mary has been a volunteer for the Friends of the Gillis Library for many years. She handles many things including mailing, phone calls, email lists, volunteers, and publicity for our book sales and activities.

Please come by the Gillis Branch, enjoy her photographs, and ponder the question, "What do you see?"

Gillis Library Art Wall, What Do You See?

Past Exhibits

Three Young Artists

The previous show on The Friends of the Gillis Library Art Wall featured the work of three very talented young ladies.

Gillis Branch Art Wall

About the Artists

  • Elena is 14 years old and attends Calvary Chapel Christian School.
  • Ella is 12 years old and attends Edison CompuTech Middle School.
  • Flora, is 6 years old and attends Gibson Elementary School.

Ella & Flora are sisters and all three girls have been coming to the Gillis Branch for many years.

We asked the girls a couple of questions ...

  1. How long have you been interested in art?
  2. What is your favorite thing about the library or favorite thing to do at the library?


  1. I've been drawing since 2012
  2. I like the activities the library holds for people to join, like contests!


  1. I would say that I started to get into art when I was about 8, so about four years.
  2. As for what my favorite thing to do at the library is kind of stereotypical, I like to find books and just read. I like to know what I'm checking out before bringing it home.


Flora's favorite activity at the library is "Read with a Dog", the Tail Waggin' Tutors program. You can see pictures from some of those sessions in her photo collage.

As you can see, these girls use a variety of techniques and are extremely creative.  We're very happy to give them a place to display their art and hope you will stop by the Gillis Branch and enjoy the show.

"Year in the Valley"
Kaylia Metcalfe

A receent exhibit featured selected works from "Year in the Valley" by Kaylia Metcalfe. We hope you had a chance to stop by and see her work.

Friends of the Gillis Library Art Wall, Kaylia Metcalfe

Kaylia Metcalfe

Kaylia Metcalfe is a stay-at-home mom, a community activist (board member of Gay Central Valley), writer, and artist. She also does freelance grant writing and editing projects. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out directly to Kaylia!

Submitted by Teri Maciel, Friends of the Gillis Library

Yoga with Linda at Betty Rodriguez Library in Fresno

Why try yoga?

Yoga can be very beneficial, not just physically, but mentally. According to Dr. Natalie Nevins at the American Osteopathic Association, “The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”

Other physical benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism
  • Weight reduction
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury

If that's not enough, yoga helps reduce stress (which can then reduce back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate due to stress)  and creates a more positive outlook on our daily challenges.

Yoga at Betty Rodriguez Library in Fresno

Classes start August 15 at the Betty Rodriguez Branch Library

Have you ever thought of trying yoga or do you already practice it? Then the yoga classes at the Betty Rodriguez library are just for you. (Click here for Google map)

Two classes will be offered each Tuesday starting August 15th and will continue through December 19th.

9:15am: 45-minute classes for those who would like the help of a chair
10:30am: an hour-long mat class

The classes are free of charge—provided for by the Friends of the Library—and suited for all abilities.

Call the Betty Rodriguez library at 600-9245 for more information.


Are you ready for the Big Book Sale?

We always look forward to our biggest fund raiser of the year. We have a great time with the community and love to see all the smiling faces, happy to have more reading materials!

When and where is the Book Sale?

The sale opens to the public on Thursday, August 24 and runs through Sunday, August 27. For members, there is a special pre-sale on Wednesday, August 23. (not a member? no problem: join here)

The book sale will be held at the Sierra Vista Mall near Kohl's.

  • Thursday, Aug 24: 10am - 9pm
  • Friday, Aug 25: 10am - 9pm
  • Saturday, Aug 26: 10am - 8pm
  • Sunday, Aug 27: 11am - 6pm

Book Donation Drop Off

Have some books you are ready to donate? Fantastic! We will be holding the donation drop off on August 16 in the back parking lot of Sierra Vista Mall. We will have lots of signs to help find the location. Just drive on up, we'll help you unload, thank you for your donation, and give you a receipt to use for your taxes! We will be there from 7am to 7pm.

Want to Help?

Great! Contact us here and we'll coordinate together. We need help on donation day collecting and sorting. And we always need volunteers to help on sale days.


It's going to be a great event. See you there!

Fresno's poet laureate Bryan Medina at Brews & Vines in the Library

Our very first Brews & Vines in the Library was a success on all counts! Not only did we exceed our goals for attendance, get to know lots of new faces, and have a ton of fun in the process, we raised nearly $4,000 for the library!

Instagram us: @fresnofol

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We would like to thank all of our vendors for their donated time and products: Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co., Full Circle Brewing Co., Fortiter Brewing, Brewbakers Brewing, Pine & Palm Brewing, Cardella Winery, Engelmann Cellars, Toca Madera Winery, Fleming's Steakhouse, Campagnia Bistro, Five Restaurant, and Ovidio's Italian Restaurant and Lounge. We are so lucky to have had such great local beer, wine, and food! Please visit these establishments and let them know how much you enjoyed seeing them at Brews & Vines.

We would also like to thank the Library maintenance crew and Woodward Park Regional Library staff for all the help you provided in getting us set up and putting up such fantastic decorations!

We are definitely looking forward to having another Brews & Vines next year so be on the lookout!

Meanwhile, check out this fabulous photo gallery courtesy of Jill Bedford and the Fresno County Public Library!

Photo Gallery

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Lee Herrick, Fresno Poet Laureate

You are invited to the Annual Meeting of Friends of the Fresno County Library! February 11, 2017 Betty Rodriguez Library Meeting Room (Cedar & Shields) Continental breakfast and business meeting will begin at 9:30 am.

Mark Kalchik is up for re-election; Nick Andrade, Chris Estep, Laura Kalchik, Russell Noland, and Gabriela Noland Rodríguez, are up for election by the membership.

Lee Herrick, Fresno Poet Laureate​​Our speaker will

Fresno County Federal Credit Union

photo credit: Noble CU

Did you know? FOL members can join Noble Credit Union!

One of the many benefits of being a member of the Friends is that you are automatically eligible to join the credit union. And being a Noble CU member comes with its own great benefits!

Noble Benefits

  • Competitive rates for savings and retirement
  • Low rates on credit accounts and loans
  • Discounted tickets to local waterparks
  • Discounted tickets to Disneyland,